Big Island

KOHALA COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

Description

Located on the northernmost tip of Big Island, the Kohala Coast features lush, green coastline and tree-line hills. With Shaka Guide, you’ll go on a short loop drive through this unique corner of the island stopping at historic sites, beaches and hikes along the way.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Hike the Pololu Trail
•⁠ Visit a massive ancient Hawaiian temple
•⁠ Explore the artsy town of Hawi
•⁠ Visit the Cowboy town of Waimea
•⁠ Stop at a statue of King Kamehameha

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikoloa
Direction: Clockwise

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Half-Day Tour (4-6 Hours) 31 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

  • Lapakahi State Park

  • Hawi Town

  • Statue of Kamehameha I

  • Kamehameha Rock

  • Pololu Valley Hike

  • Kohala Mountain Scenic Lookout Point

  • Waimea Town

  • Anna Ranch

  • Waimea Nature Park

  • Parker Ranch

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KOHALA COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour travels counterclockwise along the western coast of Big Island beginning in Kona. You’ll travel inland exploring picturesque valleys and historic sites before returning to Kona. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

  • Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
  • Lapakahi State Park
  • Hawi Town
  • Kamehameha I Statue
  • Pololu Valley Hike
  • Kohala Mt. Road Scenic Lookout
  • Waimea Town

For help planning your day check out our Kohala Coast Backcountry Tour suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.



What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Jacket, temperatures vary drastically across the island 
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)

There are no entrance fees to any attractions on this tour, however you might want to bring some cash for food and souvenirs along the way. How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch


Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.



Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done in one direction.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Customer Reviews

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Krystle Molyneux | September 2021
We loved hearing the stories and beautiful island music. There were a lot of things that we would have missed on the crater rim trail because we were short on time. But with this guide we knew it was a quick get out overlook. So many interesting things to learn!

Shaka Guide

Responded | September 2021

Wendy and Jon Robaidek | September 2021
If you have rented a car, this is an awesome addition to your trip! It has great historical stories of the island, awesome Hawaiian music, and step by step guide to all of the sights on the island! We loved it!

Shaka Guide

Responded | September 2021

Brian L | September 2021
Overall, this is an impressive app. We used it for the Hawaii Volcano National Park tour. I had a rental car and getting the Android Auto operting on it was challenging, but after a few minutes of troubleshooting via Shaka's help, it worked well. It would be nice to have had a downloadable map and guide for my copilot to have. If that is an option, I missed that. Altogether, a worthwhile app and I would give 4.5 stars if I could. Almost perfect!

Shaka Guide

Responded | September 2021
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