Hawaii

KONA BIG KAHUNA TOUR

DurationDuration 4-6 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 19
$19.99

Description

The Kona coast is lined with turquoise shores and rural towns. You’ll get an in-depth look at this picturesque side of the island on Shaka Guide’s Kona Big Kahuna Loop. From visiting some of the island’s top snorkel beaches to stopping at cultural sites that tell the story of Hawaii, this bite-sized tour packs a lot in.

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

•⁠ Stop at a bee farm for local honey
•⁠ Snorkel at Kealakekua Bay and Two-Step Beach
•⁠ Visit an ancient historic site at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Site
•⁠ Learn about the Kona Coffee legacy and try free samples
•⁠ Visit a painted church

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kona and Waikoloa
Direction: Counterclockwise loop, ending where you began

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Intro to Tour
Hualalai Volcano
Kua Bay Beach
HISTORICAL KONA

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

In Hawaiian the word malama means “to take care” and the word aina means “land.” When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you practice this and pick up your trash; respect the marine life, plants, and animals; and avoid spots that are unsafe. Hawaii’s natural resources are precious, it’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources for generations by respecting the aina when you visit.

There’s a guided tour of Big Island Bees! If you decide to do it, expect to spend about an hour on the tour (see costs below).

There's a guided tour of Kona Coffee Living Museum (see costs below)!

  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $5.00 per person: Local snack like coffee or donkey balls
  • $25.00/adult, $15/youth (13-18) and $10.00/child per person: Big Island Bees Tour
  • $20 per car: Pu'uhonua Historic Park
  • Free entry, but donation welcome: St. Benedict’s Painted Church
  • $20.00/adult and $10.00/child per person: Kona Living Museum

We recommend that you start the tour before 11 a.m.

  • Big Island Bees is open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. 
  • The Painted Church is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 .m. 
  • Kona Coffee Living Museum is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
This tour takes about a half day to complete, depending on how much time you spend at each spot. The tour is concentrated on the Kona Coast, so the drive time is minimal, you’ll spend most of the time exploring the fun stops we’ve picked out for you.
  • Very Important: Car Charger
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Jacket or Layers, temperatures vary drastically across the island
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray (rainforest = mosquitoes)
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Phone Mount 

Tour FAQs

Start the tour in Waikoloa on the western coast of the island. You’ll travel counterclockwise, ending in Kona. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

  • Kiholo Bay and Queen’s Bath
  • Kaloko-Honokohau Historical park
  • Birthplace of King Kamehameha III
  • Big Island Bees
  • Kealakekua Bay
  • Pu'uhonua, Place of Refuge National Park
  • Two Step Beach
  • Painted Church
  • Kona Living Museum & Greenwell Coffee Farm

For help planning your day check out our Kona Big Kahuna Loop suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go

  • 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)

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 Kona Big Kahuna Loop Tour
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $15.00 per car: Pu’uhonua Honaunau National Park
  • $15.00/ adults and $5.00/children per person: Guided tour of Kona Coffee Living Museum
  • $20.00/adults and $8/children per person: Beekeeping tour at Big Island Bees


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.

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


Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


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Shaka Guide

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