Hawaii

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP

DurationDuration 8-12 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 5
tour Tour Stops 26
$19.99

Description

Drive along lush coastline and through tropical jungle roads to marvel at majestic waterfalls, hike forest trails and stargaze atop Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii. This tour also does a neat drive around Hilo town’s backroads to check out a fishpond, huge waterfall, and a cave you can actually explore.

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

•⁠ Stargaze at Mauna Kea
•⁠ Walk to Akaka Falls
•⁠ Hike Onomea Trail
•⁠ Explore Kaumana Caves
•⁠ Selfie with Rainbow Falls
•⁠ Visit Waipio Valley Lookout
•⁠ Eat Malasada at Tex’s Drive In

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo
Direction: Clockwise or Counterclockwise

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Tour Welcome from Waikoloa
Forbes Cave / Kanupa cave
Origin Story & Discovery
COCONUT ISLAND

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

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

Waipio Valley Road is closed. Please enjoy this scenic and sacred spot from the overlook.

Mauna Kea’s Visitor Information Station has recently been reopened, however its stargazing program has been discontinued.

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.

Please Note: There’s a $10 parking fee and $5 per person entrance fee to Akaka Falls. This is a must-see spot!

Here's a full list of other costs along the route:

  • $12 per car: Umauma Falls View and Garden
  • $10 per car AND $5 per person: Akaka Falls
  • $25/adult and $12/child per person: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • $10 per person: Ann Ranch Historic Home Tour
  • $19/adult, $13/child 12-4, free/children under 4: Imiloa Astronomy Center

We recommend starting the tour before 9:00 a.m. There’s just so much to see and do! You won’t want to miss any spots because they close before you get there.

This tour takes about 8-12 hours to get all the way through. It has roughly four hours of driving without any stops. It circles the entire north half of the island cutting through the island via the saddle road. Along the way you’ll visit multiple hikes, waterfalls, scenic spots, lava tubes and quaint small towns. Don’t worry if you don’t get to everything you want to see in one day. The tour never expires! Just come back another day.

  • 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

This tour travels across the northern part of Big Island, taking you from Hilo in the east to Kona in the west, or vice versa! One of the best things about this tour is that you can start it from either side of the island depending on your travel plans.


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Waipio Valley Lookout
  • Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument
  • Akaka Falls
  • Onomea Trail
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Kaumana Caves
  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

For help planning your day check our North Island Jungle Adventure Loop suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

How much you spend truly depends on what you do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs:

  • $10.00 per person: Lunch
  • $5.00 per person: Local snack
  • $10.00 per car: Umauma Falls View and Garden
  • $5.00 per car: Akaka Falls
  • $20.00/adult and $5.00/child per person: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • $10 per person: Ann Ranch Historic Home Tour
  • $19.00/adult, $12.99/child 12-4, free/children under 4: Imiloa Astronomy Center

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  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.

Yes! This is one of the few tours that you can do both clockwise and counterclockwise around the island  it truly depends on what works best with your schedule and travel plans. This tour has three starting points: Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo. All directions are the same tour so pick the one that’s best for you!

No, we strongly recommend that you hike into the valley. Driving, even with four-wheel drive, is dangerous.


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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