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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History provided by Wasabi Tours Hawaii

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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island can be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the stress of planning out all the details with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport, lunch, snacks, and bottled water for your convenience. Because there’s minimal walking distance during this tour, it’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Plus, if the weather gets dreary, rain gear is provided to keep you dry.
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  • Pass by Kailua Pier
  • 1
    Royal Kona Coffee Center
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 2
    Punalu'u Black Sand beach
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 3
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
    Stop: 25 minutes -
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  • 5
    Akaka Falls State Park
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Rainbow Falls
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 7
    Waipi'o Valley
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • All transportation included, letting you focus on the scenery
  • Learn about the unique ecosystem from your guide's commentary
  • Lunch, snacks, and bottled water included so you can travel light
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Kona makes for a seamless tour
What to Expect
Start your day's adventure with pickup from your Kohala or Kona hotel in a comfortable tour vehicle, and then head out for the farther reaches of the Big Island. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and dress in layers, as the temperature can vary widely at different elevations. Enjoy traveling with a small group of fellow travelers, limited to just 13 people.  Pass Parker Ranch and into Waimea, where the landscape changes, and take in views of the scenery instead of fussing about directions and logistics. Stop at Waipo Valley lookout for some photo ops and listen to your guide's narrative about King Kamehameha. Wind down the Hamakua Coast toward Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls, two of the area's most beautiful. Then, continue on to Punalu'u Beach for a stroll along the black-sand beach, before headinmg to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the way back to Kona, pass Kealakekua Bay and learn about the area's bloody battle history. Stop at a Kona coffee farm to learn about coffee before you're dropped off at your hotel.
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Important Information
  • Small-group tour limited to maximum of 13
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Rain gear
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Akaka Falls State Park
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Omega Dziko wrote a review Jun 2020
Colton, California2 contributions
Dreu is magic. The island and it's culture flowed through his tour as natural as the lava spilling into the volcanic pits. He was engaged and engaging, knowledgeable, prompt, and simply pleasant.
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Date of experience: July 2019
Barbora D wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions3 helpful votes
This review is for our tour guide DREU ! This wasn’t just a tour this was like history class, fauna and flora class with fun teacher ! His knowledge and passion amazed me. He is very skilled in giving you whole book of information in such a fun way you have no idea how much you
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Date of experience: March 2020
3 Helpful votes
Chicago Vince wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Brian, our tour guide for the day, was the best tour guide I have ever had! I have taken day-long tours in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and a few places in the U.S. Brian was extremely knowledgeable about Hawaii history. He should write a book! He was extremely nice and
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Date of experience: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
Benjamin L wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Daniel our tour guide was fantastic but with that being said, Wasabi tours was highly unorganized and canceled many things on the itinerary without warning and did not substitute any other sights or events to make up for it.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from wasabitourshawaii, General Manager at Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Responded 21 Mar 2020
Hi there, Thank you for the feedback. We are sorry that we didn't get a chance to inform you that the waterfall stops were closed due to the restrictions of COVID-19. However, your tour did spend more time at Volcanoes National Park, visited Laupahoehoe Point, as well as traversed the Onomea Bay Scenic Drive. Mahalo for joining us.
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Garrett wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions2 helpful votes
The weather was, let's just say, changeable that day. Our tour guide Drue picked us up on time at our rental, and the day was off with tons of interesting information. We stopped to see a lava tube at a coffee plantation, and then headed north for the volcano tour. The weather
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Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
About the operator

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By: Wasabi Tours Hawaii
Fabulous Tour
We did the day-long circle tour of the island and learned so much about the history, geology, culture, food, etc.
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Excellent tour and a great value!
We had Dreu as our guide and he was the best! From turtles hanging out on the black sand beach, to volcano craters
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Big island north tour Hawaii
Despite all the closings and cancellations for COVID19 we were not at all disappointed with our tour. We felt we sa
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Awesome experience a must see
Dreu was an excellent tour guide. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and accommodating. He made sure we could see
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Very Enjoyable Tour with a Great Guide, Kala.
I've been around the world a few times and done many adventures like this. The sights, locations and landscapes we
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Suzette L
Great personable and knowledgeable about the island
This was a fantastic tour there were only a total of 4 so we felt like it was a private tour. Our guide was knowle
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Fantastic Tour
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide Kahikina was so informative,friendly and so much fun! Learned so much about t
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Amazing Tour!
Tour guide was amazing and super chill. Learned SO MUCH in one day! Definitely worth the money for an 11 hour tour
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In love with the trip - Derek was awesome
Went on a trip with friends for stargazing. This tour was comprehensive, including the entire south side of the isl
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Drew did a great job leading our tour!
Dreu was an awesome tour guide who showed great flexibility in meeting our group's needs and requests. We learned a
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Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour
A great, amazing, excellent organized tour. You may count 100% on "Wasabi Tours"! Kudos for Drew - our tour guide.
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Volcano tour
This was a top notch tour company. Our guide Ehitu was very informative and kept the tour on time and fun. We learn
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Elizabeth S
Great day!
My mum and I took this trip, we had Derek as our guide and he was wonderful! He knew a lot about the area, and the
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Dreu is the guide par excellence!
This tour was FANTASTIC! We'd already seen a lot of the Big Island on our own but wanted to let someone else do the
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Great tour lead by Dreu
Dreu was an great guide and he made the day fun and memorable. Dreu was knowledgeable and informative on both curr
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Key Details
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish
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