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Our most recommended Kailua-Kona Sightseeing Tours

  • Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

    1. Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

    Snorkeling with manta rays is a must do while in Hawaii! Enjoy this amazing opportunity to see manta rays up close feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures. Relax and enjoy the experience with wet suits, snorkel gear, drinks, and snacks provided. Bring your underwater camera for photos and memories that will last a lifetime.

    This was the highlight of my vacation. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an amazing experience and make a lifetime memory.

  • Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

    2. Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

    Step aboard and step back in time… Join for an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson from the experts on Kona’s one and only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise. This three-hour family adventure departing from the Kailua Pier is narrated by a local historian tour guide, who will reveal secrets, tell stories and share legends related to the numerous landmarks along the 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. Unwind to Captain Cook’s Monument at Historical Kealakekua Bay (only accessible by boat or hiking) with a complimentary cocktail from a fully stocked, premium bar.

    Begin your delicious dinner starting with a Mauna Loa Big Island Macadamia Nuts (Vegan/GF) appetizer. Enjoy a salad starter of Kealaola Farm mixed salad greens, Waimea grape tomatoes, Japanese cucumber, and red onion (Vegan/GF), served with a papaya seed vinaigrette dressing (Vegan/GF). Choose your main co...

    What an amazing experience it is definitely worth the money to come on this dinner cruise

  • Kailua-Kona: 2-Hour Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

    3. Kailua-Kona: 2-Hour Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

    Upon arrival at the meeting point and getting geared up, listen to a quick safety briefing before setting off on your adventure. If you do not feel comfortable driving an ATV or are under the age of 16, you can choose to ride as a passenger in a 6-seater UTV driven by the tour guide.  Kick off your tour with a drive through an award-winning coffee farm and transition into a grove of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees before entering the jungle. Drive your fully automatic ATV on groomed trails to reach Hawaii, Fiji, and Tonga where you will perform a traditional dance.

    Finally, make your way to the last island of Samoa. Learn about traditional culture, watch a coconut demonstration and taste the coconut water. Afterward, travel back down the mountain and admire beautiful views of Kailua-Kona and the Kona coast.

    This was not only a super fun ATV ride through beautiful Hawaiian landscape, but was a super fun and informative “tour” thru several Polynesian islands. The tour guide, whose name I can’t remember because I suck, was SO nice and funny. If we’d been in Hawaii longer, we legitimately might have done it a second time.

  • Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

    4. Big Island: Eco-Friendly Twilight Manta Ray Adventure

    Experience an exciting 75-minute nighttime snorkeling expedition. Get up close and personal with stunning manta rays as they gracefully soar through the water. Your underwater adventure will take place in clear warm waters near protected reefs abundant with marine life.  

    After the sun sets, head off into the nighttime waters to see a fascinating "manta ray ballet" along the Kona coast near the mouth of Keauhou Bay. This point of departure is one of the island’s most successful and consistent manta ray viewing locations. Your snorkeling guide will outfit you with all the necessary gear needed to embark on your experience including snorkel gear, wetsuits, and flotation devices. After a quick safety briefing, plunge into the dark waters and be captivated by these graceful creatures as they feast on plankton.

    Grip onto the flotation swim ring with high-illum...

    Amazing tour. Saw many manta rays swimming below and up close. Tour guides were also amazing, informative and helpful. Need to be a good swimmer and comfortable with the water.

  • Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

    5. Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

    Enjoy a fully narrated adventure that starts with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through a lava tube and the orchards with your guide to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. Continue the leisurely drive and pass the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United State, then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the shore, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles. In the afternoon, visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a trip around the Chain of Craters Road, for the “mountain to sea” experience. Various stops are made to view magnificent volcanic eruption, and flow sites of the past, the beautiful park coastline, and the remarkable Holei Sea Arch. In addition, your certified tour guide provides educational and insightful narrative abo...

    Guide was excellent. He had alot of knowledge of the land and history, but kept us entertained while telling the story. Couldn't have asked for a better guy.

  • Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

    6. Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

    Start your day with guided visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. Stop at the Waipio Valley lookout, where you can admire a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs that drop into the sparkling blue ocean. Continue riding along the Hamakua coast as more postcard-worthy views pass by your window. Take a short walk through the rainforest for an up-close view of Akaka Falls and the famous Rainbow Falls. In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore steam vents and the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike along the crater rim trail. Then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Beach, where you can spot marine life from the black-sand shore.

  • From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

    7. From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

    Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls. From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-dep...

    I really enjoyed the company's private lava tube. Of course the Rainbow Falls is neat. With the lunch, the spicy chips weren't good. The banana bread, egg, and trail mix were all good. He spent too much time driving around to find remote places. He is very knowledgeable about volcanoes and other things about the big island.

  • Big Island: Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours

    8. Big Island: Small Group Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tours

    After hotel pick-up from Kona and Kohala area hotels, head toward Waipio Valley while passing through Waimea and Parker Ranch, before switching to a 4WD van to descend into the majestic Waipio Valley. As you traverse shallow river streams and pass by taro fields surrounded by native flora and fauna, your guide will share the stories and legends of this special place while you marvel at Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hi’ilawe Falls, which cascades down 1300 feet in the back of the valley. Marvel the rugged sea cliffs and mile-long black sand beach as you head back to Waipio Valley lookout for the stunning views as you enjoy a gourmet lunch. In the afternoon, continue the drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and visit the towering Akaka Falls, which plummet 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. If weather permits, you will get to swim or kayak under a private waterfall to cool down afte...

    The tour was not only breathtakingly stunning, but also very educational! I learned a lot while we drove across the big island and our guide Derek made everything very entertaining throughout the day. Seeing Waipio Valley was definitely my favorite part, you won’t regret the experience!

  • MaunaKea Stellar Explorer From Kona

    9. MaunaKea Stellar Explorer From Kona

    For an out-of-this-world experience, check out Maunakea Stellar Explorer. The in-house stellar explorers are the best and most experienced in Hawaii, with one having created the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center and operated it for a decade. Staff have written noted articles and reviews for well-known astronomy magazines and have worked at world-class observatories.  Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. While you’re taking in the breathtaking terrestrial views, your guide will prepare some heavenly views just as stunning. Setting up a state of the art solar telescope for your...

    It was a really nice excursion. We drove past the military training grounds and ate some delicious sandwiches. Then we went searching for a spot to see some good stars. Unfortunately we had a lot of cloud cover and was not able to see any galaxies, but Crystal was such a lovely tour guide and we had a wonderful time.

  • Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

    10. Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

    Prepare for a thrilling day exploring 3 unique snorkeling locations in South Kona with time to take a break from swimming for lunch with breathtaking views. Begin your snorkeling adventure by heading to the turquoise waters and vibrant reef of the 315-acre marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, with your crew members highlighting interesting sights along the way. Once there, experience a vibrant reef filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, even catch glimpses of spinner dolphins swimming nearby. After snorkeling, savor a gourmet deli lunch in the shade of the canopy with the monument to Captain Cook as a backdrop and the cliffs of the bay soaring above you. Next, jet off to a new location with visually spectacular snorkeling opportunities and cultural significance, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, the “Place of Refuge.” Beautiful Honaunau Bay is fronted by large, smooth, and lava...

    We had SUCH a blast on this tour! The crew was laid back, yet very safety conscious. They went out of their way to help me get into the water slowly using the ladder, and we’re helpful at each stop. Both Dave and Zach were extremely knowledgeable about the sights and the various marine life we encountered. Snacks and lunch were fresh and delicious – such a treat! It was also great to be on a smaller boat where we could (literally) get to know everyone on board. Truly, this was a wonderful experience.

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What people are saying about Kailua-Kona

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We had SUCH a blast on this tour! The crew was laid back, yet very safety conscious. They went out of their way to help me get into the water slowly using the ladder, and we’re helpful at each stop. Both Dave and Zach were extremely knowledgeable about the sights and the various marine life we encountered. Snacks and lunch were fresh and delicious – such a treat! It was also great to be on a smaller boat where we could (literally) get to know everyone on board. Truly, this was a wonderful experience.

We had an incredible experience. The hang loose crew was so friendly and knowledgeable. The boat ride out was smooth and enjoyable. We saw about 11 manta rays, and it was one of the coolest experiences we have ever had. They get extremely close to you, providing awesome views. We felt safe the entire time with the crew. Would highly recommend!!

What a great excursion! All the crew were great. They made us laugh & very attentive. I learned a lot about the island. Thank you for a great trip!

This was the highlight of my vacation. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an amazing experience and make a lifetime memory.

GUIDES WHERE GREAT. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WAS CHILL AND RELAXED AND FELT SAFE. OVERALL WOULD RECOMMEND THIS ACTIVITY.