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Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

1. 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 rock flats and fascinating gardens of coral.  For your third snorkeling stop, let your expert captain transport you a location that even island locals have yet to see. At this remote location, snorkel at a remote black sand beach, marvel at a stone arch, or maybe admire a spectacular lava rock formation created thousands of years ago. Explore sea caves and lava tubes in a safe, exciting, and maneuverable vessel designed to get you up close and personal with the coast. Rest assured that the local operator is proudly part of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and seeks to create a culture protecting and promoting healthy oceans through many sustainability efforts.

From Honolulu: West Shore Dolphins, Rum, and Caves Tour

2. From Honolulu: West Shore Dolphins, Rum, and Caves Tour

See the highlights of Oahu's western shore, also known as the Leeward Coast, on a tour departing from Honolulu. Relax on picturesque beaches, take scenic photos, and learn about local rum production in a lesser-visited area of the island. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu. Travel towards Electric Beach and Makua Beach for some scenic photo stops. Try to spot dolphins who can often be found frolicking offshore, and admire the beautiful ocean views. Next, visit the ancient Makua Cave and admire its immense size. Hear of the legends and stories associated with this eerie location. Continue the tour to Ko'olina beach. Enjoy some free time for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, take some time to relax on the beach, as you top up your tan or do some swimming. After some beach time, embark on an Agricole rum tour with your guide. Learn about the history and production of Agricole rum on the tour, with tastings of some of the finest samples. Afterward, relax on your return journey to Honolulu.

Big Island: Kilauea Volcano Hiking Tour

3. Big Island: Kilauea Volcano Hiking Tour

Experience an ohana tour with friends and family in style. Get exclusive access to an active volcano in the infamous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wander through lava tubes off the beaten track and stay until after dark for magnificent views of molten lava spewing from the Halemaumau Crater. Your tour includes 2-3 miles of hiking through the Big Island's lush and varied scenery, a knowledgeable guide who will teach you about the flora and fauna unique to Big Island, and round trip transportation from Kona or Waikaloa. Enjoy snacks, beverages, a Deli-style lunch prepared by Christine's Deli, and dinner, which are all included in your 10-12 hour day trip. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime view of the glowing lava at one of the last remaining active volcanoes in Hawaii. Have your camera ready to capture the orange glow of lava against the night sky.

Kauai: Private Tortoises, Caves, and Cliffs South Shore Hike

4. Kauai: Private Tortoises, Caves, and Cliffs South Shore Hike

Walk along the edge of lithified limestone cliffs, feel the power of the ocean, and smell the salt-infused air as you climb from the heights of the South Shore cliffs down to the cool caves facing Oahu. The compacting of air within the cliffs creates a special surprise, which you really shouldn't miss on your trip to Hawaii.  Hike with your friends and family to Maha'ulepu, an area rich in natural and cultural history. Learn about the epic land and sea battle that was fought and won by the people of Kaua'i in the 1300s, which has given the area its name of Maha'ulepu, literally meaning "and falling together." After the hike, you will be given the option to snorkel at a beautiful South Shore location. Snorkeling will add approximately two hours to the tour time.  As one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped coastline on the South Shore, the Maha'ulepu area is still fiercely protected by locals. Your local guide welcomes you to join them in the fight to keep the land pristine. Take a guided tour of the nearby Makauwahi Cave Reserve to see Hawaii's largest limestone cave and richest fossil site. You will also have an opportunity to visit with the giant land tortoises that line the shore. Rest assured knowing you’ll be doing your part, as 10% of every tour will be donated to Makauwahi Cave Reserve and/or Mālama Maha’ulepu. This wonderful journey is suitable for all levels of fitness/experience, from beginner to advanced. This is a private tour — it will just be you and your private group. Because of this, you are free to go at your own pace and hike as much, or as little, as you would like for the duration of the tour you have selected. Your guide will contact you before the start of your tour to help plan a custom itinerary.

Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

5. Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

Experience an adventure like no other on a rocky hike up the cool and misty lava-scaped slopes of Kona's own Hualalai Volcano. Enjoy exclusive access to this stunning mountain, which offers a bird's eye view of Kona's lava history. Your guide will take you off-road, through multiple locked gates and then by foot at a 6,500-foot elevation, where you will experience the surreal scene of black lava flows and native dryland forest. You will see firsthand the geologic forces which created the islands at the heart of Hualalai’s 1801 eruption, the Kaupulehu Crater. Travel to magnificent coastal viewpoints and stunning lava formations, walk amidst a forest of native birdsong and scramble through a "lava tube".

From Kona: Elite Volcano Hike

6. From Kona: Elite Volcano Hike

Explore Hawaii’s explosive side on foot with this tour. First, travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and biggest volcanoes on Earth. Learn more about the volcanology, geology, and history of these wonders from your National Park Service certified guide and enjoy an in-depth narration of the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you pass by. Afterward, explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava as close as 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo in 1881 and take a peek inside the dramatic cathedral-like space. Next, head to Mackenzie State Recreation Area, where the historic eruption took place in 2018. Take a hike along the now-closed highway, and then follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. Afterward, head to Isaac Hale Beach Park. Be sure to check out the boat launch ramp, now sitting in a pond cut off from the ocean by a berm of lava and don’t forget to look for steam still rising from the cooling lava as you drive across it before stopping for a picnic-style lunch. Next travel to the crown jewel, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Briefly visit the Kilauea Iki Overlook before heading off on foot down the paved road to Keanakakoi. Get a birds-eye view of the Kilauea Caldera and the enormous Halema’uma’u Crater. Pass by the famous Sulphur Banks, through ancient forests of tree ferns, and look for native bird species and incredible rock slides. Enjoy some dinner after your sightseeing.

Kauai: Private Adventure Photography Tour

7. Kauai: Private Adventure Photography Tour

Venture to unforgettable tropical locations on this private photography adventure, which is personalized to suit your interests and needs. With a local guide, experience the beauty of the Garden Isle and capture spectacular memories along the way. Hike to secluded spots including sea caves, lava tubes, waterfalls, and remote beaches where you can take incredible photos without the crowds. Let your guide share their inside local knowledge of all the must-see locations on Kauai, which are missed by most visitors. If you want to make the experience even more romantic, let your guide bring along a selection of beautiful garments. At each photography location, pop on a new outfit and pose next to breathtaking landscapes. With this experience, you will receive 5 complimentary edited professional photos from the shoot with access to all the photos from the shoot.

Oahu: Personal Instagram Photo Shoot Tour of Hawaii

8. Oahu: Personal Instagram Photo Shoot Tour of Hawaii

Prepare yourself for a full day of Instagram-worthy fun in the sun. Hawaii is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will light up your Instagram feed. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout the island. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, you'll learn about Hawaiian culture and history behind those sites and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Start your day with breathtaking photo ops at the Tantalus Lookout. Snap some epic photos of you with the Honolulu skyline behind you. Maybe a rainbow will show it self while up here. Hunt for caves to take some epic shots of Oahu's natural wonders. Head over to the secret bamboo forest to explore the lush tropical environment. The first half of the Hawaii Instagram Tour will provide you with many opportunities to capture Oahu's natural beauty. Your next scenic spot will be the famous wall art of Hawaii, where you have the opportunities to snap a selfie with some bright vibrant murals. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you but will also explain the background of these artists as well as dive deep into Hawaiian culture. Take photos of the beautiful white sands with panoramic views of the Koolau Mountains and nearby islets.

Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

9. Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

Choose from a flexible range of activity options for the entire trip. In East Maui's Rainforest: explore Waikamoi, Pua'aka'a, Hanawi, and Waikani Falls. Hike to hidden locations and discover bamboo forests and Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. Visit the peninsula town of Keanae, known for its unique and stunning lava rock coastline with ocean currents crashing against the lava rock walls. Eat some tasty banana bread and smoothies at Aunt Sandy's or stop at Coconut Glenn's for the best homemade coconut ice-cream. Stroll along exotic black and red sand beaches or venture into a unique lava cave with headlights. Visit some of the largest and most impressive lava tubes in Hawaii. Arrive in Hana for excellent lunch choices and Hawaiian snacks from local gourmet food trucks, stands, and Hana Farms. See Green Sea Turtles resting on the beach, and more. Should you choose the Full Road to Hana Loop (clockwise or counterclockwise), make your way to the sheltered side of the island with rugged narrow windy roads that transition to the roller coaster smooth paved, Piilani Highway. Witness a remarkable contrast of cliffside driving with spectacular ocean views, panoramas of the Haleakala Volcano, sprawling landscapes, wildlife, and the Kaupo Gap. Make your way back home through the beautiful upcountry area of Kula for views of neighboring islands, Kaho'olawe, Lanai, U-shaped snorkeling isle of Molokini, and Iao Valley Mountains.

Waikoloa/Kohala: Elite Volcano Hike

10. Waikoloa/Kohala: Elite Volcano Hike

Your experience begins as you head out of Hilo to the Puna Coast, the location of the historic 2018 eruption and where your first stop of the Mackenzie State Recreation Area is. The highway there was closed by the marching 40-foot-tall wall of crumbly a’a lava as it continued to the sea. You will take a hike along the now-closed highway, and then follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. Isaac Hale Beach Park is next, where you can drive along the infamous “Fissure 8”, which erupted in the heart of Lelani Estate's subdivision. A picnic-style lunch will be served at the park, weather permitting. You will then travel to the crown jewel of the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll begin by briefly visiting the Kilauea Iki Overlook, before heading off on foot down the paved road to Keanakakoi. You can check out the activity there from the historic 2018 eruption, which buckled the road and caused racks and sinkholes. You’ll also get a birds-eye view of the Kilauea Caldera and the enormous Halema’uma’u Crater, along with views of the trail you will take into the Caldera. Throughout your 2-mile hike you can look for native birds, such as the yellow ‘amakihi and the red ‘apapane. Huge boulders came to rest at this location during ancient rock slides and eruptions, and you can look for marks left by previous visitors such as Benjamin Boyd and John Webster, just to name a few. Reaching the floor of Kilauea Calder there is an incredible rock slide to your left, evidence of the 2018 eruption, as well as the Halema’uma’u Crater which sits before you. The crater increased in size during the eruption, with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000-foot-deep pit.

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Amazing trip with knowledgeable and personable guides. Our captain maneuvered us into perfect spots to see humpback whales and a pod of pilot whales. A few on board even spotted an airborne shark - seriously! The snorkel sites were well protected and teeming with fish. We were visited by two sea turtles at our "secret" site, and enjoyed a thrilling tour of the sea caves in a turquoise, foamy surf. Lunch was yummy, the boat was just the perfect size, and our crew were good fun.

It was a really good experience, Chase our tourist guide show us secret places from Oahu that just locals knows also he was willing to go the extra mile for us. I highly recommend this tour and I hope to be back and book it again Mahalo Chase!!!!

The captain and crew were outstanding! They were very personable and knowledgeable of the snorkeling and the island. I would highly recommend this snorkeling adventure.

Patrick was great. He took some time out of his Christmas Day to show us some great parts of the south shore and shared with us some history of the island and the area.

Great tour! Rob was very knowledgable and catered to everyones needs! Highly recommend this tour! Mark and Shelli