Our most recommended things to do in Kalaoa, Hawaii

Hawaii: Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

1. Hawaii: Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 100+miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 3-5 hours. Experience Hawaii's Big Island at your own pace with a self-guided driving tour. Stops include Hulihe's Palace, Magic Beach, and the Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Your tour of the Big Island begins outside the quaint town of Kailua-Kona. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. As you drive, you’ll see the historic Hulihe’e Palace, once the vacation home of the island’s royalty. Continue south to Magic Beach, where the sand sometimes simply disappears. After that is Kahalu'u Beach, a perfect place for snorkelers, followed by the sacred Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Next, pass the remnants of Hikiau Heiau, an important religious site in ancient Hawaii. Past that is the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park for those looking to learn more about the island’s history. See the Honaunau Rodeo Arena and learn all about Hawaii’s cowboys. Next up is Pebble Beach, where you’ll get to know the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. You’ll also have the option to check out the Kula Kai Caverns, left by ancient volcanic activity. Continuing on, reach the startling Punalu'u Beach, which features totally black sand. The route then passes an old sugar plantation, followed by the huge volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Pass by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can explore the island’s volcanoes up close. After that, drive through the picturesque town of Hilo. Then, cruise through the almost impossibly scenic Liliuokalani Park and Gardens. Find surfers catching waves next at Honoli'i Beach. After that is Onomea Bay, featuring a spectacular hiking trail with views that can’t be beaten. Then, admire the astonishing flora at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. Continuing on, you’ll arrive at the surprising sight of the Honohina Hongwanji Mission, a historic Buddhist temple. Next pass the Laupahoehoe Train Museum before reaching Laupahoehoe Point, a spectacular ocean vista. Don’t forget to snap some photos. Anyone hankering for a snack will definitely want to stop at the Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market before continuing on to the cowboy town of Waimea. Up next are a pair of great beaches: Hapuna Beach is the largest white sand beach on the island and Beach 69 is beloved by locals, so take your pick. Then you’ll arrive at the Kings Highway Foot Trail, where you’ll have the chance to see the ancient Waikoloa Petroglyphs. After that are another few scenic overlooks, followed by the beautiful Kekaha Kai State Park. Your tour concludes here, just north of where it began.

From Kona: Honokohau Sunset Boat Trip with Drinks and Snacks

2. From Kona: Honokohau Sunset Boat Trip with Drinks and Snacks

Be greeted with the spirit of Aloha by your Captain and crew as you step aboard the beautiful and spacious 53-foot catamaran, Honi Olani. Experience the beauty of a Hawaiian Sunset while taking in the breathtaking Kona coastline. Perhaps you will be welcomed by the grace of the ocean wildlife such as dolphins, green sea turtles or seasonal whales. Amenities include onboard bar, a large open aired and covered cabin with table and bench seating, two restrooms, ample outdoor areas for seating. Snacks and drinks served on board.

Kona: Hawaiian Salt Farm Tour

3. Kona: Hawaiian Salt Farm Tour

If you're seeking a distinctive experience on the Big Island of Hawaii that goes beyond the typical sightseeing tours, the Hawaiian Salt Farm Tour in Kona is a must-visit. This tour is an opportunity to explore the Hawaiian Islands' only salt farm, where Hawaiian salt is hand-harvested directly from the ocean. The tour unfolds at the farm's picturesque seven-acre oceanfront site, where you'll be greeted by your Salt Farm Manager. Your journey begins with a guided tour that delves into the intricate art of salt-making. You'll gain insights into the farm's water source, learn about the salt harvesting process, and discover the history of the area. The educational aspect of the tour is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of the salt-making tradition in Hawaii. As the tour progresses, you'll have the chance to sample a variety of salts, each with its own unique flavor profile. This tasting experience allows you to savor the distinct characteristics of Hawaiian salts and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into their production. In addition to the salt tasting, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy "Our Deep Ocean Magnesium Mineral Water," a refreshing and invigorating beverage. The entire tour has a duration of 45 minutes, making it a convenient and enriching addition to your visit to Kona, Hawaii. Whether you're a food enthusiast or simply curious about the local culture, this tour offers a one-of-a-kind experience that's both informative and flavorful.

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4.5 / 5

based on 32 reviews

For a relaxing evening with just adult company, this is the way to go. Not a full dinner cruise but a good simple meal with free drinks as you watch the beautiful sunset just let us have a peaceful time to really enjoy Hawaii.

Be sure to follow the directions for downloading the audio to go with your trip. Otherwise, customer service was very helpful in helping us find our errors. Excellent narrative as you go along the given route.

This was well worth it. As a solo traveler, I enjoy going at my own pace. I learned alot from the recordings. The gps is also on point.

The narration about the history of The island was great. We learned so much. The price was also a good deal.

We really enjoyed being able to go at our pace. Very informative and educational