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Kohala: Our most recommended tours and activities

Big Island: Full-Day Kohala Zipline and Waterfall Adventure

1. Big Island: Full-Day Kohala Zipline and Waterfall Adventure

Start your adventure in Hawi, and jump into the Pinzgauer (an Austrian military vehicle) for your oceanfront trek up the zipline. The 8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel make this the only full canopy tour on Hawaii Island. Certified canopy guides will inspire you with stories and legends of Kohala while you zip from tree to tree in a completely natural setting. Rely on unique interpretive elements, innovative course design, expert guides, and compliance with the highest level of safety standards to make this adventure extremely safe, accessible and engaging. Next, head to a private picnic spot on a cliffside overlook of the Pololu Valley. After an energizing deli-style lunch, take an off-road trip up to your oceanfront trek to the waterfalls. Walk on the edge of a private nature reserve that once served as a sugarcane plantation. Experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces, and intimate waterfalls. Enjoy a refreshing dip under one of the private waterfalls to complete your tour.

Big Island: Full Day Adventure through Kohala Waterfalls

2. Big Island: Full Day Adventure through Kohala Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history.  Begin your journey by traveling along the Kohala coastline enjoying the ocean views. After arriving in the historic and quaint town Hawi enjoy a fun off-road adventure that will take you onto a private nature reserve that once served as a sugarcane plantation.  Once at the trailhead enjoy your relaxed trail walk, experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces and intimate waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip after your hike under one of the private waterfalls and bask in the cool, cascading mountain water.  Then ramble down to an exclusive cliffside overlook of the Pololu Valley and valleys beyond to enjoy a picnic style lunch. With an opportunity to swim at a waterfall and stroll the quaint plantation village of Hawi, this is the perfect tour for all ages.

Big Island: 3-Hour Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

3. Big Island: 3-Hour Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

Start your adventure in Hawi, and get geared up and ready to jump into the Pinzgauer for your oceanfront trek up the zipline. The 8 lines, 6 sky bridges, and a rappel make this the only full canopy tour on Hawaii Island. This significant forest reserve is part of the Halawa Lands of King Kamehameha.  Certified canopy guides will inspire you with stories and legends of Kohala while you zip from tree to tree in a completely natural setting. Rely on unique interpretive elements, innovative course design, expert guides, and compliance with the highest level of safety standards to make this adventure extremely safe, accessible and engaging. Stop for a re-energizing snack and drink break. Watch your fellow zippers fly through the trees as you catch your breath and prepare for round two! Finally, repel back down to land! Jump back into the Pinzgauer along the coastline back to the meeting point.

Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

4. Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour

See the immense beauty of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Depart from Kona International Airport for a helicopter tour over the Kona coffee district and towards Kohala. Explore the mountains with a special landing after skirting 3 towering volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. Venture into the area surrounding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hunt out any current lava activity and see historic flows frozen in time. Sweep north to Hilo town and the lush rainforests of the east. Notice how the windward side of the island is transformed by the water caught by the mountains. Next, disembark deep in Kohala and walk the same fertile valleys that Hawaii’s King Kamehameha the Great did as a child. Learn about local legends, culture, and diverse wildlife in an area normally only accessible by hours of hiking. After exploring on the ground, take to the air again to view the drastic landscape change from windward to leeward, and see world-famous white-sand beaches and resorts on the route back to Kona.

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What people are saying about Kohala

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Our guides were amazing it was such a fun crowd. Our guides Kurtis and Damon were very knowledgeable, kind and made sure we felt safe and secure in the height of the trees. The views were phenomenal and thanks to Damon the photographer/guide he really captured the fun we had. I am so thankful I had this fun adventure with such great people.

Very good organization, helpful, experienced. Have fun and enjoy. We were well looked after and never felt unsafe. Fast contact by email, friendly. Varied with zipline, hike, swimming at the waterfall, off-road tour, good food. The tour is more than worth the money, again and again. Thanks to Travis and Daniel.

Darren, the pilot, was very knowledgeable and brought us through some of the most beautiful areas, turning so people on both sides of the helicopter were able to see and get some amazing pictures. The highlight of my vacation!

Seeing the waterfalls, learning of the island, trekking through, lunch view, was really great. And Mike was extremely knowledgeable.

It was really great! Mateo was amazing! I really loved the whole experience, would recommend 100%