8-Day Hawaii Big Island Camping Tour: Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Wailuku River State Park and Kiholo Bay
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Product Code: 3480-194254
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Two nights at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • • Zodiac cruise and snorkelling adventure
  • • Camping right on the water's edge
  • • Evening visit to Mauna Kea Observatory
  • • World Botanical Gardens with over 5000 species of flora
  • • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • • All accommodation - 6 camping & 1 hostel nights
Tour Code
3480-194254
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Kailua-Kona
End City
Kailua-Kona
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Camping

Each night you'll unroll your bedroll and sleep beneath the stars

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Big Island

Kailua-Kona - Ho'okena Beach Park

Hotel: Camping near Ho'okena Beach Park or similar

Grab those grass skirts, it's time to say `aloha' to the tropical Big Island of Hawaii. If it's beautiful beaches and action-packed days you want then you're in the right place, Hawaii is pure paradise!

We'll start off in the west coast, known as 'Kona Side,' which is famous for its awesome weather. We'll start off in the morning by sampling some of the most delicious coffee in the world at a Kona Coffee Farm and take a tour with the chance to sample.

Next up is an activity you are sure to fall in love with, as you get your swim wear on, board zodiac-style motorboats and take to the water for an island tour and snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay Park. You finish your night at beautiful Ho'okena Beach Park - what a first day!

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Ho'okena Beach Park - Punalu'u Beach Park - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hotel: Camping near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or similar

On day two we'll head to Punalu'u Beach Park to explore this amazing black sand beach. You'll take tons of photos and have the opportunity of witnessing turtles which frequent the area.

Next we'll turn up the volume as you enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea. For the ultimate experience head to the Jagger Museum Observatory for a chance to view the lava flow. Hike the trails over smoking ground and through old lava tubes. For the next two nights you'll sleep in the national park for the ultimate Hawaiian experience.

Day 03
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hotel: Camping near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or similar

Enjoy another fantastic day in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! Put on your hiking boots and get exploring or rent a bike to traverse this amazing region.

Day 04
Hilo

Hilo

Hotel: Hostel in Hilo or similar

Say farewell to Kilauea as we head east through the center of the island to the historic town of Hilo, home to the Wailuku River State Park where you'll visit the gorgeous 80 ft. Rainbow Falls and the famous Boiling Pots.

End your day with a walk down the 'Hilo Walk of Fame' where you can see Banyan trees planted by celebrities. A wonderful way to spend your evening is on a sunset cruise to Onomea Bay along the tropical Hamakua coast.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Akaka Falls State Park

Hilo - Akaka Falls State Park - Laupahoehoe Beach

Hotel: Camping near Laupahoehoe Beach or similar

Cruise along Onomea Scenic Drive, a beautiful stretch of road that snakes through lush tropical rainforests. The road will lead you straight to Akaka Falls State Park where you'll hike to the stunning Akaka Falls, which plummets 442 ft.!

Stop for a visit at the World Botanical Gardens with more than 5,000 species of Hawaiian and tropical flora, here you'll see how different this is to the rest of America's other 49 states. Then it's onto the Laupahoehoe Beach where you'll be spending the night right by the ocean edge.

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
World Botanical Gardens Segway tours $60-$130/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 06
Spencer Park Beach

Waipio Valley - Hawi Town - Spencer Park Beach

Hotel: Camping near Spencer Park Beach or similar

This morning you'll stop at Tex Drive where you'll have the option to devour a delicious Hawaiian sensation - fresh malasadas. You'll continue on following the coast to a view point for the sacred and unbelievably beautiful Waipio Valley. Included is a locally led tour of the valley and introduction to Hawaiian history and culture which helps you dig beneath the surface of this beautiful area.

Afterwards you'll have free time to explore Hawi Town, packed with art galleries and restaurants and perfect for grabbing some goodies for your friends back home. Drift off to the sounds of crashing waves with a night on Spencer Park Beach where you spend the next two nights.

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Spencer Beach Park Snorkeling $20-$30/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 07

Lapakahi State Park - Seven Sister Valleys

Hotel: Camping near Spencer Park Beach or similar

Today we'll take a trip to Lapakahi State Park, a rugged coastal park which'll give you a glimpse of life as a Native Hawaiian. Today is a free day but there are loads of options to fill your time. Why not opt for a helicopter flight for a birds-eye view, take to the water on a snorkeling or kayaking trip, or hike the hidden black sands beach along the Seven Sisters Valley? This evening you'll visit the Mauna Kea Observatory for a very different view of the stars!

Afterwards we'll return to our camp in Spencer Park Beach

Day 08
Kailua-Kona

Kiholo Bay - Kona

You can't come all the way to Hawaii without seeing the Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) in the crystal clear waters of Kiholo Bay; this really is a Hawaiian paradise. Of course we can't guarantee you'll see them but this is your best chance.

Explore the tide pools in search of more awesome wildlife, discover ancient ponds and hit some of the hiking trails.

Finally, it's time to head back to Kona Town where after a walking tour of the town, your Hawaiian adventure comes to an end!

Tips:
This tour begins and ends at our gateway hotel, Royal Kona Resort, at approximately 5:00pm. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please book a flight that departs after 9:00pm.

From the hotel you can take a 9 mile taxi to the airport for between USD 30-32.

Visiting Attractions

Meeting Point
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Time Region Location Full Address
7:30AM Kailua-Kona Royal Kona Resort (It is also the finishing point.) 75-5852 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • All accommodation - 6 camping & 1 hostel nights
  • Professional tour Leader
  • Private transportation with free Wi-Fi
  • All camping equipment (just bring your sleeping bag)
  • Camping and Park Fees
  • Kona Coffee Farm Tour
  • Kona Town Walking Tour
  • Zodiac Boat Cruise and Snorkeling Adventure
  • Mauna Kea Observatory Admission
  • World Botanical Gardens ADmission

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and departure location
  • Tips for your tour guide or driver is not included-we recommend USD 5-7 per person per day
  • All personal expenses including hotel room service and meals; however, you have the option to pay for meals the tour guide arranges
  • Camping Food: USD 15.00/day/person x 8 = USD 120.00/person (Mandatory fees, tour guide will collect on 1st day, only for meals while camping)
  • Spending Money
    We recommend you take at least US$15 dollars per day for drinks, snacks and other incidentals.
  • Optional tours (Prices may vary due to different seasons and is subject to the final box office price.).
Special Notes
  • Cancellaton Policy:
    Cancellation Made Within-------------------------------------Cancellation Fee
    59 Days or More Days Prior to the Departure Date---------deposit($160 USD per person or 10% - whichever is greater)
    58-45 Days Prior to the Departure Date--------------------- 50% of tour cost
    44-33 Days Prior to the Departure Date--------------------- 75% of tour cost
    32 Days or Less Prior to the Departure Date--------------- 100% non-refundable
  • Age limitation: only guests aged 18-38 can attend this tour.
  • Travel Insurance
    It is a condition of joining this tour that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance, and helicopter rescue service). We can offer an insurance policy that is designed specifically to cover the potential risks on this tour - particularly the any optional adventurous activities you plan to take part in, and covers those residing in the EU. Contact us for more information or please see our Insurance Tips for more details.
    You must show a copy of your travel insurance policy to the guide to join the tour and if you do not have any you will not be able to join the tour and there will be NO REFUNDS.
  • Health Requirements
    If you have any medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, take prescribed medicines, or have a condition that will affect your participation in the trek, you must tell us or your travel agent at the time of booking. Please be aware we may require a doctor’s note prior to travel for some conditions. This information is essential in case of emergency. All our vehicles carry a basic first-aid kit, but for everyday use you should bring your own medical supplies, such as, pain relievers, antibiotic cream, upset stomach relievers, in addition to sunscreen and insect repellent.
    Please inform us in the "Reservation Request" box during booking.
  • Luggage
    One suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (23kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag. A small daypack and camera can also be carried in the van. Before you travel, please check the baggage allowance with the airline you’re flying with as this may be less than 23kg.
    If your luggage exceeds the maximum weight, we will not be able to bring it on the tour.
  • Max group size is 14, normally the size will be 11.
  • Wi-Fi on the road
    In order for us to provide this service, we operate a fair usage policy to ensure everyone has equal access to Wi-Fi. The in van Wi-Fi is subject to a set data quota, sufficient for normal usage. This means that you are not permitted to steam films / music or to upload / download large files. If you do so, this will deplete the entire group’s data allowance. For this reason, if you reach your data limit your tour leader may need to turn off the Wi-Fi to ensure you do not run out of data in the latter stages of your trip. Please note: In some remote areas you may not be able to pick up the Wi-Fi in the van, and only five people can be connected to the Wi-Fi at one time.
  • Food Kitty & Meals
    We operate a Food Kitty system on all camping tours. Your tour leader will collect the Food Kitty payment of US$15 per day in cash. Food Kitty money will cover most meals when camping. We will provide all cooking equipment and everyone will take turns in buying, preparing and cooking the food.
  • Battery Charging
    Our vehicles have 2 standard 12volt chargers. You will need a 12volt/cigarette lighter adapter to plug your USB charger into. Every vehicle has at least 2 outlets for you to use. If your tour features some nights in hotels along the way your hotel room will have an electrical outlet (don’t forget your travel plug.
  • Flexible Itinerary
    Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favorite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!
  • Please note that placing an order on Tours4Fun does not guarantee confirmation of a tour. Tours4Fun confirms a booking within 1-2 business days. We always recommend passengers book their flight tickets after they've received their tour confirmation. Tours4Fun will not be responsible for any inconvenience caused by a booked flight with no tour confirmation.
  • If you need hotel extension, please remark it when making reservations.
  • Please note: This tour of Hawaii is a true adventurers experience and the services can be more basic in nature than those on mainland USA. In an effort to stay away from the larger resorts in Hawaii, we have adopted a 'back-to-basics' approach for this tour. Campsite bathrooms often don't have the modern conveniences of mainland USA however, you will benefit from remote locations in natural settings. Hawaii is a sub-tropical climate and as a result can be prone to rain.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price based on shared tent basis, single occupancy is not offered. Single Traveler will be paired with another traveler of the same sex.
* Maximum capacity: 2 people in each camping and hotel room.
* Adult: 18-38

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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    Hannah

    08/14/2016
    A truly tropical and cultural experience in paradise

    I cannot recommend Hawaii enough. I began with a week in Oahu before starting the trek so got a feel for the Hawaii vibe. So I would definitely suggest stopping at another island before or after the trip to make the most of being on a beaut...iful set of islands. The trip is on the Big Island and it is stunning. The coastline is beautiful and it is a such a green island. Although it is only an 8 day trip I feel as though I have truly experienced the island as a lot is packed in to such a short space of time. The nice thing is there isn't a lot of driving so more can be spent on activities or a beach day. As there is a strong focus on the nature on Hawaii the campsite facilities are very basic and they do not allow soap in the outdoor showers. That being said everyone is in the same position and it made you appreciate the hostel in the middle of the trip. The group bonded really quickly and we all became really good friends from the get go. The lava flow and volcano would have to be a highlight for me as it is something I have never seen before. The beaches are spectacular along with the weather so we really enjoyed an afternoon at Hapuna Brach which is in the top 10 beaches in the world. The culture in the island is great as you get to experience the history and traditions of the islands. Put tour leader was fantastic and so helpful that it really made the trip. This trip was fantastic and I would definitely go back to Hawaii so book this trip now as you won't regret it. Read full review

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