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Kona Shore Excursion: Lava Tubes, Waterfalls & Parker Ranch

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US$ 169.00
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    Stop At: Kailua Pier, 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3612

    Check in location is under the large banyan tree located next to the Kailua Kona Pier

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Paniolo Heritage Center, 67-139 Pukalani Rd Kamuela, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8383

    Our first stop will be the Parker Ranch heritage center and museum which hosts handmade artifacts and photos from the 1800’s. You will learn about the famous Parker Ranch, one of the oldest and largest ranches in the United States, pre-dating many mainland ranches in Texas and other southwestern states by more than 30 years!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Parker Ranch, 66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7503

    Nearby, remains the original 1847 Parker house built with Hawaiian Koa wood, a species of tree now highly protected and costing upwards of $45 a board foot.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Tex Drive-In, 45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, HI 96727, USA

    Continuing our northern adventure, we arrive at Tex Drive in for lunch. Serving up local Hawaiian food plus other popular menu items. Don’t forget to try their world-famous malasadas (a sweet, light and fluffy Portuguese donuts).

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Laupahoehoe Beach Park, 36-1047 Laupahoehoe Point Rd, Laupahoehoe, Island of Hawaii, HI

    Your next stop includes a drive down some of Hawaii's old highways and back roads bringing you to Lauphoehoe. As you view the breathtaking ocean vistas and breaking waves the story of Laupahoehoe will tell of its once industrious sugar plantation and its tragic past of a face to face encounter with a devastating tsunami.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Akaka Falls State Park, End of Akaka Falls Road Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI

    Next you will travel a stairway path through wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns to view some of the Big Island's most beautiful waterfalls, including the famous 442ft Akaka and Kahuna Falls.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Pass By: Onomea Bay, Island of Hawaii, HI

    Traveling back onto an old coastal road we take you along the 4 mile scenic drive with lush topical flora, broken-down sea arch and a river running through a lava tube

    Stop At: Kaumana Caves Park, Kaumana Drive Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI

    Our next exciting experience brings us descending into Kaumana lava tube formed in 1800’s by our largest volcano, Mauna Loa. This hidden gem hosts a celling full of sparkling minerals, deep red iron floor and lava tube formations.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Saddle Road, Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

    Our route back to port takes us onto the old WWII road, known as the Saddle Road which passes between the two largest volcanoes in the world, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. You will start to pass through diverse landscapes of cinder cones and sub-alpine dry forest. Our frequently wild life sightings include pigs, goats, sheep and donkeys.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meeting location is under the Banyan Tree next to the Kailua Kona Pier

    Kailua Kona
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Bottle Water
    • Snacks
    • Umbrellas/rain ponchos
    • Worry-free Shore Excursion
    • Entry/Admission - Paniolo Heritage Center
    • Entry/Admission - Parker Ranch
    • Entry/Admission - Akaka Falls State Park
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Bring light jacket, sunglasses, hat, sunblock and camera
    • Wear comfortable shoes and shorts
    • Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Akaka Falls requires lots of steps. Lava Tube requires steps down and the ground is uneven.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    Dre was amazing tour guide he took us everywhere and was very informative we had a exciting,relaxing,and amazing time I would recommand you ask for him fir this tour
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    Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Kona Shore Excursion: Lava Tubes, Waterfalls & Parker Ranch
    Responded 26 Jun 2019
    So glad to hear you enjoyed the rainforets & Parker ranch tour. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with your guide Dre!
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    You will spend much more time riding in a van than anything else. 11 of us were put in a standard passenger van with uncomfortable bench seats. The person leading the tour was a driver not a tour guide. He provided limited information about the sights as we drove. We drove thru
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    Response from Oletocbig, Owner at Kona Shore Excursion: Lava Tubes, Waterfalls & Parker Ranch
    Responded 15 Sep 2019
    *** Since this review we have adjusted the tour to stop more frequently and we do actually go onto the old Parker ranch and take you to see original Parker home made entirely out of Koa wood! This tour still covers a lot of ground and sights. The Big Island is ....Big *** Aloha, many thanks for your review. The 14 passenger van was assigned to your group as a cutesy not having to pay over 11 seats and going private. The mini bus was available but at an extra cost. Our guides are all highly trained, Im surprised that they only gave limited information. Please let us know who your guide was so it can be addressed. Our vehicles are detailed every day after getting back from tour, unless they got dirty while on tour? The Big Island is well.....big. And it takes some good driving time to cover the whole northern half. Many thanks and we would be happy to have you again to show you our Kona Coffee tour that you may have liked better.
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    • Duration: 7h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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