Located on the northernmost tip of Big Island, the Kohala Coast features lush, green coastline and tree-line hills. With Shaka Guide, you’ll go on a short loop drive through this unique corner of the island stopping at historic sites, beaches and hikes along the way.
Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!
• Hike the Pololu Trail
• Visit a massive ancient Hawaiian temple
• Explore the artsy town of Hawi
• Visit the Cowboy town of Waimea
• Stop at a statue of King Kamehameha
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikoloa
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The main starting point is near Waikoloa or in Kona town on Ali’i drive. You can also start the tour anywhere along the tour route. The only tour goes in one direction - counterclockwise: starting from Kona and going down along the coast to the Pu’uhonua Cultural Sights. Then it loops back around driving through coffee country where it ends where it started, in Kona town.
The Kohala Coast Backcountry Tour only takes about 2-3 hours depending on how long you spend at each stop. Remember this tour only drives around the northern tip of the island and starts and finishes in Waikaloa.
If you find that you would like to explore more of the north side of the Big Island, like Hamakua and Waipio, download our north loop tour.
This tour travels counterclockwise along the western coast of Big Island beginning in Kona. You’ll travel inland exploring picturesque valleys and historic sites before returning to Kona. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour!
Bring enough clothing to handle all possible variations in weather. Expect sunshine and rain.
What you might need:
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How much you spend really depends on the size of your party, and the activities you would like to do. Our goal is to make your vacation as affordable as possible, so we will tell you about the activities along the way, and you can decide whether or not they interest you. That being said, here are a few things you may/will spend on:
Puukohola admission: free, $2/person for group tour of 10+
No, this tour can only be done in one direction.
It's your vacation - what you see and do is up to you. You choose where to stop on the tour and how long to stay.
Every tour stop, story and song has been carefully curated so you can make the most of your vacation.
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