Big Island

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP

Description

Drive along lush coastline and through tropical jungle roads to marvel at majestic waterfalls, hike forest trails and stargaze atop Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii. This tour also does a neat drive around Hilo town’s backroads to check out a fishpond, huge waterfall, and a cave you can actually explore.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Stargaze at Mauna Kea
•⁠ Walk to Akaka Falls
•⁠ Hike Onomea Trail
•⁠ Explore Kaumana Caves
•⁠ Selfie with Rainbow Falls
•⁠ Visit Waipio Valley Lookout
•⁠ Eat Malasada at Tex’s Drive In

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo
Direction: Clockwise or Counterclockwise
Please Note: We recommend hiking to Waipio Valley. Driving, even if with 4-wheel drive, is dangerous. Trust us!

If you are feeling adventurous, combine this tour with our Kohala Coast & Backcountry Tour for a full-day of fun!

All Shaka Guide tours come with 24/7 customer support and a 100% money-back guarantee. Tours never expire.
Full-Day Tour (8-12 Hours) 158 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Onomea Trail Hike

  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

  • Akaka Falls

  • Umauma Falls

  • Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument

  • Tex Drive Inn

  • Waipi'o Valley Overlook and Hike

  • Lava Tube

  • Waimea Town

  • Keck Observatory

  • Anna Ranch

  • Waimea Nature Park

  • Parker Ranch

  • Saddle Road

  • Cinder Cone

  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center

  • Hawaiian Fishpond & Beach

  • Coconut Island

  • Queen Liliuokalani Park

  • Downtown Hilo

  • Rainbow Falls

  • Boiling Pots

  • Kaumana Cave

  • Naha Stone at Hilo Library

  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum

Video

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour travels across the northern part of Big Island, taking you from Hilo in the east to Kona in the west, or vice versa! One of the best things about this tour is that you can start it from either side of the island depending on your travel plans.


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Waipio Valley Lookout
  • Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument
  • Akaka Falls
  • Onomea Trail
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Kaumana Caves
  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

For help planning your day check our North Island Jungle Adventure Loop suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Jacket, temperatures vary drastically across the island
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)


How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 


  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s North Island Jungle Adventure Loop
  • $30.00 per car: Park entrance per car (cash or credit) 
  • $5.00 per car and $1 per pedestrian: Akaka Falls
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $15.00/ adults and $5.00/children per person: Kona Living Museum

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

Yes! This is one of the few tours that you can do both clockwise and counterclockwise around the island  it truly depends on what works best with your schedule and travel plans. This tour has three starting points: Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo. All directions are the same tour so pick the one that’s best for you!

Can I drive into Waipio Valley?

No, we strongly recommend that you hike into the valley. Driving, even with four-wheel drive, is dangerous.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Customer Reviews

  • 5
    1,320
  • 4
    103
  • 3
    29
  • 2
    11
  • 1
    4

Absolutely Amazing

College Prof | December 2021
We have been to the Big Island many times but never knew what we were missing until we got Shaka!! The technology is truly amazing with the narrative following GPS coordinates which makes it incredibly accurate. The narration is excellent and the navigation directions are spot on. Very impressed and hope that they will keep updating the app as things change!! Worth every penny!!

Great value

Califbust | December 2021
We saw things on the tours that we never would have seen on our own. The app showed us things to do, and places to eat. We enjoyed the history lessons along the way. We highly recommend this app.

Worth every penny

RickP2099 | December 2021
I stumbled across Shaka Guide just before visiting Big Island for the first time. I’m not the type with the patience to be part of a tour group. I like to go off the beaten path and at my own pace. This app made the adventure complete. My kids loved it, not only because it took us to places we might not have discovered on our own in the short amount of time, but the learning the history about the places was great.
3 of 709 ratings More