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!

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Full-Day Tour (8-12 Hours) 158 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Highlights

  • Waimea Town Fresh Food

  • Hilo Shops & Eateries

  • Fun activities for the whole family

  • Parks & Historic Sites

  • Hikes & Overlooks

  • Honokaa & Hamakua Grindz

Video

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP

Tour FAQ’s

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. 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. 

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.

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 Shore Kauai suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app! 

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. 


  • $9.99: 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 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.

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DJpaddywagon | October 2020
I live in Oahu, visited Big Island for work and found this. It was the perfect tour during the COVID epidemic. Little risk of exposure, comfortable, and on your timeline. My friend and I love the commentary, facts, and stories. We are downloading the Oahu one and doing the tours.

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KaLBobe | October 2020
There was good music, great pull off ideas, great stories, and suggestions for local food. Easy to use. The program followed the gps great. We will definitely use it again. Mahalo

Cool app replaces expensive tours.

ppage100 | June 2020
If you’ve got a car (and USB charger for your phone), all you need is this app. We rode through the Volcano national park with this app pointing out all the cool things automatically along the way via GPS (no data needed!). It allowed us to take our time and stop places we wanted to or skip those we didn’t. Didn’t have to suffer from expensive tours and other tourists in a group. Definitely a must-have…wish there were more downloads for these apps, but I know they are coming soon. Great idea!
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