Big Island



The Kona coast is lined with turquoise shores and rural towns. You’ll get an in-depth look at this picturesque side of the island on Shaka Guide’s Kona Big Kahuna Loop. From visiting some of the island’s top snorkel beaches to stopping at cultural sites that tell the story of Hawaii, this bite-sized tour packs a lot in.

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

•⁠ Stop at a bee farm for local honey
•⁠ Learn about and visit the site of Captain Cook death
•⁠ Visit an ancient historic site with neat “tiki” statues
•⁠ Learn about the Kona Coffee legacy and try free samples

Recommended Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kona and Waikoloa
Direction: Counterclockwise loop, ending where you began

Looking for even more adventure? Combine this tour with our South Island Epic Coastal Journey.

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Half-Day Tour (4-6 hours) 84 Narration Points


  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling


  • Best Local Grindz

  • Historic & Sacred Sites

  • Best Beaches around Kona

  • Tours & Activities



Tour FAQ’s

Where does the Big Kahuna tour start?

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.

What are the main activities on the Big Kahuna tour?

On this half day tour there is a ton of stuff to do! The main activities are: 


  • the Big Island Bee farm, 

  • Aloha Theatre, 

  • Kona Living Museum 

  • Kona Coffee History farm,

  • Greenwell farm. 

For more details on activities, check out our tour highlights.


  • Huehue lava cave, 

  • Kaloko National park,

  • Kealakekua Bay. 

Look in the tour highlights for a more detailed description on hikes and activities.


Snorkel Spots:

  • Kealakekua Bay. 

  • Two-Steps (next to Pu’uhonua)

What are the hikes on the Big Kahuna tour?


  • Huehue lava cave, 

  • Kaloko National park,

  • Kealakekua Bay. 

Look in the tour highlights for a more detailed description on hikes and activities.

How long does the Big Kahuna take to complete?

The tour should take you about 4-6 hours to complete depending how many stops you make, and how long you spend at each stop. We recommend that you start the tour as early in the morning as possible so that you have the full day to finish the tour. 

If you find that you need more time to finish the tour, no worries! The tour never expires so you can complete the rest of the tour on another day. Or better yet, drive it a second time!

Where do we get food on the Big Kahuna tour?

The best spot to find food is in Kona town. However there are a few food places along the return drive back near Captain Cook. Check out our tour highlights for more details on the food options in Kona and Captain Cook.

Where are the gas stations on the Big Kahuna tour?

There are many gas stations located around the Kona region. Download Gas Buddy to find the best places for gas near you.

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Where are the restrooms on the Big Kahuna Tour?

Restrooms can be found at the many beaches and parks throughout the tour. Download the Flush app to find bathroom stops near you.

Flush App:

What should I bring on the Big Kahuna?

Bring enough clothing to handle all possible variations in weather. Expect sunshine and rain. 

What you might need:

  • Swimwear

  • Sunglasses

  • Rain Jacket

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Snacks

  • Water

How much money should I bring for the Big Kahuna Tour?

Bring cash $$$

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:

  • Gas 

  • Food 

  • Water 

  • Museum/park entrance fees 

Puuhonua historic park: $15/vehicle

  • Souvenirs

  • Sunscreen

Where can I snorkel on the Big Kahuna tour?

Best spots:

  • Kealakeakua bay

  • Two steps

  • Kiholo Bay 

  • More details in tour highlights!

Rent Snorkel gear:

Snorkel Bob:

Jack’s Diving Locker:

Boss Frog’s:

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