The geologic creation of the Hawaiian island chain, a timeless battle between the elemental forces of fire and water, is one of the world’s greatest natural history stories. There’s not a better place on earth to witness and understand the awesome nature of volcanoes than at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is no better way to explore the park than in the company of one of Hawaii Forest and Trail’s Interpretive Naturalists. They will show you the “must see” places within the park while you learn about their geological and historic significance.
Hawaii Forest and Trail will take you on an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. On your way to the 13,796′ summit of Mauna Kea you will learn about the remarkable evolution and changes the Hawaiian islands have experienced. You will stand in awe among the largest collection of telescopes on earth witnessing some of the most dramatic scenery you’ll ever experience.  They offer sunset and sunrise tours a top of Mauna Kea.
For cruise ship passengers, the Hilo Cruise Ship Volcano allows you to experience the awesome nature of volcanoes at Volcanoes National Park in a comfortable motor coach. In addition to the Volcanoes National Park, you will explore more of Hilo’s surroundings, including Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, and Rainbow Falls.
This is a great complement to the Rainforest and Dryforest tour. It’s a special tour that – under the conditions of the tour operator’s permit – they are only able to offer a limited number of times annually. (Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge is not open for use by the general public). Named by Hawaiians long ago, hakalau means “many perches” and is still considered critical bird habitat today. Once part of large cattle ranch, it was the first National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States for forest birds. It is home to some of the rarest plants and animal species on earth.
Experience the Big Island in small and personalized group tours. Kona Adventure Tours makes you feel like you’re just hanging out with friends, and the groups are no larger than 6. You will explore the island in the comfort of a full size air conditioned SUV. Their adventures include volcanoes, native bird watching, and so much more!
The Grand Circle Island Tour offers the best scenic sites of the Big Island, and they depart from all west coast hotels and resorts. This intimate tour will take you to Waimea town, Parker Ranch, Akaka Falls & Rainbow Falls, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Thurston Lava Tube. Other stops include Kilauea Iki Lookout, steam vents, historic Jaggar Museum, and witness the explosive power of Halemaumau Crater. On your way back to Kona, you will stop at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach where you may get to see endangered sea turtles. If time permits, the tour will make their last stop at a world-renowned Kona Coffee Farm for some free Kona coffee.
The Waipio Valley and Waterfalls Tour explores the lush Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley, and waterfalls on the east side of the Big Island. This full day of adventure departs from Kona and Kohala Coast resorts. You begin your tour at Waimea town and Parker Ranch then you will switch to a four-wheel drive van to descend into majestic Waipio Valley. You will visit Hawaii Island’s tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls, drive down the scenic Hamakua Coast and stop at the towering Akaka Fall and the amazing Rainbow Falls. If time permits, the tour will make a stop at Hilo Farmer’s market for you to experience the local produce and culture. You return to the Kona or Kohala Coast resorts via Saddle Road, which is nestled between the world’s tallest sea mountain, Mauna Kea, and world’s most massive mountain Mauna Loa.
Historic Kona Tour is a wonderful way to learn and experience the history and cultures of the Big Island of Hawaii. The half-day tour begins at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Next, you will be driven through Downtown Kona where you will see many historic landmarks such as Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church. A scenic road takes you to Kealakekua Bay, and then to your next stop, Big Island Bees. The next attraction is Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and to
complete your tour at the world famous Kona Coffee farm.
The Epic Island Volcano Journey transports you through the many landscapes of the Big Island.  You will visit 4 different National Park sites, including Puuhonua o Honaunau, Hawaii Volcanoes & Puukohola Heiau.  You will experience private lava tubes, tropical rainforests, black sand beaches, scenic valleys, waterfalls, historic landmarks and more!
The most popular day trip to another island is for visitors to fly to Oahu to visit Pearl Harbor to see the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri Battleship, the USS Bowfin Submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

While they are hard to find, occasionally there are more expensive tours that fly you from Big Island to Oahu, and provide bus transportation to Pearl Harbor, and take you to Waikiki for a few hours, but you give up a lot of freedom that way. The best way to visit Pearl Harbor from the Big Island is to do a fly-drive package. You get round-trip airfare from Hilo or Kona on the Big Island to Honolulu, and the use of a rental car for the day. Pearl Harbor is very close to the airport, and the rental car attendant will give you a map and directions to get there.

There is much to see and do at Pearl Harbor, and you’ll never get it all done in a day due to the historic popularity of this place. The two major attractions at Pearl Harbor are the Arizona Memorial, and USS Missouri battleship. It should be your goal to do one of these two attractions, and if you are able to get them both done in a single day you are truly blessed!

kilauea crater
Billowing plumes from the crater
I'iwi bird
The spectacular & endangered I'iwi bird

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