Aloha! Experience the natural beauty of the Big Island on this Hawaiian adventure. Visit a dramatic variety of the many landscapes that Hawaii has to offer. Explore Volcanoes National Park and hike trails to crater rims, cloud forests, and lava flows. Soak up the sun and watch sea turtles munching on seaweed in the surf. Trek through several of the Big Island’s unique ecosystems and visit the southernmost city in the US. Spend a few days along the beaches at the northern tropical end of the island hiking the coast, and swimming in the beautifully clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Hawaiian culture and history will fascinate and delight you! Lodging is provided in comfortable hotels and locally owned cottages.
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Day 1: Aloha! Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Meet your trip leader at the airport in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, then check in to your Kona lodging. In the evening, get to know your fellow participants as you enjoy dinner together, preparing for a week of exploring the Big Island.
Day 2: Snorkel at Kahaluu Beach and spend the afternoon at the historic Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park.
Wake up to continental breakfast at your hotel before heading out to spend the morning snorkeling or swimming at Kahaluu Beach. Learn about the types of fish, turtles and marine life in the area while viewing them in their natural habitat. Enjoy lunch with the group before spending the afternoon at the beautiful, historic Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park. Here you will explore an ancient Hawaiian village site, hike the 1871 Trail, and even catch a chance to cool off with a nice swim. Return to your lodging in Kona and enjoy another delicious dinner as a group.
Day 3: Begin your day at Hapuna Beach State Park, followed by a visit to Pu'ukohola Heiau.
Rise early to begin travel to the northern end of the Island. Enjoy morning activities at the gorgeous Hapuna Beach State Park – a spectacular oasis that has earned a reputation as one of Hawaii Island’s finest white sand beaches. In the afternoon you’ll visit Pu'ukohola Heiau- the temple of Kamehameha the Great, and one of the most sacred places in Hawaii. We will end our afternoon with a hike to view ancient pictographs in the area before returning for our final night in Kona.
Day 4: Encounter Sea Turtles at the black sand beach at Punalu'u.
Pack up and head to the beautiful historic park Kaloko-Honokohau. Here we will spend time hiking on a beautiful beach with opportunities to swim and explore tide pools teeming with life. In the afternoon we’ll visit the dramatic Black Sand Beach at Punalu'u where you may see Hawksbill Turtles and Green Sea Turtles munching seaweed and resting on the beach. After your beach explorations, check into locally owned lodging in Pahala.
Day 5: Explore the various ecosystems of Volcanoes National Park.
Tour a local coffee mill followed by a loop hike into a deep, rarely visited, agricultural valley. Spend the rest of the day in Volcanoes National Park where you will explore a wide range of habitats and ecosystems including rain forests, lava fields, black sand deserts, crater rims, and caldera interiors. Return to your lodging in Pahala for a good night’s rest.
Day 6: Enjoy hikes to the floor of the Kilauea Iki Crater and the Hapu'u fern forest.
Rise early to a healthy breakfast, and return to Volcanoes National Park where you will enjoy hikes to the floor of Kilauea Iki crater, the Hapu'u fern forest, and the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs. From here we will continue our journey west to Hilo for our final night at a Hilo seaside hotel.
Day 7: Enjoy one final adventure to Akaka Falls before saying farewell to your trip mates.
In the morning, pack your belongings before your final Hawaiian breakfast then head towards the north side of the island on your way back to Kona. If time permits we will stop along the way visiting Akaka Falls and enjoy one last lunch together. Transportation back to the Kona airport will be provided on this day. Mahalo!
Dates & Fees
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Many of the trails on the Big Island of Hawaii are fairly flat and easy, with gentle ups and downs. Others are more rugged. Trails may present obstacles like roots and rocks, and some sections may be steep. Volcanic rock is brittle and sharp, so sturdy shoes are important. To protect the fragile ecosystem, Wilderness Inquiry uses Leave No Trace travel techniques.Read more »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Kona International Airport at 6:00 PM (local time)
End: Kona International Airport at 2:00 PM (local time)
This trip begins at the Kona International Airport at 6:00 PM. You will ride in a van driven by WI staff throughout the trip and be returned to the Kona International Airport at 12:00 PM on the last day of the trip. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip.
What is the “aloha way of life?”
Aloha is the Hawaiian way to say "hello" and "goodbye," but its meaning goes far beyond a common greeting. In Hawaii, aloha also means love, unity, compassion, kindness, and understanding with ourselves and the world around us. On our Hawaii trips, we try our best to bring the aloha way of life into our core mission of inclusion through adventure.
Is this hiking trip wheelchair accessible?
Since hiking over rugged trails is a primary activity of our hiking trips, we do not recommend these trips for persons who use wheelchairs. Several of the hikes and activities are not very accessible for people who use wheelchairs.
Our canoe, kayak, and dogsled trips are generally more accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Water based travel is the great equalizer when it comes to outdoor activities. Fortunately, we have many trips to choose from.
All that said, if you use a wheelchair and are interested in going, please call to discuss the trip with us. We never want to say never!
Will I see sea turtles on this trip?
While we cannot guarantee sea turtles will be around when we visit the beach, it is very likely you will catch sight of one or more as many of Hawaii's coastal reefs offer the perfect habitat for sea turtles. Keep your eye out when we visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach as sea turtles (and dolphins) frequent this area!
Do you have a single supplement for Hawaii Hike and Explore?
You can elect to guarantee a single room for the duration of the trip for $695 during the registration process.