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Big Island Hawaii Self-Guided Driving Tour

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Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!

Get a taste of paradise on Hawaii’s Big Island. This driving tour guides you along the island’s picturesque coast and through lush jungle scenery. Lounge on pristine beaches, hike atop dormant volcanoes, go snorkeling in crystal-clear water, and more—all while learning about the fascinating history of this island and the people who call it home. Plus, learn about Hawaiian history, visit ancient burial grounds, and really get to know this island’s rich culture.

Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and the app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, go to the designated starting point to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.

No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!

This isn't an entrance ticket. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.

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laniceh2021
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 9, 2022
The north side tour was rough to find the start. It took us to the wrong location four times. After we got started it was amazing!
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Aline_S
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
August 14, 2022
We thought this little self guided tour was super cool. As someone who can’t hop on a tour bus because of motion sickness, this was super cool because we could drive ourselves and still listen to the guided tour. It’s a little tricky at first. Figure out where the “starting point is” first. Then look at the map so you can follow along. Just keep the app running with your gps to your final destination. Make sure your GPS matches the map on the app.. and it will just kick on as you get to those markers. We learned a lot. We did both the north and sound hawaii tours.
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Frances_B
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
July 27, 2022
I had trouble navigating the app. I finally realized if I let it do it’s thing it was great way to drive around the island. Some of the sites on the Kona coast were not accessible which was disappointing. Sometimes long miles of scenery, a bit boring at times. But that’s the way the island is. We stopped a few places along the way so it took us 8 hours to drive all the way around the island. The commentary was very interesting, a lot of island background.
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Hilo, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Hilo is a town on Hawaii, commonly called the Big Island, in the state of Hawaii. It’s known for Wailuku River State Park, featuring Waianuenue, or Rainbow Falls, with its colorful mist effects. The bubbling basalt-lava rock pools known as the Boiling Pots are nearby. To the south is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to rainforests and the active Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 203 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

The deck is a steel grid which creates a singing sound from the tires of cars driving on it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Scenic Outlook Park, 10-33 Mamalahoa Hwy, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Quiet peaceful location to just sit and relax


Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Honoli'i Beach Park, 180 Kahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2207

Popular with surfers, this picturesque cove is located less than two miles from downtown Hilo. It’s rocky bottom and occasional strong currents make it less of a swimming beach and more of a great spot for experienced surfers and watching surfing pros. Limited parking; must be able to climb down/up stairs to get to this beach.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Onomea Bay Trail, 27-547 Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, HI 96781, USA

Discover this 0.8-km out-and-back trail near Pepeekeo, Hawaii. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 13 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and walking. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaikou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96781-7746

The Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden and nature preserve

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sugar Mill Road, Sugar Mill Rd, Papaikou, HI, USA

Small Waterfall

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kolekole Beach Park, 328015015, Honomu, HI 96728, USA

Kolekole Beach Park is a Hawaii county park on the island of Hawaii.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 19 HI-19, Honomu, HI 96728, USA

World Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls is a commercial botanical gardens with a large waterfall, located between Umauma and Hakalau, at the corner of Leopolino Road and Hawaii Belt Road, State Highway 19, 16 miles north of Hilo, Island of Hawaiʻi, Hawaii.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Laupahoehoe Train Museum, 36-2377 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Laupahoehoe, HI 96764, USA

The purpose of the Laupahoehoe Train Museum is to preserve, promote and protect the historic, cultural, educational, social, civic and economic interests of the North Hilo and Hamakua districts, while highlighting the history of the railroads on the island of Hawaii.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Laupahoehoe Point Cemetery, Laupahoehoe, Island of Hawaii, HI

On April 1, 1946 the Big Island of Hawaiʻi was struck by the so-called "April Fools Day tsunami", originating from the Aleutian Islands earthquake. Approximately 160 people on the island were killed. While the greatest number of deaths occurred in Hilo, the school building at Laupāhoehoe was inundated, and twenty students and four teachers were drowned. A monument to the dead now stands on Laupāhoehoe Point.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kohala Coast, Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

As you drive 20-minutes north of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport, you’ll marvel at the rugged lava fields surrounding you. You may not see it from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, but the Kohala Coast is where you’ll find some of the island’s finest resorts.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Anna Ranch Heritage Center, 65-1480 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-8554

Anna Ranch Heritage Center is a former cattle ranch in Waimea, Hawaii County, Hawaii named for Anna Leialoha Lindsey Perry-Fiske (1900–1995).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hapuna Beach, Hawaii 96743, USA

The largest of the island's white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach has consistently been rated on international Top Ten lists of the islands’ best beaches.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kings Hwy Foot Trail, Island Gourmet Markets 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738

Get to know this 7.7-km out-and-back trail near Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 44 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and trail running.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Buddha Point, Ocean tower, Hilton, 69-425 Waikōloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA

Picturesque lookout point offering sweeping views of the ocean, sunset & passing whales.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Waikoloa Beach, Puako, HI 96738, USA

Waikoloa Beach is an area located on the South Kohala coast on the island of Hawaii and is located in the census-designated place of Puako. It can be confused for Waikoloa Village, a CDP in the same "ahupuaʻa" and is also known as "Waikoloa".

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kiholo Bay, 71-1890 Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Kīholo Bay is located in the ahupua`a of Pu`u Wa`awa`a in the North Kona District on the Big Island of Hawaii. the land surrounding the bay is flanked to the South by a lava flow from Mount Hualalai ca. 1801 and another flow from Mauna Loa in 1859.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kekaha Kai State Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

Kekaha Kai State Park, formerly known as Kona Coast State Park, is a beach park located along the north Kona coast on the island of Hawaiʻi. The main beach areas are Maniniʻowali Bay, Makalawena beach at Puʻu Aliʻi Bay, and Mahaiʻula Bay.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, 73-4786 Kanalani St #14, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2600

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located in the Kona District on the Big island of Hawaiʻi in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It includes the National Historic Landmarked archaeological site known as the Honokōhau Settlement.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Public park with white sand beach & rocky shoreline, offering lifeguard-overseen swimming & surfing.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hulihe'e Palace, 75-5718 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1702

Small beach & reef with generally calm water, making it a popular place to snorkel.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Magic Sands Beach Park, Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

The Kuamoʻo Burials (also known as the Lekeleke Burial Grounds) is a historic Hawaiian burial site for warriors killed during a major battle in 1819.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kahalu’u Beach Park, Ali‘i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Captain Cook is a census-designated place in Hawaiʻi County, Hawaiʻi, in the United States, located in the District of South Kona. The community, within the land division of Kealakekua, is so named because the post office for the area was located in the Captain Cook Coffee Co. during the early 1900s.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lekeleke Burial Ground, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located on the west coast of the island of Hawaiʻi in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, State Hwy 160, Hōnaunau, HI 96726, USA

Pāhala is a census-designated place in Hawaiʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 1,356 at the 2010 census.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Honaunau, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Kīlauea is an active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. Historically, it is the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, 78-1136 Bishop Rd, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725-9748

Kona coffee is the market name for coffee (Coffea arabica) cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hawaii Belt Road, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

The Hawaiʻi Belt Road is a modern name for the Māmalahoa Highway and consists of Hawaiʻi state Routes 11, 19, and 190 that encircle the Island of Hawaiʻi.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 87 Hawaiʻi Belt Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704, USA

Pebble Beach got its name because instead of a sandy beach it's full of pebbles. The pebbles are black so it gives the appearance of a black sand beach but it won't be sandy here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kula Kai Caverns, 92-8864 Lauhala Drive, Ocean View, Island of Hawaii, HI 96737

Centuries-old lava caves & tube systems once used by native tribes for shelter & water collection.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Black Sand Beach Apparel, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Beach, Pahala, HI 96777, USA

Punaluʻu Beach is a beach between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the Big Island of the U.S. state of Hawaii. The beach has black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. This volcanic activity is in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mauna Loa Observatory, 1437 Kilauea Ave Suite 102, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4200

The Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) is a Mars and Moon ... located on a Mars-like site on the Mauna Loa volcano on Hawai'i Island.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. The Crater Rim Drive passes steam vents and the Jaggar Museum, which features volcanology exhibits and a viewpoint overlooking Halema'uma'u Crater. Thick ferns mark the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). The Chain of Craters Road weaves over lava. Trails crisscross the park.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • How it works: Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions. Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours. To begin touring, go to the Starting Point and launch the app. The audio starts automatically. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience. Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
  • Good value Purchase only one tour for the entire vehicle instead of taking the bus and paying for each person. You will see a significant saving. Connect your phone to car speakers by a wire or bluetooth. Enjoy the tour by listening together as you drive.
  • Flexible Schedule: Once the app/tour is on your phone, you can use it any day and at any time. You can use it over multiple days. And, also use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires
  • Preview the tour: You can use it before the trip at home (highly recommended), use it during the trip, and use it after you come back.
  • Don't miss a thing: You will get everything with the app - a complete itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated audio stories, story script, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, exciting locations, recommendations for hikes, adventure, activities, treks, and stop-by-stop direction.
  • Private tour: You can use it in your car or rental car. No worries about groups or crowds. Start the tour app on your phone. And it will direct you step by step. You can stop for as many breaks as you like. Take a break for Instagram photos, and take a break for lunch/snacks. Go on a hike. The tour will wait for you and start when you start again. You can even do the tour over multiple days. Go at your own pace.
  • Easy to use: The stories play themselves as soon as the GPS is activated. It requires no use of your hands at all. You can get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing any time of the day.
  • Offline: There is no need for a cell signal or Wi-Fi while touring. App’s GPS map works offline.
  • Expiration/go again: The tour will last for the rest of your life on your phone. It is available for use on any day of your next trip.
  • Use pictures for a photo book: Create a photo book using clean (no crowd) app images of each spot to make a memorable trip. All the photos and the correct sequence is ready in the app for you to use.
  • Social media: Share clean (no crowd) images with friends/family.
  • Devices supported include iPhones with iOS 13 & above, Android phones with version 9 & above and all cellular-enabled tablets & iPads.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Inclusions
  • App on your phone: A link to download the Action Guide app. Password for your tours. Preview at home
  • Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat or Email.
  • Good value: Buy just one per car. Don’t pay for each person. Save money compared to a bus tour.
  • Private tour in your/rental car: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace
  • Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
  • Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated hidden stories, video, text


Exclusions
  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks
  • National Park/attraction Passes, entry tickets, or reservation
  • Entry/Admission - Scenic Outlook Park
  • Entry/Admission - Honoli'i Beach Park
  • Entry/Admission - Onomea Bay Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden
  • Entry/Admission - Kolekole Beach Park
  • Entry/Admission - Laupahoehoe Train Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Laupahoehoe Point Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - Anna Ranch Heritage Center
  • Entry/Admission - Kings Hwy Foot Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Buddha Point
  • Entry/Admission - Kiholo Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Kekaha Kai State Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
  • Entry/Admission - Hulihe'e Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Magic Sands Beach Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kahalu’u Beach Park
  • Entry/Admission - Lekeleke Burial Ground
  • Entry/Admission - Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
  • Entry/Admission - Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Belt Road
  • Entry/Admission - Kula Kai Caverns
  • Entry/Admission - Black Sand Beach Apparel
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Loa Observatory


Departure Point
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA


Departure Time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Big Island Hawaii Self-Guided Driving Tour
7/22/2020 - 12/13/2023
Monday - Sunday : 06:00 AM - 07:00 PM


Duration
2 hours

Return Details
11-3082 Pa Alii St, Volcano, HI 96785, USA


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