Kona Coffee, Green Sea Turtles & Historical Park
A visit to tropical Hawaii may not be complete without experiencing these festive locations. First stop will be Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park where you can explore Hawaiian history, archaeology, petroglyphs, ancient fishponds, and several sacred temples. This beautiful white sand beach is also home to many of our Green Sea Turtles and local wildlife! There is an optional thirty to forty minute trail walk for passengers wanting to stretch their legs, and for those who like a more relaxing stroll, a shorter trail is a 100 yards (10 minute walk) available to get to the sea turtles. Next you'll visit the Kona Coffee Farm to sample the tasty roast, home of the legendary beans farmed in the rainforest. Your learned guide will escort you as you see the beans and learn how they are farmed and processed. You'll be extended the opportunity to enjoy robust samples of what many claim to be the world's finest coffee.
Going south towards South Kona and through Captain Cook Village, we will visit the famous nick named, "Painted Church", due to its painted 3D depictions of the bible in the interior wooden walls all done with ordinary house paint. Thereafter, you'll have the opportunity to get some sweet and buttery chocolates. The next stop includes a small local novelty shop with, "a sense of humor," which produces chocolate candies made with local Hawaiian fruit. There is a wide assortment from gourmet chocolate covered macadamia nuts, brittles, hot sauces and much more!
Kailua-Kona was primarily a small fishing village. Now the historic seaside town hosts many historical sites, souvenir shops and markets. Upon driving through the lush rainforest, you'll reach Kahalu'u Beach, where you will have the option to snorkel around the nearby reef (snorkel gear is not included and can be rented at the beach). Depending on the season, there are a wide variety of colorful fish to see. If you choose to not participate in the snorkel portion of our excursion, you also have the option of visiting the many fashionable boutiques and cafes located at Alii Drive.
Our third optional stop available to guest is the Kona Brewery & Pub. At the end of a hot sunny day enjoy a locally crafted cold brew. This Kona brewery is famous for its classic ales and lagers, including, Longboard Island Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale, Hanalei Island IPA, Fire Rock Pale Ale and many more. So go ahead and book this pleasurable Kona tour today, so you can enjoy the many different things Kona has to offer!
Please Note: Although it is very likely you will see the green sea turtles on this tour, please note that it is not guaranteed.
Reviewer: Rosemarie Barnickel
Tiana was our tour guide for the day and was very knowledgeable and personable. However, to be honest, the tour itself was a little bit disappointing. The Donkey Balls "factory" was not a real factory. It was just an excuse to buy overpriced chocolate. The second coffee stop (Greenville) was very interesting and I learned a lot about coffee. I suggest getting a better "chocolate" component of this tour.
We spent a great day with Edmund. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and a very good driver. I felt we really got our monies worth, and I would recommend taking this tour if you are really into coffee like I am.
Reviewer: Karen Kennedy Gaskins
We so enjoyed this tour! Our guide, Jill, was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. The coffee farm tour was great. We learned so much about the process. And it's in such a beautiful location. The City of Refuge was our favorite part. To see firsthand how the Hawaiians lived in older times was very interesting. It does get very hot there, so be sure to bring hat, sunglasses, water, etc. We didn't tour the chocolate factory, but did stop at the retail shop. We sampled many of the confections there and bought even more!
Reviewer: Karen K Gaskins
We took this tour on 6/28/17. Our guide, Jill, was very knowledgeable and personable. We only had 4 of us on the tour, so we really felt like it was tailored to us personally. The City of Refuge was so interesting! Loved the coffee farm tour, as well. We made several other stops, but never felt rushed. I would highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: Mary McConnell
Kona is a beautiful area. We were primarily interested in coffee growing area but we're delighted to learn about much more. The driver was pleasant, friendly and knowledgeable. Offered local information which we enjoyed. Great day.