Kona Coffee, Green Sea Turtles & Historical Park
Kona Coffee, Green Sea Turtles & Historical Park
Enjoy the Hawaiian culture as you go to the Honokohau National Historical Park and try authentic Kona Coffee-- on this unique tasting tour.
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, and ancient fishponds. 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: Faye Finke
We weren't expecting this excursion to actually be fun ... maybe interesting and informative, maybe see some pretty scenery. It may have been our tour guide, Dre that made the difference, but this tour was interesting, informative, beautiful, and FUN! Dre is knowledgeable, personable, and professional, which made for one of the best tours we have experienced in our 22 cruises!
Reviewer: Tom Willis
The visit to the Sea Turtles & Historical park was great, We were able to see the turtles in their native state and then see some exhibits showing some insights into the original native culture of the island people. The visit to the coffee farms proved to be informative and fun. Our guide gave us a lot of information about the history and culture of the island. Fun and informative!
Reviewer: Glenda R Apata
This was a small tour, only 6 of us. I liked that because it was more personal. Our guide, Dre, was wonderful. Very personable and knew a lot of history. He took us to an authentic Polynesian restaurant for lunch. Delicious! Going to the beach and seeing the turtles was fun. The people at the coffee plantations were so helpful and informative. Got to taste a lot of coffee. We also went to Donkey Balls, a candy store that sells chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Lots of samples. Great tour!
Reviewer: Dorothy Konschak
My husband and I had a great time on this tour. Edmond the tour guide was awesome and very informative in regards to the things we were seeing. He took us to a little place to eat and it served only one thing, Lau Lau I believe the name was, they were very good.
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.