Rainforest and Waterfalls Kona - Gecko Big Island Tours
This exclusive tour takes you along the Northern edge of the Big Island. You will pass through the hot dry lands of Kona to the tropical lush green rainforest. A brief stop is made by the Parker Ranch, one of the oldest ranches in the United States. Spreading approximately 150,000 acres of the island, Parker Ranch is also one of the country's largest cattle ranches. Next to the Parker Ranch is Waimea, an old cowboy town with beautiful green rolling hills. Traveling down some of Hawaii's old Highways and back roads brings you to Laupahoehoe. Learn about the devastating tsunami in 1946 and how it affected the locals that lived there. Further down the old road and down into a deep gulch brings you to Hakalau, that was once a thriving, sugar plantation and still stands strong from its powerful hits from the tsunami. The bay next to the sugar mill was once one of the busiest bays for transporting goods. Next you will be viewing some of the Big islands most beautiful waterfalls, the famous Akaka falls and Kahuna Falls along with passing a few smaller falls as well. This excursion ends with a drive down an old coastal road with spectacular views of the ocean, broken down sea arch and a river running through a lava tube. On your way back to port we take the old WWII road also known as the saddle road that passes between our two largest volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Wild life on this path usually include wild sheep, goats, and our Hawaiian Hawk. This drive passes through lush green, to moonscape looking black lava fields and back to Kona's hot dry desert.
Operates: Daily from Kona and Hilo. Times vary with pick up location and cruise ship compatible .
Departure Point: From Hilo Cruise Ship pick up around 9:00 am. From Kona 9:00 am (depending on ship). Return 3:30pm. King Kamehmeha Kona Beach Hotel (Courtyard Marriott) hotel next to Kona Cruise ship pier.
Duration: 6-7 hours.
Equipment: SUV, cross over or 11-14 passenger van.
Capacity: Minimum of 4 and up to 14 passengers.
Stop is made to purchase lunch.
Inclusions: Bottle water, snacks, umbrellas and rain ponchos, and entrance fee to attractions.
Exclusions: No host lunch stop.
Serves Alcohol: There is not any alcohol available during the activity.
Foreign Language Translation: There is no foreign language translation available.
Handicapped Accessible: This tour is not suitable for handicapped individuals.
Required Certifications: The participant is not required to have any certification or special license in order to participate.
Restrictions: Cancellations of this reservation cannot be made within forty-eight hours of the scheduled check in time.
You should be able to walk over uneven and rocky terrain.
For Pride of America Cruise Ship passengers this tour is available on Wednesday of your cruise schedule. The Exclusive Waterfalls and Rainforest Tour departs from the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel (Court Yard Marriot) Located directly next to the Kailua Kona Pier. Please proceed outside the security gate, continue pass large Banyan tree and ABC store to the front of hotel and look for the sign " C Big Island Tours." Walking time is approx 1-2 min from pier to hotel. We ask all guests to please plan to be at the designated departure location at least ten minutes before the departure time listed above. You are welcome to sit in the lobby of the hotel or outside. This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 10% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid.
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- # Sport Utility Vehicle
- # 7-15 People
- # Mauna Kea
- # 6-8 Hours
- # Tours With a Guide
- # Not Handicapped Accessible
- # Hotel Pickup is Not Available
- # Food and/or drinks are available for purchase
- # Snack Only
- # No Swim Stop Included
- # No Certification or Special License Required
- # Does Not Serve Alcohol
- # Moderate
- # Morning
- # Land
- # No Translation Available
- # Kona Area
- # Pick Up From Cruise Ship Available
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