The Kona coast, on Hawaii’s western shore, divides into two distinct areas – the north with spectacular sandy beaches followed farther up by a long bleak slope of barren lava trails from dormant Mauna Kea all the way down to the sea. Southwards, the hillsides are more fertile and there is still a feel of the old Hawaii. The Big Island’s main resort is officially called Kailua, but mostly everyone simply refers to it as Kona, or Kailua-Kona. It is by far the island’s most developed area. View more
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Discover some of Kona's most popular attractions during this half-day tour.
Your tour begins with a look at historical Kona and a view of lovely Kealakekua Bay where the legendary western discoverer of the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook, lost his life.
From there, visit St. Benedict's 'Painted Church', known for its dramatic murals. You'll then arrive at Puuhonua-O-Honaunau, or 'Place of Refuge'. This beautifully maintained National Historical Park played a very special part in the lives of ancient Hawaiians. It was a refuge where absolution would be granted for law breakers and vanquished warriors if they were fortunate enough to keep ahead of their pursuers. Today, the park features attractive grounds and interesting displays of Hawaiian history.
During the tour, stop at Royal Kona Coffee, where you have the opportunity to sample Hawaii's famous gourmet coffee and shop for a souvenir of your trip before re-joining your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair and able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance. We suggest guests wear seasonal clothing, comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. The order of sites visited may vary.
Discover what it is like to live in paradise during this half-day progressive island brunch and home tour.
On this exciting and personalised tour to three Kama'aina (local-style) residences, enjoy an insider look at various island living accommodations, whether mauka (mountainside) or makai (ocean side).
Your knowledgeable guides expertly share the stories and history of life in paradise as well as interesting local trivia and detailed information about each home. The three homes visited will be carefully selected from our repertoire of over a dozen homes to best give you a 'taste of Hawaii lifestyle'.
At every stop, a scrumptious course is served showcasing fresh and local ingredients. All tours include a fresh Hawaiian fruit demonstration. The brunch is served in three courses: fresh breakfast breads, Kona coffee, local pineapple and fresh squeezed guava juice start your meal. An organic green salad with shrimp and sesame-vinaigrette, chicken and macadamia nut salad in papaya, and avocado and lomi-salmon salad, combine to make your generous second course. At your third stop, you are served an array of fabulous island deserts.
This tour is an exclusive insight into life past the main streets and hotels, shops and luaus, to glimpse the island life in private homes and gardens. You will see what 'living Hawaii' is all about. We invite you to share our OHANA for a day and GO LOCAL.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking with some stairs to climb. This trip provides you exclusive access to three private island homes. Please wear comfortable shoes. It is customary for guests to remove shoes before entering an island home, so please wear shoes that are easy to remove. Due to the fact that transport vehicles do not have storage facilities and we are entering a variety of private homes, this tour is neither wheelchair nor walker accessible. To fully participate in this tour, ability to walk up stairs is a necessity. Children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. This tour is not recommended for children under 10 years of age. Some food allergies can easily be accommodated; please mention to tour guide. With advance notice, recipes can be modified for those with gluten intolerance.
Embark your Pinzgauer for an adventure into the volcanic and coffee growing areas of the island during this half-day tour.
On the slopes of Hualalai lies the world famous Kona Coffee Belt. Nourished by afternoon showers and rich volcanic soil, this region produces some of the finest and most sought after coffee in the world.
This fun and exciting half-day exploration begins at the pier in a 6x6, off-road open air Pinzgauer. Journey from sea-level through dense rainforest to a world of volcanic majesty; at an elevation of 6,000ft (152m) on the privately owned lands of Kaupulehu.
The story of Kona Coffee unfolds as we explore the volcanic and royal history of this area. Although in plain sight of Kailua-Kona, these seldom-visited uplands are seemingly geologic light-years away. Amidst distinctive native birdsongs, our rock-rambling tour will take you through a beautiful and surreal landscape of native dry-land forest, lava flows and stunning craters. Your interpretive guide will also lead you, on foot, on an exploration through an impressive lava tube.
After exploring the area's volcanic features, sample some of Kona's finest at a local working coffee farm. Learn how bright red coffee cherries are hand-picked, meticulously sorted and processed to ensure premium quality. If you've always wondered what makes Kona Coffee so special, then this is the tour for you.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over broken, uneven terrain with some stairs to negotiate and is not accessible for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, wear or bring long pants and a light sweatshirt or jacket. Guests may also encounter wet, muddy terrain during the tour. Tour may operate in reverse order.
Immerse yourself in Kohala's stunning beauty and rich history during this adventurous full-day tour.
This family friendly tour features a fun off-road adventure and relaxed trail walk, dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces and intimate waterfalls. With an opportunity to swim at a waterfall and stroll the quaint plantation village of Hawi, this is the perfect tour for all ages.
The tour begins with a wonderful drive of contrast and change from the dry-side resort area to the lush green country of Kohala. Along the way, journey up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines over ancient lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains. Often from the shoreline you are able to spot splashing spinner dolphins or in the winter months, breaching humpback whales. Pass through the quaint plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, site of the life-size statue of King Kamehameha I. At the end of the road we pass through a locked gate onto private property, and the real fun begins, with a bumpy but short off-road drive in our 6WD Pinzgauer on an old cane road.
Trail Walk and Waterfalls
Exit the Pinzgauer and step back into the early 1900's, when plantation owners began construction of the Kohala Ditch Trail to bring much needed water to the sugar cane fields. Along the 1.5 mile (2.4 kilometres) loop trail you'll see tunnels blasted and carved from solid rock, walk over an aqueduct on two bridges, and learn the story of the tremendous effort it took to build an irrigation system stretching over 22 miles (35.4 kilometres). You'll delve into ancient Hawaiian history as well, visiting a former taro farming site just off the path. Seven beautiful waterfalls grace the trail. You can take a refreshing dip in the last pool we visit, and play under a refreshing cascade. With stunning mountain panoramas, green valleys and pasturelands, and of course the abundant water, the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure is a fascinating way for young and old to experience Kohala's "story of water."
Please note: This tour involves extensive walking for a total of approximately 1.1miles, sometimes over broken, uneven terrain and 4 flights of stairs. Tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests may also encounter wet, muddy terrain during the tour. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes (no sandals/flip flops), wear bathing suit under clothes and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket and towel from the ship. Beverages provided at all stops and during transport include canned juice drinks, soft drinks, water. Lunch includes assorted deli sandwiches, chips, and cookies.
Climb aboard an Atlantis Submarine for an underwater adventure like no other.
Your adventure begins with a short boat shuttle ride from the Kailua-Kona pier along the scenic coastline of the historic town of Kona to the Atlantis underwater site to transfer on to the submarine and begin your undersea exploration.
Atlantis Submarines is the most technologically advanced passenger submarine in the world. In Kona's crystal-clear waters, the Atlantis submarine will descend down to over 100-feet (30-metres) underwater to explore 25 acres (10 hectares) of coral reef gardens. The reef started forming 18,000 years ago after the last ice age on lava that flowed into the ocean over millions of years ago. Inhabited by hundreds of species of tropical fish, corals and other sea life, it has been proclaimed one of the most popular sites to view Hawaiian marine life. This unforgettable journey aboard Atlantis' 48-passenger submarine has been featured in National Geographic specials, ABC's Celebrity Mole and the hit prime time NBC TV series Average Joe.
Our friendly crew will share their love of the ocean with you on this excursion. With a spacious air-conditioned interior, large view-ports and comfortable seating, this one-of-a-kind submarine allows you access to Hawaii's sea life. If you haven't been to the bottom of the ocean before, this tour is a 'must-do'.
Please note: Tour involves minimal walking, however guests must be able to negotiate a 12-step nearly vertical ladder to embark and disembark the submarine. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes for boat transfers and navigating the submarine ladder. To see color changes at various depths you may choose to wear clothes with red and/or florescent colors. Children must be at least 36 inches (92 centimetres) tall to participate. The submarine may not be exclusive to Silversea guests. Dive time is approximately 40 minutes.
Kayak along the scenic Kona coast line and black lava sea cliffs to Kuamoo Bay during this half-day adventure.
Depart the pier in your air-conditioned van for the transfer to the kayak base. Don't worry beginners, a friendly and knowledgeable guide will greet you and provide you with basic paddling and snorkeling instruction and safety information.
Paddle out with your guide along the coast taking in the beautiful scenery of the sea cliffs. Along the way, see some great sea caves and giant lava tubes and you may even sight the playful dolphin or the green sea turtle. Then jump in the water in a protected cove to snorkel and see some of Hawaii's marine life up-close. After your fun day of kayaking and snorkeling, make the return to the port via air-conditioned van.
Please note: Tour involves moderate to extensive activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is not recommended for those with back problems or heart conditions. We suggest guests wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sensible footwear (sturdy sandals with a back strap are best), sunscreen, sunglasses and bring a towel from the ship. Snorkel equipment and safety vests are provided. Kayaks are 2-person sit-on-top ocean style. Participants must be over 10 years of age and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Participants should expect to paddle at a moderately active pace for approx. 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometres) round trip.
Experience Kona's undersea treasures, without even getting wet during this glass-bottom boat tour.
From the cruise ship pier, step aboard the Marian, a glass-bottom boat reminiscent of an old admiral's barge and explore the splendour of Kona's majestic underwater world.
Enjoy gentle sea breezes, soft Hawaiian music and an informative narration as you relax on shaded, cushioned seating. While cruising pristine waters with up to 100-foot (30-metre) visibility, gaze through large viewing panels at colourful, tropical fish, underwater volcanic arches and beautiful coral gardens. Keep watch also for the frolicking dolphins or visiting Humpback whales, which occasionally frequent this area.
At the end of your cruise, return to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves minimal walking however guests must be agile enough to embark and disembark the boat with minimal assistance. Boat is not wheelchair accessible. We suggest guests wear non-slip footwear and sun protection.