This sweeping tour of the Big Island serves to highlight its most popular sightseeing spots, from the world's most active volcano to the second largest cowboy ranch in the United States.
Your 260-mile odyssey begins with a visit to Kilauea Volcano where sulfurous steam billowing out from deep fissures in the earth recreates a primeval setting. A cruise through Hilo Town, the floral center of the islands, displays vast fields of colorful orchids and vibrant anthuriums. A stop will be made at the Akatsuka Nursery and Big Island Candies. Time permitting, you'll view delicate fans of sun-streaked rainbows hovering over Rainbow Falls as it plunges 80 feet over a volcanic cliff. A final jaunt past the sugar cane fields of the Hamakua coastline will bring you to Parker Ranch for some "Old West" flavor done Hawaiian style.
A no-host lunch stop will be made at the renowned Volcano House restaurant.
For an all-around Hawaiian adventure, come with us into the heart of the Kohala countryside. North Kohala is a land of old sugar plantations, Hawaiian legends, and natural beauty. The excursion begins with a scenic drive through the Kohala countryside, including a four-wheel drive adventure to the trailhead. The trail is an easy walk that offers two streams with seven waterfalls and three bridges, plus ancient Hawaiian terraces and flumes along the famous Kohala Ditch. With easy walking, countryside views, and a chance for a quick dip in a mountain stream with cascading falls overhead, this adventure in an ideal family day.
The evening begins in a most unique and affable way as you are greeted with a beautiful fresh floral lei. During an hour-long Mai Tai reception, mingle among Polynesian crafters showing their wares, learn an intricate step or two of hula, have your photograph taken as the sun drops into the ocean beyond, learn about the amazing and ancient body art styles of Polynesia or strum an ukulele.
Following the bountiful luau, the show presents a spirited journey through Polynesia highlighting historic events that took place right on the lands of Keauhou. Rhythmic chants and dance will tell stories of Hawaii's people, their land and the gods they served. Distinctive cultures of the South Pacific will be showcased by the Samoan fire knife dance, the Maori songs of New Zealand and the hip-shaking Tahitian tamure.
Diamond Head Vacations provide round trip airport transfers between Kona International Airport and hotels in the Waikoloa, Keahou, and Kailua-Kona areas. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wheelchair accessible vans are available upon request.