Guided Tours on The Big Island


If you have a limited amount of time on The Big Island or if you would rather not be bothered with the hassles of renting a car, why not let a professional guide show you the sights. Below are some of our favorites providers:

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Free Guided-Tours

There is probably no such thing as a free lunch, however there are some free guided tours on The Big Island. Here are some interesting ones:

  1. Kailua Village Walking Tour

  2. The 90-minute guided stroll includes a 24-page booklet with over 40 archival photographs of Kailua Village. To make reservations or for more information call (808) 938-8825 or email

  1. Coffee Farm Walking Tour

  2. Coffee is an important cash crop on The Big Island. Stop at the Greenwell Coffee Farm for a tour that explains how coffee was processed ‘back in the day’. Tours conducted continuously from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. daily.

  1. Hilo Guided Tour

  2. The Lyman House Museum also offers a guided walking tour one Saturday each month with rotating monthly themes. Phone (808) 935-5021 for date and time.

  1. Guided Petroglyph Tour

  2. Walk back through Hawaiian History on this narrated guided tour of a Hawaiian petroglyph field. The free tour leaves from the King’s Shops at Waikoloa Village daily from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Self-Guided Tours

Sometimes a map or brochure is all you’ll need to tour historical sites. Here are a few places you can visit at your leisure:

  1. Walking Tour of Hilo Town

  2. A self-guided tour map (not yet online) is available at the Hilo Mainstreet Program Office, 252 Kamehameha Avenue, (808) 935-8850, and at many downtown restaurants and shops. The two mile (one way) walk takes you to 17 different historic and architecturally significant sites.

  1. Chocolate-Factory Tour

  2. Visit the factory to see how Hamakua Macadamia Nut treats are made. 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Factory closed Sundays and holidays.

Sightseeing On-Your-Own

If you would like to take things into your own hands sightsee on The Big Island at your convenience, here are some maps that will help you to decide where to go.

  1. Kona Coast Sightseeing

  2. Windward Coast Sightseeing

Weatherproof Yourself

The weather on The Big Island is changeable. Consider carrying a lightweight waterproof jacket or travel umbrella in your lightweight day-pack.


Sightseeing Tours

Choose from the most exhilarating, monumental or historically significant sights Hawaii has to offer.

Private Charters

Enjoy the privacy and flexibility of your own private limousine, helicopter or boat, while taking in the beautiful sights Hawai'i has to offer.

Big Island Hiking Tours

Come along on a Hawaii Hiking Tour and surround yourself in Hawaii's natural splendor, the ideal way to sightsee if you love nature. As you traverse volcanoes, waterfalls, and rainforests, you will gain a new appreciation of the gorgeous panoramas Hawaii has to offer.

Botanical Gardens Tour

Experience Hawaii on a Segway! Nothing can beat the unique experience of a Segway adventure through the lush, vibrant rainforest, complete with an introductory tour!

Glassbottom Boat Cruises

Step aboard a Glass Bottom Boat and tour the underwater sea world, without having to get wet! The Glass Bottom boat is a great introduction to the Hawaiian reef system and an opportunity to see many of the marine animals that make the reef their home.

Inter-Island Tours

You won't have to search for flight arrangements or reserving a rental car since your inter-island trip will include everything you need!

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