Kona Coffee & Craters Tour in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail, the Kona Coffee & Craters features seven hours of fun touring the world-famous Kona Coffee Belt. Guests can enjoy a deli-style lunch and a 100% Kona coffee tasting, as well as provided gear, including walking sticks, warm wear, day packs, and ponchos. Tours start at sea level and travel through dense rainforests and up to a majestic volcano at 6,000 feet.


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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. On this fun and exciting exploration, we’ll journey from sea-level through a dense rainforest to a world of volcanic majesty at the 6,000 ft. elevation on the privately owned lands of Kaupulehu. Although in plain sight of Kailua-Kona, these seldom-visited uplands are seemingly geologic light-years away.

The story of Kona Coffee unfolds as we explore the volcanic and royal history of this area. Amidst distinctive native birdsongs, our rock-rambling tour will take you through a beautiful and surreal landscape of native dryland forest, lava flows, and stunning craters. We focus on the northwest rift of Hualalai where most of the volcanic activity has been concentrated over the years. Along with three distinctive types of craters, your Interpretive Guide will also lead you on foot on an exploration through an impressive lava tube. If you don’t have time to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this is your chance to experience a Hawaiian volcano.

After exploring the area’s volcanic features we’ll descend into the Kona Coffee Belt to a family-owned coffee estate. This working coffee farm encompasses all aspects of the coffee process: growing, harvest, processing, roasting and packaging all happens here. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how bright red coffee cherries are hand-picked, meticulously sorted for color and size, then roasted to perfection to produce a delicious cup of Kona coffee. Of course, you’ll have a chance to sample the varieties and roasts and buy whole-bean coffee direct from the farmer.

If you’ve always wondered what makes Kona Coffee so special then this is the tour for you!

Schedule: Tours operate daily. 6 - 7 hours round trip, departs from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.
Rated: Easy to Moderate; ages 8 and over.
Included in the Tour: Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water. 100% Kona coffee tasting served at the coffee farm.
Gear Provided: Walking sticks, warm wear, day packs and rain ponchos.
Group Size: Tour limited to a maximum of 12 guests

Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a light sweatshirt or jacket.

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Victoria, Canada
"Great Waterfall Tour, more than just waterfalls! Great Guide! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
My husband and I did the Hilo Tropical Waterfall tour in November and I have to say this was one of my favourite tours I have done on the Island. It’s more than just waterfalls, you are given a bit of a tour of the local area, farms, sampling of produce and history of the area as you wind your way up to the private land where you start going from waterfall to waterfall. It’s been a few months but if memory serves me right, our tour guide was Brett. I have to say, he was fantastic, my all time favourite tour guide. He has a really deep appreciation for the Hilo area, the people, and everything about it and he wants to share that with you. But he does it in a very subtle way, he doesn’t shove it in your face, he offers it to you to appreciate if you choose to. But it’s clear, he loves his job, and he wants you to have a great, fun, relaxing experience. He was very open to all the many questions I peppered him with during the four hour tour. His was simply great. We sampled some raw macadamia nuts fresh harvested from the farm land we were on. As well as a fruit, similar to Lychee but different but I cannot remember the name now, but they were delicious. We visited 4 sets of falls, the last one being the biggest and that’s where we spent a good 45 minutes swimming, paddle boarding etc at the falls. It was really beautiful and we loved it. After we walked back up to the main house on the property and had lunch on the deck overlooking the waterfall. I had the chicken macadamia nut salad sandwich which was very nice. If you love waterfalls and want to swim at one, this is the tour to do. Many waterfalls are on private land and not accessible unless you do a tour which I highly recommend doing. Loved this tour and would do it again.
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"Waterfall Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
Great trip! We were concerned about the weather due to the big storm the day before our trip. It turned out to be fabulous! The waterfalls were raging and beautiful! We did get a little sprinkle and some wind, but the equipment that Hawaii Forest and Trail provided kept us warm. Our Guide Mark was Fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour and this company.
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Linda W
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"Hualalai crater hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2019 NEW
Excellent, tough wine in places, but very doable. Great guide! Beautiful. Learned about plants and the local birds that live at that elevation. Guide was exceptional in pointing them out by sight and sound.
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"Sunrise from Mauna Kea."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2019 NEW
Wonderful trip with Mateo. Great views of the heavenly sky with hot chocolate. See the Southern Cross together with Polaris was a first. The summit trip was exhilarating with bracing wind and cold conditions with great views. Mateo was an encyclopedia of knowledge and clearly loves his work. Very inspiring.
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Whidbey Island, Washington
"Highlight of our trip to the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2019 NEW
We wanted to go to the summit of Mauna Kea and booked the Hawaii Forest and Trail sunset and stargazing tour. Every detail of the trip was exceptional from the delicious dinner to the professional, educated, friendly guide. Email reminders and calls were especially reassuring. We look forward to going again some day!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kona Coffee & Craters

How many people are on the tour?
The tour accommodates a maximum of 12 participants.

Is this tour ideal for all ages?
Guests must be a minimum of 8 years old to join and participate in the tour.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 7 hours long.

Will we get to taste the coffee?

How much hiking/walking is involved in the tour?
The tour will stop a couple times throughout the adventure for short hikes of less than ½ mile.

Where does the tour depart from?
Tours depart from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Is food included?
Yes. A deli-style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water is provided. Guests also taste 100% Kona coffee samples served at the coffee farm.

Do I need to bring any gear?
Guests are provided with Walking sticks, warm wear, day packs and rain ponchos.