Big Island Cruise Ship Guest Tours

We understand that not all visitors are here on the Big Island of Hawai’i for extended periods of time but still want to experience some of the best that the Big Island has to offer! Step ashore into a world of discovery, where your Big Island private tour experience becomes a new chapter in your unique travel story. With the requisites of sailing times for cruise ship guests, we have modified some our tours to cater to those requirements. Our carefully curated private shore excursions offer an assortment of experiences, from cultural immersions to thrilling adventures! Whether you’re drawn to historical landmarks or breathtaking unique landscapes, our private shore excursion tours will transform your day into an unforgettable adventure! Join us we unveil the wonders that lie beyond the ship’s edge, creating memories that will linger long after the waves have carried you to your next destination.

We offer the following Big Island Hawaii Tours catered to those guests arriving by ship

Hilo:

Water and Fire

The Best of the Big Island – Waterfalls & Volcanoes

Guests looking at Kilauea crater on Volcanoes National Park tour

Experience two of our most requested destinations on the Big Island on this must do tour! Beautiful lush rainforest, towering waterfalls, and stunning active volcanoes!

  • 7 Hours

Hilo:

Gardens, Waterfalls & Farmers Market

Explore the colorful and vibrant area of Hilo

Hilo cruise ship guests observing Akaka Falls at Akaka Falls State Park.

A tour for all five your senses! Explore exquisite tropical botanical gardens, beautiful stunning waterfalls, and the fragrant aromas of the local farmers market!

  • 7 Hours

Kona:

Kona Historical Tour

Renowned Kona Coffee and National Historic Treasures

Ancient game board at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on tours Kona Hawaii.

Experience a blend of cultural discovery and the region’s famed Kona coffee surrounded by the cobalt blue waters and the green mountainside of Hualalai that surround town of Kailua Kona!

  • 4-6 Hours

Kona:

High Country Adventure

Explore the high elevations of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea

Views of Mauna Kea from the Mauna Loa Observatory Road on our excursion from Kona.

Explore the other worldly volcanic landscapes, unique ecosystems, and endangered wildlife that is only found here on the Big Island! This is an off-the-beaten-path adventure!

  • 7 Hours

We also provide many additional amenities. These include but are not limited to:

Included Amenities:
  • All entrance fees, meals, and snacks

  • Fully customizable tour options with no additional fees

  • Private access into many locations

  • Patagonia rain jacket with Nano Puff for warmth and rain protection

  • Nikon Prostaff binoculars

  • Vaonis Stellina telescope for star gazing activities

  • Complimentary professional photo package

  • Meals and snacks are fresh, sustainable, local and gourmet whenever possible

There’s a popular saying in expedition travel: There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear! Leave it to us to provide the top-of-the-line equipment for your adventure. It’s what we do! And here’s a secret: our guides can attest to spending hours perusing gear stores, all over the planet, in their free time.

Here at Big Island Backroad Adventures, we know that to have an incredible tour, you need an incredible guide. Our guides are educated biologists. Each guide has spent years living, researching, and going to school in the Hawaiian Islands. They’ve worked all over the planet as expedition guides, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, South Pacific to Northern Europe, and many places in between. Their studies and travels give them a strong foundation in geology, botany, biology, and cultural history with many diverse perspectives to share. These experiences make them uniquely qualified to lead our private tours on the Island of Hawaii.

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea Iki

Let us do all the work and take you on a guided adventure that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

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Experience two of our most requested destinations on the Big Island on this must do tour! Beautiful lush rainforest, towering waterfalls, and stunning active volcanoes.

Experience a blend of cultural discovery and the region’s famed Kona coffee. Available as a 4 or 6 Hour Tour.

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Explore the other worldly landscapes, unique ecosystems and endangered wildlife found only on the Big Island!

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We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!