Big Island High Country Adventure Tours

Hidden, Rare and Unique – A One of a Kind Adventure 

Take a 4×4 adventure in search of some of the rarest bird life in the world. Explore the other worldly landscapes, unique ecosystems and endangered wildlife found only on the Big Island! This adventure begins either in the morning or the afternoon and takes you to some of the most unique habitats on the island. Your exceptional naturalist will provide guided interpretation during your entire tour experience.

Tour Highlights

Experience the magic of the unique sub-alpine dry forest and two of the largest volcanoes on planet Earth:

  • Explore the northern flank of Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on earth.
  • Travel back in time as you learn all about the lava flows that make up this other worldly landscape.
  • Views of Mauna Loa Observatory
  • Mauna Kea Forest Reserve
  • A 4X4 adventure
  • A guided walk in search of Hawaiian honeycreepers, small birds indigenous to Hawaii
  • Breathtaking views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the tallest volcanic mountains on earth.
  • Stargaze with our top of the line Vaonis Stellina telescope! (Afternoon tour)

$1,445 For up to 4 Guests

$195 per Additional Guest (up to 7 total)

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Full Tour Details:

8 Hours

8 Hour Tour Time


  • Morning – Start Time: 9:00 AM

  • Afternoon – Start Time: 1:00 PM
  • Your high country adventure tour of the Big Island begins by traveling on a road built through lava flows as you explore the northern flank of the largest volcano on earth, Mauna Loa. This incredible and other worldly landscape gives you a sense of being on Mars rather than on Earth.
  • Mauna Loa is among the world’s most active volcanoes, but it’s also home to an observatory. Take in the sights of Mauna Loa Observatory which has been recording atmospheric changes since the 1950’s and boasts the longest record of direct measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere.
  • Explore the rare and lesser known high elevation dry forest around the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano. This unique environment is home to diverse plants and animals, including many species of native birds.
  • Take a 4×4 adventure to the last place on the planet where you can find the endangered and endemic Hawaiian Honey creeper the Palila (Loxioides bailleui). This is the last finch-billed honey creeper in the main Hawaiian Islands. You will learn about the significance of honeycreepers in native Hawaiian culture.
  • Witness other rare and endemic birds such as the Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi, ‘Apapane, Hawaiian Hawk and Hawaiian Short-eared Owl. Hawaii has some of the best birding opportunities in the world due to the evolution of the islands and the presence of the rare bird species still found here. Immersing yourself in the island’s incredible ecology and exploring the history of its people will deepen your admiration for this special place.
  • Enjoy a guided walk through this special forest reserve as you learn all about the unique plants and animals found in the area.
  • Search for endemic birds with your provided Nikon Prostaff binoculars. These binoculars give you a wide field of view in high definition, expanding the possibilities for what you will see on your high country adventure tour.
  • Marvel at two of the largest volcanoes on planet earth as you enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner surrounded by the beauty of the sub-alpine dry forest.
  • After the sun goes down, a star-studded sky covers the island. We provide you with a Stellina telescope from Vaonis, which blends the features of a smart telescope and camera to enhance your views. Rejuvenate yourself with Big Island stargazing.

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at place of lodging 
  • Fully guided naturalist tour with educational materials and commentary provided by our top of the line tour guides
  • Complementary Photo package: 20-25 professional, edited photos shared via Adobe Cloud for easy accessibility while traveling.

Food & Drink

We offer different food and beverage options depending on tour start times:

  • Lunch: Picnic style lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii’s unique sub-alpine dry forest
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Dessert: Sip on a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa and enjoy a delicious, local, dessert 
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Dinner: Enjoy a warm meal surrounded by the beauty of two of the largest volcanoes on planet earth
  • Dessert: Sip on a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa and enjoy a delicious, local, dessert while stargazing
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

  • Patagonia rain jacket and puff
  • Nikon Prostaff binocular
  • Headlamps
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Long Pants
  • Warm layers: The high country temperatures range from the mid 60’s Fahrenheit during the day and drop to the mid 40’s Fahrenheit in the evening.
  • Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.
  • Assuming no modifications to this tour, guests should be able to walk at least 1-2 miles with some steps included.
  • Guests must be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain and we may encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.

Customizing Your Tour

Upon booking your tour, one of our guides will contact you to discuss custom options we have available for your tour. Whether you’d like to spend more time star gazing, enjoy more time at our private waterfall location, or enjoy an extended guided hike, we’re here to make this experience memorable and most importantly – ALL ABOUT YOU!

Want a custom tour? Give us a call: (808) 315-9278

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We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!

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