Kona Cruise Ship Guest Special:
Private Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea Tour

Beyond Ordinary: Hidden, Rare, and Unique Adventure Awaits!

Embark on our Kona cruise ship guests High Country adventure tour and immerse yourself in the otherworldly landscapes and unique ecosystems only found in Hawai’i. Take part in searching for some of the world’s rarest bird and endangered wildlife only found here on the Big Island. Explore the Martian like landscape of Mauna Loa’s high elevation lava flows and the unique dry forest of Mauna Kea. This private adventure tour takes you through some of the island’s most unique habitats, with our exceptional naturalists offering guided interpretation throughout your entire experience.

Tour Highlights

Explore the enchanting sub-alpine dry forest and behold the magnificences of two of the world’s largest volcanoes:

  • Explore the high elevation lava fields of Mauna Loa’s northern flank from 7,000ft to 11,000ft, Earth’s largest active volcano
  • Step into the past as you learn the stories behind the lava flows that shaped this otherworldly landscape
  • Views of Mauna Loa Observatory
  • Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa Forest Reserve
  • A guided walk in search of Hawaiian honeycreepers, colorful endemic birds found only in Hawaii
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the Earth’s tallest volcanic mountains

$1,345 For up to 4 Guests

$125 per Additional Guest 

Full Tour Details:

7 Hours

7 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Start Time: 9:00 AM

  • Begin your Big Island high country adventure tour with a convenient pickup from the Kona cruise ship terminal. Travel up Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Traverse a road carved through lava flows on the northern flank of Earth’s largest volcano. The surreal and otherworldly landscape evokes a feeling of stepping onto Mars rather than Earth.
  • Visit the area around and see the views from Mauna Loa Observatory. The NOAA station here has been continuously monitoring atmospheric changes since the 1950s and maintain the longest record of CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
  • Explore the expansive high-elevation lava fields of Mauna Loa from 7,000 to 11,000ft. The diverse lava flows create a captivating mosaic of colors and textures. See volcanic features like lava tubes and eruptive vents while exploring Mauna Loa’s fascinating landscape. Our knowledgeable naturalists will show you that beyond the seemingly barren terrain, native and endemic plants resiliently thrive, pushing through the lava rock to showcase life’s tenacity in Mauna Loa’s unique ecosystem.
  • Explore Mauna Kea’s unique high-elevation dry forest, home to diverse plant and animal life, including numerous species of native birds in this fragile ecosystem. Take a guided walk through the captivating forest reserve, immersing yourself in knowledge about the unique flora and fauna that thrive in this special ecosystem.
  • Search for the rare Palila (Loxioides bailleui), the endangered and endemic Hawaiian Honeycreeper. The Palila is the last of the finch-billed honeycreepers in the Hawaiian Islands and only found on Mauna Kea. Gain insights into the cultural significance of honeycreepers in native Hawaiian culture during this unique adventure
  • Observe other rare and endemic birds like the ‘I’iwi, ‘Amakihi, ‘Apapane, I’o (Hawaiian Hawk), and Pueo (Hawaiian Short-eared Owl). Hawaii offers some of the world’s finest birding opportunities, thanks to the islands’ evolution and the presence of unique bird species. Our birding tours on Big Island Hawaii provide the chance to witness these extraordinary species, allowing you to immerse yourself in the island’s remarkable ecology and explore the history of its people, deepening your admiration for this unique place.
  • Marvel at two of the largest volcanoes on Earth while enjoying a picnic lunch, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the island.
Mauna Loa lava flows with Mauna Kea in the distance
November 2022 Mauna Loa lava flow
Lava tube on Mauna Loa
Guests spelling LOVE with their shadows on Mauna Loa lava flow
Mauna Kea Dry Forest
Guests looking for endemic birds

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Guest looks at lava formation on Mauna Loa during a Hawaii private tour.
  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at the Kona cruise ship pier 
  • 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

Guests enjoying an included picnic lunch on their Big Island tour.
  • Lunch: enjoy a picnic lunch with the beauty of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the background
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, Clif bars, beef jerky, chips, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Volcanic eruptive vent on northern flank of Mauna Loa volcano.
  • Patagonia rain jacket and puff
  • Nikon Prostaff binoculars
  • Umbrellas
  • Weather can be very diverse at the high elevations between 6,000-10,000ft. The temperatures can vary from low 80’s when sunny to low 50’s if cloudy and windy. We do provide you with jackets but please wear what’s most comfortable for you.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • 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

Ready to Book a Tour?

We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!