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Kohala Coast
Kohala Coast

Kohala Coast

Big Island of Hawaii

The Basics

You can choose to see the Kohala Coast by land, water, or air, with an array of tour options as diverse as the surrounding environment. A drive or hike along the coastal cliffs is perfect for taking in the scenery. Increase your access to the remote attractions by joining an ATV tour that traverses rugged terrain and stops at waterfalls.

To see the dramatic coastline from above, book a helicopter tour that provides stunning views of the ocean and mountains along with displaying Hawaii’s famous volcanoes. For a full immersion experience, join a snorkeling tour that cruises the coastline and stops at picturesque bays along the way for a chance to swim with sea turtles and tropical fish.

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Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast
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Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast
$159.00 per adult
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Sunny Day Super Fun Snorkel Cruise
Great Captain and Crew! Lovely experience and comfortable catamaran! The snorkeling over the reef was beautiful...so many different fish and a bonus sea turtle! Crew were in the water with the group. Keeping everyone in a very large safe zone. The lecture on the way to the reef was both delightfully informative, educational, and entertaining. 3 hours is the perfect time, and lunch, beverages, snacks were satisfying! Great Mai Tais! MAHALO!!!
Julie_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Wonderful Waterfall Tour
Shelby_B, Jun 2022
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
Our knowledgeable, friendly guide, Taro, did a great job informing us about Native Hawaiian history and local culture as he led us to several lovely waterfalls. The highlight was the breathtaking outdoor spot where we ate our packed lunches. It was an awesome tour!
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Kohala Waterfalls
LeaLea78, Jun 2022
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
We had the nicest, handsome tour guide. Rob took us to all the waterfalls and the extra waterfall inside the cave. Rob was also knowledgeable about the trail. The water view from the picnic area was phenomenal. I would recommend this tour if you visit Kona.
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Great snorkel cruise.
Scott, May 2022
Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast
Excellent snorkel trip. Friendly and knowledgeable crew. A great experience. We were lucky enough to have a pod of dolphins swim alongside the boat for an extended period, and appreciated the impromptu lesson about dolphins that we received from the crew.
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Awesome group of guys
Sue_M, May 2022
Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast
The crew was awesome really great group of guys. Captain awesome Mike awesome Kai too. Fun snorkel even with weather. Crystal cove beautiful.
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Highly recommend
Julie_O, Apr 2022
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
This was a fun trip. Me and my husband are from Colorado so we love to hike. Our trail leader was Mark and he's was very knowledgeable about the history of the island. We took a helicopter ride of some of the waterfalls that come off the north end of the island the day after this trip and it just pulled everything together. Definitely a memorable trip.
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Seclusion at its best
Bob_J, Feb 2022
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
The actual hike, swim at the last waterfall and the view at lunch. Mike our driver was superb with all his historical knowledge. We were blessed with a great group as well.
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A Must If You Want To Really Experience the Island!
Keith_L, Oct 2021
Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona
Taking this helicopter tour was one of the best decisions I've made in a very long time. I love experiencing as much as I can about new destinations I travel to, their culture, history, geography, etc. With the helicopter tour you see the island in ways you can't see with ground tours or trekking on your own. With a knowledgeable and easy-going pilot makes the experience better. It allows for an excursion that is unequal and memorable that will stay with you. I was able to see the lava bursts which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'll never forget. Then add the jaw dropping views of the coast makes this excursion a must for travelers to the island. I've already told my friends about it.
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Extra personal touch, not just your average tour!
Robbie_M, May 2022
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
We had a great trip with Hawaii Forest and Trail to the North Side of the Big Island. John and Travis were outstanding. John provided tons of information about the geological history of the island on the quick one hour drive before guiding us along a relatively easy hike (with some slick terrain) filled with great details about the vegetation and Hawaiian legends on our way through the forest to some beautiful private waterfalls. Travis shared his knowledge of the locals and all of the the great places to see and eat. These guys made a great team and really made this tour a perfect beginning to our Big Island adventure. Thanks so much!
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Fantastic- book now
Donald_W, Nov 2021
Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast
Great experience: they take you up north to a great snorkeling spot. They are super helpful and kind. Alcohol, snacks and sandwiches. Really fun.
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Fun Day
James_Y, Dec 2021
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
Mike was a great tour guide. Awesome family day! The waterfall was beautiful and it was a fun swim. Kids had a fun time.
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Beautiful sights to see
Gena_M, Dec 2021
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
Mike is an excellent tour guide, very personable and knowledgeable. The spot for lunch was breathtaking, the little town for coffee was really cute and the hike was beautiful. I could have used a little more hiking, but we hike quite often so could have gone further and longer.
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Outstanding experience for all age groups
Laura_S, Aug 2021
Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast
Captain Will and his team Gregory and Ty were outstanding. Gregory got in the water with the guest and explained what we were seeing and was teaching us about the water environment we were snorkeling in. The boat, food and stories were top notch so we booked another tour within the same week. I would highly recommend based on the crew’s experience and the ease of getting in and out of the water and the excellent condition of the gear they provided us to use. Maholo Laura
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Kohala Coast offers everything you need for a classic tropical vacation.

  • Climate and scenery vary drastically on the Kohala Coast peninsula as the northeast side is wet, while the southwest side is dry.

  • Accommodations on the Kohala Coast range from resorts to beach camping.

  • There are ample dining and shopping opportunities on the Kohala Coast.

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How to Get There

The Kona International Airport is the gateway to the Kohala Coast. Rent a car to travel the coastal roads (Highway 19 and Highway 270) throughout the peninsula, book a sightseeing tour that stops at top regional attractions with included transport, or take the island-wide shuttle service.

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When to Get There

Known for having the best climate on the Big Island, the Kohala Coast is an ideal vacation spot in any season. To avoid crowds, visit in spring and fall and steer clear of winter holidays and summer break—when most families tend to visit the island.

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The Rich History of the Kohala Coast

The Kohala Coast has attracted people long before the presence of modern-day resorts and restaurants, which now dot the coastline. Ancient Hawaiian royalty once lived along the sunny coast, leaving behind temples, petroglyphs, historic villages, and ceremonial sites. Many of these relics, such as Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, have been restored and are now popular attractions for Hawaiian culture enthusiasts and archeology buffs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Kohala Coast?
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Attractions near Kohala Coast:
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What else should I know about attractions in Big Island of Hawaii?
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As well as visiting the Kohala Coast, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: