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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Rochester, New York
"View from top"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2019 NEW
Growing up I always wanted to be an astronomer, but I ended up with a very different career. What a treat to see the world’s preeminent viewing venue, all the telescopes, and, oh yes, a uniquely stunning panorama!
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Chicago, Illinois
"Chicago's Finest Tours"
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Reviewed May 24, 2019 NEW
I chose the Riverwalk Tour of Chicago's Finest Tours as close to the groupon expiration date that I could to maximize the chances of a good weather. Unfortunately, Chicago as usual, disappointed, and we started off on a cold, blustery, afternoon in front of Peet's in the Wrigley building. Even before the small group tour started, we were treated to a hot beverage or a bottle of water before starting off exactly on time. The tour guide, Cindy, was extremely knowledgeable and obviously felt passionate about Chicago. Rather than a recitation of facts, she wove her intricate knowledge into memorable stories of person, places, and events that made you feel that you were there. After an informative introduction, the tour started off with a river taxi ride to the Lyric Opera bridge. The focus was on more than the Chicago Riverwalk, and despite being a Chicagoan, I heard tidbits of the city that were totally new and outside the normal tourist spiel that other tours regurgitate. There wasn't a question asked that Cindy didn't have an answer too. Would recommend this tour without reservation. Be aware that there were stairs and a lot of walking and standing, so this would not be the tour for anyone with motility limitations.
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Joseph M
"Very interesting tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2019 NEW
We took the Sunrise Maunakea tour, and the itinerary and quality of the planning, equipment, and logistics were all very good. However our guide, Matt, was the best part- he was knowledgeable, articulate, competent, diligent, and pleasant. In my experience, this is a rare combination, and in this tour he really made everyone feel safe and comfortable while at the same time conveying a wealth of knowledge about Hawaiian geology, biology, history, and culture, and astronomy to boot. The view of the sunrise is not to be missed. Great experience!
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Houston, Texas
"Matt Was Spectacular"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
Matt was our guide for the sunrise mountain tour. He was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, charismatic, friendly, and patient. He maintained a pleasant volume of conversation, allowing for anyone too sleepy to rest peacefully. He provided a huge amount of context for cultural, historical, astonomical, and biological features seen on the tour and present on other parts of the island. Highly recommend, would go again in a heartbeat despite 2am start time.
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Waterloo, Canada
"Amazing experience and wonderful guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
If you have the opportunity to go on the Mauna Kea Sunrise tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail, I would highly recommend it!! Melanie was an amazing guide. She was so friendly, knowledgeable and respectful of the land, the people, their history and culture. She had so much energy and made it fun even at 2AM in the morning! It was amazing seeing the stars without any light pollution, hints of the milky way and the rays of first light as it came up above the clouds. It is truly an unforgettable experience. It realigns your perspective on life...absolutely beautiful.
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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.