Full-Day Endangered Native Habitats Tour
Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
This is an experience that nature lovers and avid birdwatchers can’t miss! Go on a guided tour of a cloud mist forest on Mauna Loa and a sub-alpine dryforest on Mauna Kea. Discover top natural sights and wildlife in these two habitats.
- Mauna Loa cloud mist forest and Mauna Kea dryforest hiking tour
- Tour last wild Palila habitat
- Top views of endangered fauna and flora
What’s included in the tour
- Continental breakfast
- Deli-style lunch with assorted beverages
- Walking sticks
- Day packs
- Warm outer clothing and ponchos
About this Kailua-Kona tour
Learn about the fascinating evolution of Hawaiian biology on this full-day nature tour. Experience two distinct ecosystems firsthand: hike through the trails of a cloud mist forest on Mauna Loa and a sub-alpine dryforest on Mauna Kea. See endangered plants and animals along the way. Immerse yourself in the rarified atmosphere of two of the top natural wonders of the area.
Expect to hike four miles in the cloud mist forest and less than one mile in the dryforest tour. Your hiking will take you along uneven or rocky terrain, so dress accordingly. To ensure your experience is a comfortable one, you will be provided walking sticks, warm outer clothing, and, should the weather call for it, ponchos. To best view the birds, binoculars are also available. Your knowledgeable guide will be sure to point out some of the spectacular wildlife you will encounter on the ground and above. You might have the opportunity to see amakihi, liwi, elepaio, apapane, and other birds. These top bird sightings will delight experienced and novice birdwatchers alike.
You might also get the chance to see the elusive palilia during the tour. These tiny winged wonders are endangered, so if you are privileged to come across one, be sure to capture the moment!
This tour offers a delicious continental breakfast that includes fresh local fruit, pastries, and warm beverages. Enjoy a deli-style lunch with assorted beverages.
Please make your way to Hawaii Forest & Trail HQ: 73-3393 Olowalu St. #A, Kailua-Kona. Staying at one of the listed resorts? We've got your ride. Your tour includes pick-up from local area hotels, just let us know where to meet you. Please provide the hotel name and address below and include a cell phone number that we can call if there are any issues with your pick up.
A minimum of 4 persons is needed to operate this tour. All tour timings are approximate and may vary depending on guide, weather conditions and interests of the group. With advance notice we can pick you up for your tour from the following locations: Four Seasons Resort Hilton Waikoloa Waikoloa Beach Marriott Queen's Market Place at Charlie's Thai Cafe Paniolo Greens (in Front of Rec Center) 190/Waikoloa Park & Ride Mauna Kea State Park Puuhuluhulu, 28MM Saddle Road (Rte 200)
Must be able to hike 2 to 4 miles over uneven and rocky terrain.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Adventure, Scenic
Mercedes Sprinter Van
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 8 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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