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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"A wonderful experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Everything is awesome besides the cold temperature… It's the most romantic thing to meet the light from million years ago! Must go!
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"Great guided walk in Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
My wife, adult son and I went on a guided walk through the forest in Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge on the slopes of Mauna Kea on a Hawaii Forest and Trail trip. Our guide was Gary and we had a great time. The refuge is working to preserve and restore the native high altitude forest on Mauna Kea and is home to a number of interesting and rare native Hawaiian birds and plants. Many are endemic to Hawaii. As a general matter, you can only enter the refuge with a guide. The birds were amazing, the plants quite interesting and beautiful and there were many beautiful views along the road to the refuge and on the trail. Gary was quite knowledgeable about the birds, plants and geology of the area. We had an interesting discussion. He did a great job spotting birds and plants. 3 of the 8 clients on the trip were birders. Two of us (including me) were hoping to photograph the native birds (lighting in a forest is often challenging for photography, but I got a number of good pictures of birds I had never seen before). And others (my wife and son among them) were out for a beautiful walk in an interesting forest. I think all had a good time. The logistics of the trip went well too. Breakfast and lunch were good and the van we drove in was comfortable. We will definitely go in another HFT trip.
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"Fabulous tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
My husband and I went on the sunrise tour and we both agree it was the highlight of our first vacation to Hawaii. We were amazed at how much of the night sky is visible at 4am from halfway up Mauna Kea, and our tour guide pointed out all the major constellations in southern and northern hemisphere. The view from the top is spectacular! Our guide said it was one of his best trips the whole year. The guides really take care of you and are extremely knowledgeable. I was having allergy related ear issues and our guide Jason kept checking to make sure I was Ok. Definitely go with this tour group - they are eco-friendly and people friendly.
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Jim C
Rome, Georgia
"Stunning views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
A great early am tour! Recommend doing this while you’re still jet lagged (if coming from the mainland) to make the 2 am wake up is easier. Our guide, Matt,was very knowledgeable, having a geology background and previous work experience on the telescopes. He plied us with coffee and hot choclate, and gave us a great tour of the constellations from the North Star to the Southern Cross. He worked hard to keep us comfortable and informed. The summit was truly stunning. Great sunrise and views from almost 14,000 feet. The parka and blankets provided kept us warm enough. (Low 30s with no snow when we went). A tasty breakfast at a deserted 19th century ranch house down in the valley was a great finish.
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Sue B
Bettendorf, Iowa
"Moana Kae trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Amazing tour...amazing food...amazing time! The tour starts at 3. You travel from sea level to 12000 feet with breaks to the amazing Moana Kae summit. After sunset, you are taken to a dark turnoff to look at stars. All food is great! A wonderful tour. Would love to take it again!
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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.