Best of Kona

Tour Description

Discover Hawaii’s Place of Refuge! Traveling by luxurious Mercedes Benz mini-coach, drive through ancient battlefields along Kona’s rocky coast and sample the Big Island’s best honey in South Kona. Visit the quaint and historic Painted Church high on the hill above Kealakekua Bay.  Enjoy lunch on us before we head off to Greenwell Farms to sample the most famous coffee in Kona. Learn all about this incredible plantation from expert coffee guides. Kailani Tours’ professional guides are scientists, master storytellers and customer service professionals. Join us for a daytime adventure and an intimate look along the backroads of old Hawaii. Experience “The Best of Kona!”

Tour Info

Price: $149 for Adults / $139 for Children (Age 3-11 years old)

Length of Tour: Approximately 6 hours (Morning and Afternoon)

Pickup Locations: All Kona hotels and resorts (Kona Central Pickup Offered for Waikoloa guests)

What to Expect

  • Points of Interest
  • Place of Refuge (Pu’u Honua O’ Honaunau), Big Island Bees (Tours, Shopping, and Tasting), Historic Painted Church, Lunch at 2 Step Café (Hot Sandwiches, Salads, and Smoothies, Greenwell Coffee Farm (Tour, Tasting, and Souvenirs).

  • What Kailani Tours Hawaii Provides
  • English-speaking driver/guide, Mercedes 15 passenger van, deli-style lunch (hot/cold sandwiches, chips, and soda), umbrellas in the event of rain, cold towel service, chilled bottled water and cookies.  This tour has a maximum of 12 passengers to provide plenty of headroom in the cabin and comes with a state-of-the-art audio and visual package.

  • What to Bring
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and perhaps a light jacket. There is no swimming on this tour.

  • What to Wear
  • Weather at the Place of Refuge can be quite hot. Morning temperatures tend to be a little bit milder (75-85 degrees F) but on occasion, the humidity can also be high. Kailani Tours Hawaii recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses and shorts.  Slippers or flip-flops are not recommended.

  • Recommendations
  • This tour is for guests 3 years and older.  Kailani Tours Hawaii will provide car seats or booster chairs upon request. Guests are welcome to bring their own if they wish. The does not include lengthy hikes but will be in exposed sunshine for approximately one hour.  Passengers travelling with a collapsible wheelchair or walker are more than welcome to join us.  Kailani Tours Hawaii’s spacious Mercedes passenger vans provide the ultimate in comfort for guests hoping to avoid large 50 passenger vans and want a more personal and authentic Hawaiian Experience.  The Best of Kona tour is designed to give our guests the best first-class tour around.

  • Meal Choices
  • Your 2 Step Cafe lunch choices are:

    Paddler Panini

    Turkey, Spinach, Roasted Bell Peppers and Swiss on Sourdough

    Stand Up Panini

    Spinach, Avocado, Artichoke, Tomato, Provolone and Macadamia Nut Pesto on Wheat

    Turkey Club Sandwich

    Ham Club Sandwich

    Each lunch option comes with chips and a soda of your choice. Smoothies and items from the bakery will be available for purchase.

    ** Gluten free bread and vegan cheese available

  • Disclaimer
  • Kailani Tours Hawaii is committed to providing five-star service to all guests.  Kailani Tours Hawaii will not refund tour price due to weather-related reasons but may cancel the tour if we deem the weather conditions to be unsafe or unreasonable.  We will promise an incredible tour but unfortunately cannot control the weather.  Guests will be charged 100% of the tour price for cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour. Kailani Tours Hawaii may offer an alternative date if available under weather-related conditions within 24 hours.

    Kailani Tours Hawaii is a Big-Island based deluxe tour company specializing in Kilauea Tours, Charters, and special events.  The company utilizes Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans, maintains the best touring equipment, and provides the highest level of customer service.

  • Additional Info
  • Travel in comfort and style in our Mercedes Sprinter mini-coaches.  Your guide will greet you with a warm “Aloha!” as we offer pickups from all major Kona hotels and resorts. Guests staying North of Kona may meet us at one of our Central Meeting Locations. We’ll drive through the newly paved Mamalahoa Bypass Road along the rocky shores of Kona to the town of Captain Cook. Your guide will first take you to an ancient place of refuge known as Pu’u Honua O Honaunau. See culturally significant plant species, birds and aquatic life. Further down through old lava fields, we will make a stop along the shore to imagine the fishing villages that used to dot this harsh landscape. Big Island Bees awaits as we will be able to tour a unique bee and honey farm nestled along the hillside. Tour, shop and sample nectar that was created by a fourth-generation beekeeper. Big Island Bees, the best honey around! Climbing further up the mountain we will make a stop at the Painted Church.

    This tour is ideal for any guests who plan to experience a luau or simply want to learn about Hawaii’s rich history and culture.


From To Destination / Activity
7:30 AM 8:15 AM Hotel Pickup
8:45 AM 9:30 AM Place of Refuge (Pu’uhonua o Honaunau)
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Big Island Bees – Tours, Shopping, and Tasting
11:15 AM 11:45 AM Historic Painted Church
11:50 AM 12:45 PM Lunch Provided By 2 Step Café –

Sandwiches, Salads, and Smoothies

1:00 PM 2:00 PM Greenwell Coffee – Tour, Tasting, and Shopping
2:15 PM 2:45 PM Hotel Return

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Our Location:

73­1333 Nawahie Loop Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740