Kona Shore Excursion: Kona History and Culture Tour

30 Reviews | Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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4 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

Step off your cruise and step back in time on this tour of historic Kona. On this cruise ship excursion, we share Kailua-Kona’s history to set the stage for your trip back in time to Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – an ancient Hawaiian village of refuge for kapu (law) breakers.

We show you a beautiful scenic view overlooking Kealakekua Bay – an underwater preserve and where a monument to Captain Cook stands. Here, he sailed in and was received as the god, Lono, yet he proved to be a mere mortal and was slain. Visit the Painted Church – the tiny church Belgian priests painted to be a grand cathedral. Experience history as rich as the brew at the Kona coffee factory we visit as well.

Highlights

  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

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Reviews

Average 4.13 out of 5 stars based on 30 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Jim P, Mar 2019 Verified
Beautiful and very informative. Enjoyed the tour very much. Tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.
Susan D, Sep 2017 Verified

Great Guide , visiting the refuge was the best part , a beautiful place enjoyed the history of this place , we were given plenty of time for this visit.
We also visited the Kona Coffee and the Painted Church.

Brenda V, Jul 2017 Verified

Roberts tour guide was excellent!

Franny, Mar 2017 Verified

We didn't get much of a tour of the coffee plantation. I did a coffee plantation Tour in Costa Rico, so I know what the bean cherry looks like on the bush and how all the layers are separated after the beans are dried out in the sun. All the free samples were tasty if you like coffee. The chocolate covered coffee beans were really good, too and I bought many packages of chocolate covered macadamia nuts as requested by my family...some milk chocolate and some dark chocolate. many varieties. No need for a stop at the Mona Laua -most popular brand on the mainland factory. I would have liked to see how they are processed. Fascinated by the prep- work required to make cashews into cocktail nuts. As seen in Malaysia...ever wonder why cashews are so expensive? Why you cannot buy them in the shell? workers wrap fingers with cling wrap because the nut meat is floating in a toxin liquid just inside the shell.

Richard T, Jul 2016 Verified

Excellent Tour. Well worth the cost. Beautiful location in Kona. History and culture were both found in one location. Excellent narration to and from the sites.

Linda B, Jul 2016 Verified

Lincoln our tour guide/ bus driver was great! We learned so much about Kona history. I highly recommend this tour!

Adrienne H, Sep 2015 Verified

The Historical Refuge Park is a must see and very relaxing. Most interesting was St Benedicts's Painted Church. Imagine a priest sent to this side of the island not knowing how to communicate with people then painted murals so they could understand him.

rogerryberg, Dec 2013 Verified

Very informative and enjoyable.

Patricia M, Jan 2013 Verified

Working with Cool Destinations for any of my shore excursions has been a pleasure.

Jane J, Jan 2013 Verified

Great trip - just as advertised.

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