8 years and older
12 Hours
Big Island, Kona
Pick Up
Tour Times

UPDATED 2021: Description of activity subject to change without notice due to new limitations and updated capacities. Thank you.


  • Availability: Tuesday
  • Tour Times: 6:30 AM
  • Duration: 12 Hours

UPGRADE to an affordable Private Ohana Tour and experience “Hakalau Forest Reserve Exclusive” exclusively with your family or small group.

This tour will now be run in one of our brand new 4WD Short Wheel Base Mercedes Sprinters. These vehicles are perfect for our birdwatching tours as they are designed for smaller, more intimate groups (Minimum 4, Maximum 9 passengers) and deliver a rugged build that allows access to those off-the-beaten-path locations. To top it off, they offer all the luxury comforts including leather captain’s seats, USB charging ports, and a roof-mounted awning. Riding in style with our best-in-class field guides to a restricted access nature preserve, you’ll experience a truly unique Hawaii Island adventure!


  • Exclusive experience with your family or small group
  • Gain entry into a restricted-access National Wildlife Refuge
  • Discover rare native plants and animals, including carnivorous caterpillars and happy-faced spiders
  • Search for native & endangered birds including Amakihi, Apapane, Elepaio, Akepa, Akiapolaau, and Iiwi
  • Our interpretive guides are expert bird trackers


  • Snacks
  • Deli-style lunch with assorted beverages.
  • Gears – Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear, and rain ponchos.


  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Wear long pants
  • Bring a light rain jacket


  • Tour is for ages 8 years and older
  • Minimum 4 participants, Maximum of 9 participants
  • Tour is rated Moderate. Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. Expect to cover approximately 2 to 4 miles in 4 hours. Over the course of the hike, the elevation change is approximately 650’.
  • We sometimes encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions. 
  • Due to the behavior of Hawaii’s endemic birds, the use of a spotting scope can be challenging. If you feel up to the test, we do encourage you to bring your own birdwatching gear. We do provide binoculars on the tour for guest use.

Special Notes:
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

Activity Company: Hawaii Forest & Trail

Pick-up Location and Time:

  • Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters – 6:30 AM
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – 6:50 AM
  • Queens’ Market Place – 7:15 AM
  • Lava Java Waikoloa – 7:25 AM
  • Gilbert Kahele Recreational Park – 8:00 AM

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please be on time as these pick-ups determine when we start our tours. Mahalo