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Endangered Native Habitats provided by Hawaii Forest and Trail

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Endangered Native Habitats

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Endangered Native Habitats
We have developed an approach that introduces a new standard of cleanliness and disinfection to ensure our guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer experience. Implementing strict protocols and using the latest disinfection technology, updated continuously to current State and Federal Guidelines.
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Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll start at
    Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Hawaii Forest and Trail
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Mauna Kea
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 4
    Saddle Road
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters
    73-5593 A, Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
    Across from Home Depot
    See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, 73-5593 A, Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Interpretative Naturalist Guide
  • Binoculars
  • Filtered water
  • Raingear, day packs and walking sticks
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Forest and Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea
  • Entry/Admission - Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Saddle Road
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guests should wear sturdy closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and bring a light jacket
  • This tour has a maximum of 9 passengers per van
  • This tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full. It will be necessary for you to call 48 hours prior to your departure date to reconfirm (contact details provided on your confirmation voucher).
  • Not recommended for child aged 7 and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Pearl C wrote a review Apr 2020
1 contribution
We've been birding for four years and when planning our trip to Hawaii stumbled upon this gem of a tour. We definitely recommend the Endangered Native Habitat tour. It was the first activity we did after landing in Kona, and it far surpassed our expectations. Our guide, Taj,
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Date of experience: February 2020
Aimee Staats wrote a review Mar 2020
Fair Oaks, California52 contributions2 helpful votes
This was a full-day, somewhat rigorous tour through several areas home to endemic and endangered species, with the focus on birds, but we stopped to study everything we ran across whether native or invasive. Taj, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the wildlife of the
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Date of experience: February 2020
Linda O wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution
With Mark as our outstanding guide, we took off early in the morning and spend the entire day birding and learning more about the native habitats on the Island. Mark is an excellent guide and driver. He is knowledgeable and fun. We saw many of the endemic birds and enjoyed
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Thomas I wrote a review Dec 2019
Eatontown, New Jersey9 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour was well run and full of history, geography, culture, plants, trees and bird information. Going to several locations we were able to see a number of very shy birds and given top quality binoculars to see them with. Photography wise you need your really big lenses but
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Date of experience: December 2019
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chesterc wrote a review Mar 2019
Toronto, Canada54 contributions7 helpful votes
Took the tour on March 14th, 2019 - absolutely sublime day. The only issue was the Sprinter Van’s rear speakers seemed to be faulty, so we could not hear the tour guide while driving up to the refuge.
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Date of experience: March 2019
About the operator

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By: Hawaii Forest and Trail
Wonderful but very cold experience
Really enjoyed this tour for the most part. Our guide/driver Jason provided a ton of information about Hawaii in ge
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The Best Sunset You will Ever See
The best thing about this tour was the guide. Art was incredibly knowledgeable about the mountain, astronomy, and H
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Great Day
The Tour was a great experience. It was a full day of hiking and seeing the beautiful site. it was very adventuro
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Friendly staff and warming gift shop
An excellent place for your trail needs. They have lots of gear in stock and great tours off all kind. They are als
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Mountaintop Magic
What a wonderful experience! Just be prepared for a cold and windy summit. However, the parkas supplied by the tou
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One of the highlights of the Big Island!
Our tour guide was Jeff; we can't imagine there was anyone better. He picked us up on time, was so knowledgeable an
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Experience you and the universe
We did a star gazing tour atop Mauna Kea on Valentine's Day 2020 - about a week after our wedding in Honolulu. Our
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Great Hike and Tour Guide!
We had a great time in an area that only a few are lucky enough to hike through the lava tube and craters. It is no
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Great Day
What a day, enjoyed a small group hiking tour through though lava tubes ending at a local brewery. Felt like we got
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Outstanding guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea to see the sunset and stars!
My wife and I are very glad we book wtih Hawaii Forest and Trail for the guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea. The e
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Great tour to finish off our Hawaii trip
What a marvelous tour! We did the sunset tour. Our guide was super knowledgeable about native Hawaiian culture, geo
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Had a great trip to the volcanos and lava tube with Angela who was great fun and very knowlegable. Great lunch too
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Awesome tour!
We had a great tour to see the sunset and stars! Jeff was our guide and is full of information on the island, the a
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Incredible stargazing!
I went on a sunset and stargazing tour with Jeff as our guide. Every aspect of the tour was well planned and execut
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Jason S
Do this. Trust me.
The stargazing tour to the top of Mauna Kea. You are picked up in the afternoon, go to a few thousand feet for din
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Key Details
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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