Fly onto Big Island Hawaii. Larger than all other Hawaiian Islands combined, The Big Island is the epicentre of Hawaii’s volcanic activity, and the island boasts a dizzying array of natural diversity. Spend your first day on Big Island, getting acquainted with your new surroundings and sinking into Hawaiian relaxation.
After a relaxing night in a local hotel, take to the skies to explore the boundless beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In a private helicopter, fly towards the volcanic area, soaring over the famous Kona coffee district and taking in views of three towering volcanoes, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. From above you have an unparalleled view of the island’s beauty as you take in meandering streams, lakes of glowing lava, and huge stretches of forest. Leap from your helicopter into the ocean and begin your exploration on land.
As you emerge from the ocean you will be met by a local expert guide who will take you through the remote and rugged landscapes of Ka’u. Explore Volcanoes National Park winding your way through deep-set tubes that were hewn from the earth by rivers of molten lava. Learn about the importance these lava tubes played in local mythology as well as their vital role as places to store food. A local guide will also share stories from Hawaiian legends and folklore with a special focus on Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. Visit historic farming plantations and learn from local farmers about how they cultivate this nutrient-rich landscape. At a coffee plantation, sip on a deliciously rich cup of coffee grown and ground in that very plantation. Head to a stunning black sand beach where you can enjoy a wild picnic lunch as you sink your toes into the volcanic sand. Rested and restored, make your way back into the jungle and learn more about the natural ecosystems in place here as you discover cavernous volcanic craters surrounded by lush forest.
In the evening board a private catamaran and watch the sun descend over the pristine ocean. And, once the sun sets, the adventure can truly begin. The Kona coast offers some of the best chances to encounter manta rays. These huge and ethereal creatures can boast wingspans of up to 20 feet and once the sun sets you will get the chance to slip into the water with them on an extraordinary nighttime snorkelling experience. Shine spotlights into the water, illuminating plankton that the mantas feed on. Swimming in the water with these serene and gentle giants under the light of the moon is an experience you are sure to remember forever.