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Historic Hilo Bay and Coconut Island Guided Kayak Adventure

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  • 2 hr

Experience the history and natural beauty of old Hawaii. Unlike anywhere else in the islands, Hilo Bay captures the feeling of going back in time. Join our guided 2 hour kayak tour paddling with the majestic snow capped peaks of Maunea Kea crater in the distance. Learn about the history of the last Hawaiian monarch at Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens. Discover secluded coves, marine life that gather in the tide pools, and make a stop at Coconut Island. Come talk story with our guides and learn more about the unique history of Hilo Bay.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Hilo Ocean Adventures

This tour departs daily from the Wailoa Boat Ramp at 1:00pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Each tour is 2 hours long on our 20' inflatable zodiac.  You will be truly amazed by the beauty and culture that Hilo Bay has to offer.  You'll visit Coconut Island, an ancient Pu'uhonua or "Place of Refuge," then make your way across Hilo Bay and under the Singing Bridge and enter the longest river in the Hawaiian Islands and sneak a peek at it's iconic waterfalls. This is were the many stories of Maui reside, and you can even spot giant sea turtles wading in the lagoon and swimming through the banyan vines which dangle from the trees along the shore. You will not want to miss the incredible cultural storytelling experience and unique adventure.

Stop At: Coconut Island

Coconut Island, also known as Moku Ola, which literally means “island of life” in the Hawaiian language, used to be a site of an ancient temple dedicated to healing. During the olden times, the island's spring waters were known to cure all sorts of ailments. The island is also known as a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiians who broke the law. All they have to do was swim to the island without getting caught by the warriors chasing them then they will be pardoned for whatever crime they had committed.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Liliuokalani Gardens

Resting along Banyan Drive, in historic downtown Hilo, you will find the beautiful Lili’uokalani Gardens, the largest, authentic Edo-style ornamental garden outside of Japan. Queen Liliuokalani, donated the original five acres of land to create a public park in 1907. This was increased to seventeen acres by the Legislative Committee concerned with management of public lands in November 1917. Named for Hawaii’s last ruling monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani, the garden opened in 1919 and was styled as a tribute to the first Japanese immigrants to the Big Island who helped build it’s agricultural history starting in 1868.