Big Island Driving Tours Guide

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4.8
705 reviews
10K+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Think of us as your personal guide to the Big Island. With Shaka Guide, you’ll get the comfort of a guided tour, the benefits of a travel guide book AND the freedom to explore at your own pace.

During your Shaka Guide tour you’ll get directions as you drive, hear stories about the places you’re visiting, and listen to Hawaiian music. The history of the islands will be revealed as your drive!

The app features six tours of the island that visit popular spots like Kona, Hilo, Volcanoes National Park, Waimea Town, Mauna Kea and the Hamakua Coast. But It’s your vacation, what you see and do it totally up to you. Whether you want to hike a scenic trail, hit the beach or visit an ancient historic spot - you choose!

All tours are made locally in Hawaii. During your trip we'll share our favorite things to do on the island as well as travel tips for your visit. Whether you’re traveling for recreation, work, or with family, Shaka Guide is sure to keep your entire group entertained. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews!

The app and map works completely offline. This means that even in remote parts of the island without wifi or data, we’ll still get you where you need to go! Shaka Guide tours never expire — use them more than once or break them up into multiple days.

Check out the Big Island tours below.

SOUTH ISLAND EPIC COASTAL JOURNEY, 8+ hours, 30 stops
• Drive along Big Island’s Kona Coast
• Visit the southernmost point in the U.S. — South Point (Ka Lae)
• Walk along a black sand beach at Punalu’u

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP, 8+ hours, 26 stops
• Marvel at Akaka Falls
• Take in the epic beauty at Waipi’o Valley Overlook
• Explore Hilo Town

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK TOUR 6+ hours, 18 stops
• Look at Hawaii’s most active volcano from Kilauea Lookout
• Walk through a lava tube at Thurston Lava Tube
• See the aftermath of volcanic destruction at Devastation Trail

KONA BIG KAHUNA TOUR, 4+ hours, 20 stop
• Stop at the seaside town of Kona
• Learn about ancient Hawaiian history at Pu’uhonua Historic Park
• Snorkel at Two Step Beach

KOHALA COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR, 4+ hours, 11 stops
• Learn about King Kamehameha’s legacy at Pu’ukohola Heiau
• See an ancient Hawaiian fishing village at Lapakahi State Park
• Visit Waimea Town

Check out a list of tour stops in the app!

BUY THE ISLAND BUNDLE, GET ALL 5 BIG ISLAND TOURS
When you buy the bundle you get ALL FIVE Big Island tours for 70% off the retail price.

DOWNLOADING THE TOURS
It’s important that you download the tours (preferably in wifi) before you go. Make sure the tour is completely downloaded and you’ll have no problem using the tours offline.

BATTERY USAGE
Please remember that continual use of your GPS can dramatically deplete your battery. Be sure to pack a car charger.

IPAD NOTICE
You can use an iPad to take the tour, however, wifi-only iPads without GPS capability will not work.

ABOUT SHAKA GUIDE
At Shaka Guide our goal is to connect people with places through storytelling. Don’t you love learning about the places you’re visiting? Us too! That’s why, a tremendous amount of care goes into each tour we create. Every site we visit, word we say, and song we play has been hand-picked, researched and crafted for quality. We’re proud to have earned the title of Hawaii’s highest-rated travel apps and we can’t wait to explore even more destinations with you!

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Whether you’re a gypsy explorer, looking to tour on your terms, or want to follow the structure of our pre-planned itinerary, we’ve got you covered. Sure, you’ll have a lot of Hawaii bus tour options, self-guided tour apps, and other excursions to choose from during your Big Island vacation. But here at Shaka Guide, we pride ourselves on our unique storytelling. We know how important your trip is, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.
Updated on
Dec 1, 2022

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4.8
705 reviews
Raynard Hunter
October 31, 2022
The app is excellent. It really does a great job with selecting interesting places. The commentary is also great because it gives you knowledge wouldn't haven known otherwise. The only issue I had was it always warned me of up coming navigation directions late. In many case, I had already missed the correct turn. We ended up having the screen open to see the upcoming directions.
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Shaka Guide
November 1, 2022
Aloha! Thank you for your kind feedback. We are reviewing this and several other suggestions for future updates.
Alfred Reyes
October 21, 2022
Chuck is great with his insights, local knowledge, stories, and music. Only thing I wish was for a little bit earlier notice of the turns, but that could also be because some areas there is no reception so maybe the GPS lags a little bit. I had to make a couple U-turns. Also, it'd be nice for the app to redirect you back to the correct route if you veered off course. Other than that, the app is great. Used it on Oahu and the Big Island. Oahu I didn't seem to have any issues.
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Shaka Guide
October 25, 2022
Mahalo for the awesome review. Don't forget to tell all your friends about Shaka guide and let them know they are missing out on the best Aloha experience 🤙😍🤙
Sunny Days
August 16, 2022
Pros: Great stories and hits most major highlights to visit. Love that it can be used offline. Con: Heads-up for approaching turns often came as I was passing the turn. Every time I returned to car, had to restart the whole program to get it to play through blue tooth again. (App or car?) Would appreciate more tips (maybe in the know before you go) on how long it takes to get between major attractions to gauge how much time to spend along the way.
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Shaka Guide
August 24, 2022
Mahalo for your review! We appreciate your kind feedback. We are reviewing this and several other suggestions for future updates.