Hakalau Forest Reserve Exclusive

We have upgraded our Hakalau birdwatching adventure and are proud to announce our first publicly available “HFT Exclusive” product. 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 (9 passengers max) 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 captains 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.


  • 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

Important Information

Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.


  • Continental breakfast including fresh local fruit, baked goods, 100% Kona coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Deli style lunch, with assorted beverages.
  • Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos.

What to Bring & Wear: Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, and a light rain jacket.

Additional Information

Departures are dependent on availability of restricted-access permits. Tour time is 11 - 12 hours round trip, departing from Queen's Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort, the junction of Highway 19 and Waikoloa Road and Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Cancellation Policy

  • Guests will receive a full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation.
  • Private tours: Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours notice of cancellation.

Cancellations within the cancellation period and “no-shows” will be charged the FULL AMOUNT of the tour.

from $225 Add to activity notebook

Price may vary depending on the date you select
Kailua-Kona, Big Island