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Top 9 Eco-Adventure Tours in Hawaiʻi

November 18, 2017, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated November 18, 11:58 AM
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Photo courtesy of Skyline Eco-Adventures.

Hawai‘i offers some of the best eco-adventure tours and activities in the world. FlightNetwork, a Canadian-owned online travel agency, has compiled a bucket list of the 42 best eco-adventures in the United States for 2017. Among these are nine adventure tours offered throughout the Hawaiian Islands, offering activities ranging from guided lava hikes, scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, ziplining and more.

Hereʻs a list of the top nine eco-adventure tours offered in Hawai‘i according to FlightNetwork:

 

1. Kilauea EcoGuides

A fairly robust breakout oozed fluid pāhoehoe into a depression on the flow field. ExtremeExposure photo, April 6, 2017.

Location: Volcano Village, Hawai‘i Island
Best Season to Visit: Year Round
Prices: Start at $90 per person.

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Ever since you were a kid, you’d love to pretend the floor was made of lava as you jumped from couch to chair. Now is your chance to see flowing lava up close and personal on the world’s most active volcano – Kīlauea in Hawai‘i. Don’t worry – it’s safe. Even though you’re in hand’s reach of lava and on trails that most tour companies don’t access, Kīlauea EcoGuides’ guides are certified annually by Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park management and train alongside park rangers and professional scientists.

Flight Network website photo.

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2. Hawai‘i Eco Divers and Surf Adventure

Location: Haleiwa, O‘ahu Island
Best Season to Visit: Year round
Prices: Vary

Your friends know Hawai‘i by land – now you’ll know it by (under)water. Hawai‘i Eco Divers & Surf Adventures takes you on a journey of discovery at the best dive sites of O‘ahu – such as shark diving at Shark’s Cove or Three Tables, and scuba diving at shipwreck locations and the amazing reefs of the Honolulu/Waikiki area.

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3. Wild Side Specialty Tours 

Photo courtesy of Flight Network website.

Location: Waianae, O‘ahu Island
Best Season to Visit: Year Round
Starting Prices: From $145 per person

Hawaiian wildlife is acclaimed worldwide – and Wild Side is the way to see it. On intimate charters limited to six to ten passengers, come aboard for a day of adventure: swimming with dolphins, snorkeling at turtle reef and whale watching.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Flight Network website.

4. Pacific Whale Foundation

Location: Lahaina and Ma’alaea, Maui Island
Best Season to Visit: Nov 25 – May 15
Starting Prices: $33 and up per trip

The experts at the Pacific Whale Foundation takes whales seriously – and you will too when you see them in their full glory. Set in the backdrop of the glorious Maui island, treat yourself to a sunset dinner, a cocktail cruise, or a stargazing cruise in the popular spot of whale migration.

5. Maui Kayaks

Photo credit to Aaron Burden. Maui Kayaks website photo.

Location: Maui Island
Best Season to Visit: Year Round
Starting Prices: $74

A side of Maui typical Maui goers don’t get to see: Maui underwater. Cruise to Turtle Town via kayak, ditch the boat and dive into a protected reef. This is a unique snorkeling opportunity to make friends with endangered green sea turtles, dolphins, Manta and Eagle rays, octopus, eels and even humpback whales!

 

6. Skyline Eco Adventures

Photo courtesy of Skyline Eco-Adventures.

Location: Hawai‘i, Maui and Kauai
Best Season to Visit: Year round
Starting Prices: $119.95 to $189.95

You can’t see Hawai‘i the right way unless you’re whizzing above its beauty on a zip line! Skyline Eco Adventures has continuously been awarded the #1 Zipline tour company in Hawai‘i, and it’s not hard to see why: often sold out, courses boast the best of the Hawaiian landscape. Go for your thrill at two locations in Maui, one on Hawai‘i Island or another on Kauai!

7. Maui Eco Tours

Photo credit: Austin Neill, Unsplash.

Location: Maui Island
Best Season to Visit: Year round
Starting Prices: $65+

It’s playtime in Maui! Maui Eco Tours is known for avoiding crowds of tourists while you experience Maui the way the locals do – uninhibited in the sun and the surf. Stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and surfing are just a few of the lessons and experiences they offer. You’ll be playing like the locals before you know it in the water with the tour guides.

 

Photo credit: Paul Grace.

8. Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Location: Lihue, Kauai Island
Best Season to Visit: Year Round
Starting Prices: Tubing $106/person, Ziplining $125/person, ARGOTubing $199/person

Kauai’s hidden backcountry gems are a must-see on your visit to the Island. Tube through tunnels and turns in the old sugar plantation irrigation system or zipline one of their seven lines to get a better view from above. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to understand Kauai’s unique history and culture.

9. Hawai‘i Real Nature Tours

Photo courtesy of Flight Network website.

Location: O‘ahu Island & Maui Island
Best Season to Visit: Year round
Starting Prices: Varies depending on tour

Within Hawai‘i Real Nature Tour’s private explorations of O‘ahu and of Maui, you’ll experience exclusive snorkeling locations in the most beautiful waters of the United States. Hawai‘i Real Nature also offers tours of the world-famous Road to Hana, and the option to customize your itinerary.

These top-rated Hawai‘i tours were ranked by Flight Network among 42 eco-adventures nationwide. The entire list of eco-adventure tours ranked as follows:

Top U.S. Exploration Eco Tours

1. Crystal Coast EcoTours
2. Wild Louisiana Tours
3. The Last Wilderness Swamp Tours
4. Kayak-iti-yat, Original Kayaking Tours of New Orleans
5. The Atchafalaya Experience
6. Snakeroot EcoTours 
7. Sea Serpent Tours Inc.
8. Botany Bay Ecotours
9. Triad Eco Adventures
10. Wilderness Southeast
11. Seashore Eco Tours 
12. Evergreen Escapes
13. Antelope Canyon Tour and Horseshoe Bend

Top U.S. Wildlife Eco Tours

1. Honest Eco Tours
2. Save the Bay
3. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge 
4. Wild Side Speciality Tours
5. Beaufort River Tours 
6. Carolina Waterman, Inc.
7. Pacific Whale Foundation
8. Gulf Coast Expeditions 
9. Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures
10. Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari

Top U.S. Adventure Eco Tours

1. Maui Kayaks
2. Papillon
3. Maverick Helicopters
4. Sandbar Safari Guide Service
5. Hidden Reef Eco Tours
6. Breakaway Cruises
7. PADDLE! The Florida Keys
8. Catalina Island Company
9. Skyline Eco-Adventures
10. New Wave Eco Charters
11. Maui Eco Tours
12. Kauai Backcountry Adventure
13. Paddle NC 
14. Vertical Illusions Adventure
15. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy
16. Arcosanti: An Urban Laboratory?
17. Hawaii Real Nature Tours

 

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