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Big Island Tours!

Green Sea Turtle

What’s the best way to see all that the Big Island has to offer?  A Jeep tour with Epic! Tours.

You will see exactly what you want to see on a customized Jeep tour.  You decide the place, the time and how long you stay at each location.  No rushing around like cattle being herded onto an overstuffed tour bus or van.

We will make suggestions as to the best times of the day to visit each location and areas that you would be most interested in seeing, leaving it all up to you where you go.  It’s a ‘no-holds-barred’ tour.  Not going to find it anywhere else.

James or I can take you to a gorgeous black sand beach, green sand beach, southern most point in the USA, active volcano, waterfalls and the top of Mauna Kea in one awesome, adventurous day!  You tell us what you want to see and we’ll make it happen, all while you relax in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with four doors and room for five.  Two Jeeps available for larger groups.  Some tours are ‘set’ but the all day adventure is yours to make.

Not only will you see what most folks miss while visiting the Big Island, you’ll learn much of its history from Ron and James.  Visit an old Sugar Mill/Japanese fishing village that was wiped out in the 1946 Tsunami which is also one of the very few places you can swim in a cool, clear mountain stream and pool as it empties into the warm Pacific; swim in a volcanically heated large, natural, outdoor pond right on the coast, with waves lapping over the lava wall and tropical fish swimming around your legs; relax in a hidden, natural lava ‘hot tub’ along the Puna coast that stays around 100 degrees; sit next to Green Sea Turtles at a world class black sand beach; stand at the southern most piece of land in the USA with nothing but ocean between you and Antarctica; see the unreal glow from the Halemaʻumaʻu pit crater in the Kilauea summit caldera at Volcanoes National Park;  stand at the top of Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in all the islands at almost 14,000′ and watch the sun slide into the clouds below you at sunset; visit an unmarked, hidden gem of a black sand beach along the famous Red Road (careful…clothing is optional at this one), and so much more that I could fill numerous pages.  You get the idea, tell us what you would like to see and we’ll make it happen.  I’ll bet we will even surprise you with some areas you’ve never heard about and we can fill you in on some of the ghost stories or ‘chicken skin’.

We have explored the island to find some very cool, ‘local’ places.  I’ve searched with a photographer’s eye and can take you to places that just don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

You can book your adventures at Epic! Tours.

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach…and a bonus

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is gorgeous, to say the least.  Large beach area, palm trees and green sea turtles. This particular image is not really a great image of the beach, it’s what is behind it, many miles, that is special.  The bonus. Notice the cloud in this distance behind the palm trees?  That’s not a cloud.  When I arrived at the beach the sky was clear and blue.  Suddenly, a large plume of smoke and Sulfur Dioxide rose through the sky.  It’s from the summit of Kilauea, the Halemaʻumaʻu pit crater that is always bubbling and boiling.  A wall must have fallen in or something of the kind causing the smoke to rise like a bomb had gone off. The scene felt like something out of The Twilight Zone.  Here you have a world class black sand beach, palm trees, trade winds and sea turtles taking a nap 25 feet away.  Then, in the distance, an erupting pit crater from Kilauea Volcano.  Beautiful and unsettling at the same time. Punalu'u

Wild Hawaii: The Red Road ebook

The ebook will be ready very soon and will contain more than 60 images from the Red Road!  The ebook will be a photo centric ebook, with numerous full page images and a brief history of the Red Red.

The Red Road is one of the most beautiful drives you’ll find anywhere on the planet, complete with rocky coastline, tide pools and black sand beaches.  Almost all of the areas are family friendly and accessible.  Stay tuned!

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Kehena Beach

This black sand beach is a gem on the Puna Coast.  The sand is jet black, soft and plentiful.  The beach is an unofficial ‘clothing optional’ beach, so you might want to check it out before taking the family.

Kehena is pretty much hidden along the Red Road.  If you don’t know where it is you simply won’t find it.  There are no signs showing the way.  If you want to check it out while you are travelling the Red Road, drop me a line via the comments and I’ll tell you how to get there!

Kehena 2012