Professional tour guide in United States of America
We offer Hawaii Island’s best guided tours for small groups. Sure, there are larger tour companies on Hawai’i Island, but none offer the level of care and customization that we can provide.
We have access to the best places at the best times. Owners Katie and Nick will be your outdoor guides as we visit ...(read more)unbelievable reef ecosystems, active lava flows, and quiet camping locales.
From the longest of overnight tours, to the islands’ only land-based snorkel tour we’ve got you covered. Reserve your experience by calling or emailing us.
We are an insured and permitted tour operator and a member of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. Don't settle for less!
Have you seen glowing lava at night? Felt the hot steam coming from a steam vent? Walked an ancient path that connected the villages of Hawaii? The Volcano tour is one of our most popular tours because we do all this and more. We spend time on the beach with turtles basking on the black sand, hiking to the lava tube with a small group of people. The trip: Full day world heritage site Volcanoes tour. We begin by heading south towards Volcanoes National Park. stopping for snacks at a black sand beach for a hike at a large heiau (temple). We then take the time to hike inside Volcanoes National Park.
Hawaii Outdoor Guides offers the only beach entry snorkel tour on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entering the ocean from the beach is great for the beginner snorkelers and gives our guides many options for our guests. We have protected beaches that offer perfect conditions and other spots with a greater chance of seeing the large marine mammals there. Our experienced snorkelers appreciate our dive shop quality gear and our guides knowledge of the beach and marine life. The trip: Enjoy a day in the ocean without the worries or hassle of finding the snorkeling spots! We are avid snorkelers who bring you to our favorite places, provide the snorkel gear, lunch and snacks for a great day in the ocean. If you need more instruction and help we have a high success rate with our first time snorkelers and bring you to beaches where the snorkeling is ideal for beginners. We also provide snorkel vests for our guests that need a little more reassurance. Sit back, relax and enjoy a day in the ocean!
Our four day three night active friends tour is the perfect solution for the person that wants to take some time to really explore the island. We snorkel on the west side, hike and camp inside Volcanoes National Park, visit Puna for warm water pools, hike to waterfalls and untouched forests before heading back for camping on the beach for one night and then lots of extra beach time and boogie boarding. Four days are needed so we can fit in all of these fun activities. Highlights include: Volcanoes National Park, East coast waterfalls, camping on the beach on the west coast and boogie boarding with boards we provide. The trip: Our day begins with some beaches that often make the list of top ten beaches in the world. Dream of a land where the sand is white and the water is a crystal clear blue? Let us take you there. Lunch is served at the beach, the best way to enjoy local fruit and products is in the environment in the land where they are made. We may be able to spot whales from December to April and lets look for some hono (turtle in Hawaiian). Walking to the fields of Petroglyphs you are taken back to a different time when Hawaiians were connected to the land in many ways and their mana (power) was strong. The sunsets on these beaches are amazing and will give you pictures to make friends jealous for years to come. If the sea is cooperating we will be donning the snorkel gear and exploring the world under the surface. These beaches are the reason so many people continue to visit this beautiful island. We will cook dinner together and set up tents for a time of Ukulele playing and telling good stories at the end of a full day. Sleep with the stars overhead and the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep. Breakfast is served fresh under blue sky with ocean view. Time to heat up and enjoy the light trade winds. After a ride through different climatic zones and a vast landscape I will take you into a rainforest. It is time to put on the hiking gear and tune in with the sights and sounds of the lush green. On a hike we will explore endemic and native species and look out for wild pigs. There is a small, serene park in the forest, the best place to enjoy the handmade lunch Next stop history. Let’s see if you have what it takes to become the next king of Hawaii. Time to jump in the pool. On the way to a big, black, natural infinity pool at the end of the single lane road we will see waterfalls, orchids and banjan trees. Listen to the sound of the waves and grab the snorkeling gear to observe life under the surface. Basecamp is around the corner. After setting up the tents and cooking dinner, it is time for the hot tub, a naturally heated pool. After sunset, the nightsky is filled with stars and I invite you to find some constellations. On this side of the island it is the place to watch the sunrise as it happens. The breakfast buffet is open and the tide pools are a good place to start the day in the water. Lava trees are close and lead us the way to Volcanoes National Park. In the park, we will refill our fresh water supplies with filtered rainwater and explore the life circle of this volcanic island and see why ginger plants can be harmful to this environment. We will hike through pitch black lava tubes, visit the steam vents and explore the sulfur banks before we arrive at our next trail head. After lunch in the shade, it is time to hike across newer lava flows, explore craters, cinder cones and see Hawaiian Petroglyphs. We will spend the night in the park after cooking dinner and setting up the tents. The next day we will leave the park after breakfast and head to the next historic site, Captain Cook. We will learn why the explorer has his own monument and discover the ancient Place of Refuge. There is a beautiful beach nearby and this will be the place where we prepare lunch. After lunch, it is time to get wet again. We will stop at one of the nicest reefs and explore the coast from the water. For you to discover are star fish, squid, puffer fish, baracudas, discus fish, snapper, parrot fish, moray eels, sting rays and more of the estimated 230,000 species in the water.
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4) Cancellation by the Client
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Cancellation less than 72 hours prior to departure – 100% of total booking cost
No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. The same applies if you leave a trip or cannot fully participate in a trip due to injury or illness. Refunds will be at the discretion of the Company if you are involuntarily forced to leave a trip for any reason. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.
5) Cancellation by the Company
The Company reserves the right to cancel any trip if the trip does not attract the minimum number of clients required to make the trip financially viable. The Company will not, however, cancel a trip any later than six weeks prior to the commencement of the trip. A proviso to this; the Company reserves the right to cancel a trip at any stage prior to the scheduled departure due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events which make it unviable for the Company to operate our planned schedule. In such a case, the Company will, at its own discretion, refund the trip price only.
6) Booking Amendments
If you wish to change your booking in any way, you must contact us as soon as possible and we will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. Surcharges may apply.
7) Substitution of a Client
If any member of the party is prevented from traveling because of the death, injury or serious illness of the passenger, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person (acceptable to the Company) provided that written notice is given at least 30 days prior to departure. Airlines may impose 100% cancellation charges and the cost of a new ticket.
The Company reserves the right to change the trip costs to take account of the following items: government action, and transportation costs, including the cost of fuel. The Company will not absorb any increase in booking price should a surcharge be necessary. The Client will have to pay necessary surcharges but if these result in an increase of more than 10% of the trip cost excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges the Client may cancel the booking within 7 days notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. No surcharge will be imposed within 30 days of departure.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a trip organized by the Company. It is mandatory that this travel insurance covers adequate personal accident, medical, evacuation and repatriation expenses, as well as cancellation, curtailment, loss of effects and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client. Clients, together with their personal property including baggage, are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. When purchasing insurance, clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities in their trip.
10) Passport, Visa and Vaccinations
It is the responsibility of the Client to be in possession of a valid passport, visa permits, inoculations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the trip. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the Company.
You acknowledge that participating in our trips requires a degree of flexibility, and understand that the route of a trip, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should the Company deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside the Company’s control. While traveling with the Company you agree to accept the authority of the leader and/or local operator at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that the Company reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. You acknowledge that the Company contracts with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals to assist in the running of its trips. To the best of the Company’s knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However, the Company will not be held liable for any injury including death, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behavior of these third parties. The Company will not accept responsibility or liability for any client who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited. No employee, contractor, sub-contractor, servant or agent of the Company has authority to vary these conditions. This agreement is governed by the laws of Hawaii.
The Company does its utmost to ensure you a rewarding and enjoyable travel experience with us. In the case where we offer coaching and guiding, we also endeavor to provide you with the best possible learning experience. We understand that expectations vary greatly from person to person, however, and we cannot guarantee to meet all the expectations of the various people who attend our trips. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you accept that the Company will not be held accountable if our trips do not meet your particular expectations. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting your expectations regarding the quality or quantity of snorkeling areas, beaches, lava walking areas, the quality or quantity of coaching and guiding, the quality or type of accommodation, the standard or type of transportation, the style of trip leadership and organization, and the extent of your improvement in snorkeling or any other skill.
Traveling with the Company may involve risks above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday. Vacations involving snorkeling, hiking and lava walking and other adventurous activities have inherent dangers that can result in serious injury and even death. Our use of guides and coaches can help to reduce these dangers but it cannot eliminate them. You must be prepared to accept the risks associated with snorkeling, hiking and lava walking and all other activities if you attend our trips. Likewise, you must also be prepared to accept responsibility for your own actions during our trips. Although our guides and coaches may provide you with advice and directions it is ultimately your responsibility to determine where your limits of capability and experience are and to avoid crossing these limits. We will not be held accountable for the choices and decisions you make during our trips.
Our vacations may also involve dangers due to the regions we visit. The Company visits some geographical regions where, among other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications, and infrastructure may not be of the standard that you are used to or would find on a more conventional holiday. The safety of roads and standard of driving practices may also be lower in some of these regions relative to what you are accustomed to. Although we do our utmost to ensure that our drivers adhere to local driving laws and drive carefully and safely, we cannot guarantee your safety while driving with us and will not be held accountable for road accidents that occur during your travels with us.
By agreeing to these terms and conditions you accept the risks outlined in the above two paragraphs and fully assume the risks of traveling with the Company. You agree to release the Company from any liabilities connected to these risks.
14) Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement (hereafter the “Release Agreement”)
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To: Hawaii Outdoor Guides, and their members, employees, agents, independent contractors, subcontractors, representatives, sponsors, successors and assigns (all of whom are hereafter collectively referred to as “the RELEASEES”).
Assumption of Risk: I am aware that snorkeling, hiking, lava walking and any other activities offered by the Company involve the risk of injury. I am aware that there is a risk of negligence by the Company and/or the trip operator, including the failure by the Company and/or the trip operator to safeguard or protect me from or warn me of the risks, dangers and hazards of snorkeling, hiking, lava walking, and other activities. I freely accept and fully assume all risks, dangers and hazards associated with participating in a Hawaii Outdoor Guides LLC trip and the possibility of loss, personal injury or death resulting therefrom.
In consideration of booking a Hawaii Outdoor Guides LLC trip I hereby agree as follows:
14.1) To waive any and all claims that I have or may in the future have against the RELEASEES and to release the RELEASEES from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury, including death, that I may suffer or that my next-of-kin may suffer as a result of a Hawaii Outdoor Guides LLC trip due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract or breach of any statutory or other duty of care, on the part of the RELEASEES, and further including the failure on the part of the RELEASEES to safeguard or protect me from or warn me of the risks, dangers and hazards of participating in an Access Trips trip.
14.2) To hold harmless and indemnify the RELEASEES from any and all liability for any property damage or personal injury to any third party resulting from my participation in a Hawaii Outdoor Guides LLC trip;
14.3) This Release Agreement shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next-of-kin, executors, administrators, assigns and representatives, in the event of my death or incapacity;
14.4) This Release Agreement and any rights, duties and obligations as between the parties to this Release Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of Hawaii and no other jurisdiction; and
14.5) Any litigation involving the parties to this Release Agreement shall be brought solely within Hawaii and shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Hawaii.
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