Private & Custom Adventures

General Information

Schedule: We can customize your experience to last a few hours or the entire day.
Rated: Easy to Strenuous. Ages dependent upon activity
Included in the Tour: All standard fare available, or let us arrange a special meal for you. Many options and upgrades to choose from.
Gear Provided: Activity dependent
Prices: Half-day excursions start at just $1,250 for up to 6 guests.  Full-day charters from $1,900.  Contact us for details.
Group Size: Driving adventures have a 10 - 14 guest capacity, Helicopter adventures have a 6 guest capacity. Multiple vehicles and helicopters are available for larger groups.
Restrictions: Varies depending on activity.
What to Bring & Wear: Varies depending on activity.

Full Description

Custom Adventure Possibilities: Since 1993 Hawaii Forest & Trail been taking visitors and residents to some of the most awe-inspiring locales in Hawai‘i.  As a place of great diversity, Hawaii Island has something to offer everyone.  Whether you’re hoping to stand atop the tallest mountain in the world, explore an active volcano, or enjoy the quiet serenity of a waterfall, Hawaii Forest & Trail’s unsurpassed access, local knowledge, and expert Interpretive Guides combine to give you an experience like no other.  These tried and true private tour itineraries are designed to immerse you, our guest, in the best that Hawai‘i Island has to offer.  Our friendly reservation staff will work with you to develop a tour to your specifications; from the pickup time to the catering menu to the activity.  Contact us today and let us put together an unforgettable Hawai‘i for you!

Hiking Adventures: Join us for a half-day or full-day hiking adventure.  Excursions range from easy hikes ideal for all ages (1 to 2 miles, minimal elevation gain), to itineraries that will test even the hardiest trekker (10 – 12 miles, 4,000’+ elevation gain).  We outfit you with everything you need on the trail, including packs, walking sticks, food, and beverage.  Just bring a sturdy pair of shoes and your sense of adventure.  If you’re interested in a hiking adventure, ask about our custom series of hikes including Hualalai, Waipio Valley Rim, National Parks, and Honokane Nui via helicopter.

Caving Adventures:  Hawaii Island is home to some of the most extensive cave systems in the state, and most are on private land.  Our unparalleled land access and knowledgeable guides let us lead tours to places few ever get to experience.  Possibilities range from half-day (1 to 2 hours underground) to full-day (3 – 4 hours underground) experiences visiting one to two cave systems.  All gear is included.  Custom cave itineraries include Kaupulehu Ranch Cave, Kaumana Cave and Kazimura Cave.

Ohana Adventures:  Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family.  We’ve hand-selected several of our tours that are ideal for families and groups of all interests and ability levels.  Whether you are exploring the lush countryside of North Kohala, or the misty upland slopes of Hualalai, your time with us will serve to strengthen your connections to the land and to each other.  Customized versions of Kohala Waterfalls, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Circle Island are great ways for families to make the most of their time on Hawaii Island.

Romance & Evening Adventures:  The natural beauty of Hawai‘i has the power to inspire.  Let us share with you and your loved one the special places where this natural beauty is most inspirational.  The wonder of Hawai‘i doesn’t stop once the sun sets.  Our nighttime adventures are tailored around activities and events that are best experience in near or total darkness.  If you’re interested in an evening adventure, ask about Mauna Kea, Merriman’s and Twilight Volcano adventures.

Heli-Adventures:  Incorporate the exciting element of air travel to your nature experience.  We partner with the best helicopter tour operators to deliver a truly memorable tour on land, and in the air.  Our heli-adventures are custom designed to meet your needs, from departure times to locales.  These tours are for those looking for something straight out of National Geographic!  Lands of Pele and our Waterfall Helihike are just two of an almost endless combination of adventures that take to the air.


  1. Who takes Private Group & Custom Adventures with Hawaii Forest & Trail? Our clients range from families with special needs or interests, Fortune 500 executives, foreign dignitaries, media executives, entertainment celebrities, guests wanting strenuous hikes or who have specific natural history interests, to small groups who require privacy and exclusivity. Many of our repeat guests reserve private tours for themselves, family, and friends.
  2. What is the difference between a Private Group and a Custom Adventure? A Private Group Adventure is any of our trips exclusively reserved for your group. We will book you using our normal timing and catering. Any deviation from the normal itinerary, timing, or catering becomes a Custom Adventure. These trips are exclusively for your group, and take into consideration your special needs, requests, and interests.
  3. What is the payment and cancellation policy? Cash, Travelers Checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. Private Group Charters & Custom Adventures require a deposit of 25% of total tour price. Deposit is forfeited on cancellations with less than 2 weeks notice. Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice of tour departure are charged 100% of tour price.



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By Kelley Hughes on 2012/06/25

I noticed in your private tours you offer cave tours. 

We would be extremely interested in that tour but, is it offered just as a group without the large cost?  For instance like the pricing of tours for the volcano’s?  [Hawaii Forest & Trail:] Hi Kelley - check out Kula Kai Caverns.  They run regular caving trips in South Kona.

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