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Avoid the crowds and explore Big Island at your own pace! Self-guided tour audio narration plays automatically based on your locations with turn-by-turn directions!

Change the way you see the Big Island with Shaka Guide. Get all the benefits of a guided tour from an app! Along the way, you’ll get directions as you drive, hear stories about the places you visit, and listen to Hawaiian music. The app features five GPS driving tours of the island that visit popular attractions, beaches, hikes, scenic spots, and cultural sites.

All tours are made locally in Hawaii and include hours of audio narration that plays automatically as your drive.

The app works completely OFFLINE. This means that even in remote parts of the island without wifi or data, we’ll still get you where you need to go! Shaka Guide tours never expire — use them more than once or break them up into multiple days.

Change the way you see Hawaii with Shaka Guide! Check out the Big Island tours below.

SOUTH ISLAND EPIC COASTAL JOURNEY
8+ hours, 30 stops
Along the way you’ll...
• Drive along Big Island’s Kona Coast
• Jump into the ocean at the southernmost point in the U.S. — South Point (Ka Lae)
• Walk along a black sand beach and look for sleepy sea turtles at Punalu’u
• Try local macadamia nuts, honey, and coffee

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP
8+ hours, 26 stops
Along the way you’ll...
• Marvel at cascading waterfalls like Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls
• Take in the epic beauty at Waipi’o Valley Overlook
• Explore Hilo Town where you can shop and enjoy local treats
• Hike a secluded seaside path at the Onomea Trail
• Visiting the historic ranching town of Waimea

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK TOUR
4+ hours, 18 stops
Along the way you’ll…
• Look at Hawaii’s most active volcano from Kilauea Lookout
• Walk through a lava tube at Thurston Lava Tube
• See the aftermath of volcanic destruction at Devastation Trail
• Check out ancient rock carvings along the Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs hike
• Listen to Hawaiian legends about volcanoes and Pele, the goddess of fire

KONA BIG KAHUNA TOUR
4+ hours, 20 stops
Along the way you’ll…
• Stop at the seaside town of Kona
• Try local honey at Big Island Bees
• Learn about ancient Hawaiian history at Pu’uhonua Historic Park
• Snorkel at Two Step Beach
• Marvel at the artistry inside St. Benedict’s Painted Church

KOHALA COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
4+ hours, 11 stops
Along the way you’ll…
• Learn about King Kamehameha’s legacy at Pu’ukohola Heiau
• See an ancient Hawaiian fishing village at Lapakahi State Park
• Check out a statue of King Kamehameha
• Hike into the Pololu Valley to visit a black sand beach
• Eat a grass-fed burger in the ranching town of Waimea

BUY THE ISLAND BUNDLE, GET ALL 5 BIG ISLAND TOURS
When you buy the island bundle you’ll get ALL FIVE Big Island tours for more than 50% off the retail price.

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
- “#1 Vacation Enhancer”
- “Truly Deserves 5 Stars! Worth Every Dime!”
- “Outstanding app for vacationers”
- “A great way to see the island at your own pace”
- “ABSOLUTELY the best tour app I’ve ever downloaded!”

DOWNLOADING THE TOURS
It’s important that you download the tours (preferably in wifi) before you go. Make sure the tour is completely downloaded and you’ll have no problem using the tours offline.

BATTERY USAGE
The app uses your GPS only when necessary. Please remember that continual use of your GPS can dramatically deplete your battery. Be sure to pack a car charger for your tour.

IPAD NOTICE
You can use an iPad to take the tour, however, wifi-only iPads without GPS capability will not work.

ABOUT SHAKA GUIDE
At Shaka Guide our goal is to connect people with places. We love Hawaii. Not just for its beauty, but also for its rich history and culture. We believe that every destination has a story and we want to tell it. In Hawaii, we have over 20 audio tours that do just that — share the stories of the islands.

What’s New

Version 5.1.0

Added prompt for users to update app when using lower version

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Badivastar ,

Wish I found it sooner

My boyfriend and I have been on vacation in Hawaii for the past week. We started in Oahu and ended on the Big Island. I wish we had found this app sooner on Oahu because it has given us such a fun and informative view of the Big Island and I’m sure the Oahu one is just as great! The narrator/tour guide is funny (in an extremely cheesy way, especially with the laugh), as well as knowledgeable with sharing the different legends and stories of the land and that go with the land scapes you’re seeing. On top of that, he also tells you when to turn, so you don’t have to be swapping between apps and trying to figure out where you’re going. We have done the tours of the Volcano National park, as well as the North Island Jungle loop and Shaka took us so many different places that we wouldn’t have even batted an eye at looking at, but we are so glad that we did! Another great thing about it is that it puts together an itinerary for what to see and do and what you shouldn’t miss without having to do the research yourself (if you’re lazy like us)! The only thing I can give criticism for is that the tour isn’t very “time-oriented”, meaning that some stops he mentions how it’s best viewed at night or that this beach is best at sunset, etc. it would be nice if the “start location” aligned more with the order you should visit them, according the time. Great app, overall, and we can’t wait to use it for the rest of our trip!

AprilMarie321 ,

GET THIS APP!!!!

I can’t say enough about this app! We downloaded the package for our trip to the Big Island. We were able to complete 4 of the 5 tours. They were so informative. We learned so much history along our drives, and also there were a lot of suggested stops we would have never come across ourselves. It was especially helpful when letting you know what beaches were good for snorkeling and which ones you should just admire and not swim, as well as describing hikes so we knew what to be prepared for endurance and time wise. I HIGHLY recommend. It was worth EVERY penny of the $25 for the tour package. We are looking forward to doing the tours again, and also doing the tours on the other islands. I wish I had a guide like this for every trip!
My only suggestion is that there would be a “farewell” tour on your way back to the airport lol. We enjoyed it so much we played the tour on our way to the airport again just to hear all the history and music. We all thought it would be fun if there was a last little tour for the way home. Hopefully maybe others will feel the same and they’ll add one!!! ~Aloha

Developer Response ,

Mahalo for your very kind words. It means so much to us hearing you and your family had an amazing time on your Shaka Guide tours. Thank you for your recommendation and feedback too AprilMarie321!

Don't forget to connect with us on social media @shakaguide to share more about your wonderful time with Shaka Guide and please let all your friends and family know so they too can experience a truly memorable Hawaii vacation with Shaka Guide

Tallo & Richie ,

Better than an actual tour guide!

My teenage son and I came to the Big Island and didn't want to be herded around like cattle on a tour nor did I want to spend $150+ per person to see the Volcanoes. We downloaded the App, rented a car and set out on our adventure. At first I didn't think my teenager would be listening to the stories or even be interested but he not only listened, he repeated them several times throughout the trip! One of the best things about the trip were the hidden secrets and the best places to stop or keep going. There was one stop called the Devils Throat with no signs and was the "best kept secret". We pulled over on the side of the road and someone following us pulled over too. When we got out and walked down a small dirt path, whoever was in the car behind us decided to keep going since there were no signs as to what we were visiting. Too bad for them! It was so exhilarating to see this crater ... even a little eerie and definitely the best view of all the views. Needless to say ... this was ABSOLUTELY the best tour App I've ever downloaded! Hopefully you will leave the Islands and travel around other places and create the same app!

In-App Purchases

Big Island South Loop Tour
Sightsee around Southern tip of Big Island!
$14.99
Volcanoes Park Driving Tour
Audio Guide of Park Craters, Hikes & Views!
$14.99
Big Island Driving Tour Bundle
Get all 5 driving tours for a discount!
$29.99
Kona Big Kahuna Driving Tour
Driving tour to Pu'uhonua Nat'l Monument
$14.99
Big island North Loop Tour
Driving Tour for the North Loop of Big Island
$14.99
Kohala Backcountry Drive Tour
Explore the Kohala Mountain Roads & Coastline
$14.99

App Privacy

The developer, Shaka Guide, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
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  • Location
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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