By Shaka Guide
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.
My husband and I just had our honeymoon in Hawaii. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars a person for a guided tour, I found this self-guided tour and it was a bargain! We did the volcano National park tour. I give this 4 stars because of the tour we did. The tour was fine but I wish there were more options for it. The park is so big I was surprised there was only 1 tour on this app for it. The tour itself was fine but we wished it would have rated the stops better. Instead of saying that they simply liked a stop, it would have been nice to have sort of a rating of each. Overall, amazing for the price!
Excellent guided tour which highlighted all the must-sees of the park. Great value! Loved the interesting stories and bots of Hawaiian history
3/4 of time it wouldn’t even connect the dots. Just got music. Waste of $
Sometimes difficult to get running. Map wouldn’t come up after awhile. Info is quite interesting.
Nachle where you are at. Had a great time and saw a lot of locations in history.
Save money, rent a car, buy the group of tours on this app and get your personal tour of the island including history, local information, places to visit, eat, and hike. All with calming island music to help you chill.
Fun tour. Nice music. Made the day much easier. I would have been grateful for more comments about the history & area instead of so much music. Thank you!
I’ve used other GPS tour apps before and loved getting information on a place as we drove. They had always worked well, though I thought I’d give a different app (Shaka) a try for our trip to big island. After use, I wish I had stuck with ones I’ve used before. Despite needing to download the guides prior to use, the app never automatically worked if there was no cell signal, which if you’ve been to Hawaii you’ll know a lot of places on the routes fall into that category. If I tried to queue it myself when I saw we missed it, it still often wouldn’t play and seemed to cause extra problems for the next ones. I often had to completely quit the app and restart the tour. We missed several things and stories because of this. This happened even when we were specifically following a route as defined by the tour. I dislike the distinct numbering and routes often used in the tours, such that you can’t start anywhere or do it backwards. Often, the direction of the tour or the routes conflicted with where we were or had planned for a day. Other GPS tours I’ve used haven’t been this restrictive. We ended up using this much less than anticipated, and when we did it provided more headaches than information.
When my fiancé and I were planning our trip to the Big Island, we knew we had to visit Volcanoes National Park but we didn’t want to pay big bucks for a guided tour. I stumbled upon this app and I am so glad I did. This app was amazing for our visit to see the Volcanoes. This app takes you to every single spot available at the park and you can go at your own speed. You have the ability to pause and/or go back to any spot at any time. It tells you which spots are a must see or which ones you can skip and go back to later. It tells you about all the hikes available and it gives you the history behind the park. We spent about 6 hours in the park and loved using the tour. This app is so easy to use and we recommend it to everyone!
This app did not better than Googling stops on the rim drive. Don’t bother as I want my money back!