GyPSy Guide’s narrated driving tour for the Big Island, Hawaii is an excellent way to enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour while you explore at your own pace. There are 460+ audio points that play automatically along a tour route, featuring the best things to see and do, stories, tips and driving directions. Professional tour guides share advice on how to prioritize your time at recommended “not to be missed” viewpoints, suggested side-trips and places of interest. Tours work offline, using free GPS signal and location services, so no data roaming, network, or wifi is required while touring. It’s Just Like Having a Tour Guide in Your Car™ WHAT TO EXPECT: Includes 4 driving road trips to the Big Island’s best attractions, viewpoints and stories. Most visitors stay and start the tours in Kohala, Kailua Kona or Hilo. Includes all 4 driving routes; Kohala North Route (allow 1/2 day) If you only have a half day, travel to the North end of the island. View the beautiful Kohala beaches and resort areas of Waikoloa and Mauni Lani. Continue on and enjoy the laidback charm of Hawi. On the return drive, you’ll discover Hawaii’s wild wild west and the Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) around the rural and ranching areas of Waimea before connecting back to the coast. South Kona & Coffee Coast Route (allow 1/2 day) Pack your swimsuit and snorkeling gear for another half day itinerary, this time driving South of Kona. Coffee has been grown around the world, but some of the most highly prized beans come from the upland slopes around Kona. After this jolt, you may want to connect with some of Hawaii’s significant cultural sites, the sanctuary at the Place of Refuge and at Kealakekua Bay. Volcanoes National Park Route (allow full day) Allow a full day and head to the most active volcano on the planet. On our travels to Volcanoes National Park it’s a perfect time to review the volcanic forces at work behind the creation of the Hawaiian Islands, or you may prefer to embrace the Hawaiian legends version. Big Island Circle Route (allow full day) For the true adventurers, a full Island Circle itinerary adds touring to the green or East side of the Island. From the panoramic views along the Hamakua Coast and the 442ft Akaka Falls State Park to peeks into the lush Waipio Valley. Plan for time in and around Hilo with it’s Liliuokalani Gardens, nearby waterfalls and lava tube caves. (Don’t try to include Volcanoes National Park to this day, it just isn’t viable timewise). WHAT YOU’LL SEE: Highlights along the tour route include; • Volcanoes National Park • Coffee Coast • Waipio Valley • Kealakekua Bay • Place of Rufuge • Kamehameha Statues • Hamakua Coast • Akaka Falls • Waimea • Lava Tube Caves • Hilo • Kona • Liliuokalani Gardens • Rainbow Falls BATTERY USAGE: ++ Continued use of GPS/Location Services in the background increases battery usage. We strongly recommend taking a cigarette style (DC outlet) car charger. Avoid using a direct connection to the USB port of a rental vehicle. IPADS: ** iPad models must include a GPS chip. Please note that Apple only install these on the iPad Wifi + Cellular models. Wifi only iPad models have limited location service capabilities and are unable to play commentary automatically. DOWNLOADING: The apps are larger in size in order to work offline. You must be on wifi to download as the store may block the download over cellular networks. ABOUT US: GyPSy Guide™ produce award winning narrated audio tours along scenic drives and road trips around the world. Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience while driving themselves. Our goal is to provide a great introduction to the region and inspire you to learn more and return. None of our apps include paid advertising or placements for benefit.
Not even the price of one cocktail, this app has made our whole trip!! Can’t say enough about it-quality, thorough, detailed—no ads/endorsements—super authentic and totally worth it!! Will look for these guys on ALL future vacations. Bought the road to Hana, and Big island tours, and I feel like I should send them a check!! 10 out of 10! Thanks folks!!
Amazing app that allowed us to learn so many new and unusual details about this beautiful island.
First time to review any app. GyPSy is precisely what makes modern technology so amazing. Perfect (i.e. not cheesy) and good-humored narration offering a wealth of knowledge. Really made us feel more like travelers than tourists. For us, we enjoyed it best by opening Pandora (we chose IZ station) and then opening GyPSy. Any time narration started, the music would soften but you could still hear it in the background. Can’t recommend this experience highly enough.
The best $9.99 we spent on our trip to Hawaii! We named our guide Doug. He provided great stops for us to visit. The narrative is amusing and at times funny. This app is incredibly informative and we were able to see many hidden gems on the big island. Don’t hesitate to purchase!
We covered Maui and then went to Big Island. We liked the Maui app so much that we bought this however this was a real let down I terms of many areas: 1. Majority of commentary is same as Maui specially on long drives 2. It does not have some key points - green sand beach; captain cook’s landing; 3. Does not have much of info for kona side of island.
Used the Big Island Hawaii tour and LOVED all the commentary. Not only about the history of the area but best views, food and places to see. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
My husband and I both agreed that this app was the best purchase for our trip. We saw so much stuff that we would not have seen had it not been for this extremely helpful guide. If you are renting a car and driving Hawai’i, do not begin the journey without this guide!
If you are touring the island on your own, the app is well worth the cost. The driving directions are useful, and the interactive guide based on your location is believable. Great facts and suggestions on what to see. We would have missed several key points of interest trying to use Google alone.
We used it every time we got in the car. Great information about the Big island rich in history. Fun tidbits along the way. The kids rolled their eyes when I turned it on but by the end of the trip we were all engaged. The best part is the directions are awesome so My husband was a happy camper. Highly recommend it !!!
Awesome app! Thank you for making our trip extra fun! We saw beautiful places we would have never known existed. We loved the history and information and thanks for the laughs too! Hope to travel with you again. You now feel like a dear friend and travel buddy! 😊