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. Visit www.gypsyguide.com for route maps, sample audio, tips and advice and what to know before you go. 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 Refuge • 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. None of our apps include paid advertising or placements for benefit.
If you are going to the Big Island, don’t go without this app! It is such a great guide to the sites, history, and culture of the Island. There are many places you would not know they are even there without the app. Worth every penny and more.
We used this app on Maui and the Big Island! Very informative and useful tips traveling throughout. We named the guide “Dave”...he does a great job! (Would love to know his real name!)
We recently went to the Big Island and stumbled upon this app. Having used it on the road to Hana in Maui, we knew we liked the idea of it. This was most helpful for a list of reasons but the top two are: 1. Works without cell signal. I lost service a lot and this kept working as it’s based on your GPS. It kept us talking in the car about the fun facts and learning as we were driving significant distances. 2. It told us places to turn off and things to see that we wouldn’t have known about without a lot of research. Well worth the money, recommend to all driving on the big island!
Gypsy Island was extremely helpful!! I can’t imagine driving around without it. Everything was spot on, made our trip extra special.
This Gypsy Tour app is the BEST THING EVER!! We had the best time and the guides were dead on point for sightseeing and driving around the big island of Hawaii! Like having your own personal tour guide, with tips and scenic routes all perfectly laid out. Do yourself a favor and get the full island tour (but break it into 2 days like he recommends). So much fun! Felt like an old friend by the time we were done!!
Best trip around the island!! So informative and helpful. Enjoyed all of the stories and tips. Will recommend
A previous reviewer said the guide could use more info on the Saddle Road. Fact is, there is zero info on the Saddle Road and not much on the highways leading to it. Want to drive to Mauna Loa or Mauna Kea? Better get a different guide. Still give it 3 stars for the good info on the covered areas.
This tour is really great and so well done. You miss the guide when you explore on your own!!
We used the app to explore the Big Island. Great points of interest. Recommended to several people during our