HawaiiCon Island Tours Opening Soon!
What makes HawaiiCon the most unique con in the world? HawaiiCon is the only con where any ticket holder can go snorkeling, coffee picking or on a helicopter ride with our favorite artists of scifi, fantasy and comics!
Take a look at this sneak preview of the tours being offered in 2019. Guest announcements for each tour will be coming out in early May.
Sales are first opened to VIPs, followed by regular Pass holders. Tours will sell out. Get your VIP Pass to make sure that you get your first choice of tours!
Everyone in your party must have purchased a pass in order to take advantage of these tours.
Manta Ray Snorkel and Sunset Cruise- Sunday, September 29th, 2019.
Experience what the Travel Channel has called “One of the top ten things to do in your lifetime!” Witness the legendary Kona green flash sunset from the Kona Style, a 50’ catamaran, as you sail the coast of the Big Island. Upon arriving at the snorkel site, receive an in-depth explanation of one of the most mysterious creatures in the ocean. Join your professional/certified guides in the water as you snorkel with the majestic hahalua (manta rays).
Hawaiicon is pleased to partner with Kona Style to provide this champagne sunset cruise.
Snorkel equipment, wetsuits and swim noodles are provided. Guests should bring a towel, swimsuit, sunglasses, personal snorkel equipment if desired, and a camera/gopro. Guests may also choose to bring dry clothes to change into.
Complimentary water, juice, soft drinks, hot cocoa and cookies included. Glass of aloha champagne complimentary for all 21+ adults. Guests may purchase beer, wine and liquor at $5 per drink from the Kona Style’s full bar.
Tour leaves the Sheraton Kona lobby at 5:45PM, returning at approximately 9:00PM. This tour is $120. Guests that will be getting in the water must be able to swim.
Manta Ray Snorkel on a Polynesian Canoe- Thursday, September 26th, 2019.
Snorkel with the majestic hahalua (manta rays) at night from our historically accurate double-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe. With only a 5-minute boat ride from the Keauhou Pier to the manta ray snorkel site, this adventure is perfect for those guests that would prefer a shorter boat ride. Additionally, because we only take a maximum of 6 guests per trip, our tours offer a much more intimate and interactive setting. Join our guide in the water as they personally escort you in the water to see these incredible animals. This is our most popular tour, the adventure of a lifetime!
Trip includes use of all snorkel equipment, swim noodles, T-top wetsuit and hot cocoa.
Tour leaves the Sheraton Kona lobby hourly in the evening. Detailed departure times to be announced closer to the convention. This tour is $90. Guests that will be getting in the water must be able to swim.
Kealakekua Snorkel & Sail on the Kona Style- Friday, September 17, 2019.
Join our guests aboard the luxurious 50’ catamaran “Kona Style”, as we sail the Kona coast. Scan the horizon for dolphins from the shaded cabin or sunny splash nets. Snorkel calm waters and lush coral gardens using our grand staircase for easy water entry/exit. Brilliant reef fish, sea turtles and Hawaiian storytelling around every corner. Low key, suitable for all skill levels.
This adventure includes a continental breakfast with 100% Kona coffee, freshly baked banana bread and seasonal fruit, along with a build your own sandwich bar with chips, pasta salad and freshly baked cookies for lunch. All non-alcoholic beverages including water, juice and soft drinks are complimentary and the Kona Style had the best liquor prices on any boat in Kona with beer, wine and liquor available for purchase at only $5 per drink.
All snorkel equipment, swim noodles and instruction provided. Guests should bring a towel, swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal snorkel equipment if desired (if you do not have your own snorkel equipment it will be provided) and a camera/gopro. Guests may (should!) also choose to bring dry clothes to change into.
Tour leaves the Sheraton Kona lobby at 8AM, returning at approximately 12:30. This tour is $110. Guests that will be getting in the water must be able to swim.
Historical Polynesian Canoe Trip - Thursday, Friday, and Monday—September 26, 27 and 30, 2019.
Feel the urge to sail the coast of a Polynesian island in a wa’a (canoe) that would make Moana proud? Sit back and relax as our Captain and double-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe transport you back in time to learn about the rich histories of Keauhou and Kuamo’o Bays. This is the perfect adventure for those guests that want to learn about the history of where they are staying while enjoying fantastic views of the coastline.
Trip includes bottled water. Tour leaves the Sheraton Kona hourly on Thursday and Friday morning. This tour is $75.
Guests should bring a sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera/gopro.
Coffee, Bread and History with the Kona Historical Society - Thursday and Friday—September 26 and 27, 2019.
H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and the Portuguese Stone Oven
The Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a “must see” Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Stroll through this award-winning, historic farm that tells the story of Kona’s coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. On our guided tour we will walk among the coffee trees, meet a “Kona Nightingale”, and watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. As part of our visit, we’ll learn how to pick coffee, before helping to roast the beans! After stopping for a cup of Kona coffee, we’ll stop by the Portuguese Stone Oven. This wood-fired forno is where we’ll join the staff and people from the community to talk story, roll dough, and bake it. (Yes! We can take some bread home with us!) Finally, we’ll stop by the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum the oldest surviving store, and one of the oldest buildings in the Hawaii. Constructed in 1870, the store once served the immigrant community with supplies and goods needed in the remote Kona district. When you walk into the restored State & Nationally Historic registered H.N. Greenwell Store, you cross the threshold into the 1890s. As you enter the broad front doors, the mingled aromas of a general store serving the needs of Kona ranches waft through the air. Stocked with accurate reproductions of goods that filled the shelves and hung from the ceiling joists, the store offers a glimpse of activities at Kalukalu over a century ago. You won’t leave this place without feeling that you have been transported back in time for a rare glimpse into Kona’s colorful past.
Tour leaves the Sheraton Kona lobby at 8AM, returning at approximately 12:30. This tour is $40. All proceeds from admission and sales go directly to educational programs and preservation projects at the Kona Historical Society.