COVID-19 RESPONSE: We continue fulfilling online orders daily and our Captain Cook physical store will also be offering curb-side pickup (check back again soon). Our Beekeeping Tour and museum operation is currently open with updated hours. Learn more

Our Beekeeping Tour

Join our beekeeper for a fun and educational exploration about bees, beekeeping, and honey. Click 'Play' to watch a video about the tour.

Reserve Your Spot Today

During this open beehive demonstration, you will explore an actual hive and learn where the queen resides, how honey is made, and what makes bees so special and interesting, all from behind a safe, screened area. Tour duration is approximately 1 hour.

Adults $20 | Children (under 13) $8  | Kama'aina (with valid Hawaii ID) $15

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Big Island Bees is well worth the drive!

Yesterday we visited Big Island Bees. They did not disappoint! We were fascinated by the tour, and really appreciated the docent who answered all our questions about honey bees. What amazing little creatures! The honey tasting was a revelation... more

Tour Information

Tour capacity is limited to 8 participants. Reservations required.
**INFORMATION HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR COVID-19**

Tour Schedule (BEGINNING October 23, 2020)

  • Offered 2 times per day Monday-Friday.
  • Tour times: 10am; 1pm
  • Reserve our space for a private tour or event (Please contact us at 808-328-1315 or tours@bigislandbees.com for special arrangements)

Tour Pricing

  • Adults (13 and over) – $20 per person
  • Children (under 13) – $8 per person
  • Kama’aina Adult – $15 per person (must present valid Hawaii State ID)

Attention School Groups! We would love to offer you a complimentary tour. Please contact us at 808-328-1315 or tours@bigislandbees.com to book your tour.

Included in the Tour

  • A tour and inspection of a live hive with our beekeeper, where from behind a screened area you can watch and learn how bees operate within the hive
  • Free sampling of our all our different honey varietals
  • A short video explaining the production of honey from flower to jar
  • Once the tour is over, you are welcome to browse the museum's artifacts and historical items, and peruse the many unique, locally produced gift items

Additional Information

  • Our tours are open to people of all ages
  • Stroller and wheelchair accessible
  • Both the indoor and outdoor portion of the tour is under cover
  • Minimal walking is required
  • No protective clothing is necessary; Shorts, sleeveless shirts and sandals are welcome
  • Due to COVID-19, all tour participants and store visitors will be asked to wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival and will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering while on tour or in the store/museum. Social distancing will also be implemented.

How to Get Here

Click here or scroll down for driving directions to our farm.

Meet Our Crew

What can you learn about bees in an hour? A lot! Especially when you explore them in their hive with our experienced beekeepers.

LISA

Lisa is our store manager and has been a commercial beekeeper for over ten years. She is very enthusiastic about introducing visitors to the world of bees and looks forward to addressing your many questions.

Tricia

From the moment Tricia began keeping bees, it was love at first sting. She also has a passion for Apitherapy – using all products of the hive for beneficial health. Wanting to know all she can about our bee friends, Tricia is a graduate of the University of Montana’s Master Beekeeping Program.

JOE

Our Senior Bee Docent, Joe, has a BS in Zoology, and has extensive knowledge about entomology and arthropods of the Big Island. He has been leading our tours for over six years, with innumerable five star reviews.

Directions

Please Use These Directions or Google Maps - Do Not Use GPS

Take Napoopoo Road off Highway 11, immediately south of mile marker 111. Keep bearing right on Napoopoo Road, following signs to Kealakekua Bay. Turn right at Big Island Bees sign immediately past Hawaiian Host Macadamia Factory and Kealakekua Estates (Meli Road). Follow winding lane 2/10 mile and turn right at our gate, where you will find a parking lot in the front. 82-1140 Meli Rd , Captain Cook, HI 96704