visit the sanctuary
Our residents love to meet new friends!
Thank you for your interest in visiting the sanctuary! We are now open for both public and private tours. Our tours follow CDC guidelines for all visits. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
We offer both public and private tours of the sanctuary. Public tours occur each Saturday at 12pm HST. There is a suggested donation of $50 per adult and $30 for kids 2-12. Private tours of the sanctuary are available most days of the week, for up to 10 guests. There is a suggested donation of $70 per adult and $50 for kids 2-12. Kamaʻāina with Hawaii ID receive a 30% discount on any public or private tour. Please contact us before booking to receive this discount.
During our 2 hour tours guests are taken from species to species and enter the pastures with many of our residents. We share the residents' rescue stories, information about the various species of farmed animals, and the industries they came from. There are lots of opportunities throughout the tour for up-close interaction with our magical creatures. Kids are welcome and tours are appropriate for all ages but for everyone's safety, we request that groups have a maximum of 2 children 12 and under per adult. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Join our Saturday Public tours for FREE by participating in our 2-hour Volunteer Project Day beforehand!
Minimum age for project days is 14, and minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Register for a tour using the buttons above.
We kindly ask for a donation to help care for our residents. Suggested amounts range from $30-$70 per visitor. We also offer a 30% Kamaʻāina discount with ID.
PLEASE ARRIVE ON-TIME
We are very busy taking care of our creatures so tight scheduling is important.
REFRESH BEFORE ARRIVAL
There are no public restrooms or concessions at the sanctuary, so please show up ready-to-tour. The two closest public restrooms are the Minit Stop on Highway 19 (just downhill from us) and the Country Store in Papaaloa (next village over towards Hilo).
TOURS HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE
...and sometimes both! However, tours may cancel for extreme weather, or if our driveway is flooded. Please check the forecast on tour day and dress accordingly.
GROUP SIZES ARE LIMITED
A maximum of 10 people—big and small—allows us to keep all humans and animals safe and free to enjoy each other's company.
DURING YOUR VISIT
Once at the sanctuary please remember you are visiting the animals in their home. Treat all residents with respect and courtesy. Don’t lift or restrain any animal, all interactions are on the animal’s initiative. Some animals have free run of the sanctuary, but please don’t approach any animals without checking with staff. Children must be supervised at all times.
Smoking, weapons, drugs, alcohol, or companion animals
"BEAUTIFUL heartwarming animal sanctuary on the Big Island. If you love animals, Go. You’ll have a great time."
- Antoinette Ortiz via Facebook