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This Big Island circle tour hits all the highlights of the stunning Big Island of Hawaii, from the steamy landscape of Volcanoes National Park to the reefs of Kealakekua Bay. While riding in a comfortable minibus, watch out the window as the landscape changes with every bend in the road, from tropical, misty valleys full of ferns to a barren, black lava coast. This Grand Circle island tour includes round-trip transport from Kona, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.


  • Full-day Grand Circle tour of the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Visit Volcanoes National Park (admission included)
  • See steam bluffs, Kilauea Iki crater and the Thurston Lava Tube
  • Admire the greenery of the tropical rainforest
  • Round-trip transportation from your Kona hotel is included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You tour the best of the Big Island's Kona side and Volcanoes National Park on this nicely paced tour. A wonderful way to get your bearings if it's your first visit or see the highlights if you're short on time.

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What You Can Expect

Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

Volcanoes National Park

From fiery volcanoes to lush green rainforests, the Big Island of Hawaii has a spectacular landscape that never ceases to impress. On this exciting Big Island Circle Tour, experience the best of Hawaii’s largest island in only a single day, while traveling by comfortable mini van in a luxurious, small group setting. You’ll have between 15 minutes and an hour at each of the stops listed below, and the exact order of stops might change depending upon weather and conditions.

Visit Kailua-Kona, an ancient town once considered the best place on the island to live. Hear how it was the home of many ancient kings, and then continue to a vantage point overlooking Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook was killed.

On your way to Volcanoes National Park, stop at the Kona Coffee Plantation to sample the Big Island’s most famous export in the 'coffee belt' above Kona. Then, once in the park, hear how it's the home of Kilauea volcano — one of the most active volcanoes on the planet — that is just the latest in a landscape shaped by 70 million years of activity. Explore the Thurston Lava Tube and see Kilauea Iki Crater, and be sure to bring a jacket along for the cooler mountain air. National Park admission included.

Nearby is the Jagger Museum. Step inside to explore this fascinating museum, and learn about Kilauea volcano while seeing photos from past eruptions. Continue to the Volcano Observatory to see the spot where the US Geological Survey team works to monitor the current eruption, and experience the wealth of knowledge involved in keeping track of its movements.

In addition to the stops that are listed above, you’ll also get views of the Waimea pastureland while driving through Parker Ranch, and see waterfalls flowing down towards the sea on a drive up the Hamakua Coast.

Customer Reviews

Chantale C Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was our first time in Big Island so we booked the Grand Circle Island Tour to see most of it. We enjoyed every stops.

Jesse E F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour. Very enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

great time


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was a perfect way to see the highlights of the whole island. We enjoyed our tour leader and meeting other tourists. We would definitely recommend it!

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our driver was very knowledgeable and made our experience one to remember. He had a lot of interesting facts and kept our tour bus engaged the whole trip. The stops were also very informational and showed the best sites on the island!

Dennis C V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a wonderful driver, Kimo Sabe, who keep us informed with the behind the scenes story along the way. Good way to start a stay at the big Island.

Jerry s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour. We had a great time and enjoyed everything! Our guide, Hilary, knew everything about the island and kept us entertained with history and interesting stories all day, I'd recommend this tour to everyone coming to the big island.

Ralene O United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We really enjoyed our all day trip around the island. Our tour guide/driver was excellent. He was very informative as to the history of the Island and all of the sites. We enjoyed each of our many stops along the way and are so glad that we spent the to see the Island. Will definitely take other tours through Viator.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Greg was awesome

Alan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Hilary, gave us an informative commentary for the whole trip, I would highly recommend. Thanks to Hillary we now have detailed knowledge of the economics and history of the Big Island. Mahalo, we thoroughly enjoyed.

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