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  • Location:Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

See the Big Island of Hawaii’s stunning beauty on a full-day Grand Circle tour. On the Grand Circle Island Adventure, you’ll visit Volcanoes National Park and admire lush tropical rainforests in a comfortable, luxury minibus, complete with large windows to give you fantastic views. Round-trip transportation from your Kona hotel is included.


  • 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

Get a complete Big Island experience on the Grand Circle Island Adventure. Hawaii’s Big Island is blessed with spectacular landscapes, including volcanoes and rain forests, and this is the best way to see it all. You’ll have between 15 minutes to one hour at each of the following stops; the order could change, depending on factors like weather, but you will see it all.

Kailua Town:

Kailua Town was considered the premier place to live in ancient times; kings called it home.

Kealakekua Bay:

Catch amazing Hawaiian views here.

Kona Coffee Plantation:
Sample Kona’s delicious export.

Volcanoes National Park:

The Grand Circle tour includes admission to the park. Built in 1916, the park features the results of 70 million years of volcanic activity, migration and evolution. See the Kilauea Iki crater, Thurston Lava Tube and the steam bluffs. Bring a light sweater or jacket to wear here.

Jagger Museum:
You can watch films of past eruptions and current volcano activity at this free, hands-on museum.

Volcano Observatory:

This is where the US Geological Survey monitors volcanic activity using a variety of technological and scientific data. You’ll be fascinated by what they know.

Additional stops on the tour include a drive through Parker Ranch’s gentle hills and a view of flowing waterfalls along the gorgeous Hamakua Coast.

Customer Reviews


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.

Nushrat S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I didn't think being driven around in a bus for the 12 hours was going to be good, but it was great! You get to see a lot. And the places we visited were always at the right time. For example, the first stop was a coffe farm where there were plenty of samples to try. If you didn't get your morning coffee when you had to get up at 6:45am to catch this bus, no problem, you can get your coffee on this stop, with plenty of different flavours to try. And the lunch place we stopped, Volcano House, has a beautiful view of the crater with smoke coming out of it. The lunch you have to pay for, but the driver gives you a menu before we even get there, and it's all reasonably priced. The only complaint would be that it sometimes felt rushed, but then again, we would be there well into the evening.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was an excellent trip. We got to see the places that were listed. We love the Volcano National Park. My only regret was it was really foggy and cloudy when we were up at the Jaggar's viewpoint. But that's beyond anybody's control.

Sarah N United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantastic tour. We were picked up form the hotel at 6am and returned at 6pm having seen so much of the Big Island. We both fell in love with the place. We went to the Kona coffee place where you can try all the different coffees, we went to the macadamia nut factory, saw a live volcano whilst having lunch. We walked through the rainforest, saw beautiful waterfall, walked through lava tube, went to chocolate factory, orchid farm, several beaches just to name a few things! There was definitely something for everyone on the tour and it gave you a flavour of what the island is like with all it's micro climates. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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