For a person who lived on the island of Oahu all my life and never vacationed on the Big Island this tour was amazing and educational. The Grand Island Circle Tour is a great jump start to see a large part of the island. Our tour guide was entertaining, informative, and fun.
Hilary was very knowledgeable and kept the ride fun with his stories
I recommend doing this tour on your first full day on the island for two reasons: first, it will give you a good overview of what's there so you'll know where to go on the rest of your vacation, and second, it starts early, and if you're coming from the mainland USA, you're going to be at least two hours ahead so you'll be up early anyway.
I was told the bus would be at my hotel at 7 am, we got to the pick up point about 6:45 and he was already there. Lunch is at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, if you choose to eat there the other option is to bring your own lunch, you'll be given a menu on the bus, make your selection and it's called ahead and your table is ready for you when you get there.
Our driver, Kala, seemed to know everything there is to know about the island, its history, and Hawaiian culture, and freely shared it.
This was a very well done tour. I especially appreciate having been guided by a native Hawaiian who speaks both English and Hawaiian and knows a lot of the native culture of the islands.
Chantale C Canada
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A great tour and very informative. A great way to see this beautiful island. Volcanoes and Waterfalls where amazing to see
Excellent tour. We saw so much. Vast information. Great way to see the Island in just one day. I have already suggested this tour to others.
Loved the tour, Our guide, Hilary, was amazing, We learned so much and did so in comfort.
We really enjoyed the tour, and Sal was an awesome guide!!! This is our first time on the island, and we learned a lot about the history, Hawaiian culture, plants, etc, and now have a much better idea where we want to go during the rest of our trip.
I love Sal. He was amazing! The tour was great and very informative.
The best part of the tour was the knowledge of our tour guide Greg. We did the tour on a Thursday in one of the small buses so the group interaction was also fun.