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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If you have not been to the Big Island before, this trip was very helpful to see what sites and activities there are to enjoy. Long day but worth it


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

great trip

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I can't think of a better way to tour the entire island. Loved the scenic views from the tour bus. Great tour guide. I also enjoyed the stops on the way around the island. Karen S. from Chicago

Troy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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.

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Hilary was very knowledgeable and kept the ride fun with his stories

Alan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

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

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

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