• Tour code: 2360_B0001
  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

Caves and Volcanoes National Park from Big Island
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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.

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