• 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.

Customer Reviews

mryridgway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was s good introduction to the Big Island.

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Tommy was a great guide - we stopped regularly - even at places not on the tour. Well worth going to see places on the island you wouldn't usually see as all the usual tourist parts. A long trip but well worth it.

Keith Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour guide and bus driver Jeff was the best and most relatable person for a trip around the whole Island. He always had something enlightening to talk about at every part of the 11 hour tour. This tour was the best day of the whole vacation.

Marjorie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour! Didnt know the island had so much beautiful vegetation. Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.

Marcia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was amazing! Jeff our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We made several stops - volcano park was spectacular and we had a sumptuous lunch there. The black sand beach was beautiful and we did see a turtle sunning on the beach. It was a very comprehensive tour and well worth the time and money. We were treated to the history and folk lore of the island.

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent. Highly recommended.

Diane W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Had a wonderful full day of fun. Our guide, KALA just halla for Kala gave us a rich understanding of the land and culture, and the history that brought us to today. Being aboriginal Hawaiian allowed him to share insight and a taste of the beautiful Hawaiian people, and the multi-cultural influences on the island. He made us feel like VIPs and in the Hawaiian way, a little family for the day. We were thrilled to see turtles, volcano, waterfalls, taste amazing homemade ice cream, coffee, shortbread, macadamia nuts, chocolate and a delicious lunch. The lunch was so well organized, we filled out our menu ahead, he called it in, and when we got there, our name was on a table and the delicious food arrived soon after the mahi mahi with macadamia crust was fantastic !. Really enjoyed the day and recommend this for a taste of the island.

Christina J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great day! Good way of getting to know the entire island and learn a lot about Polynesian culture and history thanks to our lovely guide. Definitely would recommend!

Wayne E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great way to see all the sights in one day. 'Cousin Jeff' made it an enjoyable day with his banter and knowledge. Balance between number of stops and driving was about right. Tour was just as described on website.

Jo P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Jeff was our driver. He talked the whole 12 hours. All great information history, folklore, current events. It was a great way to see the island and decide where to go back and explore. It was planned for the beginning of the week and allowed me to cross of some visits and add on more exciting ones.

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