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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, you’ll experience its beauty of its black-sand beaches and enormous, thundering waterfalls, and visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to explore the landscape of steam. If you’re lucky, you’ll find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast, or lava flowing through the rocks. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.


  • A tour of Hawaii’s biggest island highlighting its natural wonders
  • Visit the most dramatic waterfalls on the island, Akaka and Rainbow Falls
  • Taste local dishes during lunch at a favorite island hangout spot
  • Learn how the island was formed as you explore the craters, active steam vents and lava tunnels of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Make frequent stops for photos and to take in the lush scenery, as well as to spot wildlife at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
  • Group size is limited to 13 people to ensure a quality experience

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What You Can Expect

Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, and History Small Group Tour

Explore the Thurston Lava Tubes on this all day tour.

This full day adventure of the Big Island of Hawaii begins on the Kona coast, where you’re picked up from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, and driven north on a scenic journey past historic Parker Ranch—which has operated as one of the largest ranches in America since 1847. 

As you pass through the ranching town of Waimea, watch as the landscape changes from pastures to green, tropical rainforest, as sweeping views of the Hamakua Coast start creeping into view. During a stop at Waipio Valley lookout, marvel at the way the vertical cliffs seem to explode from the green valley floor, and hear the tales of how King Kamehameha was raised in this valley as a child. The adventure continues as you wind your way down the Hamakua Coast, past roadside towns with singsong names until you reach Akaka Falls. 

Here at this popular Hawaii State Park, watch as a 442 foot (135m) waterfall explodes in the pool down below, and later on, at Rainbow Falls, watch as the light refracts through the mist to form a rainbow in the sky. Around this time, you’ll enjoy a lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, seaweed salad, and rice (vegetarian meals available upon request) beneath the shade of a banyan tree.

Heading south past the town of Hilo, you’ll head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the active Kilauea volcano, to hike through the Thurston Lava Tube that was formed by cooling lava. Walk through the steam vents and lunar landscape of Halema’uma’u Crater, and visit the informative Jaggar Museum for info on the current eruption. Depending upon the volcanic activity, there could even be parts of the park where it’s possible to see the magma in action, though it’s more than enough to marvel at the formations the lava has left behind.

From the often-cool summit of Kilauea, you’ll eventually make your way back towards sea level at Punalu’u State Park, where you’ll take a stroll on a black-sand beach and search for Hawaiian green sea turtles. Rounding the southern tip of the island, which is the southernmost point in America, the sun will begin to get low in the sky. Look out for Kealakekua Bay, the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians. Finally, the tour finishes back in Kona with a drop off at your hotel, where you’ve earned the right to plop on the bed and relax after the full day adventure. 

Please note: Bring good hiking shoes, as well as multiple layers of clothing since the temperature and weather can vary.

Customer Reviews

Jayne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Definitely needed the expertise of our tour guide,Kawicka, to do all the driving and provide us with all his knowledge about the island and its history - he was kind, courteous, and very attune to our group's needs from getting a car seat to changing the location of our delicious lunch so that we would all be able to have seats and be covered from the impending rain! and to providing rain jackets for passengers that needed them!!...the van was comfortable and the lunch boxes we were given were quite unique! Long, memorable day but well worth it!! The only negative thing to mention has absolutely nothing to do with our guide he really was wonderful - I would highly recommend that the tour company be more careful in adding any passengers with children under the age of 2 to do this very long day trip to a van full of adults - it was hard to hear Kawicka talking to us over the noisy, and sometimes crying, toddler sitting behind us.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great itinerary to see many of the major attractions on the Big Island. What made the tour especially great was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide, Darian Basaldua.

Linda Wardell W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour was wonderful. E was our guide and did a great job. We took this tour our first day on the big island so we could get an idea of what we wanted to see and do on our own. The last time we took this tour, the only negative was - there were no sea turtles on the beach. This trip is worth every penny!!
Blair, Nebraska

Marc R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Kevin our tour guy was the besy

Connie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Annette L F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide, Jonathan, was a walking encyclopedia of Hawaiin knowledge. He knew everything! Our island tour was more than we expected and I highly recommend wasabi tours

roger United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had an outstanding time. All our questions that we had prior to arriving on the Big Island were answered by Kala Holiday, our Tour Guide, in the first 20 minutes of our day. Kala was outstanding as he explained the history of the Hawaiian Islands, the Chiefs and Cheiftess', the arrival Captain Cook and how the King brought one rule of law over all the Islands. The sight seeing was tremendous. Not only did we get to see the Sea Turtles, the Black Sand beach, the Volcano, Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, Kahuna Falls, but all the information of where the Jurassic movies and Waterworld were made, but the information shared by Kala made our day. Thank you - well worth the money. Kala also provided us tips and directions for the rest of our vacation so we could venture out on our own.

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We took the Big Island in a day tour and were so glad we did! There is no way we could have seen so much of this wonderful island in one day had we tried on our own. We went through cattle country, lush valleys, saw high waterfalls, molten lava and steam vents, lava tubes and black sand beach, as well as acres of macadamia nuts and coffee trees! All in a well-paced flow that didn't wear out the older members of our party. And our guide, Kai, was exceptional in his knowledge of the local history and stories, explaining the Hawaiian language and words to us, and making sure all our needs were met. This was the highlight of our trip!!!

Hector G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The entire day was an amazing experience. Every site that we visited was well worth it. There was no dead time during the day because our guide, Darian Dreu Basaldua, kept us entertained with stories about the island. He is very knowledgeable and can speak for hours about the history and sites of the island. I can't say that I have a favorite place, but the volcano craters, waterfalls, and black sand beaches are a breathtaking scene.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had one day off from playing golf during our time on Big Island and decided to use this tour to learn as much as we could about the island and its past in the limited time available. We were not disappointed. We saw active though not very active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls, deserts, rain forests and even green turtles resting on a black sand beach. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about his island home, its folklore, history and ecology and kept up a very entertaining and informative commentary throughout the tour. I came away from the tour feeling that I had a much greater understanding of the changes to the island and its life caused by earthquakes and volcanic activity, the resourcefulness and achievements of the native Polynesian peoples, the effects caused when 2 differing societies Polynesian and Western first encounter each other and the effect that Man has had on this island ecology. All this in one day!

I can thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to spend an entertaining day gaining a fuller understanding of Big Island, its history and ecology.

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