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Explore the Big Island on this full-day tour from Oahu. Fly from Oahu and touch down on the Big Island to discover its highlights, like rainforests, black sand beaches, coffee plantations and Volcanoes National Park. Round-trip airfare, transportation between activities and all entrance fees are included. Pickup and drop-off at Oahu hotels is available.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of the Big Island of Hawaii from Oahu
  • Round-trip airfare from Honolulu to the Big Island included
  • Visit Volcanoes National Park (admission included)
  • See steam bluffs, Kilauea Iki crater and the Thurston Lava Tube
  • Admire the greenery of the tropical rainforest
  • Pickup and drop-off at your Waikiki hotel is included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you're staying on Oahu but want to hit all the highlights of Hawaii's largest island, this is the tour for you. See lava flows, rainforests, waterfalls and coffee plantations all in one very photogenic day.

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What You Can Expect

Big Island Day Trip: Grand Circle Island from Oahu

See some of the most beautiful landscapes and rainforests in the world on this Day Trip.

After optional pickup from your hotel on Oahu, take the 45-minute interisland flight to Kona. Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Big Island, including its rainforests, beaches and volcanoes. Bring a light sweater or jacket and sturdy shoes for your visit to Volcanoes National Park. A local guide will meet your flight at the airport and show you to your luxury minibus. Head out along the south coast to start your circumnavigation of the island, which includes the following stops:

Volcanoes National Park:
This stunning national park is the result of 70 million years of volcanic activity, migration and evolution. See the steam bluffs, the Thurston Lava Tube and the Kilauea Iki crater.

Kealakekua Bay:
See beautiful views of the coast and hear legends of Captain Cook from your guide.

Big Island Candy Company:
Tour this macadamia-nut candy and cookie company, founded in 1977, and try some samples of candy and the famous Kona coffee.

Jaggar Museum:
Watch films of past volcanic eruptions and current volcano activity on the island at this free, hands-on museum.

At the conclusion of your day exploring the Big Island, return to the Kona airport to catch your flight back to Oahu.

Customer Reviews

Merrick J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our drivers name was Fred. From the minute we boarded his bus, he made us feel comfortable and was very organized in his thoughts an communication. He is a 21 year Coast Guard retiree and was organized in his timing of the trip, the answering of questions, the knowledge of the Hawaiian island of Oahu and it's history and culture, etc., etc. There was not a single question that he was asked that he couldn't answer. He was very polite, orderly, kept us on time in getting to our destinations and making sure that our breaks were timely. I would highly recommend Fred for your guide.

Donald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We flew over from Oahu so had to leave the North Shore at 3am. Got to the airport at 4 and was met by an agent from Polynesian Adventures. She gave us our tickets and got us to the counter. Our flight landed at 5:45am but no one was there to meet us. A call was made to the Polynesian office where we were informed that they don't pick up that early but would send someone in 15 min. hmmm? Aside from that the trip was fantastic!. Tommy our guide and bus driver was knowledgeable, funny and talked for 12 hours God bless him He drove that big bus like a pro!! Give that guy a raise :.The big island is so different from Oahu we were awestruck. A few recommendations if you are flying over take an empty water bottle as there is no place to buy water except lunch, which is on you . Also if you are a coffee person bring an empty container as you can refill it at your first stop free. I think a cooler on the bus with water would be a good addition that Polynesian could implement especially considering the cost of the tour All in all this is a tour that I highly recommend even if you are staying on the big island. Tommy got us to the airport in plenty of time for our flight home walked in the door at 9:30 pm exhausted but so glad we did this.

ROBERT B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

excellent trip wish we could stay longer

Ora C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and highly entertaining. This tour does have a very early start from Oahu (3 am pickup) so expect to be completely wiped out by the time your plane returns. We had the 8 pm flight as was totally sleeping in the airport by the end. Another gotcha.. 2 pina colado drinks at the big island airport will run you $30 so beware.

Emiliano M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Excellent tour. Wonderful sights, high recommendable!!!!

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Very enjoyable day. Excellent tour guides.Well organised. Visited so many interresting places, like the black sands with sun bathing turtles,well worth the money.

Sheila D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

Everything was so organized to the letter!!! Drivers were prompt, friendly and very knowlegeable about their state. It was very enjoyable, at times we wished for more time but on the flip side we did need to catch our flight back so time limit was understood. Had a blast and looking forward to a return visit.

Jennifer M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

This is a very long, but very worthwhile trip from Honolulu. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but the tour is designed to show the variety of the scenery, from barren lava flows, to active volcanoes, lush forest, waterfalls and lava tubes. We also saw turtles coming ashore at the black sand beach. The trip also gave insights into the economy with stops at a Kona coffee plantation and later at a Macadamia nut cooperative, as well as insights into the importance of cattle ranching The guide was extremely informative about the history,
geology and agriculture of the island.

Sarah M

4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

For what it was it was a good tour however knowing that there was so much else to see on the island I'd suggest skipping it and spending more time. If you only have a day spare and are desperate to do it then definitely recommend.

Jessica K

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Although it was a very long day 4am pick-up! I would thoroughly recommend this tour! It is a great way to get a sense of the biggest island of Hawaii and it was surprising how many different landscapes/scenery the island has to offer. Our bus driver Kala was exceptionally knowledgeable and likable and made the tour insightful throughout. Personal highlights for me were the black sand beach at Punalu'u and the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park purely for the landscapes and the active magma. Unfortunately on this tour, we did not make it to the Macadamia Nut Factory as our bus experienced a tyre blow-out! This was disappointing and also slightly concerning about whether we would make it back for our inter-island flight. However Kala handled it all very calmly and professionally and we made it to the airport by alternate transport supplied by Polynesian Adventure Tours. There was a minor delay in being collected once back at Honolulu airport due to a change in the arrangements that we were not notified of. My boyfriend and I will definitely be returning to the islands and would be happy to use Polynesian Adventure Tours again!

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