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Grand Circle Hawaii Island Tour

Hawaii’s largest and youngest island is quite possibly the most dramatic and awe-inspiring in the Hawaiian chain. Of all the Hawaiian Islands, the Island of Hawaii is a world apart. Incredibly, 80 percent of the world’s ecosystems are found here, including rain forests, grasslands, wetlands, and even a rare alpine desert dating to the Pleistocene Epoch. So, while a day isn’t quite enough to experience all the natural beauties and wonders Hawai’i Island offers, we like to believe this Big Island Circle Day Tour itinerary does a pretty good job.

What to Expect

On this daylong adventure, departing from Kona, you will pass through lava fields where various shades of solidified lava reveal the entire island’s past volcanic activity. You will actually see a distinct dividing line where the lava fields end and the lush farmland begins.

Your arrival in the middle of a vast lava field might almost seem like a moon landing. Lava, now solidified, has created a wave-like, rippled field that spreads out as far as the eye can see. If this isn’t drama enough, the landscape does a 180º along the western coast of the island where tropical bounty abounds.

Along the way, you’ll make a delicious stop at Royal Kona Coffee in the midst of Hawaii Island’s famous coffee-growing region. It’s a remarkable place of organic beauty, where lush coffee bean trees seem to spring up among the other island foliage. The area overlooks Kealakekua Bay, offering spectacular views of its pristine waters.

You will visit Punaluu Beach, the amazing black sand beach where sea turtles often nest. Next you will be on your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, beginning at the Jaggar Museum and Hawaii Volcano Observatory. This is where you’ll find Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. There is also the impressive Kilauea Iki Crater and, located in a small crater, the Fern Tree Jungle. If conditions are safe, you can even circle the crater along Crater Rim Drive before our return trip to West Hawaii Island for hotel and resort drop offs.

Included (* denotes stops made)

  • Hamakua Coast – Home to lush tropical rain forests, beautiful waterfalls, taro farms and black sand beaches.
  • Rainbow Falls State Park* -A public recreational area where there is a majestic waterfall that cascades 80 feet over a lava cave. It is aptly named because rainbows are often seen in the rising mist.
  • ‘Imiloa Sky Garden* – A garden restaurant featuring a locally inspired lunch and beautiful views of Imiloa’s native Hawaiian landscape.
  • Big Island Candies Factory* – A true taste of the islands and home to the world-renowned Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookie.
  • Volcano National Park* – Home to one of the world’s most active volcano – Kilauea, lava tubes, volcanic craters and more.
  • Kilauea Visitor Center* (Bathroom)
  • Volcano House*
  • Steam Vents
  • Kilauea Iki Overlook
  • Halemaumau Crater*
  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach* – Famous and picturesque, this black sand beach is an unforgettable site where honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) often enjoy basking in the Hawaiian sun.
  • Royal Kona Coffee* – Panoramic farms growing exclusively grown gourmet Kona coffee beans.

Important Information

  1. Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, venue hours of operations, etc. Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions.
  2. We do not guarantee sighting of lava flows. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints. If conditions permit, walking/hiking on rough, uneven lava surfaces is involved.
    Moderate walking, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately. You are advised to bring a light jacket as it may get cold.
  3. Lunch will be available for purchase.
    Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, and venue hours of operations.
  4. Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women.


10 hours


The tour bus provides pick up from convenient Kona, Kohala Coast, and Waikoloa locations.

Your pick up location will be a close walk from your hotel and chosen during booking.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations are subject to a 10% credit card fee. Cancellations made after 12 noon, the day prior of scheduled service, will result in a 100% charge being incurred (NO REFUND). Claims for refunds must be made within thirty (30) days from the date of service. No shows are subject to full charge.