GRAND CIRCLE TOUR OF HAWAII ISLAND
Experience a guided tour of the must-see historical, natural, and gourmet highlights of Hawaiʻi Island.
Hop aboard! This Grand Circle-island narrated tour of Hawaiʻi’s biggest consecutive land mass ensures you will not miss a thing! The day begins with an easy morning pickup at hotels and resorts along the Kona coast. As we begin our drive along the beautiful coastline, sit back and enjoy the scenery as volcanic views pass by your window. We will make our way to the Big Islandʻs many cultural, historic, scenic, and gourmet sites.
No trip to the Big Island is complete without a stop for some Kona coffee! Learn the history behind the bean-growing and roasting process that goes into every cup. Get your caffeine fix on site, then take a bag of beans home for a taste of the islands in your own kitchen.
Indulge your senses with flavors of world famous Kona coffee and crunch into Hawaii’s famous, locally grown macadamia nuts. We will experience all the flavors of the island throughout the day. We stop at the coffee farm for a wonderful continental breakfast.
Sea turtles and visitors alike are drawn to the magic appeal of this black-sand beach. A standout from the typical white sands of Hawaiian beaches, the dark, sandy grains of lava-turned-sand have brought fame to this small stretch of coastline.
See the volcano in its entirety – from the educational reaches of the visitors’ center where you are invited to take an in-depth look at the geology and of the volcano, to the hot steam arising from the vents where groundwater and the volcano’s hot temperature converge, to the Volcano House with its prominent crater views and delicious dining options. This exploration of the volcano leaves no (lava) stone unturned.
Your guide, on this small group tour has flexibility to take you where you want to help fulfill a caffeine fix or if you got a sweet tooth? Try the world-renowned Macadamia Nut Shortbread cookies and other locally-made sweet treats from a historical Hawaiian bakery, a fun candy shop or a producing macadamia nut factory.
Located in Hilo Town in Wailoa State Park, the 14-foot statue is an ode to the great unifier of the islands, King Kamehameha.
Marked with a placard, Shinmachi Tsunami Memorial commemorates those who have lost their lives in tidal waves that have struck the shores of Hilo.
Earning its name from the rainbows that appear in its mist, this 80-foot waterfall flows year-round. Fresh mountain water cascades over the cliff, beyond a lava cave, splashing into the pools below.
We see the length of the spectacular Hamakua coast right up to where the road ends at the incredible overlook of Waipio Valley. This sacred spot has been home to generations of Hawaiians of high-regard and the stories that come out of this place are truly special. Learn more about this from your guide, and maybe even spot some super tall coastal waterfalls too!
See Volcanoes, Craters & Old Lava Flows Too!
Explore Kilauea Visitor Center *
View Halemaʻumaʻu Crater *
Experience The Steam Vents *
Gourmet Picnic Lunch Included With Drinks & Snacks All Day *
Rainbow Falls State Park *
Breakfast At A Coffee Farm, Mill & Museum Included *
Punaluu Black Sand Beach *
Stop For Snacks, Treats & Souvenirs (stop depends on day)
King Kamehameha Statue *
Hamakua Coast And Waipio Valley Overlook
10 Hrs, 7AM Daily, Kona
Don’t miss a thing on this complete circle-island narrated tour of Hawaiʻi’s biggest consecutive land mass. Get a jump on the day with a morning pickup and take in the island views as you cruise the island’s best in cultural, historic, scenic, and gourmet sites. The narrated day-long tour will ensure you visit all the must-see spots on the Big Island. In a single day, you will have breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, feel the crunch a lava fields under your shoes, glimpse the turtles lounging on the blacks sands of a picture-perfect tropical beach, and indulge the senses with flavors of world-famous Kona coffee and buttery macadamia nuts. Coffee connoisseurs will delight over a tour of a Kona coffee mill and farm. Historically significant highlights include Hilo Town’s tsunami memorial site and the statue honoring legendary Hawaiian leader King Kamehameha. Round out your experience with a visit to the overlook at Waipio Valley and be inspired by tales of incredible bravery, courage and devotion.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a major stop on this tour. Home to the Kilauea Visitor Center, Volcano House, Thurston Lava Tube, Steam Vents and more, you will love the volcanic crater overlook stops we make.
We also make a short stop at the beautiful Rainbow Falls, a picturesque falls right near Hilo.
Lunch and breakfast are both included in this tour along with drinks and snacks in the vehicle that will be available at various stops along the tour.
Snacks and gifts can be purchased at several of the stops along the tour route. Restrooms are also available in most places. The tour offers a nice balance of moderate walking and time in the cool of the bus. No time is wasted as the views from your seat are spectacular. Offering easy pickup and drop off, your tour of this grand island lets you sit back and enjoy the true Big Island experience.
You will enjoy two meals that are included in this tour.
Continental breakfast is served at the coffee farm stop.
Gourmet picnic lunch is served at the coffee mill, near Volcanoes National Park.
Snacks and drinks will be provided on-board throughout the day.