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The Grand Circle Island Tour will take you to the majestic Waipio Valley Lookout

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Hike through the lush jungles on your way to Akaka Falls

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Enjoy the breathtaking Halemaumau Crater

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Hike through in the rainforest and Thurston Lava Tube.

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Experience the many steam vents in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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At Punalu’u Black Sand Beach you may get to see endangered sea turtles!

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The beautiful Punaluu Black Sand Beach

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Experience the amazing Rainbow Falls

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One of the many stops include Kilauea Iki Trail

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Witness the explosive power of Halemaumau Crater!

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The Grand Circle Island Tour offers the best scenic sites of the Big Island, and they depart from all west coast hotels and resorts.  Experience 8 out of 13 climate zones and diverse landscapes, from desert to rainforest to pasture to dry forest.  As you traverse the island you will learn about the history , culture, and geography of Hawaii from a friendly and knowledgeable certified local guide.

This intimate tour will pass Waimea town and Parker Ranch, and then you will make a stop at the breathtaking Waipio Valley Lookout.  On you way to Akaka Falls & Rainbow Falls, enjoy the scenery along the lush and green Hamakua Coast.  The afternoon is filled with the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for about 1.5hrs.  You will discover rare flora and fauna through the short and leisurely hikes in the rainforest. Other stops include Kilauea crater lookout, Kilauea Iki Lookout, and steam vents. On your way back to Kona, you will stop at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach where you may get to see endangered sea turtles. The tour will make their last stop at a world-renowned Kona Coffee Farm for some free Kona coffee and lava tube on site.

General Information
Schedule: Tour departs daily.

Pick Up & Drop Off: They pick up from all west coast resorts and hotels between 7-8 AM and return by 6-7 PM. Inquire for pick up from airport.

Tour includes: Gourmet lunch (grilled fish, teriyaki chicken, steamed white rice, edamame, beverages and snacks). Umbrellas and jackets available also.

Group Size: Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Tour Vehicles: Mercedes Sprinter Van or Minivan

Tour Difficulty: Easy hiking over short distances, all ages welcome.

Time at each stop: Between 30 to 40 minutes at each stop, and around 1.5 hours at Volcano National Park

What to Bring & Wear: Wear comfortable clothing in layers as temperatures vary from warm to cool. Covered walking shoes are required.

Cancellation Policy:  Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund.

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The breathtaking Halemaumau crater
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Enjoy the beautiful Rainbow Falls

CGrand Circle Island Tourruise Ship Passengers

The Grand Circle Island Tour is not available for cruise ship passengers.

 

 

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

The Big Island of Hawaii really lives up to its’ name…it IS BIG! It can be daunting trying to explore this island on your own. The Grand Circle Island Tour gives you the ability to take in all that the Big Island has to offer without having to worry about driving, and more importantly where all the good stops are! Let your guide keep their eyes on the road and chauffeur you to the scenic points while you enjoy the view!  Not only is the Big Island huge, it is extremely diverse both in landscape and in climate zones. In a matter of hours you will go from lush, tropical rain forest to grassy ranch land, to volcanic craters and recent lava flows. Throw in the amazing ocean views and you get the complete spectrum of Hawaiian beauty. Your guide is certified and will relay stories and history throughout the day for each of the areas you visit. The guides are also a great resource for learning about the flora and fauna, most of which is native to the island.

 Since the Big Island is so big, this tour takes an entire day. You need the time not only to cover the distance, but to be able to stop and really take in each of the places you visit. You will want to dress comfortably for a day of driving, getting in and out of the vehicle, and taking short hikes throughout the day. Since you will be visiting different climate zones across the island, you will want to be prepared with layers of clothing that you can add on for warmth as needed. A rain jacket is very handy when you make stops both in the rain forest, as well as Volcanoes National Park since light showers are common. Make sure you wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in, and that also get good traction. There is quite a bit of walking on this tour, some on uneven and at times slippery terrain. All ages are welcome on this tour, but make sure that if you have younger children in your party that they are comfortable being out for an entire day and don’t mind long car trips.