Hawaii Island – Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)

Hamakua Coast

Home to lush tropical rainforests, beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking coastline views. It is known for the volcanic mountain Mauna Kea and its lack of sandy beaches.

Big Island Candies*

A true taste of the island's delights that include the renowned chocolate dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookie

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*

Home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial volcano.  Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more! 

Crater Rim Drive

Experience the extreme as you drive around Kilauea’s caldera and pass from the rainforest into desert-like surroundings

Fern Tree Jungle

Take in the beauty of the various fern plants and trees in the unspoiled environment as it must have looked to the ancient Hawaiians

Steam Vents

Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.

Thurston Lava Tube*

Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You will exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach*

This famous black sand beach is an unforgettable sight, where coconut palms frame the ocean and Hawaiian Green Sea turtles bask in the warm Hawaiian sun.

Coffee Plantations*

Picturesque farms where the gourmet Kona coffee beans are exclusively grown.

Kealakekua Bay Overlook

Take in the panoramic view of the bay where the first westerner, Capt. James Cook, landed in the Hawaiian Islands. The bay was of great importance in ancient Hawaiian history and retains its significance as marine life conservation district today.

Kailua-Kona

This was where the first capital was established after the consolidation of the Hawaiian Islands. It later functioned as the retreat of the royal family.

Jaggar Museum*

In this museum on volcanology you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.

Kilauea Iki Crater

One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400 foot high crater.

Boiling Pots*

A beautiful lookout from which you can view the Rainbow Falls. These pools get their name from the bubbling effect frequently observed as the water cascades alongside hexagonal columns formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava.

Parker Ranch

One of the oldest and largest working cattle ranches in the US. It was founded by John Palmer Parker who had helped Kamehameha I control the island’s population of feral bulls. 

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.  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.

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 Thurston Lava Tube and, located in a small crater, the Fern Tree Jungle. If conditions are safe, you can even circle the crater along Crater Rim Drive.

Important Information
  • Moderate walking, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately. You are advised to bring a light jacket as it may get cold. 
  • Lunch will be available for purchase.
  • Route may be modified due to National Park Advisories
  • 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.
  • (Effective 3/9/15) Due to closure of the parking lot of Rainbow Falls, Wailuku State Park-Hilo for renovations, we will be providing an alternate viewing point of Wailuku State Park in an area above Rainbow Falls, called Boiling Pots. 
ADA Requests
  • If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the comment section at the time of booking. 
  • If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be included in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require that ADA vehicle reservations be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to date and time of service. 
  • We will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
Cancellation Terms
  • No shows will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the tour will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the tour will be refunded with a 10% credit card service fee withheld (if applicable).

Tour Overview

Punaluu Black Sand Beach*

This famous black sand beach is an unforgettable sight, where coconut palms frame the ocean and Hawaiian Green Sea turtles bask in the warm Hawaiian sun.

Coffee Plantations*

Picturesque farms where the gourmet Kona coffee beans are exclusively grown.

Kealakekua Bay Overlook

Take in the panoramic view of the bay where the first westerner, Capt. James Cook, landed in the Hawaiian Islands. The bay was of great importance in ancient Hawaiian history and retains its significance as marine life conservation district today.

Kailua-Kona

This was where the first capital was established after the consolidation of the Hawaiian Islands. It later functioned as the retreat of the royal family.

Jaggar Museum*

In this museum on volcanology you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.

Kilauea Iki Crater

One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400 foot high crater.

Boiling Pots*

A beautiful lookout from which you can view the Rainbow Falls. These pools get their name from the bubbling effect frequently observed as the water cascades alongside hexagonal columns formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava.

Parker Ranch

One of the oldest and largest working cattle ranches in the US. It was founded by John Palmer Parker who had helped Kamehameha I control the island’s population of feral bulls. 

Hamakua Coast

Home to lush tropical rainforests, beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking coastline views. It is known for the volcanic mountain Mauna Kea and its lack of sandy beaches.

Big Island Candies*

A true taste of the island's delights that include the renowned chocolate dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookie

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*

Home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial volcano.  Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more! 

Crater Rim Drive

Experience the extreme as you drive around Kilauea’s caldera and pass from the rainforest into desert-like surroundings

Fern Tree Jungle

Take in the beauty of the various fern plants and trees in the unspoiled environment as it must have looked to the ancient Hawaiians

Steam Vents

Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.

Thurston Lava Tube*

Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You will exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island.

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.  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.

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 Thurston Lava Tube and, located in a small crater, the Fern Tree Jungle. If conditions are safe, you can even circle the crater along Crater Rim Drive.


  • Rainbow Falls is a waterfall located in Hilo, Hawaii.
  • Kona coffee
  • Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.
  • Big Island Candies Hawaiian chocolate macadamia nut cookies and candies.
  • Kealakekua Bay is located on the Kona coast of the island of Hawaiʻi about 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona.
Important Information
  • Moderate walking, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately. You are advised to bring a light jacket as it may get cold. 
  • Lunch will be available for purchase.
  • Route may be modified due to National Park Advisories
  • 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.
  • (Effective 3/9/15) Due to closure of the parking lot of Rainbow Falls, Wailuku State Park-Hilo for renovations, we will be providing an alternate viewing point of Wailuku State Park in an area above Rainbow Falls, called Boiling Pots. 
ADA Requests
  • If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the comment section at the time of booking. 
  • If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be included in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require that ADA vehicle reservations be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to date and time of service. 
  • We will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
Cancellation Terms
  • No shows will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the tour will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the tour will be refunded with a 10% credit card service fee withheld (if applicable).