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.
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.
Hamakua Macadamia Nut Factory* – A delicious visit to a local macadamia nut factory!
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.
Rainbow Falls State Park* – This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina and ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets it name from the spectacular rainbows frequently seen here.
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.
Royal Kona Coffee Mill & Museum* – Learn how delicious coffee is produced here at the coffee mill and museum!
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.
About the Big Island Circle Tour
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women.
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.
Reservations may be canceled free of charge up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour service, for a full refund. No-shows and cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.