On this daylong adventure departing from Kona, pass through lava fields where various shades of solidified lava reveal the entire island’s past volcanic activity.
- Duration: Full day
- Availability: Daily
- Time: 5:15 a.m.
Attention: Modified Itineraries – Effective Friday, May 25, until the Volcano National Park reopens to the public. Click here for more information.
About the Grand Circle Island Tour
Of course, an exploration around the Big Island would hardly be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to encounter Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the most massive volcano on the globe. Seeing these untamed volcanic wonders leaves you in awe of nature’s brute power and gives you a deeper understanding of the island’s colorful, volcano-inspired legends.
After leaving the park, the tour heads to Punaluu Black Sand Beach, where sea turtles often nest. Then you are off to see the world-renowned Kona coffee plantations. At the first stop at Rainbow Falls State Park, soaring waterfalls cascade from a natural volcanic backdrop. Next is a visit to Big Island Candies, famous for its chocolate-dipped macadamia nut shortbread cookie.
The adventure winds down with gorgeous scenes of Kealekekua Bay, the first place Westerner Capt. James Cook landed in the Hawaiian Islands. A truly unforgettable experience!
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.
- Rainbow Falls State Park* – This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets its 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 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.
- 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.
- Important Information
- Wear walking shoes, bring a light jacket, and dress comfortably.
- Lunch is 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.
- Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women.
- 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 specified in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require ADA vehicle reservations to be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to the date and time of service.
- We make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
- Cancellation Terms
- Once purchased, this tour fee is non-refundable and the tour cannot be canceled. Due to airline restrictions, passenger name changes are not permitted under any circumstance, and switching airlines may not be an option. Airline change penalty fees may apply and vary by airline and fare type.
- No-shows incur full charges – No refunds