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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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This 10-11 hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including visit of the Volcanoes National Park, walk through rainforests to soaring waterfalls and stroll black-sand beaches as you scan the horizon for green sea turtles. This family-friendly tour requires easy walking and introduces people of all ages to the island, and includes lunch, snacks, refreshments and park entrance fees.
Highlights
  • Comprehensive overview of the Big Island in a single day
  • All transportation included, letting you focus on the scenery
  • Learn about the unique ecosystem from your guide's commentary
  • Lunch, snacks, and bottled water included so you can travel light
  • Minimal walking distance makes this tour suitable for all ages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Kona makes for a seamless tour
What to Expect
Start your day's adventure with pickup from your Kohala or Kona hotel in a comfortable tour vehicle, and then head out for the farther reaches of the Big Island. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and dress in layers, as the temperature can vary widely at different elevations. Enjoy traveling with a small group of fellow travelers, limited to just 13 people. 

Pass Parker Ranch and into Waimea, where the landscape changes, and take in views of the scenery instead of fussing about directions and logistics. Stop at Waipo Valley lookout for some photo ops and listen to your guide's narrative about King Kamehameha.

Wind down the Hamakua Coast toward Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls, two of the area's most beautiful. Then, continue on to Punalu'u Beach for a stroll along the black-sand beach, before headinmg to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the way back to Kona, pass Kealakekua Bay and learn about the area's bloody battle history.

If time permits, you may stop at a Kona coffee farm or the famous Punalu’u Bakery before you're dropped off at your hotel.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I did the Big Island Circle Tour on my first full day in Hawaii. It was a great way to get a feel for all of the sites on the entire island. The van was comfortable (and had seat belts) and they had free water,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I chose this trip to get an overview of the island. Our guide, JJ, was fabulous. Not only did we see so much, but JJ was able to explain what we seeing. Respect for the land, the people, and history were emphasized....More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank shs0827
Reviewed 6 days ago

I took the tour around the island with a guide named Kala. He was phenomenal. As a park ranger, he had information on everything. A native of the island himself, he filled the hours with information on history, customs, language, landscape, customs, traditions. We were...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank LinnieG70
Reviewed 1 week ago

The itinerary for this tour is just about perfect, and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. You'll see so many sights that this tour really DOES take about 12 hours, so be prepared to get tired. We saw many incredible geographic formations and beautiful, unique...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Trotskii
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sergio made a long day of touring so enjoyable and fun. We had 3yo and 5yo boys with us for the 11 hour trip and everyone had a great time. His narrative was funny, interesting and complete. He was always willing to do what we...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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jet1112015
11 August 2019|
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Response from carolineD9876 |
this tour doesn't pick up or drop off in Hilo, I am not sure what tours are from that side
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Belinda M
10 August 2019|
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Response from minivanride | Reviewed this property |
I looked at the cost of island-hopping while we were in Hawaii and it's not cheap! Supposedly it used to be much more reasonable, but the airline that used to provide the service went or was pushed out of service. It... More
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Halfpixie74
4 August 2019|
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Response from kyderby |
I do not have good answer. Look thru all the tours available. I know I see a lot of people from cruise ships.
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