Hawaii Island- Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour
Departure Time: 7:30 A.M.
Tour Duration: 7-9 Hours
Hotel Pick-Up Included
Tour Operator: Roberts Hawaii
This daylong trip departing from Kona, showcases the Big Island’s breathtaking diversity—from lush tropical rainforests to world-famous coffee fields to volatile volcanoes. The wraparound island adventure begins at Parker Ranch, then travels to Rainbow Falls State Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punaluu Black Sand Beach and past the world-renowned Kona coffee fields. 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.
About the 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 will leave you in awe of nature’s brute power and give 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 will be off to see the world-renowned Kona coffee plantations. 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 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. Please note: We have been notified by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that the Thurston Lava Tube and its rainforest loop will be closed to repair the electrical and lighting system beginning September 5, 2017 for approximately two weeks. Due to these repairs, there will be limited access to the Thurston Lava Tube.
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.