Big Island Day Trip: The Best Of The Big Island From Oahu - Honolulu

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 16 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    4:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Waikiki, HI 96815, USA
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickup's between 4:30 am - 5:00 am from most hotels in Waikiki. Please call Reservations at 808-833-3000 to confirm your pickup location and tim.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See the Big Island of Hawaiis stunning beauty on a full-day Grand Circle tour from Oahu. Youll fly from Oahu to the Big Island and circle the island to see Volcanoes National Park, beautiful beaches, rain forests and more. Round-trip airfare from Honolulu and all entrance fees are included.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Round-trip airfares

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Leave Oahu behind for a day to experience the spectacular and mysterious beauty of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island is blessed with stunning landscapes, including volcanoes and rain forests, and this is the best way to see it all. Round-trip airfare from Target="_blank" href="">Honolulu to Kona is included. A tour guide will meet you at the Honolulu airport to make sure you catch your flight on Hawaiian Airlines; then you can relax on the 45-minute flight.

On the scenic, historical and cultural land tour, youll enjoy live narration by your expert driver guide on a mini bus. The recently updated itinerary includes a visit to Royal Kona Coffee Mill & Museum and lava tube located adjacent, a historical stop at Pu'uhonua O Hanaunau National Park (City of Refuge), Punaluu black sand beach, and lunch at local hot spot Lava Rock Cafe. 

After lunch, a visit at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kilauea Iki Overlook, Steam vents, Kilauea Visitor's Center exhibits, Volcano House for view of Halemau'uma'u Crater.

As you continue out of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we will stop and visit at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center.

Then a drive over to Rainbow Falls.  Departure from the Big Island will be fro Hilo to Honolulu.

**Due to the recent and evolving volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii, the itinerary is subject to change without notice effective May 1, 2018 until further notice.  Guest safety is our main concern and changes to these itineraries may be necessitated. **

Current itinerary as of Jan. 29, 2019:
  • Originates in Kona
  • Royal Kona Coffee Mill & Museum and lava tube located adjacent
  • Pu'uuhonua O Honaunau National Park (City of Refuge)
  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
  • Lava Rock Caf (lunch on own)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • Kilauea Iki Overlook
    • Steam Vents
    • Kilauea Visitor Center exhibits
    • Volcano House for view of Halema'uma'u Crater
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center
  • Rainbow Falls
  • One Day guests fly from Hilo to HNL


Round trip coach class air travel to the neighbor island

Ground transportation by air-conditioned motor coach or mini-coach

Tour narration by a professional driver/guide

Hawaii State Taxes

Airline Fare and Fuel Surcharge

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A light sweater may be needed at the volcano area and sturdy walking shoes are required

Passengers with asthma and other respiratory problems should please consider other tour offerings to avoid potential health problems resulting from exposure to fumes

As we cannot predict volcanic activity, features may vary daily depending on conditions. In an effort to make this an unforgettable experience, the tour operators will take you as close as possible to the volcanic activity.

Lava sightings not guaranteed

The name you enter at the time of booking must be exactly as appears on your photo I.D.

Interisland Air Carriers will deny boarding if the passenger name, as shown on valid government-issued I.D. does not match the name on their voucher. This is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA requirement. Air Carriers proven to be non-compliant are subject to severe penalties; thus there is no flexibility with this policy.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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  • 26-Feb-2020

    A guided tour that provided reliable transport from our hotel and back. Airfare (both ways) taken care of, multiple spots seen, and lunch (while we had to pay) was arranged by the company so we didn't have to wait for our meals.

    Got to see all the highlights of the island: volcanic vents, lava tubes, black sand beach, and more. Had to be at pickup spot at 4:30am, but was well worth it!

  • 03-Jan-2020

    From the beginning this tour was not as described. We were added on to a tour which originated in the Big Island of people vacationing there. We were left to wait for the bus for over half an hour after arrival in a parking lot. Bus was already packed, so we were not able to even sit close enough together to chat -- which is a big deal considering it's an all-day tour. When I spoke to the driver, he basically told me that's just the way it was, no attempt to help. Then he announced to the entire bus that "some" people (my family) were not happy with the seating but there was nothing he could do! We were treated like the "redheaded stepchild at the family reunion" for the duration of the tour. It was clearly NOT THE TOUR WE PAID A LOT FOR! At the end of the day, the driver dropped us at a different airport that the one we flew into that morning more than 3-1/2 hours prior to our flight, which the Big Island group continued the tour! Appalling. We ended up paying $50 each to catch an earlier flight back to Oahu. All the wonderful sights of the Big Island (which we had visited before and taken this EXACT tour as it was supposed to be conducted) could not make up for the way we were treated. Horrible company. Horrible driver -- Brian. Horrible tour.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Pick up from our resort and off to the airport to fly 45 minutes to the big island. Arrived and got on bus to start our full day of sight seeing! Our guide had a lot of knowledge of the island and filled us in on all of the rich history of the people and land. We stopped several times to experience the food or see the sights close up. If you are looking for a detailed stop of everything, this isn't the trip for you but if you, like us, just wanted highlights and volcanoes, black sand beach, Kona coffee, lava tubes, Macadamia Nuts, Water falls, etc...this is your trip! Guided by our tour guide, air conditioned bus,wonderful lunch....

  • 22-Mar-2018

    This tour is better for those travelling in a couple, I wouldn't recommend it for young families as is it a huge day, 21 hours.
    We were picked up from our hotel at 3:30am for a 5am flight over to the Big Island. Once we arrived we waited 45 minutes to be picked up and begin the tour. Unfortunately as it was such an early morning some of the sights driving around the island were missed as most passengers were asleep on the bus. We stopped at numerous places our favorites were the black sand beach, the Volcano national park and the waterfall. I would recommend spending a few days over here and driving around the island on your own time if you can afford it as it is such a beautiful place and so different from the mainland of Oahu, but for those looking to get things done on a time basis this is the best way to see the island in 1 day!

  • 01-Mar-2018

    Excellent tour. Although the day was long, the trip was fantastic. Rainbow Falls, Black Sand Beach and Volcano National Park were tours best sights.

  • 25-Sep-2017

    This was a very fun tour. If you have never been to Hawaii like me, it allows you to see more than you could possibly on your own. The stops were not long but if you want to see as much as you can, you have to stick to the timeline. Volcanoes National Park was my favorite. The only downside was that I thought that we would see the operations at the macadamia nut factory and Kona Coffee but it was just a gift shop. It was still interesting anyhow. Also, the samples were abundant! I would recommend that if you are flying in from another Island to make sure that you can get in bed early the night before. I accidentally scheduled this tour after spending the whole previous day at the Polynesian Culteral Center and did not get back to our motel in Waikiki until 10 PM. Then we had to be at the bus stop at 3:30 am for this tour on the big island!

    Our tour guide was awesome and full of interesting facts. His sense of humor was priceless. Also, be prepared, there will always be someone who is late getting back to the bus. That got on my nerves and I wanted to just leave them BUT that was all factored in by the tour guide and we didn't miss a thing. Hooray!

  • 22-Feb-2017

    This tour was well-worth our time, even though it started at 4:00 a.m. with a pick-up to the airport for the flight to the Big Island and didn't finish until we were back to our hotel at 10:45 p.m. An hour or two less would have been great. Tommy, our tour guide on The Big Island was amazingly knowledgeable and friendly. Thoroughly trustworthy and professional. In some ways, Rainbow Falls and the Black Sand Beach were more impressive than Volcano National Park, where we had hoped to get closer to the actual volcanoes. We were still very happy to see it all, though. The one thing that we didn't like was when we were approaching a sales place, like the shortbread cookie company, or the macademia factory. Suddenly our tour bus became a QVC-type hard-sell promotion for the 20 minutes before each stop where we were highly encouraged to buy, buy, buy. Tone it down, ok?? It was a turn-off to sit-through this sort of non-stop advertising each time we came to a place to buy coffee, nuts, or cookies. That said, the tour of the entire island's major tourist sites is outstanding and still to be recommended.

  • 13-Jan-2017

    Our drivers name was Fred. From the minute we boarded his bus, he made us feel comfortable and was very organized in his thoughts an communication. He is a 21 year Coast Guard retiree and was organized in his timing of the trip, the answering of questions, the knowledge of the Hawaiian island of Oahu and it's history and culture, etc., etc. There was not a single question that he was asked that he couldn't answer. He was very polite, orderly, kept us on time in getting to our destinations and making sure that our breaks were timely. I would highly recommend Fred for your guide.

  • 21-Dec-2016

    For what it was it was a good tour however knowing that there was so much else to see on the island I'd suggest skipping it and spending more time. If you only have a day spare and are desperate to do it then definitely recommend.

  • 26-Oct-2016

    Although it was a very long day 4am pick-up! I would thoroughly recommend this tour! It is a great way to get a sense of the biggest island of Hawaii and it was surprising how many different landscapes/scenery the island has to offer. Our bus driver Kala was exceptionally knowledgeable and likable and made the tour insightful throughout. Personal highlights for me were the black sand beach at Punalu'u and the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park purely for the landscapes and the active magma. Unfortunately on this tour, we did not make it to the Macadamia Nut Factory as our bus experienced a tyre blow-out! This was disappointing and also slightly concerning about whether we would make it back for our inter-island flight. However Kala handled it all very calmly and professionally and we made it to the airport by alternate transport supplied by Polynesian Adventure Tours. There was a minor delay in being collected once back at Honolulu airport due to a change in the arrangements that we were not notified of. My boyfriend and I will definitely be returning to the islands and would be happy to use Polynesian Adventure Tours again!

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