Big Island In One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, And History Small Group Tour

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This 10-hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaiis youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where orange lava flows into the sea. 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 moderate walking and introduces people of all ages to the island, and includes lunch, snacks, refreshments and park entrance fees.


  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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This full-day nature tour kicks off when you are picked up directly from any of the Kona or Kohala resorts and hotels, and then heads north from Kona on a brief scenic drive, with snacks and refreshments provided throughout the day. On the way to the first destination, you’ll pass some of the island’s oldest volcanoes, as well as Hawaii’s largest ranch, the Parker Ranch in Waimea, which has been operating on the island since 1847.

The morning is filled with visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. First, the views will stop you in your tracks at the Waipio Valley lookout, where a dramatic backdrop of verdant cliffs drops into the sparkling blue ocean. Continuing on the drive along the Hamakua Coast, more postcard-worthy views will pass by your window, ushering you to the next destination, Akaka Falls. This towering 442-foot (135-meter) waterfall plummets into a lush ravine at the center of a state park. You’ll enjoy a short walk through the vegetation for an up close view and plenty of photo ops. Next is a waterfall that’s small by comparison, but not by beauty: Rainbow Falls, a beautiful 80-foot (24-meter) waterfall with a giant banyan tree beside it. Around noon, you’ll get local style lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, steamed rice, and local purple sweet potato (Vegetarian meals are available upon request).

Then explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including steam vents, the Jaggar Museum and the Halema'uma'u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts. Walk along a bridge that gives you a literal inside look at Hawaii, as you follow it to the eerie Thurston Lava Tube, a 600-foot-long (183-meter) cave formed hundreds of years ago by an underground river of magma. From there, you’ll have time to relax and take it all in at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the shore, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles.

On the leisurely drive back around sunset, you'll see views of South Point, the southern most point of the United States, and Kealakekua Bay, before arriving back in Kona or Kohala. If time permits, we may stop at a local coffee farm for you to tasted some fresh Kona Coffee.

Please note:
Wear good, closed-toe walking shoes and comfortable clothes in layers, as temperatures may vary. Tour may operate in reverse order depending on pick up locations.

Inclusions for Big Island In One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, And History Small Group Tour

  • Small-group tour limited to maximum of 13
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Rain gear
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Big Island In One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, And History Small Group Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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318 reviews by the users

  • The tour sights was great, but the guide not so much. Ryan was a good driver, but he is out of practice as a guide and not very confident in his descriptions and presentation. I thought if he said that's crazy one more time I was going to scream. Plus, we really don't need to know his entire life story including how much his rent has just gone up.

  • This is a great tour if you are short on time. You cover most of the key spots within a day. We were a group of 4 people out of the 13 on this tour.
    A special mention to our tour guide DREU who was simply outstanding. I have been on many guided tours across the world but I have not come across a tour guide like Dreu. His passion and energy for his job, impeccable knowledge and the ability to tell a story associated with each small thing on the tour is special and made the tour memorable. Lunch was great. The selection of key sites was awesome and Dreu made the day great. Kudos to Dreu !! You are a champ.
    Highly recommended and more so if you can get Dreu as your tour guide.

  • Our driver Ryan was a experienced guide and driver
    We felt safe at all times and his knowledge of the sights were well explained and very knowledgeable

  • Excellent tour of Kona. Drew the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. He was also very caring. He really kept us very engaged during the whole tour. Best wishes to all of our Hawaiian friends!!!

  • Great tour

  • Great Experience and our Tour Guide was fun. Saw some amazing sights. Being able to complete major attrations around the island in a day is perfect for people low on time.

  • This was a fun trip. We learned a lot from the whole ride. Saw different spots and place and learned history about it. Whats cool about going in a smaller group is the guide could attend everybody's questions right away. Its a long adventure but its all worth it. The tour comes with a snack and lunch meal.

    Definitely recommend this company for the island tour.

  • Great overview of big island. Other reviews offer specifics on the long day and stops. Kahikina was our experienced and extremely knowledgeable and entertaining guide - what makes this tour memorable is not just the individual things you see but the depth and breadth of understanding you gain about the islands history, economy, people, challenges and beauty. Mr. Ks love and pride in his island home is delightful and we feel fortunate to be able to have shared through his eyes.

  • This was a great tour. It was a long day but we covered a lot of territory. Awana did a great job of giving us history of the island in an interesting and informative manner. My favorite part was seeing the Green Sea Turtles on the Black Sand Beach on the Big Island. I would highly recommend this tour.

  • Great day! Very informative and Mr. K is the best!

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