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, youll pass some of the islands oldest volcanoes, as well as Hawaiis 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. Youll enjoy a short walk through the vegetation for an up close view and plenty of photo ops. Next is a waterfall thats 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, youll 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, youll 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 Hawaiis 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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  • I can not praise my tour guide Keith enough. He started out making me feel at ease the moment he picked me up. Since I took the tour without my family I felt some what alone, he interacted with everybody was friendly, accommodating, funny, knowledgeable about not just the history of Hawaii, but many other things i.e. plants and wild life, food. I am limited due to a handicap, he showed concern and patience, made sure everybody that wanted their picture taken he saw to that as well . Lunch was delicious, the sights breathtaking and the tour more than I ever expected. I recommend Wasabi tours on the Big Island to everybody. Keith truly has his heart in his work and Hawaii. He also did one extra thing and dropped me off where I stayed and saved me a long walk. Because of Keith I went home with wonderful memories . Thank you Keith, Thanks Wasabi Tours and thank you Viator Booking for the excellent choice.

  • It was awesome

  • The Big Island Tour with Daniel, was nothing short of amazing. Perfect if you dont have a rental...or even if you do. Saw so many amazing sights, and Daniel was super knowledgeable and very nice/funny. His voice is sooo soothing, it goes really well with the island's vibes. The meal served on the tour was REALLY good...and so were the other random eateries we encountered along the way. Will def be recommending this tour to my friends visiting the Big Island. Mahalo!

  • This tour was amazing!

  • We had a wonderful time. The tour guide RyanWilson was excellent. He kept us well informed and highly entertained throughout the long day. Please be aware it is a big island and the trip last 12-14 hours.

  • I picked Grand Circle Island Tour to see Hawaii Island for its landscapes, beaches, waterfalls, towns and volcanos. What I got was a lot more. We were a small group of 8, and led by an amazing tour/ driver, Dreu from Wasabi Tours. With Dreu at the driver's seat literally, we heard and learnt about the Hawaiian culture, language, history, back stories of places and towns, local nature and habitats, and even up to the minute news that affected the state around the time.

    The highlights of the tour included everything that was listed on the itinerary and more. We factored in an additional hour with our small group and had a detour to Punalu'u Bake Shop for free samples of local sweet bread and masaladas. The tour was perfect, from spectacular view of Kilaueu Caldera, watching turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, caught the rain in Hilo, and graced with two rainbows at Waipio Valley to sum up the tour in the evening. Truly memorable.

    Pau' and mahalo

  • Our guide, Ryan Wilson gave us an amazing experience on the Big Island day tour.

  • This tour is a good orientation to the island and great for people who have no transport. Several people were a little irritating but that is tour conditions and they did not spoil the experience. Lunch was good and the fact that our tour guide shared the left over picnic boxes with a family not on our tour because they would go to waste otherwise....he did offer them to us first but they were very filling....was a nice gesture

  • Perfect for everyone. The beach is something else! The turtles came to greet us and we split a coconut, enjoyed the fresh tangerines and wandered over to a pond. The diversity is unheard of.

  • This tour was a highlight of my week vacation on the big island. I really felt I was able to explore most of the island and see so much diversity with the tour. Ryan was the tour guide we had and he was nice, funny, and knew a lot of information about the island. It is hard to say what my favorite part was just because we saw so many great things. The island takes a while to get around, so there was a lot of driving, but the van had a lot of room and was comfortable. This tour gave me a better feel of what Hawaii looks like by getting to drive around. And at lunch the food was good, and seemed to be a traditional Hawaii meal. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves exploring, and seeing beautiful scenery.

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