oahu to big island tour

Oahu to Big Island - Grand Circle Island Tour

Only a 45-minute flight away from Oahu, yet worlds apart, the Big Island of Hawaii is a site to behold. Your arrival, into the middle of a lava field, might almost seem like a moon landing. The airport runway is built on a solidified lava field created by the eruption of Mt. Hualalai in 1801.

On this day tour, you’ll circumnavigate the Big Island and enjoy plenty of great photo opportunities. You’ll visit the lush coffee growing region in the mountains above Kona and stop at the Royal Kona Coffee farm. Notice how the extraordinary coffee bean trees flourish among other indigenous vegetation adding to the astonishing beauty of the area. The coffee growing region is at a high enough altitude that you’ll be able to see the pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay.

Soon it’s back to lava fields where different hues of solidified lava reveal the Big Island’s past volcanic activity. At Punalu'u Beach, an amazing black sand beach, you might see nesting sea turtles.

The excursion continues to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you’ll visit the top attractions in the park, including the Jaggar Museum and the Thurston Lava Tube. Active Kilauea is still erupting and smoldering craters abound in the park. If conditions are safe, the tour will circle the entire main crater on the spectacular Crater Rim Drive.

Due to volcanic activity and lava flows this tour's itinerary will run on the following planned modified itinerary.  Itinerary may be altered due to changing volcanic activity:

Tour Highlights:

  • Hamakua Macadamia Nut Farm
  • Akaka Falls
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center - no host lunch
  • King Kamehameha Statue Drive by
  • Big Island Candies
  • Akatsuka Orchid Farm - small restroom stop
  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
  • Punalu'u Bakery (if time permits)
  • Royal Kona Coffee
As soon as the tour can safely revert back to the original itinerary below, it will do so:

Tour Highlights:

  • Parker Ranch
  • Hamakua Coast
  • Rainbow Falls* - Effective 3/9/15 viewing will done from Boiling Pots above the falls due to the renovations of the parking access for the following approx. 6 months.
  • Big Island Candies*
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*
  • Jaggar Museum and Hawaii Volcano Observatory*
  • Steam Bluffs and Crater Rim Drive
  • Fern Tree Jungle
  • Kilauea Iki Crater
  • Thurston Lava Tube*
  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach*
  • Coffee plantations
  • Kealakekua Bay Overlook
  • Kailua-Kona

*denotes stops made

 Tour Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Honolulu (Oahu) to Kailua-Kona (Big Island)
  • Roundtrip ground transportation between Waikiki and Honolulu Airport
  • Tour on the Big Island in comfortable air-conditioned tour bus

*Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, venue hours of operations, etc. Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions. Because the unpredictable nature of Kilauea Volcano, we cannot guarantee sightings of red lava flows, however, you may see a smoldering crater or a steaming vent.

Please note: The airlines are adding surcharges for some dates that are close to selling out. Please call us at 1-866-482-9775 for availability and to check if there is a surcharge for your travel date.

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Where and When:
Roundtrip transportation from your Waikiki hotel is included.
This tour departs Waikiki at approximately 5:00 am and returns at approximately 8:30 pm.
Please refer to your confirmation email for final pick-up time and location. Flight schedules change frequently.
The airlines are adding surcharges for some dates that are close to selling out. Please call us at 1-866-482-9775 for availability and to check if there is a surcharge for your travel date.
Due to stringent airline requirements there is a NO CANCELLATION/NO REFUND policy for this tour. This includes name and date changes.
For all island flights or day trips, the NAME ON TICKET MUST APPEAR AS IT IS ON PICTURE ID (license or passport). The airline will deny boarding if the passenger's legal name, as shown on their valid, government-issued ID, does NOT match the name on their E-Ticket.
All passengers MUST present government issued photo ID for airline check-in.
International travelers must bring a valid passport for airport security check-in.
Children 2 years old are required to pay for the airfare and ride in the lap of an adult in the vehicle. Children 1 and under still require birth date and full name.
Occasionally certain sections of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed to visitors when Kilauea volcano is emitting high levels of dangerous gas. Volcanic fumes are hazardous. Also, for people with respiratory or heart problems, pregnant women, infants and young children, a visit to the park is not recommended. The route may be modified due to National Park advisories or any other advisories on the island including weather. No guaranteed sighting of active lava flows.
Special Notes:
Wear walking shoes. Bring a sweater or light jacket as the temperature at the higher elevation may be chilly. Lunch available for purchase.
Operation Days:
Operates daily
Approx. 15 hours
Robert's Hawaii Reservations
Flight provided by Hawaiian Airlines. Ground transportation on the Big Island in a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus.
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