Grand Circle Island Tour - Hawaii Island in Big Island, HI

Roberts Hawaii78-6831 Alii DriveKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96720
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Overview

Presented by Roberts Hawaii, the Grand Circle Island Tour of Hawaii Island offers an exciting experience for guests ages 4 and older. The tour offers stunning views of the Island of Hawaii’s black-sand beaches, sea turtles in their natural habitat, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Jaggar Museum, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, Kilauea Iki Crater, Fern Tree Jungle, Parker Ranch and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes for various types of terrain.
  • Bring a light jacket, dress comfortably, and don’t forget a hat/sunglasses.
  • Lunch available for purchase, if desired.
  • Viewing and visiting conditions are dependent on National Park Service advisories.

Description

from Grand Circle Island Tour - Hawaii Island
This daylong adventure is the perfect showcase for the Big Island’s most unique sights and locations. It’s a great way to explore this fascinating place.

There will be a stop at Royal Kona Coffee in the midst of the coffee-growing region. It’s a remarkable place of organic beauty. The lush coffee bean trees seem to spring up among the other island foliage. The area also overlooks Kealakekua Bay, offering spectacular views of its pristine waters.

Then visit lava fields where various shades of solidified lava reveal the entire island’s past volcanic activity. You’ll actually be able to see a distinct dividing line where the lava fields end and the lush farmland begins. While you enjoy the changing landscape, you’ll want to prepare yourself for a visit to the nearby is Punaluu Beach, the amazing black sand beach where sea turtles often nest.

Next, you’ll be on your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You’ll begin at the Kilauea Visitor Center and Volcano House. Be on the lookout for the active, smoldering crater nearby. Active volcanoes are still present and continuing to add to the landscape of dried lava flow. Here is also where you’ll find Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano, and Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano. If the conditions are safe, you’ll actually circle a crater when you ride along Crater Rim Drive.

Featured Attractions:
*denotes stops made
  • Kailua-Kona

  • Hamakua Macadamia Nut Farm

  • Rainbow Falls*

  • Imiloa Sky Garden - Lunch on own

  • Big Island Candies*

  • Volcanoes National Park*

  • Kilauea Visitor Center*

  • Volcano House*

  • Steam Bluffs and Crater Rim Drive

  • Kilauea Iki Crater*

  • Pu`u Pua`i Overlook

  • Laumanu Crater Overlook

  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach*

  • Royal Kona Coffee*


  • Additional Information:
    • Wear walking shoes, bring a light jacket and dress comfortably

    • Lunch available for purchase

    • Route may be modified due to National Park Advisories

    • Depart 7:30 am - 9:00 am (approx.)

    • Return 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm (approx.)


    *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 Services advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, venue hours of operation, etc… Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions. Wear sturdy, covered walking shoes. Weather is unpredictable. Anticipate both sun and rain conditions.

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rykuch
Burlington, Canada
"Chad is the best!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
The stay at the hotel was ok - but CHAD was amazing! Very personable and willing to help in any way! He was awesome! Great location and close the beach and snorkelling. NO AC though - so be wary of when you travel there.
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Beoffwithyou
"What a shame"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2019
Booked this place on the previous wonderful reviews! Things have changed - there is no Gigi anymore. Room ok but so hot when we arrived we almost left straight away. There was nowhere to hang wet beach gear and “provisions” mentioned in previous reviews non-existant, not even toiletries. At least the beach hadn’t moved so snorkelling was great.
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Kellie F
Marshall
"booking contacts / cancellation attempts - beware of being ignored!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2019
I booked this hotel on 5/3/19 through their website. Our travel plans changed and I have needed to cancel. The confirmation sheet I was sent stated that I have 60 days prior to arriving to cancel without penalty. I was charged $250 as a deposit payment. I emailed the website provided on my confirmation sheet bigislandretreatkona@gmail.com on 5/9/19 requesting a cancellation and got not response. I emailed again on 5/20/19 again requesting cancellation. There has no response. Then I called the phone number listed on the confirmation sheet that i was provided with 1-808-938-7988. The phone was immediately answered by an answering machine telling me to leave a message. But then said---no mailbox has ever been set up!! So leaving a message isn't even an option!!! i have called this number 10X with the same outcome. No one answers. I began searching for another way to contact them and found a different phone number listed on TripAdvisor. 1-808-427-1188. I called this number at 4:43pm Hawaii time on 5/21/19. I was able to leave a message and received a call back at 5:11pm asking what I needed because they had missed a call. I asked for a name and was told I was talking to St, Chad. When I explained my predicament and my fear of losing my deposit, I was told i needed to go thru the website. I explained I have already done this!! He told me he would call me back. Nothing!! I called again today and left a message with all my information. Still no response!! I am writing this review in hopes of getting some response and my money back plus as a warning to others that they better not want to get ahold of anyone..... i think you cease to be important once you have paid!!!
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Jess_n_Chris
Mount Royal, New Jersey
"Great location, nice stay"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 01, 2019
Management recently changed over. A lot of reviews focused on how friendly and hospitable manager was. We did not experience this. Took quite a while to locate the manager to check in. Met a few guests that experienced the same challenges. Accommodations are overall adequate. Stayed in the pineapple room. A bit odd that kitchen sink is also the bathroom sink. Bed was comfortable. No AC but not an issue for us as it was cool enough with the fan on. Nice that you can walk to the beach and snorkel. Probably will try another location next time, but this place is nice. Just not sure if it’s going for a hotel or bnb vibe. Felt more like vrbo.
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Julie S
Chicago, Illinois
"Big Island Retreat"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2019
My daughter and I recently stayed at the Big Island Retreat and couldn’t have been happier. The manager Gigi made us feel Like family. Not only did she invite us to share dinner with her and her other guests on the outside pavilion when we arrived, she continued to be so welcoming providing lots of information and suggestions for our entire stay. She was not intrusive, we sought her out and enjoyed talking to her. Our room was so comfortable and tastefully decorated. Many little touches that made the place so special. Would highly recommend and hope we’ll make it back there again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Circle Island Tour - Hawaii Island

Will I see lava flow?
Lava flow sightings are not guaranteed. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints. If conditions permit, walking/hiking on rough, uneven lava surfaces is involved.

What should I wear?
We recommend dressing comfortably for the weather conditions, wearing sturdy walking shoes, and bringing a light jacket in case of windy or chilly weather. In addition, wearing a hat and sunglasses will block the sun during portions of the tour.

Is lunch included?
No. However, lunch is available for purchase during the tour.

Can guests who require a wheelchair participate in the tour?
Yes, with the following notes and restrictions:

If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the “Have Special Needs” section at the time of booking. If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be included in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require that ADA vehicle reservations be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to date and time of service. We will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.

Is hotel transportation available?
Yes. Please call the number on your e-Ticket after booking to reserve and confirm your hotel transportation for the tour.