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

78-6831 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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1959dutch
Point Clark, Canada
"Great stay at Big Island Retreat"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2020
My husband and I spent a week at Big Island! Great location to many beaches. Jenny and Britanny were so helpful. The resort has equipment u can borrow- lawn chairs, coolers, surf boards, snorkel gear etc... Our room had a small fridge and microwave so we did all over our cooking in the community kitchen. Guests leave surplus foods, tinfoils, spices so tigers can share.. keeps cost lower if you do an inventory before going shopping . There is a bbq and large 3 stove .. plates and cutlery are available as well We would definitely stay there again!! Thanks Jenny and Brittany!! You were great!
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icelandicprincess
Seattle, WA
"Beds need replacement-- very loud and saggy---also loud neighborhood"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2020
if you are 20 and don't care if the bed has big valleys and creeks each time you move at night, you are fine. But for a person over 40 the bed we had in the Honu suite was horrifying. the place is cute and close to a great beach however. The pounding (construction) of the neighbors with the new building we left after 1 day having paid for 4. the other problem is that you have to use the one sink for both washing hands/Bathroom AND for dishes. Very unsanitary (I am a nurse...) But if you want cheap and don't care about bed (or if they replace it) it's a great location. well decorated.
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johnmQ7750KN
"Great Place for a Vacation Stay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2020
This is a great relaxing place to stay in Kona area. The rooms are comfortable, well equipped and the staff are very nice. This is not a cookie cutter resort with the "usual " rooms and facilities. Each room is different and a lot like a home. We will definatly stay here on our next trip to the big island.
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2barefeet
Las Vegas, Nevada
"CHECK THE ROOM DESCRIPTION!!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 05, 2020
i arrived in the dark - after closing hours - so it's a good thing the office manager contacted me earlier and gave me her number. otherwise i would have arrived at my 'surfer' room and wondered where my bed & bathroom were hiding. there is a reason there are no pictures of it. until now. the room was clean, but it has a pull out sofa with a mattress pad about 2 1/2 inches thick and no sheets. AND the bathroom was in the next building. so if you are a person who needs to visit the loo in the middle of the night, get dressed first. and collect all your things before you head over for a shower, otherwise, get dressed again. since i am an older person, this was definitely not for me. i called the manager in the morning and she arranged for me to change rooms to the 'maile' room. SO glad because this was a great room, view towards the ocean and comfortable bed. if i would not have been able to change, i would have had to leave and find other accommodations. THANK YOU JENNY for helping me with the room; the staff here is great, but BEWARE OF YOUR ROOM SELECTION!!
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EmmaAa1120
"One of the best vacations!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2020
Big island retreat is a beautiful vacation rental where you can relax with family and enjoy the beach which is across the street. There are grocery stores movie theaters and different type restaurants just 3 min away. The manager Jenny and housekeeper Brittany are amazing and help you with everything and anything you need. Jenny answers the phone 24/7 so there is never a worry that my questions won’t get answered they also have great suggestions on where to go hiking, snorkeling, and where to enjoy a nice dinner. Will definitely be returning!!
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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.