Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes Waterfalls Sightseeing and History

Big Island of Hawaii, USA
Big Island in One Day Volcanoes Waterfalls Sightseeing and History Small Group Tour
  • 11 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
  • A tour of Hawaii’s biggest island highlighting its natural wonders
  • Visit the most dramatic waterfalls on the island, Akaka and Rainbow Falls
  • Lunch included for an added convenience
  • Group size is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A small group limited to 12 makes this a more personalized way to see the best of the Big Island.

What's Included

  • Small Group Tour Lead by a Professional Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Bottled Water
  • Luxury Mercedes Sprinter Van Transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

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Opening hours

  • 1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 06:30 AM - 08:00 AM

Pickup details

IMPORTANT: If you are staying on the Island of Oahu or Maui, please DO NOT book this tour. This tour is TOO LONG for a day trip from the neighboring islands. This tour departs only from Kona and Waikoloa area of the Big Island of Hawaii. We don't pick up or drop off at Kona Airport. We also pick up at the following locations: Charley's Thai Cuisine at Queens' Marketplace (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738) Foodland Farms at The Shops at Mauna Lani ( 1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea, HI 96743 ) The supplier will send you a confirmation email with the exact pickup location and time. Please call the supplier if you didn't receive an email.

What To Expect

This full day adventure of the Big Island of Hawaii begins on the Kona coast, where you’re picked up from your Kona or Kohala hotel, and driven north on a scenic journey past historic Parker Ranch—which has operated as one of the largest ranches in America since 1847. 

As you pass through the ranching town of Waimea, watch as the landscape changes from pastures to green, tropical rainforest, as sweeping views of the Hamakua Coast start creeping into view. During a stop at Waipio Valley lookout, marvel at the way the vertical cliffs seem to explode from the green valley floor and hear the tales of how King Kamehameha was raised in this valley as a child. The adventure continues as you wind your way down the Hamakua Coast, past roadside towns with singsong names until you reach Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls.

Make your way back toward sea level at Punalu’u Beach, where you’ll take a stroll on a black-sand beach and search for Hawaiian green sea turtles. Head next to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, before rounding the southern tip of the island, the southernmost point in America. Look out for Kealakekua Bay, the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians.

Stop at a Kona coffee farm to learn about the coffee growing process and walk through a lava tube.

Finally, your tour finishes back in Kona with a drop off at your hotel, where you’ve earned the right to plop on the bed and relax after the full day adventure. 

Please note: Depending on weather conditions, your tour may operate in reverse order.

Kohala Coast (Pass By)

Kailua Pier (Pass By)

Bay View Farm

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Punalu'u Black Sand beach

35 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

1 hour 20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hilo (Pass By)

Rainbow Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Akaka Falls State Park

35 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Waipi'o Valley

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Parker Ranch (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately.
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed to participate
  • This tour only departs from Kailua Kona and Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Itineraries may change, and refunds will not be given for closures and itinerary changes out of our control. Tours run rain or shine.
  • Vegetarian or gluten free meals are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not possible for travelers require walkers/wheelchairs
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Sonja_G
I would highly recommended this tour. Our tour guyed was wonderful he knew so much about the history, culture, and land of Hawaii. We learned so much on our way to the tour sights. Each sight was beautiful too. It got a little rainy on the hilo side, but that didn’t make it any less beautiful. It’s a long day of touring but worth every second.

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Wonderful time
Todd_J, Apr 2024
The van was new and clean. Dave, the guide, kept things moving. We had minimal to know lines and waited for nothing throughout the tour. Even the food and snacks were great. Dave's knowledge of history and Hawaii was really of the charts. He had friendly voice, a concern for everyone's enjoyment and was a real pleasure. I highly recommend this tour.
Volcano National Park was...
Jack_C, Apr 2024
Volcano National Park was my favorite part. Personally I felt the tour was too long. Picked up at our hotel at 7;00am and dropped off at 8;00pm. Lunch was around 1:00pm. We were starving when we got back.Very happy we got to see a lot of the Big Island, but for me it could have been a little shorter.
Once in a life time tour at the Big Island.
Diana_G, Apr 2024
Henry was our tour guide. He was wonderful, knowledgeable, great story teller and cares about his surroundings. We had an amazing time.
Volcano waterfall sightseeing!
Meiling_C, Apr 2024
Beautiful sceneries! Our tour guide Henry is so knowledgeable and professional! And has a sense of humor . Our group of six people have a blast , so much fun and learn quite a bit of the Hawaii history. I certainly recommend this tour .
Recommended
Wendy_R, Apr 2024
Brett was awesome. I really liked the tour, car is very comfy for this long day. He gave us tips about beaches and restaurants in Kona. Even sang me happy birthday with his little guitar😀.
Fun filled day
Dawn_J, Apr 2024
Our tour guides Felix and Brian were both very noligable and loved seeing the sea turtles and the lava tube. Also enjoyed the waterfalls and coffee tour.
First time being to the...
Jody_H, Apr 2024
First time being to the big Island and Scott our tour guide was amazing. Great tips and history about Hawaii. We loved it all!!
Dereck was a knowledgeable and fun guide
Peggy_H, Apr 2024
Loved the volcano and waterfalls! Dereck provided a lot of background information on all stops. Fun group
Henry was a great tour...
Jaclyn_M, Apr 2024
Henry was a great tour guide! Very knowledgeable about the island, great sense of humor, photographer extraordinaire and excellent storyteller. This is a long day, but it’s well paced, Henry rates all the bathroom experiences so you know which spots are the best haha. We enjoyed a Hawaiian lunch at one of the stops. He also provided water and Hawaiian snacks along the journey. We had plenty of time to stop and look around at each stop. If stairs or long walks are a challenge he often had tips or alternatives to help you get the most out of the trip. We highly recommended this full day experience to hit all of the island highlights and enjoy a relaxing drive around the island!
Amazing island tour with Misa the tour guide
Marina_P, Apr 2024
We had an amazing tour with our lovely tour guide Misa. He was very knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and the island and was very attentive to our needs, we never missed food and water and he answered all of our questions. Misa gave us some amazing local insights, being a local himself. The tour is an amazing way to see all the key sites of the island, especially if you don't have a car, as the island is very big and it takes time to travel from one site to the next. Would recommend this tour for anyone that is on the island for the first time, as you will get a comfortable, fun, and educational excursion.
Excellent day
Barbara_L, Apr 2024
Excellent way to see the entire island in an day our guide Brent had a wealth of knowledge and history to share. Highlights were definitely volcanoes national park and the Waipl’o lookout
So much to see!
Denise_K, Apr 2024
Our guide, David, was fantastic. He had so much knowledge of the Hawaiian culture, history, plant life and sites. This tour gave us such a great overview of the island. Long but so worth it!!
The Ultimate Big Island Tour
Staci_M, Apr 2024
This lives up to the title. You actually get around the entire island in one day. My husband works in the cruise industry and when you cruise to Hawaii you get about a half day (or one excursion) in Kona and one in Hilo. This one excursion provided 2-3 of this excursions in ONE circuit. Coffee lovers, sweet tooth’s, animal lovers, and explorers will all love this. The driving portion is soothing (you might just Power Nap a bit) but Brett is so adaptable. Whether you are high energy or looking to relax he has a ton of info, jokes, and plays the best music. Highly recommend.
Aloha Big Island
Andrea_W, Apr 2024
What an amazing experience! We booked this the first full day we were on the island and wanted to get introduced to her. It did not disappoint! David was our guide and he knew his stuff and the history of the island. So much history included while driving from site to site and while at the stops. Yes it is a long day and yes you need to be able to walk downhill and uphill, through mud, and be prepared to get wet. But if you can embrace the experience and take in everything the island has to offer it’s a great way to see the whole island at a glance. David showed photos and videos that he has personally taken and gave a lot of tips and recommendations of where and what to do. Lunch was lack luster but you aren’t going on the tour for food, you’re going for the adventure. Be prepared for a long day but sooo worth it. Our goal was to get ideas of what we want to explore further and deeper while we are here and the tour did just that. 5 star!
Phenomenal day trip!
Jill_P, Apr 2024
Absolutely phenomenal tour of the Big Island! Our tour leader David is exceptionally knowledgeable about the island and made the day so special. Such a variety of amazing sites including Kona Coffee, Volcano Nat’l Park, Black sand beach, exquisite waterfalls & other magical sites as well. An unforgettable experience! Thank you so much!!
Big Island best tour!!
michaeljgoguen, Apr 2024
What a fabulous tour!! Brent, our tour guide was outstanding. From waterfalls, a volcano, black sand beach with turtles, a lava tube cave and a coffee farm, we are so happy we chose this tour. And the history of the island from Brent was the 👌 best. Thank you so much!
A MUST Do
Laura_G, Apr 2024
The Big Island Circle tour is a “must do” on day one because we were able to visit several sites and learn about Hawaiian culture and history and not be concerned with driving unfamiliar roads. Our guide David was full of information but also allowed us time to talk amongst ourselves or listen to some fine music. The sites that we visited were on our bucket list. David had our lunch available and was ready for any eventuality (such as rain gear). We had a blast and would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Big Island!
Perfect trip
Becky_H, Apr 2024
Great driver, was very knowledgeable, great stops were made. Stayed on schedule. Good snacks and drinks provided
Wonderful Experience!
Jean_B, Apr 2024
This tour encompassed so many wonderful moments. We saw two beautiful waterfalls, walked through a lava tube and saw volcano craters. We visited a coffee farm and saw trees bearing all kinds of fruits. We stopped to drink samples of coffee and to taste candy. We walked through a rain forest and , yes, it was raining! Our guide, Henry, was amazing with his driving skills and his vast knowledge of the history and culture of Hawaii. He shared an ice cream bean picked right off the tree and also picked up lava rocks and explained the reasons for the varied colors in the rocks…the metal composition. Though the tour takes 12 hours, I was sorry to see it end even then.
Excellent tour of the Big Island’s history and culture.
Michael_J, Apr 2024
Our tour guide, Derrick, did a phenomenal job bringing the island’s history and culture to life with his knowledge, wit and enthusiasm via engaging storytelling.
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