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Island Tour: Waipio Valley, Waterfalls, Black Sand Beach & Volcano National Park

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Enjoy a small-group guided tour of the entire Big Island! Get off the beaten path and discover Hawaii's best kept secrets from local expert guides.

Description

Experience the best scenic Big Island attractions on this full day circle island tour departing from Kona and Kohala Coast resorts. Enjoy sightseeing through the Paniolo town of Waimea and Parker Ranch and make a stop at the sacred Waipio Valley lookout. Visit the famous Akaka Falls and gorgeous Rainbow Falls as you make your way to Hilo, where you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch. Ranger trained guides will introduce you to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kiluea Iki Crater, steam vents, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater and more!

Includes

  • Rain gear

  • Bottled water

  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide

  • Chinese-speaking guide

  • Snacks
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Grand Circle Island Tour

Duration: 9:30 - 11:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Rain gear / Bottled water / Lunch / Admission / English-speaking guide / Chinese-speaking guide / Snacks

It was my first vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii and I booked a full day circle tour with Wasabi Tours with my boyfriend, in order to get acquainted with the island's landscape and popular destinations. Our tour guide, Kala, was absolutely phenomenal! Not only did he show us all of the beautiful sights and landscapes that the island has to offer but he was also an encyclopedia of information! You could ask Kala almost anything about the island and he would almost certainly have the answer. Kala was a historian, a geographer, a geologist, a horticulturalist and even a sociologist all in one! He was a great story teller! Kala was also extremely hospitable, professional, warm, and inviting--right from the start to the end of the tour!Somehow he managed to keep enthusiastic for the 10+ hour long day. Kala mentioned he used to work in the high end resorts in the North Shore and you can really tell that he did, as he provides extremely professional service. He really went out of his way to make sure the guests were all getting the most out of the experience. When we learned the lava was really high in the Volcanoes National Park, Kala made a few separate attempts to return to the site, as the grounds were extremely steamy that particular day. He REALLY wanted us to see the lava, but it is so sad to say the weather did not cooperate that particular day despite Kala's greatest efforts. Despite this bad luck, we were fortunate enough to see all the other beautiful sites that Wasabi tours promises to take you! Finally, to top the day off, Kala knew how much I wanted to see some of the Hawaiian Honu (sea turtles), and he found me some of those as well! Overall, Wasabi Tours does a really great job preparing a fun and informative day for guests. Ultimately, a big thank you to Kala for keeping us entertained and showing us around the tropical paradise of Hawaii! Mahalo! Justine & Sam.

Justine Z

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Schedule

  • 07:45

    Pick-up from Kailua-Kona & Waikoloa Hotels

  • Waipio Valley Lookout

    Stop at the Waipio Valley lookout, where a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs drops into the sparkling blue ocean.

  • Akaka Falls & Rainbow Falls

    The tour continues in the afternoon down the Hamakua Coast to visit the famous Akaka Falls, plummeting 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. Later you'll stop by a private lookout overlooking Rainbow Falls as you're treated to fresh fruit and macadamia nuts.

  • Volcanoes National Park

    Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its various attractions including the steam vents, Jaggar Museum and the crater lookouts and Halemaumau and Kilauea Iki.

  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach

    The last stop of your all-day adventure is the famous Black Sand Beach at Punaluu. Here you can relax and take in the sights and sounds, with a chance to spot native marine life from the shore.

  • 18:00

    Drop-off at Kailua-Kona & Waikoloa Hotels

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • There is a maximum of 12 people per tour.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If less than 4 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

  • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Additional Note(s)
  • Chinese speaking tour guides available.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 12.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of vehicle will be used?

Depending on the number of passengers, the vehicle used will be either a 7-passenger Toyota Minivan, 12-passenger Ford Econline or a 15-passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Each tour takes a maximum of 12 guests, and all vehicles are new and air conditioned!

What is the lunch menu?

A hearty and healthy meal of teriyaki chicken, freshly grilled fish, steamed rice with vegetables, assorted juices, snacks and bottled water.

Vegetarian options are available with advanced notice.

Will there be a lot of walking on this tour?

Total walking distance about 1 mile on mostly paved trails.

If I am flying in from another island for this tour, what time should I arrive?

Schedule your arrival to Kona airport by 8 am and depart Kona airport after 8 pm. Departure from Kona airport is 8:15am, and you will return to the airport around 7pm.

What stops are included on this tour?

Stops include:
Waipio Valley Lookout
Akaka Falls
Rainbow Falls
Volcanoes National Park: Jaggar Museum, Steam Vents, Kilauea Iki Lookout, and Thurston Lava Tube
Punaluu Black Sand Beach

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 4 days in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last-minute bookings are often possible, but availability is limited.

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Reviews

It was my first vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii and I booked a full day circle tour with Wasabi Tours with my boyfriend, in o...rder to get acquainted with the island's landscape and popular destinations. Our tour guide, Kala, was absolutely phenomenal! Not only did he show us all of the beautiful sights and landscapes that the island has to offer but he was also an encyclopedia of information! You could ask Kala almost anything about the island and he would almost certainly have the answer. Kala was a historian, a geographer, a geologist, a horticulturalist and even a sociologist all in one! He was a great story teller! Kala was also extremely hospitable, professional, warm, and inviting--right from the start to the end of the tour!Somehow he managed to keep enthusiastic for the 10+ hour long day. Kala mentioned he used to work in the high end resorts in the North Shore and you can really tell that he did, as he provides extremely professional service. He really went out of his way to make sure the guests were all getting the most out of the experience. When we learned the lava was really high in the Volcanoes National Park, Kala made a few separate attempts to return to the site, as the grounds were extremely steamy that particular day. He REALLY wanted us to see the lava, but it is so sad to say the weather did not cooperate that particular day despite Kala's greatest efforts. Despite this bad luck, we were fortunate enough to see all the other beautiful sites that Wasabi tours promises to take you! Finally, to top the day off, Kala knew how much I wanted to see some of the Hawaiian Honu (sea turtles), and he found me some of those as well! Overall, Wasabi Tours does a really great job preparing a fun and informative day for guests. Ultimately, a big thank you to Kala for keeping us entertained and showing us around the tropical paradise of Hawaii! Mahalo! Justine & Sam. more

Justine Z

We were out in Honolulu on our first trip to Hawaii. My girlfriend and I purchased the Small Group Circle Island, Waipio Valley &a...mp; Volcanoes National Park out of quite a few similar guided tours around the Big island. It was a fun experience that helped us learn quite a lot about the Big Island, geographic facts, ancient legends, etc. This drive is about 10 hours or so and is on and off the beaten path. Different from Honolulu and Oahu, this mostly rural island has its own culture, farmers’ markets, tropical rain forests, and black, green, and white sand beaches. Our tour guide was awesome (and I totally forgot his name) and a great story teller. He was punctual in picking us up from the Kona airport. Although the weather didn't really cooperate that particular day, it was rain and cold, our tour guide made it fun with providing us all kinds of great information as well as a really smooth ride. It was obvious he loves what he does and where he lives. The sights and landscapes were incredible - black, green and white sand beaches, lava fields, waterfalls, etc. Our approximately 250 miles tour (long but fascinating) touched at first the Parker Ranch in Waimea the bay-side town of Hilo and an orchid nursery. We stopped at the Waipio Valley Lookout, a must see location. The lookout offers sweeping views of the valley, which is breathtakingly beautiful even though the weather was very cloudy and it probably took away from the experience. We stopped at the Mauna Loa a macadamia farm and packaging place for lunch and snacks. We stopped at the Rainbow Falls very close to Hilo. It is a shorter visit with great photo ops. An absolutely fabulous view and yes, we did see a rainbow. At the Volcano National Park we saw smoke but no lava flows from the viewing area but walked through a lava tube. The black sand beach is one that is different to anything else we saw so far. We counted 12 turtles resting on the beach. My girlfriend and I highly recommend this guided tour. more

James

I had Paul as my tour guide and had an amazing experience. Got to see a lot of cool places and Paul was very knowledgeable and ver...y friendly. Will definitely book another tour when I come back to visit the big Island. more

Yim

Amazing tour and very informative. A great way to see the whole island.

vcb

What a great day on the Big Island. If you travel to Kona make sure to put this tour on your itinerary. Our guide was Nickels and... he was the most knowledgeable young man and very patient and pleasant too. He took us to all of the places you should see on the island and even managed an unscheduled stop to the southern most bakery in the US. Even our teenagers we're attentive and even asked questions. It's a long day(@ 12hours)but I didn't want it to end. We truly enjoyed this tour. more

MaryKL

We did the Circle Island Tour, small group tour which was fantastic. I cannot say enough about this tour. It was approx. 11.5 hour...s but the day flew by. Our driver Kevin was amazing and informed us about everything. It was a maximum 12 people which made it very enjoyable. Our lunch break we stopped at an Orchid shop and our driver had picked us up Bento Boxes, it was delicious. We saw everything from waterfalls, rain forest, black sand beach, lava tubes, lava fields, and volcanoes and so much more. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Well worth the money. Thank you for the great tour. more

Maryann

Guide was very informative. He talked about everything we were seeing and was easy to listen to. The only concern I had was that t...he tour company needs to adjust expected arrival times to account for other pick ups and traffic. more

Jeanne

Excellent. Chris was exceptional. Had passion for his job and loves Hawaii

Kenneth Kacenga

Had a great time Kevin the tour guild was great , We even had great weather If you only can do one tour this would be the one ...and must have kevin more

Shari

Our driver and tour host presented us with a very interesting and colorful history of the Big Island. He had a great sense of hum...or too! He paced the trip on the attendees, when there was an obvious interest in an area. This tour is a good for those wanting to get a broad acquaintance with the Big Island and it's various areas and interests. It was our springboard for other activities! more

Linda

This was a great tour for our first full day on the island. Kala , our guide, was a world of information about all things Hawaiia...n! He was so excited to show us turtles on the black sand beach, lava at the volcano,and beautiful Waipio Valley. He gave us great ideas on where the best burgers and the most delicious malasadas on the island where...and yes we went back to try them ! It was a long day, but as others had commented before me, it flew by! more

Staci S.

Tour Guide was great!!!!!! Great Value! Would suggest that you have passengers switch seats during the tour. Unfortunately we... get the back seats and the viewing is not as good as the seats further towards the front. Also it was harder to talk to the guide from back there. Might be nice if halfway thru the tour everyone switch seats. more

Barbara Helms

Our tour was AMAZING!! Our tour driver was Nathan or Nate. He was awsome!! They pick you up at your hotel, which is super conven...ient! The tour group can fit up to 12 people. So it is nice and small. Our group was super fun and Nate was very informative and talked to us about everything and anything he could! The van is nice and clean and not to mention Eco friendly! It rained alittle, and they had raincoats for everyone just in case.They provide bento lunch for everyone. We actually had 2 vegans in our group and Nate was very caring and took them to a nearby grocery store, so they could pick up a few things to eat since they could not eat much from the bento. Nate not only took us to the places mentioned, but he also drove by a few other places he thought our group would like! He was AMAZING!! This tour was so much fun, the sights were beautiful and very informative! more

Alexis Albert

This tour was life changing for me! Such an awesome experience to really see the island and have someone guide you through it so y...ou really understand what you're seeing and the history behind it. Tour guide was Chris who was excellent. He has a real gift for this, and you can tell he is truly passionate and loves what he does. Makes the tour feel more real and less like show and tell or reading from a script. 10/10 highly recommended tour. Tour provides you with all the comforts you need for the day so you're never hungry, cold, or unsure of where a clean bathroom is. Even had plugs for you to charge your phone although I had a portable charger with me that day which I recommend for any trip. more

Leah

This tour is very informative. You get to see black sand, volcanoes, waterfalls, and more. Our driver/guide was excellent. There... was more walking than indicated on the website, including climbing lots of stairs. Therefore I was not able to see some of the sites. But if you don't have any mobility issues, I recommend this tour. more

LJKouri

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 17:00, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (groups of 1-5 people)

    Any cancellations made after 17:00, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (groups of 6-11 people)

    Any cancellations made after 17:00, 4 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. (private charters)

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