Big Island Grand Circle – Waterfalls, Turtles & Volcanoes

This circle tour of the Big Island takes you to all biggest highlights, such as Rainbow Falls, Volcanoes National Park, & Punalu’u Black Sand Beach with a picnic lunch also included.
Kona, United States
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
4 years

What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • All taxes included
  • Full day nature tour around the Island of Hawaii, experiencing the diverse range of ecosystems and climate zones of the island
  • Stops at iconic Big Island sites including Akaka & Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley, Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, & the Volcanoes National Park
  • Gourmet local style picnic lunch
  • A professional guide sharing knowledge of the history, cultures, & geology of the island
  • Pick up from all resorts & hotels in Keauhou, Kona, Waikoloa, & Kohala, with transport in a luxury & spacious Mercedes van 
  • Small groups only so you get a higher quality, personalised experience

Where we Visit:

  • A Kona Coffee Farm
  • South Point
  • Kealakekua Bay
  • Punalu’u Bakery
  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Halema’uma’u & Kilauea Iki crater lookouts
  • Thurston Lava Tube
  • Akaka Falls
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Waipio Valley 

What to Expect

This full-day nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. From desert to rainforest, pasture to dry forest, discover diverse landscapes and 8 out of 13 climate zones in the world. Explore the active volcanoes of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, walk through rainforests to cascading waterfalls, and stroll black-sand beaches, scanning the horizon for green sea turtles.




You will first stop of the day is at a Kona Coffee Farm in the morning. Walk through the orchards with your guide learning about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. On the leisurely drive, you’ll see views of South Point, the southernmost point of the United States, and Kealakekua Bay before stopping at Punalu’u Bakery for some famous Hawaiian malasadas.


From there, you will have time to relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the shore. In addition to the stunning black sand (which is actually lava fragments), this beach is also famous for the population of the endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles basking in the sun. 


Your adventure continues with exploring the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you'll learn how the island was formed. See steam vents, past lava flow sites, the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike through the 600-foot-long Thurston Lava Tube formed hundreds of years ago.




Stop for a local style picnic lunch consisting of teriyaki chicken, fish, sweet potato, and steamed rice with assorted juices, snacks, and bottled water. You'll be re-energised and ready to continue the adventure. 


The rest of the afternoon is filled with visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. First, Akaka Falls. This towering 442-foot (135-meter) waterfall plummets into a lush ravine at the centre of a state park. You’ll enjoy a short walk through the vegetation for an up-close view and plenty of photo opportunities.


The next stop is a waterfall that’s small by comparison but not by beauty: Rainbow Falls, a beautiful 80-foot (24-meter) waterfall with a giant banyan tree beside it.


Finally, continuing on the drive along the Hamakua Coast, more postcard-worthy views will pass by your window, ushering you to the next destination. The sunset views will stop you in your tracks at the Waipio Valley lookout, where a dramatic backdrop of verdant cliffs drops into the sparkling blue ocean.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will have a couple of easy hikes over a short distance on this tour. The total hike distance is about a mile.

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We stop at multiple attractions within the park for a total time of about 2 hours.

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You won’t be able to swim on this tour due to time constraints. If you would like to swim at a private waterfall, please check out our Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tour.

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Closed-toed shoes are required and a light jacket is recommended.

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Yes, they are. However, we don’t recommend our tours for very young children (i.e. < 5yrs old) or those with serious mobility ailments. Our tour vehicles are not equipped with a wheelchair lift, but do have plenty of storage space for a collapsible wheelchair and have low steps making them easy to board.

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Our tours will operate in wet weather. Rain is common in certain areas of the island which is why we always provide rain gear for your convenience. We only cancel when the weather makes transportation hazardous and/or there are road closures.

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Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Minimum numbers are required for the tour to operate
  • The itinerary may change, and refunds will not be given for closures and itinerary changes outside of the Operator's control
  • The tour runs rain or shine

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full price will be charged for cancellations and “no shows” unless the Operator receives prior notice as follows: One to five guests – 24 hours; Six or more guests – 48 hours.
  • All tours cancelled due to low participation are eligible for a full refund at the time of cancellation. In the event a tour must be cancelled, the Operator is happy to offer different times or dates that will confirm the excursion will take place

Tour Operator

Wasabi Tours Hawaii
74-581 Honokohau St. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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