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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes Waterfalls Sightseeing and History
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes Waterfalls Sightseeing and History

By Wasabi Tours Hawaii
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Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island can be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the stress of planning out all the details with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport, lunch, snacks, and bottled water for your convenience. Because there’s minimal walking distance during this tour, it’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Plus, if the weather gets dreary, rain gear is provided to keep you dry.
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Ages 4-99, max of 13 per group
Duration: 11h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • All transportation included, letting you focus on the scenery
  • Learn about the unique ecosystem from your guide's commentary
  • Lunch, snacks, and bottled water included so you can travel light
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Kona makes for a seamless tour
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2023

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Akaka Falls State Park
What's not included
  • Gratuities

Start your day's adventure with pickup from your Kohala or Kona hotel in a comfortable tour vehicle, and then head out for the farther reaches of the Big Island. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and dress in layers, as the temperature can vary widely at different elevations. Enjoy traveling with a small group of fellow travelers, limited to just 13 people.  Pass Parker Ranch and into Waimea, where the landscape changes, and take in views of the scenery instead of fussing about directions and logistics. Stop at Waipo Valley lookout for some photo ops and listen to your guide's narrative about King Kamehameha. Wind down the Hamakua Coast toward Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls, two of the area's most beautiful. Then, continue on to Punalu'u Beach for a stroll along the black-sand beach, before headinmg to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the way back to Kona, pass Kealakekua Bay and learn about the area's bloody battle history. Stop at a Kona coffee farm to learn about coffee before you're dropped off at your hotel.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    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.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6651BIOD

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Most travellers 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6651BIOD

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        • Wasabi Tours Hawaii
          5,403
          Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
          Joined in May 2013
        • Andrea M
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Volcano and so much more!
          It was booked thru my hotel and they simply stated it was a volcano tour. We did that and so much more! We went to a coffee farm, famous local bakery, lava tubes, Black Sand Beach, and stargazing too! Prepare for a long day but out tour guide Scott was nice, knowledgeable and prepared. We didn't know we needed warmer clothing for the stargazing and he had jackets for us.
          Written June 12, 2024
        • heatherjD4308WO
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best way to see the Big Island’s waterfalls
          Great tour! Beautiful sights and informative and attentive guide, Stefan. Made some great family memories and enjoyed seeing some of the best Hawaii has to offer.
          Written June 5, 2024
        • Ambassador427090
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          10/10
          Our guide- Drew Basaldua was amazing! Very knowledgeable with location information, legends, stories, and fun facts. Inclusive of everyone. We had 11 stops and I don’t have a favorite, they were all unique and special. Checked everything I had on our Hawii list of to do’s! A must do, ALL day adventure!! Have Fun!! Dee and Jared, Michigan
          Written June 5, 2024
        • Relax43155374692
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour - Big Island
          We were a group of 18 so we had two vans. Both vans stayed together so we made the same stops at the same time which was great. My van included myself and 8 of my friends and our guide was Derek and my other 9 friends were with Dreu. Both Derek and Dreu are phenomenal tour guides and truly love their island and go above and beyond to show it off. This was my first visit to the Big Island and I say this tour is a must. You will learn so much, and you’ll definitely have a few laughs along the way.
          Written June 3, 2024
        • P5244URtiffanys
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wow! Amazing Tour
          We had such a great day on this 12 hour tour! Scott was our tour guide. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. It's a day I'll never forget I highly recommend this tour!
          Written June 2, 2024
        • Donald E
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Big Island Volcano Tour
          The tour was amazing, our guide Drew was absolutely the best. I’ve traveled all over the world and hired a number of tour guides and Drew is 100% the best!!! His in-depth knowledge of Hawaiian culture and his insight into the flora and fona of the Big Island was astounding. One of my all time best tours😎👍👍
          Written June 1, 2024
        • M6783LMannas
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Discover the soul of the island!
          This extra special thank you note sent to Dreu Basaldua, Guide with Wasabi Tours holds more appreciation than any words can say …..for he is among the nicest person we have ever known ...and he’ll never be forgotten for the thoughtfulness, passion and knowledge of the culture. He kept us entertained and laughing the entire time. The view from Waipio Valley Lookout was amazing, the multiple waterfalls were spectacular, historical sites memorable and botanical garden breathtaking, to name a few. Mahalo from Greg & Anna
          Written May 21, 2024
        • toshal20
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Big Island Circle Tour is the way to go!
          This was our 2nd time in Hawaii (the first time was to Oahu), so I wanted to ensure we did something memorable. I surprised my mom with a Mother's Day trip to the Big Island. I booked a private Big Island Grand Circle tour for just the two of us. This tour was the highlight of our entire trip! Our guide, Derek, was phenomenal! He is very kind and funny and possesses an incredible wealth of information about the island. It was amazing to be able to ask questions and view the island at our own pace. Derek made our trip an incredibly memorable experience. I cannot thank him enough, and I highly recommend Wasabi Tours and Derek as your guide. Mahalo!
          Written May 20, 2024
        • X9396ROpeters
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Brilliant trip
          Brilliant 11-hour tour with a great guide - Brent - full of knowledge and experience. Excellent driver, very comfortable vans, great itinerary and lunch and snacks all great. Thank you. Highly recommend.
          Written May 17, 2024
        • danabF3990EO
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          GREAT TIME EVEN THOUGH IT RAINED
          Even though it rained a majority of our excursion, our guide Todd was AMAZING!!! He was so knowledgeable and showed us a great time.
          Written May 17, 2024
        • acoady46
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing Experience!
          We had Scott as a guide. It was the best 12 hours! The tour was a day to remember and Scott was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience so great! Highly recommend this tour!!!!
          Written May 12, 2024
        • Faction85
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Low Expectations, Amazing Experience
          I went on two tours on this island, and I’m not saying the other tour group was bad but Dreu made this not just a knowledge bomb, he made it a personal experience. It was like adventuring with a buddy who knew of all these amazing spots and was genuinely excited to share them with me. He kept everyone engaged and read the room perfectly. I even saw Dru when I was on the other tour days later and he was super amazing still coming over and saying hi and being funny. Like seeing an old friend. You can tell when someone isn’t just doing something because it’s their job, it’s a passion. Over the years I’ve done probably 30 excursions all over the world and I can without a doubt tell you this was one of the best. Tons of great views, awesome lunch. 11 hours flew by. Just tings to consider.
          Written May 9, 2024
        • zaksio123
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Okay for brief whole island tour but would not recommend
          It was a long tour cover the whole island and each stop were quite brief. We spend most of the time sitting the van. We stayed at the east of island and got up early drove 2 hours to the west of the island pick up point. We arrived 15mins early but at the other side of the building. The driver knows we have arrived and text us the exact location but we only saw it 7mins later, when we walked to the pick up point which is only 1 min away, the driver has left us and gone. We had to contact the agent urgently and had to drove ourselves to the next pick up point which is another 45mins. This has made our day stressful and we didn’t think the tour was good value for money. We arrived at our place around 1:30am that day.
          Written May 6, 2024
        • VeeeBeee123
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highlight of our Trip
          Our tour was amazing!! Our guide, Aaron, shared so much knowledge with us. We learned so many cool facts about the flora, fauna, geography, and history of the big island. We had so much fun that the day flew by! Our lunch was very good (it is served at the end of the first stop, so do not eat a super large breakfast). There are more than enough bathroom breaks/stops so you do not have to worry. Wear layers! The second half of the tour is at the volcanoes gets chilly and windy. I was comfortable in leggings, a top, a windbreaker, and a quilted pullover. The stargazing portion was the coldest, but we were provided with thicker coats to put on which was perfect. Do not hesitate to book this tour. It was the highlight of our trip and we can’t recommend it enough.
          Written May 3, 2024
        • junkoi223
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Very enjoyable day tour
          There are many Waterfalls Tours but I chose this one because it included the visit to the Tropical Botanical Garden, which seemed to be difficult to access by ourselves, but really exotic beautiful place I wanted to go. The swim under the private fall was an amazing experience with the fun tour group, thanks to the experienced guide Derek. He knows so much about the island of Hawaii..
          Written May 1, 2024
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        Marcy
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2020 • Couples
        Brian was an amazing tour guide today. We really had a great time and he was very informative and patient with our questions. He should be commended for a job well done and we would recommend him for any Wasabi tour of The big island of Hawaii.
        Written March 7, 2020
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        Elaine Yu
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2021 • Family
        Derrick has a passion on this job. He is a great tour guide, consistently narrating the history stories throughout the time on the bus. The tour itself is kinda too lengthy to me, but I guess a lot of people will think it’s worthy the price
        Written June 3, 2021
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        Ambassador561195
        9 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        I have done a couple of these “island in a day” tours for multiple islands, and can tell you Wasabi Tours is one of the best! Mia (our guide), was AMAZING! She’s an allstar and I would recommend asking when she is touring if you want a true local. She grew up on the island and is incredibly knowledgeable about the island’s history, including Hawaiian legends, and transformation of the landscape over the past couple decades.

        This tour was well worth the money if you are trying to have an action packed day to see all the things - everything from coffee, malasadas (Portuguese donuts), black sand beach, lava fields, volcano craters, lava tube (cave), rainforest, waterfalls and dramatic cliff side views to end your day. The tour picks up early in the morning (at your hotel or close by) and drops you off about 12 hours later in the same spot. You receive lunch during the tour typically around the beach stop (teriyaki chicken bento box). Mia was also prepared for everything - complimentary water/juices, umbrellas, rain jackets, sunscreen, first aid kit, etc. We felt very taken care of during our time with her on this tour.

        Highly recommend this company for this tour and I am confident you will receive the same experience with any of their other tours!
        Written November 11, 2022
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        deborahbB3746SZ
        San Francisco, CA28 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2020
        From our first stop in the morning, a Kona coffee plantation with free sampling, to our last, star-gazing at the night sky on rural point, Dreu filled every moment of the all-day tour with his enthusiastic far-ranging knowledge of his beloved Big Island. We had a delicious lunch at a famous island bakery and deli and dinner at a picturesque tavern near the national volcano park.
        And believe me, Dreu saw to it that we were able to work up an appetite with walking excursions to a black beach and a wondrous short hike around the volancoes, including a fantastic lava cave.
        We went through a lot of climate changes in one day and Dreu was prepared with gear for all of us. And the enormous store of facts, stats and island lore he has command of is phenomenal. A day with Dreu gives us the optimal Big Island experience.
        Written August 17, 2020
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        Shania C
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020 • Friends
        This is a fantastic way to start your vacation on Big Island! Our guide, Brian, was so knowledgeable—it blew my mind. He was also hilarious and his jokes were wonderful and comforting. The van was super comfortable and the stops were breathtaking. The stops also lasted the perfect amount of time. Wasabi has definitely mastered the art of putting as much into this trip without it being boring or overwhelming. Thanks so much Brian!
        Written March 1, 2020
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        Amanda M
        Wilmington, NC9 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Our tour guide JJ was phenomenal and I heard everyone in the van say they were also very pleased with her sharing of history, cultural stories and fun facts, that kept us entertained and energized all day.
        The tour was well organized so that we were on and off the bus at regular intervals. The lunch and snacks were delicious and the vehicle was comfortable.
        Most of all our guide made the day fascinating and memorable.
        Written January 21, 2020
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        Wendy P
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022
        We booked a private tour for 5 adults and 3 kids (7, 8, and 13) and chose the Big Island in a Day Tour (called the Circle Tour on their website), so we could get a little taste of an assortment of things on the big island. Dreu was amazing! He was so funny and charismatic. His love of people and his love of Hawaii really just shines. It was a long day, but everyone enjoyed the sights and we all loved hearing Dreu's stories. The day went quickly and we learned a lot. The tour had a nice mix of sights of great natural beauty and a few little places to stop and shop. The provided meal was tasty and they easily accommodated the pescatarian in our group. I highly recommend doing the tour during the early part of your vacation. You don't get much time at any one spot, but it's a great overview and can help you plan how you want to spend the rest of your vacation. Do you want more lush tropical places? More lava? More history? More malasadas? At the end of our trip, when we were talking about what we liked best, the 8 year old said that Dreu was one of his favorite parts of the trip, because he was so funny! He kept everyone in our group from 7 - 70 years old entertained for 12 hours. It was impressive. I will absolutely sign up for another tour if/when I get back to the big island!
        Written June 20, 2022
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        Veronica M
        Corpus Christi, TX24 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Worth the time (and money) spent by taking this trip! Brian is an amazing tour guide full of knowledge and very personable! He kept everyone entertained with his knowledge of The Big Island and provided excellent recommendations to other attractions. At no time on this tour did myself or any member of my party feel unsafe with his driving or covid or anything else you could imagine. He reminded our group throughout the trip about the rules when it came to covid and turtles at the beach. He took his time to find volcano glass at the summit which was much appreciated. The passion Brian displays for Hawaiian history is shown through the many fun facts he gives along the full day trip. I can say that I enjoyed the sights of Hawaii and learned a lot of history along the way! Brian is truly an asset to the company! If you are able to take the tour with him, do it!
        Written May 4, 2021
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        MC50States
        Devon, PA8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023
        This was a great island look-over. Mia was an excellent guide. She is local and knows a great deal about the island. She didn't just take us there, but taught us good info about coffee growing detail at the plantation, about the lava phenomenon at the Nat'l Pk and all over the island. She gave us history about the Hawaiian Kings, and island history. Very informative. She gave us plenty of time to look at each stop- the stops are quick, but we were never rushed around even when there were lines somewhere. Bakery was absolutely YUMMY, I wish I would have bought another HI malasada treat for the next day. After sun in the morning, turning to clouds and then rain, we had the skies open up for a beautiful sunset on our way back. Mia pulled over for anyone to get a sunset pic. It was a great day. I highly recommend doing this directly with Wasabi as you get a small discount with them (not 3rd party, they wanted me to prove the discount info- I did and still didn't get it).
        Written May 26, 2023
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        Tim M
        10 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This tour was an amazing overview of the whole island. We only had a short time on the Big Island so we wanted to see as much as possible and this tour did just that. Our guide, Derek, was hands down our favorite guide we've had. He got everyone involved, told jokes, was extremely knowledgeable about the island and lore, and clearly has a passion for these experiences. The van was brand new and very comfortable even on the more bumpy roads and the lunch was surprisingly delicious. We would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone coming to the big island and our only regret was waiting until the last day of our trip to do it.
        Written May 7, 2022
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