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Big Island of Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Comprehensive historic & scenic tour!

Highlights

  • A scenic, full Circle Island Tour of the Big Island
  • Visit Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano and its dramatic surroundings at Hawaii Volcanoes National park
  • See a black sand beach, visit an orchid nursery, and more
  • Drive by the beautiful Hamakua coast
  • Visit Kona and Hilo

Inclusions

  • Hotel Pickup from hotels
  • Admission Fees

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch

Please Note

  • Prices include Hawaii State Sales Tax.
  • Volcanoes National Park admission is included in the price of this tour.
  • The Akatsuka orchid and anthurium nursery will be closed, and the lunch stop will be at the Volcano Golf and Country Club instead of the Lava Rock Cafe on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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Feb 28 2018
Tour was too long a day and mostly uneventful.
Reply From The Gray Line Team:
Hello,

We are sorry to hear about your experience with us in Hawaii. We do our best to give each and every customer a memorable experience and appreciate your honest review of the tour. We understand that there is always room for improvement. We will be reaching out to our local group to discuss ways of improving this and other tours as well. Your honest feedback is truly appreciated.

-The Gray Line Team
Nov 13 2017
The tour would have been great but we had the worst driver in history!!! He left the bus running when he got off and a drunk got on!! Luckily he was able to get him off although we were all nervous that he would not leave - he said he was tired, a veteran and needed a ride. During the tour the bus driver talked about "his" problems, the bad traffic and many other negatives about Hawaii. He did not tell us about Hawaii and did not show us what to do when we got to the Arizona and he stayed on the bus. He talked very partial about the Japanese although he said he was Chinese. We felt he made too many statements about "his" opinions. He was so insistent about us hurrying at the Arizona and gave us 10 min after the tour to get back on the bus because there would be bad traffic. We were the 1st ones on the bus when loading and sat in the front seats and later when the bus was half full a handicapped child and family came on so he told us to move in the back. The father had to carry the child of about 9 because there were no provisions for the handicapped. All 4 of us would have no problem with the handicapped we just thought the bus should have been handicapped accessible or he could have saved a seat in the front in the beginning. When we were close to returning to our hotel, the Hale Koa, he wanted to drop us off at the bottom of the hill and we had to tell him we needed to go to the area where he picked us up because one of us had a lung removed and was having a hard time walking. We just felt this tour was not the quality of Gray line and were very disappointed. I wrote a letter to Grayline in Denver but never got a response which was also disappointing. We could not read his nametag but we did get a picture of the driver if you would care to check it out. Thanks for finally sending me a review.
Reply From The Gray Line Team:
Hello,

Thank you for the honest review. We understand that there is always room for improvement and we will continue striving to give our customers the best tour experience. We would also like to apologize for the delay in receiving the opportunity to leave feedback, as we had a technical problem. We apologize on behalf of the bus driver and the overall experience that you had with Gray Line, and we will be inquiring with our local team to discuss how this can be avoided in the future. 

-The Gray Line Team
May 27 2017
Great value with plenty of stops along the way
May 24 2017
Okay. Too much shopping. Very rushed.
Reply From Gray Line:
Hello,

We are always striving for customers to feel that their tour was nothing short of a 5 Star experience. We apologize that you would have preferred the tour itinerary to be a bit different than what you experienced--we have sent your comments to our team in Hawaii, and thank you for bringing them to our attention. 

The Gray Line Team
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ITINERARY

On this tour, experience all the wonders and excitement of the Big Island. We’ll take you from lush tropical rain forests to the rim of the awesome Kilauea caldera. Scenery changes here every few miles from lush rain forests to barren black lava fields to snow capped peaks.

You will embark on a scenic 260-mile journey around the most geologically diverse island in the Hawaiian chain.

Drive through the town of Kailua-Kona that, in ancient times, was considered the premier place to live - kings made their homes here. Then we drive along the south coast, past coffee farms, macadamia nut farms, historic Kealakekua Bay, and the Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

At Volcanoes National Park, visit Kilauea, the worlds most active volcano. We take you along Crater Rim Drive to see Kilauea Iki Crater, the Volcano House Observatory, and Jagger Volcano Museum. Lunch is on your own at the Volcano House buffet or coffee shop.

Other natural wonders can be seen along the way, including volcanic steam bluffs and a walk inside the Thurston Lava Tube. After leaving the park, visit the Akatsuka orchid and anthurium nursery in Hilo and the Big Island Candy Factory. We complete the tour with a drive along the scenic Hamakua Coast and through the Parker Ranch lands in Waimea.
  • Royal Kona Coffee Mill & Museum
  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach (drive-by)
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Big Island Candy Company
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Hamakua Coast, Honokaa & Waimea (drive-by)
  • Hamakua Macadamia Nut Factory
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