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Big Island Hawaii Holidays

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Big Island Holidays

Book your Big Island holidays today and get ready to visit the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the island of Hawaii (known as Big Island to avoid confusion) is one of the few places on earth where visitors can go from snowboarding to snorkelling in a single day! Local legend has it that the volcano goddess Pele and the demi-god Kamapua'a, who could control the weather, battled for the island and eventually decided to divide it: Pele took the hot, dry western half and Kamapua'a ended up with the wet, tropical east.

Big Island, however, actually has twelve distinct climatic zones ranging from tropical rainforests in the east to the frozen tundra atop Mauna Kea and the arid desert of Ka'u in the south. This diversity makes Hawaii's Big Island an unrivalled pleasure ground for active holidaymakers, the island's resorts offering every type of outdoor activity imaginable. To add to the thrill there is the attraction of two active volcanoes on this island - the Kilauea Caldera is the longest continuously erupting volcano in the world, its present eruptive phase dating back to 1983; Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984. Of the three other volcanoes on the island two, Mauna Kea and Kohala, are extinct, while Hualalai is considered to be dormant.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area - Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area is a large park and sandy beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is also located adjacent to the beach.
Rainbow Falls - Rainbow Falls is a waterfall located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is 80 ft tall and almost 100 ft in diameter.
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden - The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden and nature preserve located on the 4 mile scenic route off of Route 19
Honokōhau Settlement and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park - Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located in the Kona District on the Big island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Big Island Holiday Highlights

Koa - Grand Circle Island Tour

Adult: £117 Child: (3-11 yrs) £70

This grand tour is an absolute must-do when visiting Hawaii otherwise known as Koa (Big Island) as it literally circles the whole island! The scenic 260-mile excursion introduces you to the diverse range of Hawaii’s wonders, from tropical rainforests to gigantic volcanoes to beautiful bays and much more!


  • Experience the scenic beauty and volcanic excitement of Hawaii on this full-day Grand Circle Island adventure – from enchanting rainforests to the awe-inspiring rim of the massive Kilauea Caldera!
  • Travelling in comfort aboard the spacious, air-conditioned bus, your journey begins along the southern coast of Hawaii.
  • Narration is provided by your expert tour guide, who is on-hand to answer any questions you may have.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the coastline and Kealakekua Bay from the coffee stop, where your guide will regale you with stories of Captain Cook’s adventures.
  • Continuing around the southern tip of Hawaii, you’ll arrive at the Volcanoes National Park, also known as “Pele's Playground”.
  • Here you’ll take a tour of the Jagger Museum and witness spectacular footage of real volcanic eruptions!
  • You’ll also get to walk through the Thurston Lava Tube and see Kilauea Iki crater and the Steam Vents.
  • The next stop is at Hilo, to visit Big Island Candies for a free tour. If you’re lucky you may even get to taste some of their quality candies and cookies!
  • The tour also stops at a coffee plantation in Kona, where you can enjoy complimentary Kona coffee and free samples.
  • You’ll see the famed black sand beaches and pass by the many waterfalls of the Hamakua Coast.
  • By the end of the day you'll have literally circled the island – that’s around 260 miles!

Please Note: This tour is only available from and on the Island of HAWAII  (Koa), also known as ‘Big Island’ and can only operate on a minimum 4 persons.

Koa - Twilight Volcano Adventure

Adult: £208 Child: (4-11 yrs) £181

Spend the day visiting Volcanoes and visit our Volcanoes National Park for what will definitely be the experience of a lifetime!

The excursion begins as we travel between two of the world’s largest mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  The region between these volcanoes is locally known as the Saddle and is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world.  After a brief stop for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park, we continue east towards Hilo. 

Included in the day’s itinerary is a stop at one of two lava tubes.  Lava tubes are caves that once carried molten rock from the eruption site down towards the ocean.  In addition to offering fascinating insights into how Hawaii’s eruptive history, these passages also offer excellent opportunities to test our trusty flashlights on a subterranean adventure.

Leaving Mauna Loa behind, we make our final ascent to the summit of Kilauea inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Our Interpretive Guides will lead you through the must-see spots and hidden gems of this World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. As conditions change daily, we tailor your experience to the current eruptive events.  The summit caldera, steam vents, cinder fields, and native rainforests are all on our “must see” list.

After exploring the natural wonders of this World Heritage site, we’ll check current conditions to see which eruptive site is most active.  Our choices are Kalapana to witness the awesome power of lava as it enters the ocean at sunset, or Halemaumau Crater which contains a hidden lake of molten rock which glows after dark.  Also included in the evening’s itinerary is a delicious picnic dinner.  This is an incredible way to experience the dynamic energy of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world.

Please Note: This tour is only available from and on the Island of HAWAII (Koa), also known as ‘Big Island’.

When to Visit

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  • Currency US Dollars ($)
  • Flying time from the UK 10 1/2 Hours
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
There's always plenty to see and do on Hawaii's biggest island. With no shortage of natural beauty, many holidaymakers spend the weekend to explore the breath-taking scenery in Volcanoes National Park, Waipi`o Valley, Akaka Falls, and the slopes of Mauna Kea. There are also several beautiful botanical gardens around Hilo.
Ruaridh - Longhaul Specialist