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Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu

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Honolulu, United States
Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu

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icon16 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English


Explore the Big Island on this full-day tour from Oahu. Fly from Oahu and touch down on the Big Island to discover its highlights, like rainforests, black sand beaches, coffee plantations and Volcanoes National Park. Round-trip airfare, transportation between activities and all entrance fees are included. Pickup and drop-off at select Oahu hotels is available.
  • Full-day tour of the Big Island of Hawaii from Oahu
  • Round-trip airfare from Honolulu to the Big Island included
  • Admire the greenery of the tropical rainforest
  • Pickup and drop-off at your Waikiki hotel is included
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Round trip coach class air travel to the neighbor island
Ground transportation by air-conditioned motor coach or mini-coach
Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
Hawaii State Taxes
Airline Fare and Fuel Surcharge
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Waikiki, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

We pickup from "most" hotels in Waikiki from the hotel's front lobby. Please call Reservations at 808-833-3000 for specific pickup location and time.

Departure Time

4:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A light sweater may be needed at the volcano area and sturdy walking shoes are required
  • Passengers with asthma and other respiratory problems should please consider other tour offerings to avoid potential health problems resulting from exposure to fumes
  • As we cannot predict volcanic activity, features may vary daily depending on conditions. In an effort to make this an unforgettable experience, the tour operators will take you as close as possible to the volcanic activity.
  • Lava sightings not guaranteed
  • The name you enter at the time of booking must be exactly as appears on your photo I.D.
  • Interisland Air Carriers will deny boarding if the passenger name, as shown on valid government-issued I.D. does not match the name on their voucher. This is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA requirement. Air Carriers proven to be non-compliant are subject to severe penalties; thus there is no flexibility with this policy.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    Traveler Tips

    • "Had to be at pickup spot at 4:30am, but was well worth it!" See review
    • "Pick up from our resort and off to the airport to fly 45 minutes to the big island." See review


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    Amazing Trip! Everything taken care of!
    , Feb 2020
    A guided tour that provided reliable transport from our hotel and back. Airfare (both ways) taken care of, multiple spots seen, and lunch (while we had to pay) was arranged by the company so we didn't have to wait for our meals. Got to see all the highlights of the island: volcanic vents, lava tubes, black sand beach, and more. Had to be at pickup spot at 4:30am, but was well worth it!
    , Jan 2020
    From the beginning this tour was not as described. We were added on to a tour which originated in the Big Island of people vacationing there. We were left to wait for the bus for over half an hour after arrival in a parking lot. Bus was already packed, so we were not able to even sit close enough together to chat -- which is a big deal considering it's an all-day tour. When I spoke to the driver, he basically told me that's just the way it was, no attempt to help. Then he announced to the entire bus that "some" people (my family) were not happy with the seating but there was nothing he could do! We were treated like the "redheaded stepchild at the family reunion" for the duration of the tour. It was clearly NOT THE TOUR WE PAID A LOT FOR! At the end of the day, the driver dropped us at a different airport that the one we flew into that morning more than 3-1/2 hours prior to our flight, which the Big Island group continued the tour! Appalling. We ended up paying $50 each to catch an earlier flight back to Oahu. All the wonderful sights of the Big Island (which we had visited before and taken this EXACT tour as it was supposed to be conducted) could not make up for the way we were treated. Horrible company. Horrible driver -- Brian. Horrible tour.
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
    Aloha, thank you for posting a review. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience. The driver's behavior as described is not consistent with our standard of service. Your feedback has been shared with our management team for follow up. Mahalo.
    Great tour and great tour guide!
    , Dec 2019
    We went on a day tour of the Big Island of Hawaii. Flew in from Oahu. Every step along the way was very organized. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and we learned so much. It was great to be able to ask questions during the tour. Even though it was raining part of the day we made the best of things and still saw all of the sites. He even had umbrellas for us to use if we wanted to. He was able to answer all of our questions and the info he shared along the way was interesting. We would definitely suggest this tour to others. Loved it!!
    Long day but well worth it to see points of interest around Hawaii - the Big Island
    , Jun 2019
    Pick up from our resort and off to the airport to fly 45 minutes to the big island. Arrived and got on bus to start our full day of sight seeing! Our guide had a lot of knowledge of the island and filled us in on all of the rich history of the people and land. We stopped several times to experience the food or see the sights close up. If you are looking for a detailed stop of everything, this isn't the trip for you but if you, like us, just wanted highlights and volcanoes, black sand beach, Kona coffee, lava tubes, Macadamia Nuts, Water falls, etc...this is your trip! Guided by our tour guide, air conditioned bus,wonderful lunch....
    Jennifer P
    , Jun 2019
    Our tour guide was Jeff & he was outstanding! The tour was amazing & the knowledge he shared: unreal!
    This tour is better for those...
    , Mar 2018
    This tour is better for those travelling in a couple, I wouldn't recommend it for young families as is it a huge day, 21 hours. We were picked up from our hotel at 3:30am for a 5am flight over to the Big Island. Once we arrived we waited 45 minutes to be picked up and begin the tour. Unfortunately as it was such an early morning some of the sights driving around the island were missed as most passengers were asleep on the bus. We stopped at numerous places our favorites were the black sand beach, the Volcano national park and the waterfall. I would recommend spending a few days over here and driving around the island on your own time if you can afford it as it is such a beautiful place and so different from the mainland of Oahu, but for those looking to get things done on a time basis this is the best way to see the island in 1 day!
    Excellent tour. Although the day was...
    Heidi K
    , Mar 2018
    Excellent tour. Although the day was long, the trip was fantastic. Rainbow Falls, Black Sand Beach and Volcano National Park were tours best sights.
    This was a very fun tour. If you...
    Kelleen H
    , Sep 2017
    This was a very fun tour. If you have never been to Hawaii like me, it allows you to see more than you could possibly on your own. The stops were not long but if you want to see as much as you can, you have to stick to the timeline. Volcanoes National Park was my favorite. The only downside was that I thought that we would see the operations at the macadamia nut factory and Kona Coffee but it was just a gift shop. It was still interesting anyhow. Also, the samples were abundant! I would recommend that if you are flying in from another Island to make sure that you can get in bed early the night before. I accidentally scheduled this tour after spending the whole previous day at the Polynesian Culteral Center and did not get back to our motel in Waikiki until 10 PM. Then we had to be at the bus stop at 3:30 am for this tour on the big island! Our tour guide was awesome and full of interesting facts. His sense of humor was priceless. Also, be prepared, there will always be someone who is late getting back to the bus. That got on my nerves and I wanted to just leave them BUT that was all factored in by the tour guide and we didn't miss a thing. Hooray!
    This tour was well-worth our time...
    Thomas Z
    , Feb 2017
    This tour was well-worth our time, even though it started at 4:00 a.m. with a pick-up to the airport for the flight to the Big Island and didn't finish until we were back to our hotel at 10:45 p.m. An hour or two less would have been great. Tommy, our tour guide on The Big Island was amazingly knowledgeable and friendly. Thoroughly trustworthy and professional. In some ways, Rainbow Falls and the Black Sand Beach were more impressive than Volcano National Park, where we had hoped to get closer to the actual volcanoes. We were still very happy to see it all, though. The one thing that we didn't like was when we were approaching a sales place, like the shortbread cookie company, or the macademia factory. Suddenly our tour bus became a QVC-type hard-sell promotion for the 20 minutes before each stop where we were highly encouraged to buy, buy, buy. Tone it down, ok?? It was a turn-off to sit-through this sort of non-stop advertising each time we came to a place to buy coffee, nuts, or cookies. That said, the tour of the entire island's major tourist sites is outstanding and still to be recommended.
    Our drivers name was Fred. From the...
    Merrick J
    , Jan 2017
    Our drivers name was Fred. From the minute we boarded his bus, he made us feel comfortable and was very organized in his thoughts an communication. He is a 21 year Coast Guard retiree and was organized in his timing of the trip, the answering of questions, the knowledge of the Hawaiian island of Oahu and it's history and culture, etc., etc. There was not a single question that he was asked that he couldn't answer. He was very polite, orderly, kept us on time in getting to our destinations and making sure that our breaks were timely. I would highly recommend Fred for your guide.

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