Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
great guide. I was sorry we couldn't see more of the volcanos.Reviewed by: Kathleen L, September 2013
Good tour. We went during the government strikes, so we were unable to see the Volcano (major drawback as this was obviously a major part of the tour). The highlight was the black sand beach where we saw four turtles on the beach (alive and wild) and another three in the water - it seems that they are commonly seen which is great. Our driver was great - very knowledgeable, however, he did seem to dismiss the fact that we weren't going to the volcano very quickly and not really acknowledge that deficit in the tour. The factories visited were good, with plenty of free samples. Lunch was offered (at an extra cost) and was a standard American lunch. Overall, we drove around the entire island and got to see several different aspects of the island. This was a good one day (12 hours for us) tour around the island.Reviewed by: Shakyalal F, October 2013
I really enjoyed the tour. The driver was very informative and I learned alot about the Hawaiian Islands. I enjoyed the stops along the way. The only complaint is missing the Volcano and lava tubes. But I know that was out of the tour's control. Also, the tour was a little long for me. I think it would be much more enjoyable if it was broken up to a two day tour. Maybe a North tour and a second tour south with a little more time spend at each location. Aloha and Mahalo.Reviewed by: Kimey C, October 2013
This tour gave a good overview of the Big Island but has the following issues:
1. We didn't get to go to any of the Volcano National Parks due to the US Govt close down and were not informed of this until after the tour started. It would have been good to be informed of changes to the tour prior to the day.
2. The place where we stopped for lunch was the worst lunch I have had in the USA. We stopped at a bakery prior to that and if I had known I would have purchased something from there instead.
Other than that, the day was good and the macadamia farm, botanical gardens and black sands beach were a highlight.Reviewed by: Asha L, October 2013
Did the tour despite of the govt shutdown that ensured we couldn't see the volcano national park. Tour wasn't anything to rave about. Lunch was very below average so I would suggest you take your own and don't pay the top dollar they suggest for the lunch. Good idea for the drivers to do commentary for the whole bus not just the front few rows. He kept answering questions from the front that the majority had no idea what he was talking about. I think his name was Sal or Sol or something similar. But I did hear him tell us he was their top driver! Also managed to hear his whole life story and that of his daughter in law who had just inherited a few million dollars and was on antidepressants. Not of any interest to anyone. Perhaps could have talked about the island instead. Would I recommend it? Perhaps not but there didn't appear to be many other optionsReviewed by: Dimity, Australia, October 2013