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Hawaii Islands Adventure

One of the most varied of Americas 50 states, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. This exciting island-hopping adventure takes in the very best from short hikes, snorkelling, biking and Hawaiian culture, allowing you to dig beneath the surface of three Hawaiian Islands. Visit Pearl Harbor for fascinating history, board Zodiacs for a snorkelling adventure beneath the sea, spend the day cycling on Maui, travel iconic roads including the Chain of Craters and Road to Hana, plus visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau for a dose of culture, with enough time to wind down on the beach.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: PHH/208639
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Honolulu, United States
  • Finishes: Maui, United States
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Honolulu
  • Pearl Harbour
  • Kailua Kona
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Waipio Valley
  • Lahaina
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Maui



Day 1: Honolulu

Aloha! Welcome to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu and the 50th American State. You will have a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 18:00 this evening to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Please look for a notice in the hotel lobby where it will take place.There is a lot to do in Honolulu and it is highly recommended to book a few extra days to make the most of your time here. If you do arrive early, why not go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay or visit the Dole Plantation or Polynesian Cultural Centre? The Waikiki area is also ideal for soaking up the sun’s rays, which are almost as famous as the beach itself.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 2: Pearl Harbour

The infamous incident at Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against the United States naval base, on the morning of December 7, 1941. It has since become known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor and sparked off the United States' participation in World War II. Today is a sobering visit to this historic site with an audio guide provided. Included is admission to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona to learn about this infamous side of American history. Take an afternoon drive to visit the world-famous beaches and surf breaks of the North Shore before continuing down Oahu's windward coast with all its breathtaking views.  In the evening return to Waikiki for cocktails and sunset where you may even be lucky enough to view the rare "Green Flash" as the sun descends below the horizon.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 3: Kailua Kona

With Oahu in the background, you fly to Big Island where you spend the next four nights. You’ll notice the landscape and flora changing between islands and today is no different. To get you in the Big Island spirit, your first stop is Kealakekua Bay Park whereyou board Zodiac boats to a secluded bay, where you’ll have the opportunityto snorkel the coral reefs nearby the Captain Cook Monument. The whitestructure pays tribute to Captain Cook, the first westerner to arrive onthe Hawaiian Islands, and marks the location of his anchored ships andsubsequent death. Follow the coastline back to base, exploring sea cavesalong the way. You spend the night in Kona Town on the west coast of Hawaii, where you have the option of swimming with Manta Rays. There’s lots of great dining options on Kona’s bustling ocean front.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Night Swim with Manta Rays US$109
  • Snorkel hire US$15


Day 4: Volcanoes National Park

For all you culture vultures, enjoy a visit to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, which brings Hawaiian culture to life. It was in this sacred place that people who had committed crimes or broken the laws of the people, ended up seeking refuge from the death penalty. Upon arrival, you’ll notice thegreat wall marking borders between the royal grounds and the sanctuary.Many ki’i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe temple,housing the bones of the chiefs. Surrounded by palm-lined beaches, wooden carvings,  massive lava rock wall and reconstructed villages, the locations simply idyllic. Your next stop is Punalu’u black sand beach. Honu - Hawaiian Green Turtles, are often spotted in this palm fringedparadise. While it isn’t the best swimming spot, you can hang out with these locals on the black sand, on which they bask on. Just make sure to give them the distance they require.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 5: Volcanoes National Park

Today you’ll explore sections of the Crater Rim Trail, taking in Kilauea’s spectacular variety of incredible volcanic features and ecosystems. The scenery and landscape changessignificantly from shady forests with birds signing to steaming vents, desert-like-terrain and vast craters. Keep an eye out for Hawaii’s state bird, the highly endangered Nene Goose. Enjoy a scenic drive on the Chain of Craters road. Travel through dense rain forest into desolate black lava fields, discover ancient petroglyphs and end by the ocean with views of the Holei Sea Arch. On your way back to your hotel enjoy a stop at Volcano Winery, where you can opt for a unique wine tasting experience.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 6: Waipio Valley

Continue following the coast to the sacred and unbelievably beautiful Waipio Valley. A locally led 4x4 tour of the valley and introduction to Hawaiian history and culture is includeto help you dig beneath the surface of this beautiful area. Afterwards, enjoya short stop at small town of Hawi, North Kohala’s ‘biggest little town’. This historic town, set in the green northern tip of the island, was once the busy hub of North Kohala’s now defunct sugar industry. Now, it is home to a handful of harming art galleries and restaurants set in colourful and lively plantation buildings. From here head back to Kona where you overnight.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 7: Lahaina

This morning you wave goodbye to Big Island, ready for touch down on the idyllic island of Maui. Once you've landed, you drive to Lahaina where the remainder of the day free to explore or hit the beach. Maui is a popular tourist destination and although it can at times be busy, it is also said to be one of the world's top island destinations. Maui offers those quintessential views of Hawaii that you would imagine when conjuring up images of this tropical paradise.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Whale Watching (in season) US$40


Day 8: Haleakala National Park

Today is all about exploring the island on two wheels - and what better way than Maui’s famous 23 mile downhill? You’ll drop 3,000 feet in 10 miles and curve around 29 switch backs, stopping often to enjoy incredible vistas of west Maui surrounded by the Pacific. You’ll pass by vegetable truck farms, protea farms, lodges, galleries and Kula botanical gardens. This is the perfect way to experience the real side of Maui. You’ll definitely need a Mai Thai back at the hotel with a view of the sunset to wind down afterwards.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 9: Maui

By now you’ll have a good idea of just how beautiful Maui is, but it would be a shame to send you on your way without first seeing more of what the island has to offer. Today we’ve included a full day driving tour on the ‘Road to Hana’ with loads of stops along the way to stretch your legs. The day includes multiple waterfalls and viewpoints, plus visits to Waianapanapa State Park and Hana Town. Please be aware, the roads can get quite windy, but the endless views should help to ease any motion sickness. However, another option, is to view the ‘Road to Hana’ by helicopter, taking in the jagged coastline, towering waterfalls and the option to land in lush rain forest. If you would prefer to stay at the hotel, there are options to rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Or you might wish to rent a snorkel, and go in search of Honu, Kaanapali beach is well known for turtle sightings.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 10: Maui

All good things come to an end and with your tour finishing in the morning, it is time to wave goodbye not only to Hawaii, but also your new-found travel buddies. If the thought of reality is simply too much to bear, why not book a few post-tour nights with Grand American Adventures and ‘live the dream’ a while longer?

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

  • Services of a professional tour leader and local guides
  • Transportation by private and public vehicle, Zodiac, bike and flight
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 9
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit three Hawaiian Islands - Oahu, Big Island and Maui
  • Explore Pearl Harbor with an included audio guide
  • Cruise the coast and visit the beautiful North Shore beaches
  • Zodiac tour and snorkelling excursion in Kealakekua Bay
  • Learn about Hawaiian culture at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park
  • Travel the Crater of Chains road in Volcanoes National Park
  • 4x4 guided tour of the Waipio Valley on Big Island
  • Visit the Haleakala summit volcano followed by a 23 mile scenic cycle downhill through the Maui countryside
  • Full day driving tour on the ‘Road to Hana’, Maui
  • Two flights between islands
  • Hiking and swimming opportunities