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Hawaii Islands Adventure

One of the most varied of Americas 50 states, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. This active island-hopping adventure takes in the very best from hiking, 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, hike endless trails and visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau for a dose of culture, with enough time to wind down on the beach.

North America
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: PHH/208639
  • 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

Itinerary

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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

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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

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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, where you board Zodiac boats to a secluded bay. It is here you spend the next few hours discovering the marine world beneath the water’s surface with a mask and snorkel. You spend the night in Kona Town on the west coast of Hawaii, where you have the option of swimming with Manta Rays. One thing is for certain, you’ll want to head down to the beach for dinner to sample the ribs at TJ'S BBQ.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

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

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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 the great 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, a massive lava rock wall and reconstructed villages, the location is simply idyllic.From here, you continue onto Volcanoes National Park where you’ll hike the Pu’u Kilauea Iki Crater trail, descending through a lush rain forest to the floor of the solidified lava lake. It is here you may be able to peer into the 1959 vent, which erupted to a height of 1900 feet located below the Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone. Please note, the conditions of the lava flow in the park are unpredictable and there may or may not be opportunities to see lava.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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Day 5: Volcanoes National Park

You’ll want to have your day pack ready and water bottles full as you set out for a hike on the Crater Rim Trail. You’ll explore Kilauea's spectacular variety of incredible volcanic features and ecosystems. The scenery and landscape changes significantly from shady forests with birds signing to steaming vents, desert-like-terrain and vast craters. There is also the option to hike shorter sections of this trail.  When the sun goes down the fun doesn’t stop, as you head out on an evening drive to visit Kalapana Lava Refuge where the active lava lights up the night’s sky. For most, this is the first time being so close to an active volcano and it’s truly a sight to behold.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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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 included to help you dig beneath the surface of this beautiful area. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore the 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 charming art galleries and restaurants set in colourful and lively plantation buildings.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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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

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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 cocktail back at the hotel with a view of the sunset to wind down afterwards.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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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. Of course, if you would rather spend the day relaxing on the beach this is fine, but we think you’ll appreciate discovering more than the average visitor to Hawaii.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

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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

Inclusions:
  • 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
  • Hit the hiking trails in Volcanoes National Park
  • Evening visit to Kalapana Lava Refuge to get up close and personal to active lava
  • 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