Discover the cultures and traditions of Hawaii’s stunning and remote islands on this Country Explorer trip. The highlights of Hawaii-trendy Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and volcanic views at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park-are yours to discover on this island hop in Pacific paradise.
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Day 1: Arrive Honolulu, Oahu – Waikiki
Immerse yourself in the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii, as you don a flower lei to herald your arrival in Honolulu. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception to kick-start our epic Hawaii holiday.
Moderate: Outrigger Waikiki Beach – City View, 4 nights
Discover the effortless fusion of East and West in Hawaii’s self-proclaimed ‘Gathering Place’ – the laidback surf towns, misty rainforests and pineapple plantations of Oahu provide the perfect backdrop to experience the good life. Sway your hips to the sensual hula as you explore the island’s natural beauty, then spend the evening at your leisure in buzzing Waikiki.
Day 3: Honolulu Free Time
Delve into the heritage of the real Hawaii, experiencing first-hand the history, culture and hospitality of the warm Polynesian people. Explore on your own or enjoy one of the many optional activities suggested by your Travel Director. Tonight, it’s a Mai Tai, ocean breezes and tropical flavours all round as you join your travel companions for a dinner featuring local fare.
Day 4: Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Sightseeing
This morning, we pay homage to the thousands of brave soldiers who lost their lives in the surprise military strike at Pearl Harbor. Our day begins with a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, followed by a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater. We return to downtown Honolulu to connect with the spiritual epicentre of Hawaii and the former home of Hawaii’s last-reigning monarchs. See the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha I Statue and the State Capitol Building, before spending the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5: Oahu – Kona – Keauhou Bay, Hawaii
Find your happy place as we fly to the Big Island, beginning our exploration in the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona. Savour the rich aroma of Kona coffee during a visit to a local plantation with a Local Specialist. Then, check-in to your oceanside resort where you’ll meet another Local Specialist at the hotel’s Manta Ray Learning Center to learn about these graceful sea creatures. This evening, enjoy island-inspired cuisine and uninterrupted ocean views at Rays on the Bay.
Moderate: Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa – Mountain View, 2 nights
First Class: Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa – Partial Ocean View, 2 nights
Premier: Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa – Ocean View, 2 nights
Day 6: Kona Free Time
Let the soothing sounds of the ocean set the tone for a leisurely exploration on your terms. Be as lazy as you like on Hapuna Beach or ride the tubes of Kailua-the choice is yours.
Day 7: Keauhou Bay – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Hilo – Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Witness the force of Mother Nature as you journey to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, stopping en route at the southernmost bakery in the United States for coffee and a malasada if you’re in the mood. Once inside the park, we learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube before enjoying lunch against the backdrop of a billowing crater. We leave the Big island behind and fly to Maui where we’ll check in to our beachfront resort on Kaanapali Beach.
Enjoy an extraordinary encounter with Hawaii’s marine life during a visit to the Maui Ocean Center, where the centre’s passionate conservation naturalists will reveal the secrets of this underwater wonderland. Journey into the countryside to ‘Make a Difference’ at a local farm and learn about the sustainable agriculture of the area, as you harvest your own meal and ‘Connect with Locals’ for a gourmet lunch of Hawaiian specialties.
Day 9: Maui Free Time
Bask in the natural beauty of paradise, charting your own course through Maui’s soul-stirring landscapes. This evening, lose yourself in the moment as your embrace the lively tradition of the Hawaiian Luau and enjoy a dinner featuring local flavours and tropical cocktails.
Day 10: Maui – Lihue, Kauai
A leisurely morning on the Valley Isle sees us catch our flight to Kauai where we’ll spend the next three nights admiring extraordinary feats of nature.
First Class: Aqua Kauai Beach Resort – Lanai / Ocean View , 3 nights
Premier: Aqua Kauai Beach Resort – Pool / Ocean View, 3 nights
Day 11: Kauai Sightseeing
Delve into the vibrant sugar cane heritage of Kauai during a visit to Grove Farm Sugar Plantation, where you’ll enjoy a private tour before setting off for Waimea Canyon. See the emerald green and russet-coloured slopes of what has been described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” before returning to Kauai Beach.
Day 12: Kauai Free Time
Kauai’s natural treasures are yours to explore during this full day at leisure. Take to the skies on a helicopter flip over the Na Pali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls, or channel your mana in picturesque surrounds. On your final night on Kauai, join your travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 13: Depart Kauai
For now it’s a fond a hui hou… until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay on Kauai.
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 06, 08
January: 10, 11
January: 21, 31
February: 04, 07, 28
March: 03, 06, 13, 24, 27
April: 03, 06
April: 10, 14, 17, 21, 24
May: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 22
June: 02, 05, 12, 19, 26
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
August: 07, 14, 21, 28
September: 11, 15, 22
October: 02, 09, 16
October: 20, 30
** Single Supplement available upon request
12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Air Ticket: Honolulu - Kona / Hilo - Kahului - Lihue
12 nights accommodation
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:
Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking. * Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.