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Activities
  • Touring
  • Day walks
Accommodation
  • 10 nights hotel
  • 3 nights condos
Meals
  • 12 Lunches
  • 13 Breakfasts

14 Days$4690USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: HAW

Trip highlights


  • Explore 3 islands - Big Island, Kauai and Maui
  • Explore active volcanoes and craters of the Big Island's Volcanoes National Park and hikes through endemic rain and bamboo forests
  • Hike the famous Kalalau Trail on Kaui
  • Indulge your senses at the remote, red sand beaches of Hana
  • Enjoy swimming and snorkelling on coral reefs
  • Walk along historical trails and marvel at seemingly endless waterfalls
  • Explore off-the-beaten path at Waianapanapa State Park

Rising out of the deep blue waters in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands are one of the most diverse and rewarding of the South Sea destinations, and a world away from the USA Mainland. Isolated from any other landmass, these islands were created by continuous lava flows and shifting tectonic plates on one of the earth's major hot spots. Over time, wind and currents brought plant and animal life that created a unique endemic ecosystem with over 6,000 species that can only be found in these islands. Our land explorations will lead us to the famous and hidden natural treasures of Hawaii – white, green and black sand beaches; giant craters, frozen lava lakes, lava sputtering volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, and ancient rock art sites. Our paths will lead to incredible viewpoints overlooking the famous North Shore of Kauai, through tropical swamps and cloud forests, and stark high altitude alpine deserts. There is also ample time to enjoy the magnificent beaches and coral reefs, many known only to locals. With a little luck, we may snorkel with sea turtles and swarms of colourful tropical fish, or see humpback whales and pods of spinner dolphins.


Welcome to the most isolated population center on the face of the earth! Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time) and there is no daylight savings time. Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii. On arrival in Kona please transfer to your hotel which will be advised to you before your departure; we will be staying 3 nights at this hotel. There is an airport shuttle service which is approx. US$30 pp (details in pre-departure notes). The rest of the day and evening is at your leisure.

Meals:  Nil

At 8:00am your guide will welcome you at the hotel. Of all the islands, Hawaii, or The Big Island, is known for its authentic atmosphere. This Island has preserved much of its original Hawaiian character and culture. Not only is the Big Island by far the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it is also the most diverse, offering active volcanoes, vast coast lines with white, black and green beaches, rain forests, giant waterfalls, lava deserts and ocean hot springs. With our local knowledge, we will explore many hidden sites, hike to remote beaches full of sea turtles, hike into the heart of an active volcano, and with a little luck get REALLY close to lava. Today we explore one of the most remote valleys of Hawaii, the wild and remote Polulu Valley. We hike to the bottom of the valley and explore the wild beach. In the afternoon we explore the dry Kohala Coast, where we stop at Puukohola and Lapakahi, both remarkable sites of ancient Hawaiian temples. We walk along the shore, hopefully seeing turtles resting on the wild beaches. In the evening, we find ourselves at a local hang out, the iconic Lava Lava Beach Restaurant, where we hope to enjoy a classic Hawaiian sunset (dinner not included). Hiking today is made of several shorter walks of approx. 3-4 miles / 5-7 km (approx. 2-3 hours), elevation difference: +/-200 m; Driving = approx. 2hrs return

Meals:  B,L

Today we will explore the fabulous “City of Refuge” or “Pu’uhona O Honaunau” National Historical Park, which houses a picture perfect Polynesian Village perched on lava cliffs. We have time for some shorter walks, to tour the village and to swim/snorkel in one of the islands’ best reefs before we look at the Captain Cook Monument and the bay where he was slain. In the afternoon we can choose to do a guided kayak trip (approx. US$100), boat tour to see dolphins, or the world famous snorkeling excursion with manta rays! (approx. US$100 pp) or explore remote beaches north of Kona. Hiking today is several short walks totalling approx. 2-3 miles / 3-5 km (1-2 hours) Driving = 2hrs return

Meals:  B,L

The morning finds us hiking in beautiful Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. Along the coral beaches we walk to ancient fishponds and impressive structures created by the ancient people. In the afternoon we head over the Saddle Road, one of the most spectacular roads in the world. We will climb from sea level to 2000m, between two majestic volcanoes: Mauna Kea (4207m) and Mauna Loa (4169m), passing from tropical forest to arid desert. At Puu Huluhulu trails lead through fascinating formations and vegetation spared by eruptions. After checking into the hotel, we spend the evening at Uncle Billy’s, one of the most authentic Hawaiian celebrations in the remote Puna district. Live music, dance and authentic food are part of an unforgettable evening. Hilo Seaside, 2-3 star Hotel (or similar), 3 nights. Hiking: approx. 3-4 hrs, approx. 3-5 miles / 5-7 km, elevation difference: +/-100 m

Meals:  B,L

After a leisurely morning, we explore Volcano National Park which is part of Mauna Loa - the World's largest shield volcano. The park is remarkable as it sits on the actual hot spot where islands are being born, producing never - ending volcanic activity and eruptions (Check conditions online at www.nps.gov). Trails lead through massive, cooled craters, steep banks venting sulfurous gasses and fern covered lava tubes. This is truly a primordial landscape, raw and still in the making. Our daytime walks will take us along Kilauea Crater’s Rim, edged with cloud forests of tree ferns and native Ohia. The views are spectacular. If the lava flows are above ground, we may organise a walk to erupting lava (additional fees may apply, depending if the lava is on private land or inside the national park). The group may also choose to visit Akaka Falls, and Waipio overlook, swim in the ocean at Richardson Beach Park, and / or rent 4x4 vehicles to drive to the top of Mauna Kea to enjoy sunset (not included). There is also a chance to take helicopter flights to see erupting lava (optional activities not included, starting at US$225pp). Various walks between 4 - 6 hours, +/- 300m elevation gain; daily activity will depend on the actual location of the lava flow. If at all possible we will walk at night to the lava flows. Driving = 2hrs return PLEASE NOTE: Every month the lava flow changes. At times the lava flows inside the national park, and at others, it flows outside the park. Sometimes it reaches the ocean, sometimes it doesn’t. At the start of the tour we will check the status of the volcano. Due to the nature of the volcano, trails may close any time. Please be flexible. When the lava is outside the national park boundary, the best way to see the lava is either by boat or with a local guide that knows where the lava flows. Your guide would be able to get you very close to the actual lava while keeping you safe. For the best photographic images, we recommend that the group go with a local expert on the nighttime lava walk. This way you will get to see the lava very close up. The guided lava walk is about US$100-150 pp. Nearby you can also choose a lava boat ride for about US$180.

Meals:  B,L

Heading back to Kona we soon reach Punaluu Beach, a well known black sand beach, where turtles rest. Then we continue to the wind swept southern most point in the US. We walk dirt tracks towards the famous Green Sand Beach, created by Olivine Crystals from ancient volcanic eruptions. We return to Kona for one last night. Accommodation tonight is a hotel in Kona, Royal Kona, 3 star (or similar), 1 night. Hiking: approx. 5 miles / 8 km, 3 - 4 hours walks over cliffs and beaches. Driving = Approx 4hrs total (completed in 40 min to 2hr segments)

Meals:  B,L

We take an inter island flight to Lihue on Kauai and transfer to our hotel. Kauai is called the Garden Isle and considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Islands. Kauai is also the oldest Island, where volcanic activity has been dormant for over 1 million years. Erosional forces have created a truly stunning landscape of sheer volcanic cliffs and spires. The afternoon is reserved for you to enjoy the local beaches. Our accommodation is the Kauai Shores Hotel, 3 star (or similar), 3 nights. Driving = Approx 40 minutes return

Meals:  B,L

Mark Twain dubbed Waimea Canyon “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Both the canyon’s deep red color and its size are remarkable. An early start brings us to fantastic Kalalau Lookout, with incredible views over the wild north shore 1200m (4000 feet) below us. Then we embark on a hike through one of earth’s wettest spots in the famous Kokee State Park. The Awa'awapuhi Trail will lead us to even more amazing viewpoints over the north shore. On a rainy day, we may choose to alter the walk to the drier side of the canyon at the Cliff/Canyon/Black Pipe complex. The elevation is between 1,000-1,200m (3,300 - 4,000 ft) which makes for crisp air. With a little luck we may see the endangered Nene Goose, a Hawaiian native. Hiking: approx. 9miles /15km return trip, 5 hours, +/- 500m. Driving = Approx 2hrs return

Meals:  B,L

Kauai’s North Shore is famous for its one-of-a-kind scenery. A narrow, winding road leads to the far end of the island where we hike the famous Kalalau Trail high above ocean cliffs. The views are superb. (NB - Extensive flooding resulted in the closure of this trail in 2018. In the event that the trail is not open due to new flooding or other circumstances, the groups will hike the Shipwreck Beach Trail instead). In the afternoon, we can choose to stroll in the beautiful Limahule Botanical Gardens (a small entry fee will be charged) and/or swim at one of the famous, beautiful, white sand beaches or look for coastal and pelagic birds at the nearby wildlife refuge. Kalalau Trail is a self-guided walk (due to State Park rules): approx. 4 miles /7 km out-and-back, elevation +/- 600 ft/200m, 2-3 hours. Driving = Approx 2hrs total (completed in segments)

Meals:  B,L

Time permitting, there is a chance to fly by helicopter over the cliffs of Kauai (approx. US$210 for a 1 hour flight, optional), by many to be considered one of the world’s best heli rides. Then we transfer to the next highlight of our tour, Maui. Maui is a large Island consisting of two massive, dormant shield volcanoes. Of the three islands visited so far, this Island is the most touristy. From December to April Alaskan humpback whales give birth on Maui’s West side and can be easily seen from whale watching boats. Molokini crater, a submerged cinder cone, is also a world famous snorkel and dive site. Our accommodation is condo style, 3 star, 3 nights (1-2 bedroom shared by 1-4 travellers, with full kitchen and 1-2 bathrooms), centrally located and within walking distance of beaches and shopping. Driving = Approx 1hr total

Meals:  B,L

Today we embark on a long driving day. We start out early on the remarkable Road to Hana, a cliff-hanging, narrow road skirting the remote side of Maui. We stop at Waianapanapa State Park and walk over cliffs on the ancient Kings Trail. Then we head to a hidden gem, the remote red sand beach in Hana, where giant waves break on the cliffs. Our tour around the east end of the island concludes with vast views of the Maui's high country. Driving = 8 to 10 hours plus regular breaks for photos, walking and sightseeing (totalling about 12 hrs of travelling)

Meals:  B,L

A remote part of Maui is the Polipoli State Park, nestled on the flank of the majestic Haleakala Volcano. Here at 2000 m elevation, we enjoy fantastic views over the western side of the island as we hike through the amazing forest and fields, offering ever-changing views of the ocean and nearby islands. If you desire, you can book a day tour to Haleakela National Park’s crater at 3000 m elevation (additional fees apply). Walk: approx. 7 miles/11km, elevation difference +/-200m (approx 4hrs) Driving = Approx 2hrs return

Meals:  B,L

This morning we have a chance to witness sunrise in Haleakela National Park, the massive shield volcano towering over Maui. Your tour leader will offer an excursion for about US$150 per person - Those who opt for the tour will return before noon to the condos. Your trip concludes today, however there is so much more to see on Maui. We recommend you book an extension to your vacation to enjoy the spectacular beaches; for example take a whale watching tour or snorkel tour to Molokini. If you are ready to return to your home or the next destination, today is set for individual departure. We recommend you take the airport shuttle operated by Speedishuttle to the airport for approx. $35/pp (not included) - Speedishuttle.com. The closest airport is Kahului Airport and it's also the second busiest airport in the state of Hawaii.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 13 breakfasts (self-made while in condos), 12 self-made picnic lunches
  • 2 internal flights
  • 10 nights in 2-3 star accommodation
  • 3 nights in 2-bedroom condos on a 2-4 share basis
  • One highly-trained driver-guide conducting the tour and guiding the hikes
  • Most walks are guided, except where government laws do not allow commercial guiding
  • Private transport in 15 passenger vans
  • Entrance fees to National Parks

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 14
  • Luggage fees for inter-island flights (approx US$25/bag per flight - subject to change)
  • Airport transfers for inter-island flights for passengers who have booked within 45 days of departure and were unable to get onto group flights
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Water and other beverages
  • Tips
  • No cleaning service provided while staying in condos
  • Single supplement if single room desired
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)

About Your Leader

All of our USA tour leaders are certified in First Aid and CPR and registered as official guides with the national parks. All of them are trained to guide hikes. Most are bilingual and many of our departures are conducted in English as well as one other language (typically German or Spanish). Your tour leader in Hawaii either lives on the islands or is from mainland USA and may originate from the USA or have moved here from another country - as many Americans do!


Departure dates

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Notes

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Discounts available for 3rd and 4th person in a room with two double beds

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