Discover why the six Islands of Aloha are home to treasures unlike any other on earth: The dramatic cliffs of the Na Pali Coast on Kauai. The vibrant shores of Waikiki Beach on Oahu. The summit of Haleakala on Maui. The primal energy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. You will have the chance to learn about rich culture from each island you visit. With all of Hawaii’s islands public, you have the chance to encounter beautiful blue waters and soft sand wherever you go! You will feel the aloha spirit within the people and culture of Hawaii.
Trip Summary: Hawaii | 14 Days
Next Group Trip: Year Round
Group Size: Capped at 12
Price From: $5800 per person
Itinerary | 13 Days
Day 1: Today you will arrive at Honolulu International Airport – where your guide will take you to your designated hotel accommodation. Once at your hotel, you will get checked-in, unpack and receive an overview of your trip and the culture of Hawaii from your guide. In the evening, you will relax at your hotel with a nice Hawaiian welcome dinner.
Day 2: Today you will have the chance to tour amazing historical sites in the heart of Oahu. You will start with a guided tour historic museums and memorials at Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Our local guides will take you back in history, as they recount the events leading up to the United States’ entry into WWII, giving amazing insight as you travel back in time to the “Day that Will Live in Infamy.” After your guided tours, we will take you to a local market for lunch and then end the day with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where you will dine and watch their special Luau dances. You will also learn about the different Polynesian Cultures all around the world.
Day 3: After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel you will get to experience spectacular views of Oahu on this 4-hour guided tour. While traveling by air-conditioned coach, you’ll have the chance to stop and look out at notable sites such as the Koko Head Crater, Hanauama Bay and the majestic Diamond Head. Your guide will provide expert narration as you go, deepening your understanding of this beautiful island. You will see many historical sites, where your local guide will point out along the way. You will end the evening with dinner back at your hotel.
Day 4: Today is your last day on the island of Oahu. After your delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will have the chance to visit the famous North Shore - where premier surfing competitions happen all the time. If there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll likely find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world, while summer waves are far smaller and more gentle – all of which makes the North Shore the perfect surf spot for beginners and veterans alike. We will then travel back to Honolulu International Airport and fly directly to Kahului Airport in Maui. Once you arrive, we will settle in at our accommodation and have a nice evening dinner with a romantic sunset view.
Day 5: After a delicious buffet breakfast, you will get to choose from snorkeling or scuba diving in beautiful Maui. Explore the unseen side of Maui under the sea. Snorkel off of Maui’s most pristine beaches or scuba dive around Maui’s most popular reefs to see colorful fish, sea turtles and coral formations. After a fun-filled morning of snorkeling/scuba diving, we will eat lunch at a local market and get a real test of Hawaiian cuisine. Walk around the pristine beaches, go swimming and enjoy the Hawaii sun before dinner. In the evening, we will have a traditional Maui welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 6: After a delicious buffet breakfast, we will go to a local market to buy fresh produce, meat and seafood to use for your hands-on cooking class. You will have a private chef that will teach you how to make the perfect Kalua pork to seasonal dishes depending on when you are traveling. You will then get to eat the dishes that you have created for lunch. After your cooking class, we will travel to Makena Beach State Park where you can relax at this beautiful, pristine beach. Makena Beach is Maui’s #1 rated beach for travelers – don’t worry though, it’s not too crowded! In the evening, you will get to enjoy a delicious meal at a local Hawaiian restaurant.
Day 7: Today is your last day on the island of Maui – we will pack up and travel to Kauai, one of Hawaii’s most adventurous islands. We will fly directly to Lihue airport, check into our hotel and get accommodated to this new island with a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 8: Kauai is a pristine paradise and one of the most captivating islands in the Hawaiian archipelago -from its jagged Na Pali coast to picture perfect Hanalei Bay to tumbling Wailua Falls. Kauai was the first Hawaiian island to rise from the Pacific Ocean millions of years ago, and travel to Kauai still evokes that prehistoric wilderness. Jurassic Park was filmed in Kauai! Today you will have the chance to Hike Waimea Canyon and theNa Pali Coast. With these hikes, they range from beginner to advanced. We will accommodate with everyone to have the best expereince in Kauai. One of the most popular and scenic trails in Waimea Canyon, the Canyon Trail branches off of the Cliff Trail and is a 3.4 mile round trip that takes two to three hours to complete and enjoy.
About halfway down the trail, we will reach Waipo’o Falls, a gorgeous 800 foot cascading waterfall. This is a popular spot to stop for a picnic break. Continuing to the end of the Canyon Trail, we’ll reach the Kumuwela Lookout. This is another excellent picnic spot, and a lookout that features an incredible view of the island from the mountain to the ocean. After a long day of hiking and exploring nature, we will head back to our hotel to rest.
Day 9: After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, we will take it easy and hike the Kalalau Trail. Huffington Post says that “it’s the most incredible hike in America.” The Kalalau Trail on the Hawaiian island of Kauai weaves through one of the world’s most famous natural wonders, the Na Pali coast. With 180-degrees of the electric blue Pacific, majestic ridges and unspoiled beaches, every inch of this tropical trail boasts epic views. We’ll definitely try to catch the sunset and then end our day with a sunset picnic and head back to the hotel and pack up to fly to the big island.
Day 10: We will check out of our hotel and head to the airport to fly directly to Kona International Airport for our last island stop – the Big Island. We will take a half-day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Kīlauea volcano is the most active volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is visited by millions of tourists each year. This makes it the most visited attraction in Hawaii and the most visited volcano in the world. It’s definitely a sight that you will remember forever! After your tour, we will head back to the hotel and have a traditional welcome dinner.
Day 11: After your delicious buffet breakfast, you will have the chance to learn how to surf in Hawaii – what a dream! Hawaii is home to surfing and the perfect place to paddle out for your first time. You can choose from group or private classes - As with all water sports, safety comes first so all lessons begin with an onshore orientation covering equipment, ocean awareness, etiquette, and fundamentals. Once in the water you’ll take time practicing basic skills such as paddling, turning, and sitting on the board to assure that you have a level of control before you hit the surf. After a long morning of surfing, we will eat lunch at a local market or bring it to the beach for a nice picnic. Take the rest of the evening for free time.
Day 12: After a delicious buffet breakfast, you will take your first hula/Luau class at the Kalani Center. Hula is the Hawaiian art of movement, dance, and storytelling. Hula began as a form of sacred devotion and became a key part of religious and cultural expression. Because the ancient Hawaiians had no written form of the language, hula and mele (chant) were the primary means through which history, myth, and culture were passed down from generation to generation. After your hula class, we will have the chance to go on a Manta-ray night dive in Kona. The famous manta ray night dive in Kona is widely regarded as one of the most memorable dives around the planet. We agree with the experts and think that swimming with the manta rays is one of the Big Island activities that you shouldn’t miss.
Day 13: Today is your last day on the Big Island – we will have the chance to visit some of the best waterfalls on the Big Island including, Hi’ilawe Falls and Waiulili Falls. The Hi’ilawe waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls of Hawaii. The total height of the falls is about 1,450 feet (442m), with a highest direct drop of 1,201 feet (366m)! After hiking to see the falls, we will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the beach before packing up to head back home. We will have a traditional farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 14: After an early breakfast, we will depart to the airport to transfer to our flights back home.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between luxury & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
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