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Sunset in Kona
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,949 per person

Dramatic scenery is just one of the highlights on this Hawaiian trip, that takes in the best of vibrant Waikiki, exotic Kailua-Kona and stunning Kaanapali Beach.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... embarking on a fun and educational farm-to-fork experience at the O'o Farm, located in the misty forest of Waipoli. Learn about growing organic produce, sustainable farming, growing and roasting coffee while you gather ingredients for your own delicious meal.

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  1. Welcome to Hawaii. In the traditional Aloha spirit, you'll be greeted at the airport with a flower lei. Explore your hotel in the heart of Waikiki Beach and spend the rest of the afternoon as you like: dive into the warm gentle waves of the Pacific, explore the shopping opportunities in Waikiki, or relax with a tropical drink poolside. At 6 p.m., gather for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Marriott Waikiki Beach (Moderate – CV, First Class – POV, Premier – DOV)
  2. Traverse the island of Oahu, passing through colorful villages, rainforests and pineapple plantations. See panoramic views of the deep blue waters from rugged cliffs like those at Pali Lookout, site of the historic Battle of Nuuanu in 1795 that united the island of Oahu under King Kamehameha I's rule. Marvel at idyllic golden beaches and look out on the world-famous surf along the North Shore, known for its huge waves during the winter. Back in Waikiki, your evening is free; enjoy a sunset swim in the gentle waves or perhaps explore the shopping and dining opportunities in Waikiki.
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  3. Enjoy a full day today to explore on your own. Spend some time lazing in the sun on Waikiki Beach; spot sea turtles, colorful coral and dazzling tropical fish. Perhaps partake in one of the many optional activities offered: a submarine tour or a guided sightseeing excursion along the east coast of the island. Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner at a local restaurant.
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  4. Begin your day with a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, a moving tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the 1941 attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. After a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located in Punchbowl Crater, return to downtown Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, the iconic King Kamehameha I statue, and the state capitol building. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own.
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  5. Set off for the Big Island of Hawaii today via a short flight. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of the seaside village of Kailua-Kona followed by time to explore the local shops in this quaint and bustling town. Visit a local coffee plantation where a Local Specialist gives you a tour and acquaints you with one of the Big Island's most famous crops. Later, check in to your oceanfront resort and perhaps get a glimpse of the most famous guests on the property: the manta rays. Meet your Local Specialist at the hotel's Manta Ray Learning Center for an exciting presentation about these large and graceful animals. Speaking of rays, enjoy rich island flavours at Rays on the Bay with views of these resident sea creatures.
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    hotel:Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa (Moderate – MV, First Class – POV, Premier – OV)
  6. Wake to the sound of the sea and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the world on your own today. 

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  7. Bid farewell to Kona as you make your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world's largest and most active volcano. On the way, see the immense stretches of black sand beaches the island is known for and enjoy a stop at the southernmost bakery in the United States. Once inside the park, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube followed by a visit to an interpretive museum. Enjoy lunch at The Rim restaurant offering unparalleled views of the Kilauea caldera. Later, travel to Hilo where you board your flight to Maui, the Magic Isle. Formerly a royal retreat, magnificent Kaanapali Beach is often ranked as one of America's finest beaches. Check in to your beachfront resort and relax for the evening.
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    hotel:Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Moderate – RV, First Class – POV, Premier – OV)
  8. This morning, travel along the coast to the Maui Ocean Center. Here you'll be introduced to the center's conservation naturalists who are passionate in sharing the underwater world with you. The center is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, elusive Hawaiian green sea turtles, sharks and thousands of vibrant tropical fish. Next, head into the countryside to visit a local farm and learn about the sustainable agriculture on the islands. Then toast your host with a glass of wine and indulge in a Be My Guest lunch serving up Hawaiian specialties made with the freshest local ingredients. This evening enjoy the sunset from your resort, stroll over to nearby Whalers Village or venture into old town Lahaina to try one of the many festive restaurants.
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  9. Enjoy a free day in paradise. Spend some time on the long white-sand beaches. Explore the old whaling village of Lahaina with its trendy art galleries and welcoming cafés. Play 18 holes at a championship golf course overlooking the sea or embark on a whale watching cruise (seasonal). Join your traveling companions this evening for a lively Hawaiian Luau, and Regional Meal Farewell Dinner, featuring a buffet and tropical cocktails with the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.
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  10. A hui hou... until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Maui.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,395.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $89 per person.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable for Honolulu-Kona and Hilo-Kahului flights. Inter-island airlines charge a baggage handling fee of $25 per first checked suitcase on each inter-island flight that is not covered in the prices.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

9 nights' accommodations, 9 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Local Specialist

  • Discover one of the Big Island's most famous crops, coffee, and get acquainted with the island manta rays.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy lunch at a sustainable farm, with wine, featuring the finest ingredients.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Honolulu and Kailua-Kona
  • Visit Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, Pali Lookout, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Maui Ocean Center, Thurston Lava Tube and a local farm on Maui
  • View the Kilauea Volcano
  • See pineapple plantations and the world-famous surf along the North Shore

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Big Island

Evening Manta Ray - Snorkel Adventure

Adult Price: $143.00 | Child Price: $143.00

Join us for one of the most exhilarating experiences in Hawaii. Mantas are very gentle - no teeth, stingers or barbs. They are simply big and beautiful with wingspans that can exceed 15-feet in width! These "Gentle Giants" visit us nightly to feed on the plankton that is attracted by Hula Kai's bright lighting. An incredible fun and safe activity for all! This cruise includes warm soup & Bread rolls, hot tea, coffee and hotel chocolate, snorkel gear, wetsuit and instructions. Additional options available for purchase are personalized video and no host bar. Total duration approximatley 2.5 hours. (No Minimum)

Big Island

Manta Night Snorkel Ride Only

Adult Price: $59.00 | Child Price: $59.00

RIDE ALONG ONLY Mantas are very gentle - no teeth, stingers or barbs. They are simply big and beautiful with wingspans that can exceed 15-feet in width! These "Gentle Giants" visit us nightly to feed on the plankton that is attracted by Hula Kai's bright lighting. An incredible fun and safe activity for all! This cruise includes warm soup & Bread rolls, hot tea, coffee and hotel chocolate, snorkel gear, wetsuit and instructions. Additional options available for purchase are personalized video and no host bar. Total duration approximatley 2.5 hours. Guests must be 7 years or older to participate. (No Minimum)

Maui

Premium Sunset Whale Watch (Winter Season)

Adult Price: $82.00 | Child Price: $56.00

Informative, fun and breathtaking this two-hour sunset whale watch off the coast of Maui lead by Marine Naturalists will leave you in awe. Watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females. Every trip is different; you never know what you will experience! Includes Pupus served along with an open bar featuring Hawaii's most popular beverage, the Mai Tai. Total duration approximatley 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Maui

Day Time Whale Watch (Winter Season)

Adult Price: $66.00 | Child Price: $44.00

Informative, fun and breathtaking this two-hour day time whale watch off the coast of Maui lead by Marine Naturalists will leave you in awe. Watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females. Every trip is different; you never know what you will experience! Includes assorted breakfast snacks and complimentary soft drinks. Total duration approximatley 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Maui

Premium Sunset Sail (Off Whale Season)

Adult Price: $82.00 | Child Price: $56.00

Board the catamaran Queen's Tresure for a sunset sail off the coast of Maui. Depart from the beach and set sail. Pupus served along with an open bar featuring Hawaii's most popular beverage, the Mai Tai. Total duration approximatley 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Maui

Snorkel Sail with Lunch

Adult Price: $133.00 | Child Price: $84.00

Maui's best snorkeling trip takes you to exceptional sites - a journey to another world and one that you'll never forget. Crystal clear water and a wealth of sea life including the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, mesmerizing coral reefs teaming with aquatic life. You will be able to interact safely in this spectacular habitat and have the opportunity few people experience and one never forgets. Includes morning snacks and Deli style lunch with soft drinks. Total duration approximately 5 hours. (No Minimum)

Maui

Sunrise Haleakala

Adult Price: $155.00 | Child Price: $95.00

Set your alarm and get ready to dress warmly as we prepare to make the 38 mile trip up to the summit of the dormant volcano known as Haleakala. The temperature stays around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but the sight of the sun rising from 10,000 ft above sea level will soon warm you up. Breakfast Included. Total duration approximatley 6 hours. (No Minimum)

Oahu

Atlantis Waikiki Submarine Standard Tour

Adult Price: $124.00 | Child Price: $52.00

Climb aboard one of our Atlantis 48-passenger submarines. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. You will also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian species of fish, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life and submersibles while visiting our sunken shipwrecks, airplane and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large view ports and comfortable seating. Total duration approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Oahu

Magic of Polynesia Dinner & Show with Transportation

Adult Price: $115.00 | Child Price: $79.00

In the heart of Waikiki you’ll discover the Magic of Polynesia. As you enter this uniquely Polynesian world, you’ll find surprises, humor, and plenty of island spirit. Merlin Award-Winning Illusionist, John Hirokawa, will amaze you with incomparable illusions, levitations, and even some dazzling pyrotechnics sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In addition, a troupe of entertainers will bring you a taste of Polynesia through song and dance. Transportation and Dinner Included. (No Minimum)

Oahu

East Oahu Shoreline Excursion

Adult Price: $51.00 | Child Price: $40.00

Take in Oahu’s stunningly rugged East Coast up to the windswept cliffs of the Pali. Strike out for the famous outline of Diamond Head, where you explore the lower slopes of Hawaii’s most recognized landmark. Seabirds soar above the island’s windswept east coastline as you stop to view the crystal clear waters of Hanauma Bay, sheltered in the remains of an ancient volcanic crater. See ancient lava fields descending into the sea, Halona Blowhole, and its beach – site of a famous Hollywood kiss. Your tour guide will show you all the best this beautiful corner of the island has to offer and personalize the experience with stories and history along the way.

Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center Admission and Show

Adult Price: $107.00 | Child Price: $90.00

The spectacular 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center brings to life the traditions, history, and hospitality of the islands of the South Pacific. Visit authentic villages and watch natives from seven Pacific cultures demonstrate the arts of dancing with fire, making clothing from plants, jewelry making, and preserving history without a written language. Includes - Hā: Breath of Life. A story of passion, ignited by fire, song and dance. (No Minimum)

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