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Hawaiian Discovery

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Sunset over the Big Island
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $3,121 per person

Awe-inspiring volcanoes, royal beaches and the Waimea Canyon mark your progress, on this laid-back journey of discovery of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... blending the lines between water and sand, as you spend your night connecting with the Manta Rays. This unique experience is an absolute highlight. Watch as the most robust species of the Manta Ray, unique to Kona, shares secrets with the water they live in.

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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 or relax with a tropical drink poolside. At 6 p.m., gather for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
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    hotel:Marriott Waikiki Beach (Moderate – CV, First Class – POV, Premier – DOV)
  2. Begin your exploration of the island Oahu. During a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, you'll be moved by this tribute to the World War II military personnel still entombed in the ship's hull since the fatal attack in 1941. After a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater, return to downtown Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, former home to Hawaii's last monarchs, and the iconic King Kamehameha I statue at Aliiolani Hale. View the current state capitol building, built in a Hawaiian version of modernist Bauhaus architecture. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend relaxing on the beach, doing some shopping or just exploring.
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  3. Your morning begins with a short, scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona followed by time to explore the local shops in this quaint and bustling town. Join a Local Specialist at a local coffee plantation to learn more about one of the Big Island's most notable and fragrant crops. Later, check into 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)
  4. 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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  5. Make your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to the world's largest volcano. On the way, see the immense stretches of black sand beaches that the island is known for and enjoy a stop at the southernmost bakery in the United States. Inside the park, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube at an interpretive museum. Afterward, 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)
  6. 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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  7. Enjoy a full free day in paradise. Join your traveling companions this evening for a lively Hawaiian Luau, and Regional Meal, featuring a buffet and tropical cocktails with the songs and dances of old Hawaii.

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  8. Today, bid "Aloha" to Maui with a short flight to Kauai, the Garden Isle. Relax and get settled in at your beachfront hotel.
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    hotel:Aqua Kauai Beach Resort (Moderate – LV, First Class – PV, Premier – OV)
  9. Start your first day on Kauai with a visit to Grove Farm Sugar Plantation, including a private tour of the home on this historic sugar cane plantation. Then, set off for Waimea Canyon to view one of the most majestic geological wonders in Hawaii with its vibrantly colorful buttes and deep valley gorges.
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  10. Spend a free day on Kauai, soaking in its many natural wonders. You may choose to travel by helicopter over the Na Pali Coast and Manawaiopuna. Tonight join your Travel Director and traveling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.

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  11. A hui hou... until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay on Kauai.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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Meal Summary

10 nights' accommodations, 10 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Local Specialist

  • Discover Kona coffee on a plantation tour and the Sheraton Manta Ray Learning Center.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a sustainable farming lunch, with wine, featuring the finest local ingredients.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Honolulu and Kailua-Kona
  • Visit Pearl Harbor, Pali Lookout, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Maui Ocean Center, Grove Farm Sugar Plantation, Thurston Lava Tube, a local farm on Maui and Waimea Canyon
  • View the Kilauea Volcano
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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 $1,250.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 per person.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable for Honolulu-Kona and Hilo-Kahului and Kahului-Lihue flights and are subject to change without notice. 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 and is the responsibility of the guest.

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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.

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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)

Kauai

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour (55 minutes)

Adult Price: $263.00 | Child Price: $263.00

Your journey begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Mana Waiapuna, commonly referred to as "Jurassic Park Falls." Next it's up the Olokele Canyon before moving on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the famed "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" where you'll explore many hidden waterfalls. Then, the sculptural masterpiece of the Na Pali Coast gives way to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area. Weather permitting, we'll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth, with an average rainfall of 450-500 inches annually! Total duration approximatley 55 minutes. (Minimum 2 Guests) Subject to weather conditions.

Kauai

Kauai ECO Adventure Helicopter Tour (55 minutes)

Adult Price: $393.00 | Child Price: $393.00

Your journey begins with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, then continues on to Mana Waiapuna, commonly referred to as "Jurassic Park Falls." Next it's up the Olokele Canyon before moving on to eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the famed "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" where you'll explore many hidden waterfalls. Then, the sculptural masterpiece of the Na Pali Coast gives way to the Bali Hai Cliffs, and the pristine blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the Princeville Resort area. Weather permitting, we'll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth, with an average rainfall of 450-500 inches annually! Total duration approximatley 55 minutes. (Minimum 2 Guests) Subject to weather conditions.

Kauai

Hanalei Movie Tour

Adult Price: $121.00 | Child Price: $66.00

The Hawaii Movie Tour on Kauai is a unique opportunity to experience the island through Hollywood’s eyes on an expert guided tour of Kauai’s famous movie locations. The fun-filled narrated tour is aboard an air-conditioned minibus that will stop at Kauai’s iconic movie locations while also viewing film clips of some of Hollywood’s most notable movies, filmed on the island. Including George Clooney’s movie, The Descendants. Total duration approximately 6 hours.

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)

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