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11 Day Hawaii Tour of Oahu, Maui, & Kauai

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11 Days
1 Country

United States

13 Cities

Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Kona, Kahului (Maui), Kaanapali Beach, Lihue (Kauai), Kapaa, Waimea State Park

16 Meals

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Get on island time as you discover Hawaii’s authentic tropical paradise, including Kilauea Volcano and Kauai's magical Tunnel of Trees and Waimea Canyon State Park. Tour Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor, relax in Kona, learn from locals how coffee is made and get a fascinating insight into Manta Ray conservation.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

A Warm Welcome to Honolulu

Embrace a tropical state of mind on this uplifting encounter with the best Hawaii has to offer. Your first brush with traditional Hawaiian hospitality begins this evening when you join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a local-style Welcome Dinner.

Woman Hula Dancing in Honolulu, Hawaii
Accommodation The Twin Fin Waikiki
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover the History of Honolulu

There’s no better place to learn about history on your Hawaii tour than visiting where events occurred. Today, pay homage to the thousands of brave soldiers who lost their lives in the surprise military strike at Pearl Harbor visiting Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial. Continue through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater, and to downtown Honolulu to connect with the spiritual epicenter of Hawaii. On your walking tour, see Iolani Palace, the former home of Hawaii’s last-reigning monarchs and the only royal palace in the United States, as well as the King Kamehameha I Statue and the State Capitol Building. Kick back in your hotel overlooking Waikiki Beach or get out and explore the shore.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Honolulu, Hawaii
Accommodation The Twin Fin Waikiki
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Oahu, USA
Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Unlock the significance of a historic event visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Pay homage and reflect upon those who lost their li...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View the historically lolanai Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii
See Iolani Palace

The history of Hawaii springs to life viewing the historically significant Iolanai Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Even from ou...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Drive Through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii
Drive Through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Explore the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater, on a scenic drive. This burial in a national cemetery is for me...

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Iconic Experience

Day 3

Journey to the Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii brings new sights, landscapes and wildlife. Arrive in the town of Hilo and enjoy lunch on your own, perhaps seeking out the classic loco moco meal. Then visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to learn about the geology of the Islands. Continue along the coast to Punalu’u Beach Park, famous for its black sand and Hawaiian green sea turtles. The Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa welcome you with their multi-level fantasy pool with a 200-foot water slide, manta-ray viewing and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

Volcano National Park Hawaii Island
Accommodation Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Thurston Lava Tube in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park brings new sights as you unlock the geology of the Islands. This UNESCO listed park and designated International Bio...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Turtle in Keauhou Bay, Hawaii
Visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Unlock the beauty of the must-see Punalu’u Beach Park, famous for its black sand and green sea turtles. Stroll along the black sand beach made of f...

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Iconic Experience

Trafalgar Difference
Outrigger Kona Resort

Perched above the lava cliffs of Keauhou Bay on 22 acres of Kona coastline is the Outrigger Kona Resort. You’re in for a treat here on Keauhou Bay ...

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 4

Play Your Way in Kona

Get ready to embrace your outdoor adventurer on an invigorating day on your Hawaii tour exploring the Big Island on your own or with an Optional Experience. Take in Kohala’s beauty and history on a fun, off-road adventure and relaxed trail walk to a hidden waterfall and scenic overlook of Pololu Valley. You’ll love trekking across bridges and past bright green taro terraces. Finish the adventure cooling off in a waterfall. Or, discover what’s beneath these gorgeous waters with a snorkeling trip in the pristine Puʻuhonua O Honaunau (The Place of Refuge) and Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cooks Monument) featuring lava tubes and sea caves or on a Night Manta Experience viewing the incredible feeding frenzy in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Tiki Carvings in Keauhou Bay, Hawaii
Accommodation Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences
Premium Morning Snorkel

Discover the hidden treasures underwater by snorkeling the pristine Puʻuhonua O Honaunau (The Place of Refuge) and Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cooks Mo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Take a Kohala Waterfalls Adventure and see stunning beauty with lunch, USA
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Get ready for Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history on an off-road adventure and trail walk. Experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, foot b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Snorkel with manta rays at night in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, USA
Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure

Don’t miss a bucket list experience joining a snorkeling adventure in the warm waters of the Pacific at night with manta rays. This is the only pla...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Experience the Sights, Flavors and Wildlife of Hawaii

Dive into marine life learning about the second largest rays in the world, the mobula alfredi manta rays. On a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, visit the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park’s Sea Salt farm to learn about the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture and how it’s produced from the deep ocean water, drawn from 2,200 feet below the surface. Watch the salt production process and enjoy a curated tasting to explore the flavor profiles of this Hawaiian Sea Salt. Then, journey to the unique Kona Joe coffee plantation, discovering how some of the world's best coffee is grown and roasted. This evening, lose yourself in the moment as we embrace the tradition of the Hawaiian Luau and enjoy a dinner featuring local flavors and tropical cocktails.

Coffee Beans in Honolulu, Hawaii
Accommodation Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Visit a deep Ocean Salt farm, Kona, Hawaii
Hawaiian Salt Farm Visit

Unlock the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture visiting a deep Ocean Salt farm. Watch the salt production process and taste different salts to e...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit The Kona Joe Coffee Farm in Kona, Hawaii
Hawaiian Coffee Farm

Visit a coffee plantation and learn about this exclusive beverage and the work it takes to produce, all while tasting the coffee and taking in some...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Take snorkel excursion in the Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays

Discover the world of the giant manta rays (mobula alfredi) that come to the Kona shores at the Manta Ray Learning Center at the <name of resort...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Take a Kohala Waterfalls Adventure and see stunning beauty with lunch, USA
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Get ready for Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history on an off-road adventure and trail walk. Experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, foot b...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Explore the Natural Wonders of Maui

Maui. An island where dormant volcanos, black sand beaches and whale watching lure explorers just like you. Start your discovery with a Be My Guest experience at O’o Farms, a local sustainable farm in the high country of Maui. Have a delicious and healthy farm-to-fork experience helping to gather fresh produce for your al fresco lunch. Then journey to our resort on stunning Kaanapali beach. As the sun sets over the Pacific, take a gentle stroll to nearby Whalers Village or enjoy a relaxing beach stroll.

Turtle in Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Accommodation Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit O'o Farm on Kula, Hawaii, USA
O'o Farms

O’o farm produces naturally grown leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, fruiting body plants, orchard fruits, savory herbs, and a wide array of ...

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Be My Guest

Day 7

Entice Your Senses in Maui

Unlock the natural beauty of paradise, charting your own course through Maui’s landscapes. This evening, enjoy a dinner featuring local flavors. You’ll love making the most of your stay at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa cooling off in their half-acre pool or Maui's only oceanfront full-service spa and salon, rooftop stargazing or oceanfront golf.

Cocktail at Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Accommodation Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Onwards to Lihue, Kauai

After a leisurely morning on the Valley Isle, jet off to Kauai where you’ll spend the next three nights admiring the natural surroundings. Kauai, at over six million years old, is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and boasts the only navigable rivers in the state of Hawaii. It is also the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, which is the most isolated inhabited land mass. Start this next leg of your journey relaxing in your hotel’s infinity-edge pool, kicking back with a Mai Tai in their oceanfront bar or dining at their onsite Moa Moa Hawaiian Fish House.

Rainbow at Tunnels Beach in Kauai,Hawaii
Accommodation Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 9

Uncover the Wonder of Waimea Canyon State Park

There’s no better place to learn about Kauai’s land than Grove Farm, a beautifully preserved one-hundred-acre homestead in the center of Lihue. Enjoy a private, guided tour of the original plantation main house, as well as other resident and plantation workers’ housing camp dating back to the 1870's. Continue all the way up to Waimea Canyon State Park. The result of thousands of years of erosion, the canyon walls offer a canvas of brilliant shades of red, brown, green, blue, grey and purple, with shadows and light producing a never-ending show. Drive through the island's famous Tunnel of Trees with a stop at Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. Cap off your day with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Allerton & McBryde Botanical Gardens for a tour highlighting rare native Hawaiian ferns and plants.

View of Waimea Canyon in Hawaii
Accommodation Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit Grove Farm, a Sugar cane farm on Kauai, Hawaii
Grove Farm

Get ready to visit a beautifully preserved one-hundred-acre homestead in the center of Lihue. On a private, guided tour, visit original buildings i...

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Dive Into Culture

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Allerton and McBryde Botanical Garden Tour, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Allerton and McBryde Botanical Garden Tour

Explore natural beauty at one of one of the world's top botanical research organizations on a guided tour of Allerton and McBryde Gardens. Step thr...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Enjoy a visit to Waimea Canyon State Park in Waimea Hawaii
Visit Waimea Canyon

A display of changing colors and lights awaits at Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Dubbed the “Grand...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Discover Spouting Horn blowhole in Koloa, Hawaii
See Spouting Horn

Discover Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. Be amazed at how the Poʻipū surf channels into a natural lava tube an...

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Iconic Experience

Day 10

Find Your Island Adventure

Kauai’s natural treasures are yours to explore during this full free day. Feel like you’ve stepped onto the big screen on an Optional Experience Kauai Movie Tour adventure. Your backstage pass will take you to many famous sites on Kauai where Hollywood Blockbusters and TV shows were filmed while viewing clips of those notable films. On your final night on Kauai on your Hawaii tour, toast to the incredible sights of the islands with your fellow travelers over a Farewell Dinner.

View of Manawaiopuna Falls in Hawaii
Accommodation Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Take the Kauai Movie Tour adventure and visit many famous film sites on Kauai, with lunch at Tahiti Nui, USA
Kauai Movie Tour Adventure

Attention, movie buffs! Explore many famous sites on Kauai where Hollywood Blockbusters and TV shows were filmed. Visit Tahiti Nui, where “The Desc...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

A Fond Farewell

For now it’s a fond a hui hou... until we meet again. Make your way to Lihue Airport or consider extending your stay on Kauai.

Tiki Torches on Beach, Hawaii
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences
Kauai Transfer

One Way Shared Ride Transfer to Airport.

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Optional Experiences

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Iconic Experience
Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Unlock the significance of a historic event visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Pay homage and reflect upon those who lost their li...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Iolani Palace

The history of Hawaii springs to life viewing the historically significant Iolanai Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Even from ou...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Drive Through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Explore the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater, on a scenic drive. This burial in a national cemetery is for me...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park brings new sights as you unlock the geology of the Islands. This UNESCO listed park and designated International Bio...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Unlock the beauty of the must-see Punalu’u Beach Park, famous for its black sand and green sea turtles. Stroll along the black sand beach made of f...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Outrigger Kona Resort

Perched above the lava cliffs of Keauhou Bay on 22 acres of Kona coastline is the Outrigger Kona Resort. You’re in for a treat here on Keauhou Bay ...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Hawaiian Salt Farm Visit

Unlock the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture visiting a deep Ocean Salt farm. Watch the salt production process and taste different salts to e...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Hawaiian Coffee Farm

Visit a coffee plantation and learn about this exclusive beverage and the work it takes to produce, all while tasting the coffee and taking in some...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays

Discover the world of the giant manta rays (mobula alfredi) that come to the Kona shores at the Manta Ray Learning Center at the <name of resort...

See More
Included in Trip
Be My Guest
O'o Farms

O’o farm produces naturally grown leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, fruiting body plants, orchard fruits, savory herbs, and a wide array of ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Grove Farm

Get ready to visit a beautifully preserved one-hundred-acre homestead in the center of Lihue. On a private, guided tour, visit original buildings i...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Allerton and McBryde Botanical Garden Tour

Explore natural beauty at one of one of the world's top botanical research organizations on a guided tour of Allerton and McBryde Gardens. Step thr...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Waimea Canyon

A display of changing colors and lights awaits at Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Dubbed the “Grand...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Spouting Horn

Discover Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. Be amazed at how the Poʻipū surf channels into a natural lava tube an...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
Flights from Honolulu-Kona, Hilo-Kahului and Kahului-Lihue
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore a local coffee plantation on Big Island of Hawaii, a Sea Salt Farm, a local farm on Maui, the wonders of Manta Rays in Keauhou Beach and Grove Farm Sugar Plantation with a Local Specialist
Visit Honolulu, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Beach - Hawaii's most famous black sand beach frequented by sea turtles basking in the sun, Kailua-Kona, Waimea Canyon State Park
See National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Kauai's magical Tunnel of Trees
View Halona Blowhole, Iolani Palace, Spouting Horn

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Premium Morning Snorkel

Discover the hidden treasures underwater by snorkeling the pristine Puʻuhonua O Honaunau (The Place of Refuge) and Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cooks Mo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Get ready for Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history on an off-road adventure and trail walk. Experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, foot b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure

Don’t miss a bucket list experience joining a snorkeling adventure in the warm waters of the Pacific at night with manta rays. This is the only pla...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Get ready for Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history on an off-road adventure and trail walk. Experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, foot b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kauai Movie Tour Adventure

Attention, movie buffs! Explore many famous sites on Kauai where Hollywood Blockbusters and TV shows were filmed. Visit Tahiti Nui, where “The Desc...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kauai Transfer

One Way Shared Ride Transfer to Airport.

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Additional Cost Applies

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Hawaii

  • Official Languages across Hawaii: Hawaii has two official languages: English and Hawaiian. English is the primary language of communication in Hawaii. It's used in government, education, business, and everyday interactions. Hawaiian is an indigenous Polynesian language native to Hawaii. It has a rich cultural and historical significance. Efforts have been made to revitalize and preserve the Hawaiian language, which was once endangered. Many schools now offer Hawaiian language programs.
  • Currency used in Hawaii The currency of Hawaii is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu.
  • Time Zone(s) in Hawaii: Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST) during standard time and Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time (HADT).

USA passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter USA states for US citizens.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Hawaii has a tropical climate with generally warm and pleasant temperatures year-round. The average temperature in coastal areas ranges from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (24-30 degrees Celsius). It is characterized by two main seasons: a dry season, from April to October, with lower rainfall and higher temperatures, and a wet season, from November to March, with more frequent rain and slightly cooler temperatures. The trade winds provide refreshing breezes and help moderate the climate. Due to its diverse topography, weather conditions can vary significantly between different islands and regions on the same island.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes: Suitable for walking and light hikes. You should also consider bringing sandals or flip-flops for lounging or beach days. 
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather, but also consider bringing a light jacket or layers for cooler evenings. Pack quick-drying shirts, shorts, and pants for warm and humid conditions. Long-sleeved shirts and pants offer protection against sun, bugs, and cooler evenings.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing.
  • Rain jacket or poncho: Be prepared for sudden rain showers, especially during the rainy season.
  • Swimsuits: For beach and water activities.

Outdoor Gear & Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. Bring "Reef-Safe" sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.
  • Lightweight, quick-drying towel: Useful for beach visits and other water activities.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing experiences. Helpful for bird watching and wildlife spotting.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Water shoes: For water-based activities or beach walks.
  • Hiking gear: If your tour involves more intense hiking or trekking, consider bringing sturdier boots and tear-away, convertible clothing items.
  • Hat with neck protection: Extra sun protection for your neck and ears.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in Hawaii. However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on most tours that operate in the United States. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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