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11 Day Hawaii Tour of Oahu, Maui, & Kauai

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Hawaiian Discovery Guided Tour
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

1 Welcome Reception, 10 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 1 Lunch


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
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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 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 travellers for a local-style Welcome Reception.

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

Day 2

Discover the History of Honolulu

Today we will visit Pearl Harbor National Monument and the USS Arizona Memorial as well as drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Also today in downtown Honolulu we will see Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I Statue and State Capitol Building. The rest of the afternoon is free.

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 Learn more

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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

See Iolani Palace

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

Drive Through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Day 3

Journey to the Big Island

Fly to the Big Island of Hawaii and arrive in the charming town of Hilo. Next, visit the UNESCO listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to learn about the geology of the island and the significance volcanoes have played in the creation of the Hawaiian islands as well as the legend of Pele the Goddess of Fire. We continue along the coast to Punalu’u Beach park, famous for its black sand and Hawaiian green sea turtles. This evening as we arrive in Kailua Kona you are free to soak in the surroundings on your own terms.

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 Learn more

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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

Visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Day 4

Play Your Way in Kona

Take a moment and savor the calming sounds of the sea as you decide how best to indulge in a free day to explore Kona’s beautiful landscapes. Relax in sun-kissed surrounds or ask your Travel Director for suggestions on how to tackle the great outdoors.

Tiki Carvings in Keauhou Bay, Hawaii
Accommodation Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 5

Experience the Sights, Flavours 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 flavour 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 flavours and tropical cocktails.

Coffee Beans in Honolulu, Hawaii
Accommodation Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit a deep Ocean Salt farm, Kona, Hawaii
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Make Travel Matter at a Hawaiian Salt Farm

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

Hawaiian Coffee Farm

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

Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays

Day 6

Explore the Natural Wonders of Maui

Next stop, the beautiful island of Maui. On arrival here, enjoy a Be My Guest Experience at a local sustainable farm in the high country of Maui. Have a delicious and healthy lunch before we journey to our resort on stunning Kaanapali beach. As the sun sets over the Pacific, take a gentle stroll to nearby Whalers Village or venture into old town Lahaina to dine at one of the many restaurants.

Turtle in Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Accommodation Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Cocktail at Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
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Visit Lahaina

Day 7

Entice Your Senses in Maui

Warm your heart and soul in paradise, spending the day at leisure exploring Maui on your terms. This evening, join your fellow travelers for an oceanside dinner in your luxurious resort.

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

Day 8

Onwards to Lihue, Kauai

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day before heading to the airport for your short flight to the natural wonderland of Kauai. Set your watch to island time and get settled in at your beachfront hotel.

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

First stop today is Grove Farm, a beautifully preserved one-hundred-acre homestead in the center of Lihue that includes many of the original buildings and homes. Then, drive through the island's famous Tunnel of Trees and continue to Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” you will drive all the way up the canyon. 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. Later we make a stop at Spouting Horn blow-hole, one of the most photographed spots in Kauai.

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 Learn more

Grove Farm

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

Visit Waimea Canyon

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

Day 10

Find Your Island Adventure

Enjoy a free day discovering Kauai and its many natural wonders and immerse yourself in the laidback lifestyle of the locals. Our island hop through Hawaii almost at its end, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a Farewell Dinner.

View of Manawaiopuna Falls in Hawaii
Accommodation Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Learn more
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See Iolani Palace Learn more
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Drive Through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Learn more
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Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Learn more
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Visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park Learn more
Make Travel Matter at a Hawaiian Salt Farm Learn more
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Hawaiian Coffee Farm Learn more
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Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays Learn more
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Visit Lahaina Learn more
Dive Into Culture
Grove Farm Learn more
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Visit Waimea Canyon Learn more
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See Spouting Horn Learn more

Optional Experiences

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Premium Morning Snorkel

Kohala Waterfalls Adventure
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Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure
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Manta Ray Snorkel Adventure

Sunset Sail with Transportation to Lahaina
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Sunset Sail with Transportation to Lahaina

Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch
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Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch

Whale Watch Lahaina with Transportation to Lahaina
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Whale Watch Lahaina with Transportation to Lahaina

Kauai Movie Tour Adventure
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Kauai Movie Tour Adventure

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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

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:


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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).


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.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

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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