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Hawaiian Explorer

Traditional Dancers, Hawaii
8 Days from $2,669 per person

See the soft sands of Waikiki Beach recede to tropical forests and the world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, on this relaxed exploration of Oahu, Hawaii and Maui.

 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... journeying through the tree fern forest where you meet the opening of the Thurston Lava Tube. You'll see where the hot lava rapidly cooled 500 years ago, forming a tunnel of geological wonder. Walk the same rocky path that searing hot lava forged to create this marvel of nature.

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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. Today, begin your exploration of Oahu. During a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, you'll be moved by this memorial to the World War II military personnel still entombed in the ship's hull since the fatal attack in 1941. After driving through the National Memorial Cemetery in the Punchbowl Crater, make your way back 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. Kona is famous for its tasty coffee and you'll learn more about these fragrant beans and the process of growing them on a Kona coffee plantation with a Local Specialist. 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 on these large and graceful animals. Speaking of rays, get an up close view of these majestic sea creatures with a dinner at Rays on the Bay.
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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. Options abound: don a snorkel and mask to see some of Hawaii's colorful and varied marine life, experience a spectacular helicopter flightseeing excursion over the Big Island or just relax and enjoy the pool and other facilities at your oceanfront resort.
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  5. Bid farewell to Kona as you 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 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. 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 as you chart your own course through Maui's wonderlands. 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 maybe embark on a whale watching cruise. 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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  8. A hui hou... until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Maui.
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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
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Local Specialist

  • Discover Kona coffee on a plantation tour and the manta ray with a special presentation.

Be My Guest

  • Visit a sustainable farm for lunch, with wine, featuring the finest ingredients.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Honolulu and Kailua-Kona
  • Visit Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube and Maui Ocean Center
  • View the Kilauea Volcano

Optional Add-Ons

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

Big Island Spectacular Astar (Approx 2 hours) with Transportation.

Adult Price: $468.00 | Child Price: $468.00

Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Total duration approximately 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

Big Island

Big Island Spectacular Astar (Approx 2 hours) with Transportation

Adult Price: $699.00 | Child Price: $699.00

Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Total duration of tour 2 hours. (Minimum 2 Guests)

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)

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Tours operate as per the 2016 itinerary. Hotel and inclusions may vary.

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 $925.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $72 per person.

Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable as of 5/20/2016 for Honolulu-Kona and Hilo-Kahului flights and are subject to change without notice.

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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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