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Hawaiian Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $3,142 per person
JAN - DEC 2023 MODERATE
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Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Keauhou, Kona, Kahului (Maui), Kaanapali Beach ...more Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Keauhou, Kona, Kahului (Maui), Kaanapali Beach
  1. Day 1 Island Greetings In Honolulu, Oahu

    Ease into the warm embrace of Hawaii’s Aloha spirit, donning a flower lei will kick-start your love affair with the Pacific islands. Explore the golden beaches of Waikiki before gathering for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel The Twin Fin Waikiki - Moderate (City View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  2. Day 2 Discover the History of Honolulu

    Today we visit Pearl Harbor National Monument and the USS Arizona Memorial as well as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. USS Arizona tickets are subject to NPS availability not known till day before visit. Also today in downtown Honolulu, see the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha I Statue and State Capitol Building before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Twin Fin Waikiki - Moderate (City View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  3. Day 3 See the Volcanic Beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Fly to the Big Island of Hawaii, on arrival in the charming town of Hilo you will have time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own. Next visit the UNESCO listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and learn about the geology of the Islands. 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, we meet our Local Specialist who will share insights into the graceful Manta rays that are clearly visible from the hotel before enjoying rich Island flavors at dinner tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa - Moderate (Mountain View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  4. Day 4 Unwind and Play in Kona

    Wake to the sound of the sea and embrace your outdoor adventurer for an invigorating day at leisure to explore the natural wonderland of the Big Island on your own or join an optional trip to a hidden waterfall and scenic ocean overlook or a thrilling snorkelling trip.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa - Moderate (Mountain View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  5. Day 5 Experience the Sights, flavours and wildlife of Hawaii Make Travel Matter

    Today, learn about the giant manta rays that come to the Kona shores to feed each day. These mobula alfredi manta rays are the second largest in the world. Then, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park here you will visit the Hawaii Sea Salt farm to learn about the importance of Salt in Hawaiian culture and discover how Salt is produced from the deep ocean water. The Salt produced at this unique facility comes from water drawn from 2200 feet below the surface of the ocean and is prized by gourmet chefs for the purity and unique mineral content. You will not only see the process of producing salt but also taste a number of different salts in a curated tasting to explore the flavor profiles of this Hawaiian Sea Salt. Your visit will support efforts to clean up marine debris and preserve cultural sites like the Papahanaumokuaka Marine National Monument, the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in the world and part of the State of Hawaii. After, we head to the unique coffee plantation of Kona Joe, where we learn how some of the world's best coffee is grown and roasted. This evening lose yourself in the moment as we embrace the wonderful tradition of the Hawaiian Luau and enjoy a dinner featuring local flavors and tropical cocktails.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa - Moderate (Mountain View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  6. Day 6 High Country 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 with wine 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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa - Moderate (Resort View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  7. Day 7 Enjoy Free Time In Maui

    Indulge in a full day on your terms to do as little or as much as you want in paradise. Rise before dawn and journey up the summit of Haleakalā or live your passions, exploring art, culture and heritage in picturesque surrounds. Give yourself permission to connect with your surroundings without worrying about a thing. This evening, celebrate an encounter with Hawaii, joining your travel companions for a lively Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa - Moderate (Resort View), First Class (Partial Ocean View), Premier (Ocean View)
  8. Day 8 Farewell Maui

    For now it’s time to say a fond a hui hou... until we meet again. Make your way to Kahului Airport or consider extending your stay in Maui.

    meals Breakfast
Hawaiian Explorer Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Maui: Relish an educational farm-to-fork experience and help gather fresh produce for your al fresco lunch.

Iconic Experience

  • Pearl Harbour: Visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial as well as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for a moving and unforgettable experience.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Kona: You will have the choice of visiting a deep Ocean Salt farm to learn about the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture and its production from the deep ocean or visiting the Kanaloa Octopus Farm where researchers are exploring new techniques for aquaculture and sustainable farming.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore a local coffee plantation on Big Island of Hawaii and wonders of Manta Rays in Keauhou Beach with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Honolulu, Kailua-Kona
  • : Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Ocean Science Park, and a local farm on Maui with a Local Specialist
  • : See Black Sand beach and dine oceanside at Kaanapali beach

Whats Included

  • : 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

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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

Available on Day 4

Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Immerse yourself in Kohala’s stunning beauty and rich history. On a fun off-road adventure and relaxed trail walk, experience dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming foot bridges, historic taro terraces and intimate waterfalls. With an opportunity to swim at a waterfall, this is the perfect tour for all ages. Lunch Included.
Adult Price: $204

Kona

Available on Day 4

Premium Morning Snorkel

Inclusions: Snorkel gear, prescription masks, flotation devices, snacks, lunch, shade, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Adult Price: $153

Evening Manta Snorkel

Participate in a feeding frenzy in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, in the darkness of night, with creatures as large as 16 ft. across and weighing 1,000 lbs. The Travel Channel named this particular tour one of the 10 things you must do in your lifetime, and for good reason. Our Night Manta Experience is a unique and singular experience and this is the only place on the entire planet you can do it at night. Features of experience: Snorkel with manta rays…at night; Hot chocolate and cookie; Wetsuits and flotation devices provided; Snorkel gear (including Rx masks) included.
Adult Price: $127

Maui

Available on Day 7

Sunrise Haleakala

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 approximately 6 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $215

Whale watch Lahaina with Transportation to Lahaina (November - March)

Informative and fun, each two-hour classic whale watch is led by a team of Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females. Every trip is different; you never know what you will experience! Total duration approximately 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $82

Sunset Sail with Transportation to Lahaina

This relaxing 2-hour sunset cruise is aboard Maui’s newest luxury sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit. It’s the perfect way to experience the essence of hoʻokipa (hospitality), as our crew serves an array of premium appetizers along with refreshing beverages. Departs from historic Lahaina Harbor.
Adult Price: $140

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Charles Clarke
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Service
We have booked a dozen tours with GE and have always been very satisfied.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your repeat business! We truly appreciate it. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Hawaiian Explorer tour. Hopefully, you returned with wonderful memories. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Be sure to give us a call the next time you're ready to travel!
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Vacation
Most of your was great and tour director was excellent. Acommodations at Kona and Maui were first rate and so so at Honolulu. Enjoyed the tour.
Karin Clarke
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Service
Always great service with GrandEuropeanTravel. Booking was fine.
Vacation
Interesting trip. We loved it. Great tour director, Michael. Knowledgeable, helpful and good ability to give all needed info as we traveled. Two out of three hotels were great! Optional trip: Sunset Cruise in Maui not worth time or money. Need headsets for walking around sites.
Betty Draper
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Service
The Travel Specialist at Grand European Travel are so helpful. They listened to my questions and got me the answers that I needed.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We pride ourselves on being able to take care of all the details for you so that all you have to do is enjoy your vacation! Thank you for your business and for taking the time to share your lovely feedback.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Vacation
There were so many wonderful activities in this tour. It was amazing to see the beauty of Hawaii and learn more about it's history. The activities were suited to my interests.
Daisy Monsalve
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Service
The hotels were excellent and accessible to any part I wanted to go. The information provided by the director and the hotel personnel was excellent and very easy to follow. The food, especially the breakfast, was something extraordinary. Very happy director, friendly and making the travelers feel at home.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing your experience and the beautiful photos! We look forward to helping you plan another trip very soon!
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Vacation
Very professionally conducted. I am very happy with what was offered and look forward to future trips.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 11, 2018
Service
Lovely trip. Tom was very informative and concerned for our well being and that we were having a good time. Would take a Trafalgar trip again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're happy to know you had a lovely time on your Hawaiian vacation.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Vacation
Affordable and many things were included.
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