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Hawaiian Explorer (Premium)

8 Day Hawaii Tour from Honolulu to Maui

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Hawaiian Explorer Premium
8 Days
1 Country

United States

9 Cities

Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Keauhou, Kona, Kahului (Maui), Kaanapali Beach

12 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 7 Breakfasts, 3 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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Waikiki and Maui, Pearl Harbor and the volcanic energy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are yours to discover on this Hawaii tour. Sip a fragrant brew at a Kona coffee plantation and visit Punalu'u Beach—home to black sand and sea turtles basking in the sun—topped off with a classic Hawaiian luau. 

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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 travellers this evening.

Oahu Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii
Accommodation The Twin Fin Waikiki
Included Meals Welcome Reception

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. 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.

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 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

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

See Iolani Palace

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.

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

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.

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

Day 5

Experience the Sights, flavours and wildlife of Hawaii

Explore the world of the giant mobula alfredi manta rays that come to the Kona shores to feed each day. 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 discover how prized salt is produced from the deep ocean water. You’ll not only see the salt production process, but also sample different salts in a curated tasting to explore the flavour profiles of this Hawaiian Sea Salt prized by gourmet chefs for the purity and unique mineral content. Head to the unique Kona Joe coffee plantation where you’ll 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 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 Take snorkel excursion in the Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays Learn more

Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays

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

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 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.

Cocktails in Kahului, Hawaii
Accommodation Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit O'o Farm on Kula, Hawaii, USA
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Lunch at a Maui Farm

Iconic Experience Cocktail at Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
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Visit Lahaina

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.

Tiki carvings in Kahului, Hawaii
Accommodation Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Tiki Torches in Kahului, Hawaii
Included Meals Breakfast

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Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Learn more
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Drive Through National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Learn more
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See Iolani Palace 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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Learn About Hawaiian Manta Rays Learn more
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Hawaiian Coffee Farm Learn more
Be My Guest
Lunch at a Maui Farm Learn more
Iconic Experience
Visit Lahaina Learn more

Optional Experiences

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Kohala Waterfalls Adventure
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Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

Premium Morning Snorkel
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Premium Morning Snorkel

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

Maui Transfer
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Maui Transfer

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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.

Independent Reviews
Leslee Moore
Review date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
The tour manager was excellent. The group was large & he was a ten!
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is so fantastic to hear. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Michael Tour Manager was a ten. The group was large and he did great!
Charles Clarke
Review date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
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
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
Review date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Always great service with GrandEuropeanTravel. Booking was fine.
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
Review date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
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
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
Review date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
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
Very professionally conducted. I am very happy with what was offered and look forward to future trips.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 11, 2018
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
Affordable and many things were included.
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