Best of Hawaii
It's easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.
Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean are heavenly, without the need for any embellishment by tourist brochures. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they're cause for celebration all by themselves, such as atop HaleakalÄ volcano on Maui. As tropical getaways go, Hawaii couldn't be easier or more worth the trip, though be aware that visiting these Polynesian isles isn't always cheap. But whether you're dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you can find what you're looking for here.
Just as in days of old, life in Hawaii is lived outdoors. Whether it's surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking with the Ê»ohana (extended family and friends), encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha Ê»aina – love and respect for the land. Go hiking across ancient lava flows and down fluted pali (sea cliffs). Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of 'wave sliding,' and then snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise. Back on land, ride horseback with paniolo, Hawaii's cowboys.
Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland. Spam, shave ice, surfing, ukulele and slack key guitar music, hula, pidgin, aloha shirts, 'rubbah slippah' (flip-flops) – these are just some of the touchstones of everyday life, island style. Pretty much everything here feels easy going, low-key and casual, bursting with genuine aloha and fun. You'll be equally welcome whether you're a globe-trotting surf bum, a beaming couple of fresh-faced honeymooners or a big, multigenerational family with rambunctious kids.
Hawaii is as proud of its multicultural heritage as it is of former US President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu on OÊ»ahu. On these Hawaiian Islands, the descendants of ancient Polynesians, European explorers, American missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. What's remarkable about contemporary Hawaii is that harmonious multiculturalism is the rule, not the exception. Boisterous arts and cultural festivals keep diverse community traditions alive, from Hawaiian outrigger canoe races to Japanese taiko drumming. Come here to see what the future of the USA could be.
- Day 1
Arrival Maui / Day at leisure
Upon arrival at Maui International Airport - Kahului, please proceed through customs to collect your luggage. You will be met by our local representative at the airportsâ€™ arrival hall with a placard in your name. You will be escorted to your awaiting vehicle for transfer to your hotel
A showcase of evolution, the Hawaiian Islands boast some of the world's most dramatic scenery, including tropical rainforest, miles and miles of sandy beaches, gushing waterfalls and exotic flowers in abundance. All of this, combined with world-class amenities and a truly welcoming atmosphere, make them the perfect destination for couples, families and adventurers!
Hawaii, as tourist bureaus and Hollywood constantly remind us, is â€˜paradise.â€™ Push past the hype and what do you find? Darned if theyâ€™re not right. Hawaii is hiking sculpted cliffs or diving coral-reef cities in the morning and drinking mai tais to slack-key guitar at sunset. Itâ€™s slurping juicy papayas with hibiscus flowers in your hair; itâ€™s Pacific Rim cuisine, fiery volcanoes and cavorting whales. By serendipity and design, Hawaii is an almost flawless destination. Itâ€™s an enchanting multicultural society with roots in Polynesia, Asia, North America and Europe, and itâ€™s an expression of nature at its most luscious and divine.
If watching the sunrise from atop a 10,000-foot volcano, swimming under waterfalls, hiking through craters and luxuriating on white-, red- and even black-sand beaches sounds like paradise, then Maui awaits.
Maui is the place to surf and windsurf. Or hop a catamaran to scuba and snorkel on Molokini Island, a crater emerging from the sea that hosts a wealth of marine life.
Golf, fine dining, a winery, museums and sipping a mai tai on the beach round out the perfect tropical vacation.
Check in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beach at your resort
Overnight at Maui
- Day 2
Maui / Downtown Tour
After breakfast, day at leisure to explore the Maui town
Visit Maui downtown area - Lahaina - Compact and crowded.
It is also the only full-featured, walkable â€œdown-townâ€ youâ€™ll find on Maui. On the surface, Lahaina will be a place not dissimilar to a popular ocean town closer to home. But under the surface of bars and trinket shops, Lahaina reveals a uniqueness not duplicated anywhere else.
The number-one attraction in Lahaina is definitely â€œthe buzz.â€ Great restaurants, hoppinâ€™ night-life, swinginâ€™ bars â€“ and shops featuring wares ranging form â€œmade-in-Chinaâ€ trinkets to exquisite local hand crafts; from cheap jewelery to masterpieces of fine art.
For those quick to point toward commercialism as causing a loss of authenticity in this historic area, the irony would be that theyâ€™re overlooking one important fact: shopping, eating, drinking and merriment have long been a central part of Lahaina Town. Love it or hate it, the frenzy of activity is aligned with history; Lahaina has been â€œbuzzingâ€ since well before tourism ever washed up on these shores.
While the buzz could fit into most any of your run-of-the-mill tourist towns, the over 40 fine art galleries in Lahaina are definitely a â€œuniquely Lahainaâ€ touch. In fact, fine art anchors this town to a level of sophistication that would probably otherwise be lacking. While youâ€™ll definitely find plenty of galleries that feature the works of local artists, and plenty of opportunities to view and purchase tropical and ocean genre-specific artwork, these are by no means the limit of the range of art offered.
On Friday evenings between 7-10pm the galleries offer Art Night. Many galleries offer special events, including featuring artists in person. So if you have an interest in art â€“ this is a great time to stroll and catch a chance to chat with some of the artists.
Under the already uniquely eclectic surface, Lahaina also has an equally rich and varied history. It is best known for its role as a significant Pacific whaling port. But whaling is only a small slice of Lahanaâ€™s history.
Lahaina has been central to key western-introduced industries such as whaling, pineapple and sugar. Lahaina has also been a place where immigrants landed; a place with ancient sacred grounds; a capital of a united Hawaiâ€™i; and a place where missionaries came to impose their ideals on a native people and visiting sailors with equal fervor. Lahaina has literally been everything from a place of battle, destruction and tragedy, to a place of royalty, celebration and pleasure.
Lahaina is also home to the primary harbor in West Maui, and is where the majority of West Maui fishing, snorkeling and whale watching tours depart. Cruise ships ferry passengers for day-trips from their anchor further out in deeper water
Overnight at Maui
- Day 3
Maui / Heavenly Hana Adventure Tour
After breakfast, embark on Heavenly Hana Adventure
The lush tropical beauty and constantly changing vistas of the Hana Coast are rightfully world-famous and best experienced in the company of one of our knowledgeable driver/guides.
Take this epic 120 kms. journey along the stretch of picturesque roadway known as the Road to Hana on this full-day tour that highlights the best of Hawaii's natural beauty and stunning landscapes.
See beautiful beaches, quiet coastline, and towering waterfalls as you make your way across the Kalepa Bridge, where the highway continues to KÄ«pahulu on the Piilani Highway. This journey through the iconic narrow highway is comprised of 59 bridges and more than 600 curves taking travelers in and out of rain forest and tropical foliage.
This is an unforgettable experience! Drive around Mauis east coast to Paia town, Kaumahina State Park and the Keanae Valley Lookout.
See Puaa Kaa and Waianapanapa State Parks. Visit Hana Town and Hasegawa General Store.
Swim in the Oheo Stream and Pools (weather permitting) Experience Wailua Falls Lookout. Discover windsurfing beaches and the hidden side of Maui.
Back to Maui by evening
Overnight at Maui
- Day 4
Maui / Day trip to Big Island
After breakfast, day trip to Big Island
Experience the scenic beauty and volcanic excitement of Hawaii on a full-day Big Island Grand Circle tour!
Start with flight from Maui to Big Island [Transfer from Maui hotel to airport included]
Upon arrival at Big Island embark on The Grand Circle Island Adventure which takes you to lush tropical rain forests & Volcanoes National Park on a big day trip round the Big Island.
Travel in comfort aboard our spacious, "big window" minibus or motorcoach bus. Round-trip Kona hotel transportation & expert narration included on this Hawaii Big Island day trip. Enjoy a scenic drive in our air-conditioned bus along the southern coast of Hawaii.
View Kealakekua Bay and spectacular views of the coastline from your Kona Coffee stop. Ask your guide about Captain Cook. Travel around the southern tip of Hawaii to Volcanoes National Park, dubbed Pele's Playground. Tour the Jagger Museum and watch a spectacular video filled with volcanic eruptions! Walk through the Thurston Lava Tube and drive by Kilauea Iki and the Steam Vents. Leave the volcanoes behind as we head to Hilo. Stop at Big Island Candies for a free tour! Established in 1977, they manufacture & market fine quality candies & cookies. Enjoy complimentary Kona coffee and free samples
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. This is the perfect flavour to the ultimate Big Island adventure.
Evening return flight to Maui & transfer to your resort
Overnight at Maui
- Day 5
Maui / Haleakala Sunrise Tour
Early morning, depart on Haleakala Sunrise Tour
Start your trip in the dark of the very early morning with a pickup at your Maui hotel.
Youâ€™ll then continue by air-conditioned minibus on a scenic drive passing the Kula District. and Mauiâ€™s rare silversword plants. Arriving at the Haleakala National Park, steadily climb by minibus up Haleakala to 9,740 feet elevation to the Visitor Center.
Youâ€™ll see Mauiâ€™s rare and endemic silver sword plants that poignantly bloom once, then perish. Youâ€™ll also witness the sunrise from the Visitor Center area. The views from Haleakala are nothing short of spectacular. Writer Mark Twain, upon visiting the peak in 1866, wrote that the volcano was â€œthe most sublime spectacle I ever witnessed and the memory of it will remain with me always.â€
Observe the first rays of the new day slowly creep across the distant horizon. Soon the sky fills with the majestic glow of the new day, and the warm beams of light creep across the island of Maui, illuminating the land below. Itâ€™s a sight youâ€™re sure to remember for many years to come.
At the end of your morning sunrise experience youâ€™ll head to breakfast at a local restaurant and then receive a drop-off back at your Maui hotel, tired but thrilled by your amazing morning trip.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at Maui
- Day 6
Maui / At leisure
Today entire day at leisure to make to best of your stay at Paradise â€¦ Relax at the resort or indulge in some water sports or visit the town for a walk
Overnight at Maui
- Day 7
Departure from Maui
After breakfast, morning at leisure
Later transfer to airport flight onward flight
Round the year destination ... Extension recommended to Destinations across USA, Canada & South America
Tour Inclusions [Hawaii]
Accommodation for 6 nights
Daily breakfast at hotel
Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers
Heavenly Hana Adventure Tour
Day trip to Big Island with Helicopter Ride
Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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