This 10-night Hawaiian itinerary takes in all four of the main islands – you really will be experiencing the best that Hawaii has to offer. From stunning beaches to awe-inspiring volcanoes; from the history of events surrounding Pearl Harbor to the fun and activity awaiting you on world-famous Waikiki Beach, there really is something here for everyone. Aloha!
- Pearl Harbor & Waikiki Beach
- Volcanoes National Park
Honolulu, Oahu - Waikiki
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 travellers.
Pearl Harbor and Honolulu
Begin your exploration of the island Oahu. During a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, you'll be moved by this moving tribute to the World War II military personnel still entombed in the ship's hull since the fatal attack in 1941. After a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater, return to 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.
Oahu - Kona - Keauhou Bay
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. Join a Local Specialist at a local coffee plantation to learn more about one of the Big Island's most notable and fragrant crops. Later, check into your oceanfront resort and perhaps get a glimpse of the most famous guests on the property: the manta rays. Speaking of rays, enjoy rich island flavours at Rays on the Bay with views of these resident sea creatures.
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 colourful and varied marine life, descend into the ocean depths on a submarine to explore a natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants, experience a spectacular helicopter flightseeing excursion over the Big Island, or just relax and enjoy the pool and other facilities at your oceanfront resort. At your hotel, meet a Local Specialist at the Manta Ray Learning Center for a presentation on this massive and unique animal of the sea. This evening, perhaps join an optional visit to a historic working ranch for dinner and entertainment.
Keahou Bay - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Hilo - Maui
Make your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to the world's largest volcanoes. On the way, see the immense stretches of black sand beaches that the island is known for and enjoy a stop at the southernmost bakery in the United States. Inside the park, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube at an interpretive museum. Afterwards, enjoy a savoury 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.
This morning, set off for another of Hawaii's most famous volcanoes: Haleakala, which means "house of the sun". The volcano itself is the world's largest dormant volcano and the National Park is home to the island's highest peak at 10,023 feet (3,055 metres) above sea level. Travel into the countryside next 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 delicious Hawaiian specialities made with the freshest local ingredients. After lunch, visit the lush emerald peaks of Iao Valley State Park. Join your travelling companions this evening for a luau Regional Meal, featuring a sumptuous buffet, tropical cocktails and the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.
Enjoy a full day free in paradise as you chart your own course through Maui's tropical wonderlands. Spend some time along the majestic 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. Embark on a whale watching cruise or dip in the warm tropical waters to get an up close view of Maui's ocean flora and fauna on an optional snorkeling experience.
Maui - Kauai
Enjoy a morning at leisure on Maui before a brief afternoon flight takes you to the Garden Isle of Kauai. Relax and get settled in at your hotel and joining an evening on your own.
Start your first day on Kauai with a visit to Grove Farm Estate, including a private tour of the home on this historic sugar cane plantation. Then set off for Waimea Canyon to view one of the most majestic geological wonders in Hawaii with its vibrantly colourful buttes and deep valley gorges.
Enjoy a full day at leisure on Kauai today, savouring its many natural wonders. Perhaps travel by helicopter to the Na Pali Coast, which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire world. And don't forget to leave some time to enjoy the lovely pool at your resort, for no Hawaiian idyll is complete without some serious relaxation. On your final night on Kauai, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner.
A hui hou…until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Kauai.
- Professional tour manager for the duration of the trip
- Deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach with on-board restroom facilities
- Standard accommodation throughout
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing as specified
2020 departure dates - 12,16,19 June, 3,17,24 Jul, 7,14,21,28 Aug, 4,11,18,25 Sep.