The Essence Of Hawaii- Big Island, Maui & Oahu
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On a 22 day trip to Hawaii Big Island, Maui, and Honolulu, you discover the best of Hawaii. Nearly every one of the Big Island 's stunningly diverse regions-from the wet lava fields of Puna to Kohala's lush valleys-boasts its own nationally recognized park. This, in addition to the many state historical sites and sanctuaries, makes the Big Island a must-see for the traveler who wants to experience Hawaii's rich cultural history and unique natural resources.
On the Maui, you explore crystal waters, golden beaches, beautiful scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, award-winning cuisine, unforgettable sunrise experience at the volcano summit of Haleakala, and more.

On the Honolulu, you go to Diamond Head Lookout with spectacular view of Diamond Head mountain, visit the Pearl Harbor historic sites, discover the natural wonders of Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach and Makapu'u Point, explore Byodo-In temple, Chinaman's Hat, and Kualoa Ranch, and finally relax at North Shore beaches including Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Laniakea Beach.

Tour #: 160724Ta09a Tour Fee: $6390 Flexible Payment: $300 (booking ends )

The Essence Of Hawaii- Big Island, Maui & Oahu

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Trip Name: The Essence Of Hawaii- Big Island, Maui & Oahu

Trip Date(s):
Sunday March 14th 2021- $6500
Sunday November 21st 2021- $6400

Trip Length: 22 days

Trip Type: Adults

Destination Continent: North America

Destination Country: Big Island, Oahu, & More

Tour ID: 160724Ta09a

Upfront Deposit: $300

Trip Highlights

On a 22 day trip to Hawaii Big Island, Maui, and Honolulu, you discover the best of Hawaii. Nearly every one of the Big Island 's stunningly diverse regions-from the wet lava fields of Puna to Kohala's lush valleys-boasts its own nationally recognized park. This, in addition to the many state historical sites and sanctuaries, makes the Big Island a must-see for the traveler who wants to experience Hawaii's rich cultural history and unique natural resources.
On the Maui, you explore crystal waters, golden beaches, beautiful scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, award-winning cuisine, unforgettable sunrise experience at the volcano summit of Haleakala, and more.

On the Honolulu, you go to Diamond Head Lookout with spectacular view of Diamond Head mountain, visit the Pearl Harbor historic sites, discover the natural wonders of Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach and Makapu'u Point, explore Byodo-In temple, Chinaman's Hat, and Kualoa Ranch, and finally relax at North Shore beaches including Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Laniakea Beach.

Trip Daily Itinerary

Day 1- BIG ISLAND- KONA
ALOHA! And welcome to Hawaii. Arrive at any time in Kona on Big Island, then check in and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 9:30pm for an important group dinner meeting where we'll meet with our Tour Guide and other group members.

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island


Day 2- VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Today, we explore the Volcanoes National Park UNESCO World Heritage site. Specifically, we visit Volcanoes National Park, including the Thurston Lave tube and a Volcano Caldera from the Jagger museum, steam vents and Visitor center. After that, we heading south out of the Volcano to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach where we should see some Honu's the Hawaiian green sea turtle.

Next we drive to South Point the most southern point in the USA, the location the first Polynesians are thought to have landed over 1,000 years ago. Awesome sea cliffs ( will you jump ? )
We return to the hotel and enjoy the beautiful sunset at the evening.

 

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 3- PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK THE PLACE OF REFUGE
Today we explore the Kona Coffee Farm. We start the Tour at one of Kona’s oldest coffee farms Greenwell Farms opened in 1850 and is still ran by the Greenwell family. The farm is on prime Kona coffee land and you will see coffee trees that are over 100 years old and see the whole coffee producing process from Tree to the Cup.

After that, we head south to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. It is the most intact Pu'uhonua (native Hawaiian cultural site) . This park is without doubt the most significant Hawaiian Heritage site in all of the Islands. This is the Place A Place of Refuge, for those who broke the KAPU a second chance at life.

 

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 4- BIG ISLAND- KONA
Today, we visit the Macadamia Nut farm. We tour an Organic Mac Nut farm run by a NUT my friend and soon to be yours Diane who is always fun and has a large collection of rescued animals and great Mac Nuts at JOES NUTS!

After that, we visit Kona Pacific Farmer’s Cooperative, the oldest and largest Kona Coffee Cooperative in the United States! Farmer owned & operated with 32 loyal farmer members specialize in Kona Coffee since 1910 and now process over two-million pounds of cherry per year. A great place for samples wonderful baked goods from the kitchen using the fruits harvested from the tropical fruit garden. The tropical fruit garden is great to tour with over 50 different fruit trees.

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 5- KEALAKEKUA BAY
Today we visit the Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook fell on Feb 14th 1779. We view Cook Monument from across Kealakekua Bay- a protected bay where the great British explorer met a violent death.

We then drive back thru Kona along Ali’i Drive while viewing the beaches resorts and fabulous homes.

 

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 6- LAPAKAHI PARK, WAIPIO VALLEY, MAKALAWENA BEACH
Today, we explore the North West of Big Island. Specifically, we visit Lapakahi Park, Pololu Beach Lookout, Waipio Valley, Kukuihaele Mauna Kea Beach Park, and Makalawena Beach.

 

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 7- RAINBOW FALLS STATE PARK
Today, we first stop at Rainbow Falls outside Hilo, then we drive the Historic Hamakua Heritage Coast fabulous sea cliffs, waterfalls and rain forest.

We then view the town of Hilo see where the 1946 and 1960 Tsunami's hit.
We then visit Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens 30 acres of splendor overlooking Hilo bay.

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 8- PEPEEKOO POINT, KALAPANA, AND RED ROAD
Today, we go to Pepeekoo Point to view Hilo in the distance from these majestic sea cliffs where you can see relics from the bye gone Sugar area where ships were once loaded with Sugar cane. Then, we continue to visit Pahoa, Kalapana, and Ahalanui.

At Pahoa, we visit the small Hawaiian town in the Puna district most recently threatened by the most recent Lava flow that began June 27th 2014. Stand next to the Lava that threatened the town in early 2015.

We then drive down to the Ocean front town that was Kalapana, Kaimu and Kaim? Bay 178 homes were buried under 50 feet of Lava from the 1986 Kilauea lava flow.
Red Road. We then head north out of Kalapana and drive up the enchanting and historic Red Road that navigates the Puna coastline through old lava fields, rugged coastlines with crashing waves breaking over the cliffs and amazing tree canopy of old growth forest.

We then pull into Ahalanui a spring and ocean fed pool that is volcanically heated to a toasty 90 degrees, so bring a bathing suit and towel for a very relaxing experience.

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island

 

Day 9- BIG ISLAND-KONA
Enjoy your last day in Hawaii on your own. You may choose to reinforce your tan at the beach or spend the afternoon collecting last minute souvenirs. Later this afternoon into the evening, you can attend a Luau held as a farewell for all the tour guests.

 

Overnight stay at Royal Kona Hotel or similar in Big Island


Day 10- DEPARTURE
Today, we depart to the Maui Island.

******The journey to Maui Begins******

Day 10- MAUI
Welcome to Maui. Arrive at Maui, then check in and enjoy the beaches. Please try to arrive before 9:30pm for an important group dinner meeting where we'll meet with our Tour Guide and other group members.

Overnight stay at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui

 

DAY 11- IAO VALLEY STATE PARK&LAHAINA
Today morning, after breakfast we explore the Iao Valley State Park. We explore the towering peaks that guard the lush valley floor of Iao Valley State Park.

Located in Central Maui just west of Wailuku, this peaceful 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park is home to one of Maui's most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle. This iconic green-mantled rock outcropping overlooks Iao stream.

After launch, we head to Lahaina side of Maui. We also visit Kaanapali Beach that was once named America’s Best Beach, with three miles of white sand and crystal clear water. If conditions permit, we have some snorkeling on Black Rock.

 

Overnight stay at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui

 

DAY 12- HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
Today morning, after breakfast we explore the Haleakala National Park. On our way, we enjoy the scenery by stopping at places like the town of Paia, Hookipa Beach (famous for windsurfing), the plethora of waterfalls & hikesfrom the road, Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Red Sand Beach, Hamoa Beach, and the famous Oheo Gulch aka 7 Sacred Pools.

Stretching across Maui’s southern and eastern coastline, Haleakala National Park is home to Maui's highest peak. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala's graceful slopes can be seen from just about any point on the island. Haleakala means "house of the sun" in Hawaiian.

 

Overnight stay at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui

 

DAY 13- HANA
Today morning, after breakfast we explore the Hana. You can spend the evening at your leisure.
On a trip to Hana, you experience a nature safari through Maui's lush and beautiful rainforest. You journey the breathtaking road to the secluded seaside village of Hana. Around each comer you will discover a new and exciting world of tropical beauty. This tropical rainforest is alive with fragrant island flowers, trees ripe with fruits, layers of dense green foliage and singing exotic birds. Overlook the breathtaking views of the clear turquoise Pacific, dotted with underwater coral, expanding as far as the eye can see until it meets the equally clear blue sky. Lunch in Hana, then you're off again.

TOWN OF HANA
Along Maui's rugged eastern coastline is the peaceful town of Hana, considered one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers. The legendary road to Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului, however the drive can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete since it's fraught with narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns and incredible island views. The Hana Highway (HI-360) has 620 curves and 59 bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes.

 

Overnight stay at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui

 

DAY 14- KIHEI
Today morning, after breakfast we explore the beaches on Kihei, in particular Big & Little Beach in Makena. At Makena, we may have some snorkeling followed by visiting the lava fields.

You can spend the late afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Overnight stay at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui

 

DAY 15- MAUI
Today, you can spend the whole day at your leisure.

For those interested in an unforgettable sunrise experience, we have a guided tour for hiking to the summit of Haleakala mountain. We leave our hotel early morning to get to the peak of Haleakala mountain on time. While traveling atop the highest peaks of Haleakala, hiking above the clouds and passing by across otherworldly deserts, you can see lush tropical areas full of waterfalls and streams. The peak of Haleakala is the best spot to watch the sunrise. On a clear morning, seeing the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala is an unforgettable experience.

 

Overnight stay at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui

 

DAY 16- DEPARTURE
Today, we depart to the Oahu Island.

******The journey to Oahu Begins******

Day 16- HONOLULU
ALOHA! and welcome to Oahu. Arrive at Honolulu, then check in and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 9:30pm for an important group dinner meeting where we'll meet with our Tour Guide and other group members.

Overnight stay at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar in Honolulu


DAY 17- HONOLULU
Today you can spend the whole day at your leisure.

Overnight stay at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar in Honolulu

 

Day 18- HONOLULU- DIAMOND HEAD & PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL
Today, after breakfast we will go to Diamond Head Lookout with spectacular view of Diamond Head mountain followed by a visit to Pearl Harbor historic sites (USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Battleship Missouri, etc.). Afternoon, we'll visit Dole Plantation.

Overnight stay at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar in Honolulu



Day 19- HONOLULU- CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR
Today, we after breakfast, we visit the natural wonders of Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach and Makapu'u Point (including The Makapuu Point Light on the island of Oahu which has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States). We continue to visit Byodo-In temple followed by Macadamia Nut & Coffee Farm. After that, we head to Chinaman's Hat, than visit Kualoa Ranch and have launch at Kahuku Shrimp Farm.

After launch, we visit North Shore beaches including Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Laniakea Beach (a spectacular Turtle basking beach). Finally, we visit Haleiwa Town (with famous surfing town/shopping/Hawaiian shave ice) followed by our return to our hotel.

Overnight stay at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar in Honolulu


Day 20- KOKO CRATER TRAIL 
Today we enjoy hiking around the Koko Crater Trail. You can spend the evening at your leisure.
Optional activity: you can do snorkeling at Hanauma Bay in afternoon.

Overnight stay at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar in Honolulu


Day 21- DIAMOND HEAD STATE PARK CRATER HIKE
Today you can spend the whole day at your leisure. If you are up to an adventure, you can join our guided tour to the Diamond Head Crater. The crater hike involves entering into an extinct volcano crater and climbing up to the rim of the crater with a spectacular view of island at the top. The hike will take around 2-3 hours round trip.

Overnight stay at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar in Honolulu


Day 22- DEPARTURE
Today, you can depart at any time.

Trip Supplements

After making your trip reservation, on My Account page, you can add any of below supplements to your trip.

  • Single Room Occupancy

    An option to have your own room at the hotel while being on the trip and enjoy the total privacy.


Escorted Package Info

• 21 night First Class accommodations- 9 nights at Hawaii Royal Kona Resort or similar, 6 nights at Aston Maui Hill or similar in Maui, and 6 nights at Ambassador Hotel Waikiki or similar
• All transfers
• One way flight from Big Island to Maui
• One way flight from Maui to Honolulu
• Meals: 21 breakfasts
• Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned van
• Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
• Services of English-speaking local guides.
• Entrance fees per itinerary.

Important Reminders

Tour Fee
Tour prices are LAND ONLY and double occupancy. The total tour fee for a single occupancy traveler is $7,770

Roommate Matching
If you would like to use our roommate matching service, we will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a non-smoker. You must book at least 90 days prior to the trip to take advantage of this. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!

Flight Reservations
Depending on your departure point, you may experience a long flight, so we advise you to arrange your flight early enough to get to the Kona airport (KOA) in Hawaii Big Island on 7/24/2016. Also, you should schedule your return flight (for 8/14/2016) from HNL or Honolulu International Airport in the Honolulu. We may assist you with your flight reservations via our Travel Services.

Insurance
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