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Hawaii Island Explorer

8 days in stunning Hawaii

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Group Size: Max 13

Trip code: HBI

Duration: 8 days

Discover amazing waterfalls & volcanoes
Relax on gorgeous Hawaiian beaches!
Meet like-minded travellers

Welcome to Hawaii – an island of gorgeous beaches, mighty volcanoes, sweeping rainforests and laid-back locals. Join a group of like-minded adventurers and a dedicated tour guide and spend a week exploring the diverse landscapes of this incredible place. From the black sands of Punalu'u to the red-hot lava of Kilauea and the plunging waterfalls of Akaka, this tour takes in the very best Hawaii has to offer. And when you’re not exploring? Grab a drink and stretch out on the beach. No one chills out quite like the Hawaiians!

Trip highlights

  • Visit Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes
  • Hike to the spectacular 442ft Akaka falls
  • Wander beautiful black-sand beaches on the Hawaiian coast
  • Discover ancient Hawaii with visits to Waipio Valley and Lapakahi State Park
  • Chill out with a group of like-minded travellers and an expert tour guide!
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What's included
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Two nights at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Tour of a Kona Coffee Farm
  • Guided tour of beautiful Waipo Valley with a local guide
  • Zodiac boat cruise and snorkelling experience
  • Star gazing at Mauna Kea Observatory
  • Walking tour of Kona Town
  • Hike to the stunning Akaka Falls
  • World Botanical Gardens visit
  • Kiholo Bay visit & chance to spot Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
  • Dedicated tour guide
  • Camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals (USD15 contribution to food kitty per day)
Further trip information

Day 1: Welcome to Hawaii. Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii’s beautiful Big Island! Kick off your adventure with a tour of a coffee farm on the west coast of Hawaii. Then jump on board a motor-boat and zip out onto the blue waters for an island-hopping tour and snorkelling at Kealakekua Bay Park. Round off the day with a few drinks at Ho'okena Beach Park and reflect on your first day in paradise!

Days 2-3: Hawaii Volcanoes. Spend the morning wandering the black sands of Punalu'u and keep your eyes peeled for turtles! Then turn up the heat with a visit to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Day 4: Hilo Wailuku River State Park. Spend your day exploring the gorgeous Rainbow Falls, an 80ft waterfall that creates rainbows in its mist, and the famous Boiling Pots, water pools that are so turbulent they appear to be boiling! End the day with a stroll down the Hilo Walk of Fame, a boulevard of Banyan trees planted by celebrities.

Day 5: Akaka Falls. Arrive at Akaka Falls State Park, home to the extraordinary Akaka Falls, a waterfall that plunges 442ft down a gorgeous green cliff. Stop off at the World Botanical Gardens before spending the night at Laupahoehoe Beach. Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing against the coast!

Day 6: Waipio Valley. Journey on to the gloriously green Waipio Valley. This stunning area was once home to old Hawaiian kings, and you will enjoy an included tour of the area, where you’ll learn about the valley’s important position in Hawaiian history. Afterwards, you’ll have chance to explore the art galleries and craft shops of Hawi Town before settling into your campsite near the sands of Spencer Beach.

Day 7: Lapakahi State Park. Enjoy a free day along the rugged coast of Lapakahi State Park. This restored coastline offers a glimpse into the life of ancient Hawaiians. As the sun sets, head over to Mauna Kea Observatory and drink in the glittering night sky.

Day 8: Turtles in Kiholo Bay. Today is your final day in Hawaii! Make the most of it and spend the morning spotting Green Sea Turtles in the crystal clear waters of Kiholo Bay. Then return to Kona Town for a walking tour before your trip comes to an end at around 5pm.

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Arrival information

You should arrange flights into Kona International Airport. An airport transfer to your joining hotel is not included. A taxi from the airport will cost approximately USD30-32. Alternatively you could pre-book a shuttle service.

Your tour begins at 7:30am on day 1 so it’s best to arrive the night before and book an extra night of accommodation.

Your tour ends at around 17:00pm on day 8. We recommend you stay for an extra night at the end of your trip and book your flight home the following day.

Please note: extra accommodation is at your own cost.

Accommodation & meals

7 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. 6 nights will be spent camping in shared same-sex tents. 1 night will be spent in a multi-share or twin-share hostel dorm.

All camping equipment is included apart from a sleeping bag, which you will need to bring with you.

Meals are not included. The tour operates a food kitty. You will need to contribute USD15 per day to this food kitty to cover your meals at camp.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this group tour is 18. Please remember that the legal drinking age in the USA is 21. If you are under 21 you will not be allowed entry into bars, casinos or pubs.

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for durations of up to 90 days. All travellers going to the United States will have to complete the ESTA form online for authorisation under the Visa Waiver Programme. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions however, you will need to apply for a visa. American immigration procedures can be quite confusing, so for full and further details please either call us, or contact the US Embassy.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.

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