Hawaiian Discovery Tour

This fantastic escorted tour gives you the chance to explore four of the stunning Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii might be part of the USA, but the culture, scenery and history make this isolated volcanic archipelago seem like a distant cousin. On this escorted journey, you'll take a full tour of four out of the six main islands, plus exciting extras including a Kona Coffee Plantation tour, a visit through Volcanoes National Park and a sunset cruise from Kaanapali Beach. It is no wonder that Hawaii is the backdrop of many Hollywood movies.

2019 Departure Dates

05, 19 April

03, 17, 31 May

14, 28 June

12, 26 July

09, 23 August

06, 20 September

04, 18 October

01, 15, 29 November

2020 Departure Dates

10, 24 January 

07, 21 February

06, 20 March

 
Duration
11 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
North Shore

Trip highlights

  • Learn about the traditional Hawaiian cultures
  • View Waimea Canyon and Bali Hai, Kauai
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise from Kaanapali Beach, Maui
  • Witness some top surfing along the North Shore, Oahu
  • On Hawaii Island go stargazing at Mauna Kea
  • Attend a traditional Hawaiian luau

Upon arrival to the island of Oahu, known as 'The Gathering Place', you will be met and given a traditional flower lei greeting by the local representative, before transferring to world-famous Waikiki Beach and your hotel.

The following day meet your tour guide and depart for a full day tour of Oahu. On this fantastic tour you will get to view many famous landmarks, including Diamond Head, the remaining cone of a giant ancient volcano. A scenic drive through the Kahala residential area with some of the most prestigious homes on the island. Walk around the World Famous Dole Plantation Gardens and see varieties of pineapples from around the world.

Your sightseeing tour also includes a stop for lunch to relax and “recharge” in the middle of the day (lunch not included). You will also see some of the world’s most popular surf spots on the North Shore including; Sunset, Waimea, and Pipeline.

Your evening is at leisure where you can shop along Kalakaua Avenue or at the Ala Moana shopping mall, dine at a huge choice of delicious restaurants, grab yourself a Mai Tai or head to the Waikiki Brewing Company for some locally brewed craft beers.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Oahana Waikiki East or similar

Time to explore at leisure this morning, whether that be soaking up the rays on Waikiki Beach, learning to surf or more shopping. Meet your driver for the short transfer to Honolulu Airport for your 45 minute flight to Kona, on Hawaii Island where you will be transferred straight to your hotel. Settle in and enjoy the last of the afternoon sun with a cocktail or perhaps take an evening stroll along the beautiful shore.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Royal Kona Resort or similar

Journey into Volcanoes National Park to start off your full day tour of Hawaii Island. Drive down the slopes of Pele's home, Kilauea, passing Ka Lae; the southern most tip of the United States. Witness steaming vents, walk through ancient lava tubes and learn all about the most active volcano in the world. In the afternoon you will get to taste delicious Kona coffee at the Royal Kona Coffee Museum. View picturesque Kealakekua Bay along the Kailua Kona area and Captain Cook's Monument before returning to your hotel in the early evening.

For your second day on Hawaii Island, relax and soak up the sun at your resort hotel or take an optional snorkelling or dive trip to see green sea turtles and other marine life. One of the most incredible experiences on offer here on the Kailua Kona coast is a night snorkel with Manta Rays. These majestic and graceful creatures can span 7 meters wide and feed on plankton so under the light of a torch they glide and barrel roll through the waters whilst feeding on their dinner. This is truly a magical experience, however for those not wanting to get their toes wet; head up to Mauna Kea, rising 4205 meters above sea level for one of the most renowned astronomical sites on the planet. Home to some of the world's best telescopes and near to no light pollution, this is a fantastic place for stargazing.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Royal Kona Resort

Transfer to the airport for your 45 minute flight to Kauai and once you landed you will be taken to your hotel. Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and the islands first settlers appeared in approximately the 4th or 5th century A.D. Centuries passed before Captain Cook found Kauai on his voyage to Alaska. Kauai's residents are proud of the fact that it was the only Hawaiian island never conquered by King Kamehameha's forces. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beaches and the unique lush beauty of Kauai. This evening you can choose an optional sunset cruise along the stunning Na Pali coastline. This rugged stretch of coast is accessible only by air or boat and has been the setting of many Hollywood movies over the years, including King Kong in 1976.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kauai Beach Resort or similar

Today we take a full day island tour of Kauai and you will quickly understand why it is nicknamed the 'Garden Isle'. Celebrated for its brilliant emerald green tropical scenery, your tour will visit he beautiful Waimea Canyon, also known as the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific' and will undoubtedly capture your gaze. The Canyon is over 10 miles long and over 3,000 feet deep and was formed by the collapse of the volcano that formed the whole island. The tour is also takes in Hanapepe Town which was home to many GI's and sailors in years gone by, as well as being a filming location for many movies and TV shows. Your trip ends after taking in 'Spouting Horn'; this natural wonder occurs when water rushes in under the lava shelf and bursts upward through a small hole in the surface.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kauai Beach Resort or similar

Transfer to Lihue Airport this morning for the 45 minute flight to Maui, the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. With three miles of white sand and crystal water, Kaanapali beach has been named several times as America's best beach. Soak up the sun's rays, take a stroll or play some golf at one of the two championship courses. In the evening enjoy an included sunset cruise from this magnificent beach.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kaanapali Beach Hotel or similar

Today your local tour guide will take you to visit tranquil Iao Valley, often cloaked in mystical fog, even when the rest of the island is bathed in bright sunlight. Here you will see the Iao Needle, a sharply pointed lava pinnacle rising 1200 feet above the valley floor. The remainder of the day is then yours to enjoy at leisure. We recommend a visit to Lahaina town for dinner and shopping along the waterfront.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kaanapali Beach Hotel or similar

On your last full day in Maui, there are several choices of activities for you to choose from as you are not accommpanied by your tour guide. Hire a car and drive along the 64 mile stretch of road that takes you over 54 bridges and around approximately 600 curves on your way to Hana or book onto a tour so you can sit back and admire the views. Stop off at waterfalls and lookout points along the way, but the main attraction is the winding drive. Another recommendation would be to visit Haleakala Crater and whether you choose to journey up to the summit in the early hours of the morning before the sun rises above the clouds or towards the end of the day when you can witness day turn to night; you will be amazed at the incredible views from atop this 10,023 feet dormant volcano.

With your last night in Maui and your Hawaiian Discovery tour coming to an end, reflect back on your time in these beautfiul islands. You can choose to extend your stay in Hawaii, alternatively stop over on your way back home in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kaanapali Beach Hotel or similar

Included

  • International flights
  • 10 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Flights between islands
  • Traditional flower lei greeting on arrival
  • Oahu Island tour
  • Hawaii Island Volcanoes National Park tour
  • Kona Coffee Plantation tour
  • Kauai Island tour
  • Time to view Waimea Canyon and Bali Hai
  • Sunset cruise from Kaanapali Beach Maui
  • Maui Island tour
  • Service of a professional Tour Director on each island
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach

Not included

  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver