Hawaii Island Explorer
8 days in stunning Hawaii
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Group Size: Max 13
Trip code: HBI
Duration: 8 days
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!
- 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!
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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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.
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.
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.