Aloha Hawaii

14-Day Hawaiian Island Itinerary - USA

Prices from £2,110 pp

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Duration14 days / 13 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItineraryHonolulu - Volcano National Park - Kona - Maui - Kauai

Suitable for families

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Overview

Welcome to the Aloha State! Immerse yourself in the Polynesian culture of four tropical islands on this 2-week Hawaiian tour. You climb volcanic craters, hike through the rainforest and go kayaking among dolphins. During a traditional luau party, you eat grilled fish, while your hips sway to the hula beat.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Aloha Honolulu

Today you’ll arrive on Hawaii’s most famous island, Oahu. It’s best known for the city of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, but there is much more to explore here from rugged coasts to lush rainforests. You’ll be picked up by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, or you can instead choose to pick up a rental car, a great way to travel around the island at your own pace. You’ll stay in a modern hotel in Waikiki with comfortable rooms, from which you can easily walk to the city centre with skyscrapers, shopping malls and surf bars, or sip a cocktail in peace on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

a beach with the city in the background

It’s now time to acclimatise and relax, so you’ll have nothing planned for today. Your hotel is not far from Waikiki Beach or if you want to venture further afield, you can instead head off and hike to Diamond Head, the gigantic volcanic crater overlooking the city. Once you have had the day to fully acclimatise to the Hawaiian way of life, a visit to Pearl Harbour is on the program, an important link in American history. Visit the Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre, where you can view exhibits about the developments leading up to the attack, as well as its painful consequences.

clouds over an island

The Floor is Lava

Today you’ll fly to Hawaii Island (or Big Island), where you pick up a rental car. The drive to Volcanoes National Park takes about an hour and you will stay in a chalet with a tropical garden in Volcanoe, a town on the edge of the park. Get settled in, then drive to Mauna Kea, where there are telescopes on the 4205m high volcano that allow you to view the starry sky. If you get to the top late in the afternoon, you can watch the sunset first and then stargaze, not forgetting to bring a jacket or fleece, because at this altitude and with a strong wind, Hawaii feels a little less tropical.

the steaming surface of a volcano

Start the next day among the volcanoes at the park’s Visitor Centre, where you’ll be told where you can find lava that is currently flowing and where you can attend a ranger talk, learning more about the park and the origins of volcanic Hawaii. A great way to explore the park is to drive the Chain of Craters Road that leads you along the jagged coast, where high waves splash against the black lava rock.  Alternatively, put on your hiking boots and trek to Kileuea Iki crater, walking through the thick rainforest before suddenly finding yourself on the rim of a large crater, with steaming cracks in the lava crust. After dark, drive to the Jaggar Museum, where you have a beautiful view of a volcanic crater giving off a smouldering orange glow and with a bit of luck the lava will shoot up like a fountain.

volcano spits up lava at night

Still Waters & Sacred Grounds

Today you’ll pick up your rental car and head to your beachside hotel that has a great swimming pool to cool off in. Make time for a short detour to Black Sand Beach Punalu’u and spot the sea turtles that come ashore to rest there. On the way to Kona, you will also pass Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park that is beautifully situated on the tropical beach and is a spiritual place where you can learn about the Hawaiian religion.

a turtle in the sea

The following morning you will be up early, as it is time to explore the tropical waters by kayak. You will paddle your way through Keauhou Bay with a guide in a small group, the route being determined by the weather and the waves.  If you are lucky, you may even get to see dolphins, sea turtles or manta rays and will hopefully have time to head into the stillness and darkness of one of the many caves. In the afternoon, head to Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park, located right on the sea. In this heiau (holy place) you will find ancient fishponds. Alternatively, you can take a short tour at Mountain Thunder to learn how the coffee is grown, harvested and processed on the fertile volcanic soil.

a kayak group under the clouds

Hula Dancing on Maui

It’s time to say “aloha” to Hawaii, and Maui is the perfect welcome to this exotic archipelago of volcanoes, tropical rainforest and hula dancers. From the airport, you’ll drive to the coastal town of Lahaina, near Ka’anapali Beach, passing several palm tree lined beaches on the way. You’ll stay in an atmospheric Hawaiian inn, which fits in well with the tropical feeling that you’d expect from Maui. The hotel has a swimming pool and you can also be at the beach or the bars and shops of Front Street in just a few minutes, marvelling at the historic houses, lighthouse and the ruins of a fortress along the way.

the top of a palm tree

The next day starts with a breakfast of pancakes and fresh fruit in the tropical gardens of your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the pool and beach, but be sure to save some energy for tonight, because in the evening the Hawaiian party, the “luau”, starts. With a fresh flower garland around you, you will be treated to music, traditional dishes, a fire show and of course hula dance. Through songs and stories, you will be taken into the traditions of Hawaii and become part of the “ohana”, the family. the following day you can easily reach other beaches, such as Ka’anapali by car or jump on a catamaran and with a drink in hand you’ll sail past the green rocky coastline of Maui.

a traditional Hawaiian party

Canyons and Cliffs of Kauai

Today you’ll arrive on Kauai, a small, friendly island, where you’ll stay on an estate built in the style of the palm plantations: atmospheric cabins on a vast, green manor. Sit in your armchair on the veranda and you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time. Once you’ve settled in, hop back in the car and head for a hike at Waimea Canyon, where an earthquake once almost tore the island in two and this fertile gorge is the result. The drive alone is worth the journey with every bend offering a new spectacular view: waterfalls cascading down from great heights, green plains, red slopes and in the distance the blue sea.

a rugged cosatline

Get up early the next morning, as you’ll be heading out on a boat trip along the coast of Napali and it’ll be some wakeup call, as you’ll be going by zodiac and it can go fast! When the boat slows down, you’re able to snorkel from the boat, hopefully seeing dolphins and all other types of sea life. Back on dry land, head to the north of the island to visit the lighthouse and Hanalei Bay, then continue to Ha`ena State Park where there are several caves. You’ll also have time to venture back to the Waimea Canyon and explore the Allerton Gardens at Poipu, an exotic oasis of palm trees, waterfalls and trees with giant roots.

a boat tri[p along the coast
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