Iki crater, Kilauea Volcano

Hawaii Islands Adventure

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Trip code: 
PHH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
1–13
Min age:
16

Dig beneath the surface of three Hawaiian Islands

Aloha! If the image you have of Hawaii is big resorts then think again. Hawaii is a tropical paradise and this active island-hopping tour, takes in the very best that the state has to offer. It doesn’t take long to get off the beaten track and be surrounded by lush forests, incredible coastal views, and some of the most laid-back people on planet earth.

With snorkelling, 4x4 touring, mountain biking and Hawaiian culture, you’ll dig beneath the surface of three Hawaiian Islands, with enough time to not feel as though you’re rushing on this multi-active trip.

No visit to Oahu would be complete without stopping by Pearl Harbor and an audio guide unlocks all the information to explain this side of history. A drive along Ohau’s world famous North shore reveals why Oahu should be on everyone’s bucket list.

A visit to Hawaii isn’t complete without a stay on the ‘Big Island’. Beautiful black sand beaches, the world’s most active volcano, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park help make this island the world’s most unique archipelago.

Maui is often voted as one of the world’s best islands to visit and it’s easy to see why. Included is a 23-mile cycle downhill to help you explore the area on two wheels, followed by a full day island driving tour, to get a feel for all that Maui has to offer.

Highlights

  •  Visit three Hawaiian Islands – Oahu, Big Island and Maui
  • Explore Pearl Harbor with an included audio guide
  • Cruise the coast and visit the beautiful North Shore beaches
  • Zodiac tour and snorkelling excursion in Kealakekua Bay
  • Hawaiian culture at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park
  • Travel the Crater of Chains road in Volcanoes National Park
  • 4x4 guided tour of the Waipio Valley on Big Island
  • Visit the Haleakala summit volcano followed by a 23-mile scenic cycle downhill through the Maui countryside
  • Full day driving tour on the Road to Hana, Maui
  • Two flights between islands
  • Swimming and snorkeling opportunities

Key information

  • 1 US State: Hawaii
  • Length: 10 days land only
  • Departs: Honolulu
  • Accommodation: 9 hotel nights
  •  Meals: Paid locally
  • Staff: Professional tour leader and local guides
  • Transport: Private and public vehicle, Zodiac, bike and flights
  • Countries visited: United States

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Two internal flights between islands
  • Tour leader throughout
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Meals
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Honolulu
to
Maui
  • Day 1

    Honolulu, Oahu Aloha.

    You will have a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 18:00 this evening to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Please look for a notice in the hotel lobby where it will take place.

    There is a lot to do in Honolulu and it is highly recommended to book a few extra days to make the most of your time here. If you do arrive early, why not go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay or visit the Dole Plantation or Polynesian Cultural Centre? The Waikiki area is also ideal for soaking up the sun’s rays, which are almost as famous as the beach itself.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 2

    Pearl Harbour, Oahu.

    The infamous incident at Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against the United States naval base, on the morning of December 7, 1941. It has since become known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor and sparked off the United States’ participation in World War II. Today is a sobering visit to this historic site with an audio guide provided. Included is admission to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona to learn about this infamous side of American history. Take an afternoon drive to visit the world-famous beaches and surf breaks of the North Shore before continuing down Oahu’s windward coast with all its breathtaking views. In the evening return to Waikiki for cocktails and sunset where you may even be lucky enough to view the rare “Green Flash” as the sun descends below the horizon.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 3

    Fly to Big Island - Kailua Kona With Oahu in the background.

    With Oahu in the background you fly to Big Island where you spend the next four nights. You’ll notice the landscape and flora changing between islands and today is no different. To get you in the Big Island spirit, your first stop is Kealakekua Bay Park where you board Zodiac boats to a secluded bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel the coral reefs nearby the Captain Cook Monument. The white structure pays tribute to Captain Cook, the first westerner to arrive on the Hawaiian Islands, and marks the location of his anchored ships and subsequent death. Follow the coastline back to base, exploring sea caves along the way. You spend the night in Kona Town on the west coast of Hawaii, where you have the option of swimming with Manta Rays. There’s lots of great dining options on Kona’s bustling ocean front.

    Optional Activities:
    • Kona - Night Swim with Manta Rays US$109
    • Kona - Snorkel hire US$15

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 4

    Visit Honaunau National Historic Park; transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

    Big Island For all you culture vultures, enjoy a visit to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, which brings Hawaiian culture to life. It was in this sacred place that people who had committed crimes or broken the laws of the people, ended up seeking refuge from the death penalty. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the great wall marking borders between the royal grounds and the sanctuary. Many ki’i (carved wooden images) surround the Hale o Keawe temple, housing the bones of the chiefs. Surrounded by palm-lined beaches, wooden carvings, a massive lava rock wall and reconstructed villages, the location is simply idyllic. Your next stop is Punalu’u black sand beach. Honu - Hawaiian Green Turtles, are often spotted in this palm fringed paradise. While it isn’t the best swimming spot, you can hang out with these locals on the black sand, on which they bask on. Just make sure to give them the distance they require.

    This afternoon you'll get your first taster of Volcanoes National Park. While many of the hiking trails in the park remain closed off to visitors, due to the 2018 eruptions, you have the opportunity to see evidence of the recent activity with a visit to the Visitor center and Kīlauea Iki Overlook.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 5

    Hike the Crater Rim Trail in Volcanoes National Park.

    Today you’ll explore sections of the Crater Rim Trail, taking in Kilauea’s spectacular variety of incredible volcanic features and ecosystems. The scenery and landscape changes significantly from shady forests with birds signing to steaming vents, desert-like-terrain and vast craters. Keep an eye out for Hawaii’s state bird, the highly endangered Nene Goose. Enjoy a scenic drive on the Chain of Craters road. Travel through dense rain forest into desolate black lava fields, discover ancient petroglyphs and end by the ocean with views of the Holei Sea Arch. On your way back to your hotel enjoy a stop at Volcano Winery, where you can opt for a unique wine tasting experience.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 6

    Waipio Valley - Hawi Town, Big Island.

    Continue following the coast to the sacred and unbelievably beautiful Waipio Valley. A locally led 4x4 tour of the valley and introduction to Hawaiian history and culture is included to help you dig beneath the surface of this beautiful area. Afterwards, enjoy a short stop at small town of Hawi, North Kohala’s ‘biggest little town’. This historic town, set in the green northern tip of the island, was once the busy hub of North Kohala’s now defunct sugar industry. Now, it is home to a handful of charming art galleries and restaurants set in colourful and lively plantation buildings. From here head back to Kona where you overnight.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 7

    Fly to Maui - Kaanapali.

    This morning you wave goodbye to Big Island, ready for touch down on the idyllic island of Maui. Once you’ve landed, you drive to Kaanapali where the remainder of the day free to explore or hit the beach. Maui is a popular tourist destination and although it can at times be busy, it is also said to be one of the world’s top island destinations. Maui offers those quintessential views of Hawaii that you would imagine when conjouring up images of this tropical paradise. Through the months of November to May, North Pacific Humpback whales travel from Alaska to Hawaii, to give birth. Opt to join a whale watching boat trip for a good chance of seeing these magnificent creatures, and make sure to keep a look out from the shore, as you can often see the spray from the comfort of your hotel.

    Optional Activities:
    • Lahaina - Whale Watching (in season) US$40

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 8

    Haleakala National Park, Maui.

    Today is all about exploring the island on two wheels - and what better way than Maui’s famous 23 mile downhill? You’ll drop 3,000 feet in 10 miles and curve around 29 switch backs, stopping often to enjoy incredible vistas of west Maui surrounded by the Pacific. You’ll pass by vegetable truck farms, protea farms, lodges, galleries and Kula botanical gardens. This is the perfect way to experience the real side of Maui. You’ll definitely need a Mai Thai back at the hotel with a view of the sunset to wind down afterwards.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 9

    Maui

    By now you’ll have a good idea of just how beautiful Maui is, but it would be a shame to send you on your way without first seeing more of what the island has to offer. Today we’ve included a full day driving tour on the ‘Road to Hana’ with loads of stops along the way to stretch your legs. The day includes multiple waterfalls and viewpoints, plus visits to Waianapanapa State park and Hana Town. Please be aware, the roads can get quite windy, but the endless views should help to ease any motion sickness. If you would prefer to stay at the hotel, there are options to rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Or you might wish to rent a snorkel, and go in search of Honu, Kaanapali beach is well known for turtle sightings.

    Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

  • Day 10

    End Maui.

    All good things come to an end and with your tour finishing in the morning, it is time to wave goodbye not only to Hawaii, but also your new-found travel buddies. If the thought of reality is simply too much to bear, why not book a few post-tour nights with Grand American Adventures and ‘live the dream’ a while longer?

    Meals: Paid locally

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Vaccinations

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

On hotel based tours, you will usually eat out in local restaurants. Hawaii is more expensive than the mainland so it is worth having extra currency with you. To help you budget for your meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$18, lunches from US$20 and dinners from US$50; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Hawaii certain food types can be limited.

Weather

Hawaii has a tropical climate that enjoys fantastic weather year around. Winter barely exists in Hawaii with its two main seasons characterised by a warm winter and an even warmer summer. The islands are cooled by trade winds that provide a refreshing breeze even in the really hot weather. As each island features impressive mountains in their centre, temperatures also cool the further inland you travel.

Hawaii weather chart

Hawaii weather chart

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus Travels and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This trip is graded Moderate, but there are a range of activities of varying length and difficulty that you can choose between. It is suitable for people with a general level of fitness. It is about exploring the places you visit so whether it's sightseeing, walking, hiking, kayaking or biking you'll be experiencing the best from each place. You'll be able to choose from a whole range of optional activities, everything from bike riding to a helicopter flight, depending on your interest, budget and ability. Walks, hikes and activities cater to everyone from beginner to expert, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous.

There will be opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You'll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

Please note: There are areas of Volcano National Park still closed to visitors, following the 2018 eruption of Kilauea. The lava lake that existed inside Halema‘uma‘u crater disappeared and lava flows from Pu’u‘O’o crater have ceased. There is no molten lava to see anywhere in the park. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation will be in clean, comfortable hotels with en-suite bathroom facilities, chosen for their friendly atmosphere and proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.

OPTIONAL SOLO SLEEPER
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin-share, so if you’re travelling on your own, you’ll share a room with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space we offer a Solo Sleeper option where you can have your own room for an additional fee. On this tour, we are able to provide the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room for every night of the tour. Please note that the number of single rooms we can offer per tour is limited, so it’s best to book early if you would like this option. Please see our website or call us for the for the Solo Sleeper option cost.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2019
    Maria Filancia

    Beautiful Hawai'i

    The tour allows you to visit 3 Hawaian islands. It is a good way to get a flawour of life, food, nature and culture in these beautiful islands. Recommended for solo travellers who want to cover lots in short time. It is a share that Kauai is not included!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Learning about life and culture in Hawaii.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tim was really knowledgeable and friendly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Add one or two days in Honolulu and add Kauai at the end of the trip.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Trudi Kaye

    Hawaiian paradise

    A well organised trip visiting 3 Islanda. Very educational. Our leader Tom had excellent knowledge. Volcanoes, snorkelling, great accommodation. Could have done with more free time and beach work however.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dolphins joining us for a swim at the snorkelling coral reef

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tim was amazing. Faultless. He was professional, knowledgable, amenable and kind. We rated him highly

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have a few days afterwards if you want the beach scene

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.
If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. You are free to fly at any time on the final day as the tour ends on the morning of day 10.
Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.