Aloha and welcome to Hawaii! Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport you will be greeted with a fresh flower lei and transferred to your hotel in Waikiki. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist with check-in.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions, including activities near world-famous Waikiki Beach or a full-day optional outing to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island’s north shore, where you’ll enjoy a dinner buffet and the colorful Hā: Breath of Life stage show.
This morning your sightseeing excursion features the sunken USS ARIZONA and its impressive memorial to the men still entombed there as well as Punchbowl National Cemetery with its beautiful views of Honolulu. Other sights include bustling Chinatown, 'Iolani Palace, and the Kamehameha Statue. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Tonight, join the optional sunset dinner cruise along the shores of Waikiki.
One last day to enjoy Waikiki, the world’s most famous beach. Your Tour Director has ideas to make your day memorable.
Morning transfer to Honolulu Airport for the flight to the “Garden Isle” of Kauai. Then, drive along the scenic southern shore via Poipu Beach to Waimea, once the Polynesian capital of Kauai and the site where Captain Cook landed on the islands in 1778. Sightseeing highlights include WAIMEA CANYON, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the lush and fertile Hanapepe Valley, and a photo stop at SPOUTING HORN, a dramatic blowhole on the ocean’s edge. Later, arrive at your oceanside hotel in Kapa’a. Tonight, attend a LUAU feast, considered one of Hawaii’s best. After dinner, sit back and watch a captivating international revue of dancers and musicians. (Dinner)Note: Due to air schedules on inter-island flights between Honolulu and Kauai, the luau may take place on an alternate day.
Kauai has a lot to offer, and your Tour Director will suggest several optional outings for the duration of your stay, including a trip to Hanalei Bay, the filming location of many Hollywood movies, such as South Pacific and The Thornbirds. Other activities include helicopter flightseeing and snorkeling on the Na Pali coastline.
A morning departure to the “Big Island” of Hawaii with its spectacular scenery, including misty plateaus, craggy cliffs, tropical rainforests, bamboo groves, and lava deserts.
On today’s journey, admire HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, a natural wonderland and site of the vast Kilauea Crater, the world’s most active volcano and home to Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess. Then, head to the sunny Kona coast.
Today you may choose to take in the breathtaking views of the Pacific while you relax on the decks of your resort’s oceanfront split-level swimming pool or at the private beach and saltwater swimming lagoon. For an unforgettable adventure, join the afternoon optional to the summit of Mauna Kea Crater (13,796 ft.) to view the sunset, then visit the Ellison Onizuka Visitor Center (9,200 ft.) to stargaze in the evening.
This morning, fly to Maui, the “Valley Island.” On arrival, sightseeing begins with a visit to the 'IAO VALLEY, the “Yosemite of the Pacific,” to view the 'lao Needle. Then, through lush farm country and along the shoreline via Maalaea Boat Harbor to Lahaina, once a whaling center and capital of the Hawaiian monarchy. Free time to explore this colorful town.
A full day at leisure to enjoy Maui’s splendid beaches or to relax by the pool at the hotel. There is a variety of optional outings, including the Road to Hana, one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives with 54 bridges and many waterfalls. You may want to take in the Maui Ocean Center, a state-of-the-art aquarium and marine park that showcases indigenous marine life. From January to mid-April, whale watching is offered.
Day 12Maui. Haleakala National Park Visit
This morning is dedicated to HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, the volcano known to islanders as the “House of the Sun,” and its vast Haleakala Crater. The parkland is located in a setting of stunning natural beauty, ranging from a landscape of cinder cones to dense rainforest. Return to Kihei in the early afternoon with the balance of the day at leisure.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Kahului International Airport on Maui are included. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the Valley Island further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
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