Essential Hawaii (8190)

8 Day Tour from Honolulu to Maui

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Say, “Aloha,” to your most relaxing affordable island vacation yet. We’ve taken the very best of Hawaii to create the perfect retreat for the budget-minded traveler. From Honolulu to Maui, you’ll find the right mix of sightseeing and free time to enjoy the soothing pace of island life. Take a tour of Honolulu, including a sightseeing cruise through battleship row at Pearl Harbor. Settle in for a few days of sheer relaxation or optional sightseeing of your choosing. Once in the “Valley Island” of Maui, explore the island with a tour of the ‘Iao Valley, and consider opportunities for whale watching, zip-lining, or attend a traditional luau. The legendary Road to Hana beckons as well, for an adventure through Maui’s magical terrain, waterfalls, and lush landscapes. Your affordable Hawaiian vacation is waiting to be discovered!
Essential Hawaii map

 Tour Highlights

Traditional lei greeting; guided sightseeing; visit the USS Arizona Memorial & Museum
Sightseeing; visit IAO Valley, Lahaina




Participation in this tour requires client’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.


Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi

 Meals & Itinerary


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


Aloha—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 is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.


Join a morning orientation with your Tour Director. City sightseeing features a cruise of Pearl Harbor’s famous battleship row. Listen to the narration of the dramatic air attack of December 7, 1941, and view the sunken USS ARIZONA and the impressive memorial to the 1,102 men still entombed. Then on to Punchbowl National Cemetery with its beautiful views of Honolulu. Other sites include bustling Chinatown, ‘Iolani Palace, and the statue of King Kamehameha the Great. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.


A full day to explore the timeless beauty and Hawaiian paradise of Oahu. You can be as active or relaxed as you like. Enjoy the world’s most famous beach, Waikiki, with its commanding view of Diamond Head, the remnant of an ancient volcano. Waikiki offers a wide variety of activities from which to choose: swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or sailing at famous Waikiki Beach. If you’re after sunshine and sea, Waikiki Beach in Oahu is legendary. Swim in the waters of world-famous Waikiki one moment, then enjoy dramatic mountain views of the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout another. Watch surfers on the legendary North Shore by day, then get a taste of local flavors in Kapahulu at night.


One last day to explore the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands on a full-day optional outing at the Polynesian Cultural Center, play a round of golf, go hiking, or simply stretch out on impossibly scenic beaches and enjoy the splendid beauty of the coastline. This evening join the optional Oahu sunset dinner cruise and enjoy an evening of unparalleled vistas of the Kahala Gold Coast.


Today, fly to the “Valley Island” of Maui. The island beloved for its world-famous beaches, sacred Iao Valley, views of migrating whales (seasonal), and the magnificent sunrise and sunset from Haleakala. On arrival, sightseeing begins with a visit to the ‘IAO VALLEY, the “Yosemite of the Pacific,” to view the ‘lao Needle. Then, head 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 island town.

Day 6 MAUI

This morning join the optional excursion to Haleakala National Park, and experience that magnificent sunrise. The parkland is located in a setting of stunning natural beauty, ranging from a landscape of cinder cones to dense rainforest. If you prefer, stretch out on warm, golden sands or hit the surf for an unforgettable windsurfing or snorkeling session. Enjoy a cruise to see awe-inspiring-humpback whales (seasonal), or soar high above the Ka’anapali Resort area with awe-inspiring ocean and off-shore island views while zip-lining. This evening, you may wish to attend a traditional Luau feast. At sunset, through legendary song, music and dance, this unique and awe-inspiring luau tells the story of its people from past to present. Enjoy the timeless journey, as dancers tell their stories with graceful moves, subtle eyes, and lovely hula hands.

Day 7 MAUI

Exploring the scenic road to Hana along the island’s northeastern shore will be among the most spectacular journeys of your life. Return to Ka’anapali in the late afternoon with the balance of the day at leisure. Relax at your oceanfront hotel on Ka’anapali Beach, voted the number one beach on Maui, or choose to participate in a wide variety of free daily Hawaiian activities including hula lessons, lei making, lauhala weaving, cultural garden tours, and more. This evening, be sure to enjoy some of Maui’s fine cuisine.

Day 8 MAUI

Your vacation ends this mornng. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the Valley Island further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Being a Tour Director has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I would have ever dreamed. During my many years as a Tour Director, I have had the opportunity to lead tours in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. I am extremely proud of my home state of California. Come with me on tour and I will show you the unique beauty, ethnic diversity, tempting local cuisine, and, hopefully, help you spot a celebrity or two!

Tour Director - RANDY SCHUSTER



 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



Oahu Island Sightseeing

Oahu Island Sightseeing

This sightseeing tour offers visitors to Oahu the perfect opportunity to discover the islands highlights in a short amount of time.

Price Range: $$$

Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise and Show

Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise and Show

Enjoy an evening cruise and dinner show as you discover the unparalleled vistas of Waikiki and beyond Diamond Head to view the beautiful Kahala Gold Coast.

Price Range: $$$


Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail

Experience the thrill of trade wind sailing between Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Price Range: $$

Maui Snorkeling

Maui Snorkeling

Choose from two of the best snorkeling tours in Maui.

Price Range: $$$$

Road to Hana Tour with Picnic Lunch

Road to Hana Tour with Picnic Lunch

Discover Hana, the jewel of the Valley Isle, on this breathtaking adventure.

Price Range: $$$$

 Know Before You Go

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