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Tropical Hawaiian Adventure

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PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 7904

Private Tour Highlights

  • Explore Volcano National Park, an actual hot spot where islands are continually being created, producing never-ending volcanic activity and eruptions.
  • Hike to ancient Hawaiian ruins and fish ponds at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and learn about the native history in depth.
  • Take a boat ride along the Kona coast to snorkel with majestic manta rays as they somersault, glide, and pivot in the light below.
  • Visit Waimea Canyon, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” with its similar red cliff sides and remarkable size.
  • Enjoy an invigorating walk through an orchid clad forest to one of the most beautiful waterfalls, Akaka Falls.
  • Take part in a Luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast of local cuisine and entertainment such as Hula dancing.
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Tour Overview

Join us on a Tropical Hawaiian Adventure to explore the treasures of these magnificent islands of the Pacific South Seas. Rising out of the deep blue waters, the Hawaiian Islands are one of the most diverse and rewarding of the South Sea destinations. Isolated from any other landmass, these islands were created by continuous lava eruptions on one of the Earth’s “hot spots.” As plate tectonics shifted, new islands were born, making what we know today as the chain of Hawaiian Islands.

The “younger” islands are still rounded and dotted with giant, lava-gushing volcanoes reaching over 4,000m. In contrast, the “oldest” islands have become so heavily eroded that they consist of a series of razor-sharp ridges cut into endless canyons. Geological diversity is one of the wonders of these islands. Although born in total isolation, the wind and currents brought the plant and animal life that developed to fill many ecological niches. This process created a unique endemic plant and animal life with over 6,000 species that are found only in Hawaii. Arriving by outrigger canoes and traveling 1,600 km from the Marquesas, the island’s original inhabitants arrived circa 300 AD, bringing with them breadfruit, coconut palms, and taro used to establish a thriving, seafaring Polynesian culture.

On foot, our explorations lead us to the famous and hidden wonders of Hawaii. We follow trails to white, green, and black sand beaches, giant craters, frozen lava lakes, lava-sputtering cones, stunning waterfalls, and ancient rock art sites. Our paths cross through high-altitude tropical swamps, endemic cloud forests, and the stark high-altitude alpine desert of Mauna Kea, leading to incredible viewpoints that overlook the famous North Shore. There is ample time to enjoy the magnificent beaches – many known only to locals. With a little luck, we will snorkel with sea turtles and swarms of colorful tropical fish, as well as glimpse humpback whales and pods of spinner dolphins. Conditions permitting, Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, will offer us unforgettable close-up views of erupting lava for an exceptional Tropical Hawaiian Adventure.

 

Note: Some tours may be effected by COVID19. Your Yampu Tour Consultant will advise upon booking.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$7904 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$13260 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii

Upon arrival to the airport, a short transfer brings us to the lovely oceanfront hotel in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona. After settling in to your accommodation, this evening we will take part in a Luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast of local cuisine and entertainment such as Hula dancing. Dinner included.

Upon arrival to the airport, a short transfer brings us to the lovely oceanfront hotel in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona. After settling in to your accommodation, this evening we will take part in a Luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast of local cuisine and entertainment such as Hula dancing. Dinner included.

Day
2

Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau - Kona Coffee Tasting - Evening Manta Ray Dive

Today we will explore the fabulous “City of Refuge” or “Pu’uhonua O Honaunau” National Historical Park, which houses a picture-perfect Polynesian village perched on lava cliffs. Afterwards we will have time for some shorter walks, to tour the village and to swim or snorkel in one of the islands’ best reefs before heading to the Captain Cook Monument and the bay where he was slain. From there, we will stop at a local coffee farm to taste the world-famous Kona Coffee and see how it is produced. In the evening we will take part in a Manta Ray dive.

Take a boat ride in the late afternoon along the Kona coast to the manta viewing site. Slip into the water with your snorkel guide and float above majestic manta rays as they somersault, glide, and pivot in the light below. Manta rays are filter feeders and feed on plankton attracted to light. They have very large mouths, but no sharp teeth. Manta rays do not have tail stingers. This is a thrilling experience for those who seek adventure!
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Kona - Hilo

This morning we will head to Hilo, taking the Saddle Road, one of the most spectacular roads in the world. We will climb from sea level to 2000m, between two majestic volcanoes: Mauna Kea (4207m) and Mauna Loa (4169m), passing from tropical forest to arid desert. At Puu Huluhulu, trails lead through fascinating formations and vegetation spared by eruptions. Then we stop at Akaka Falls for an invigorating walk through an orchid clad forest to one of the most beautiful waterfalls. After checking into the hotel, we spend the evening at what was formally known as Uncle Billy’s. Now referred to as Kalapana Farmers Market, this is one of the most authentic Hawaiian celebrations in the remote Puna district. Live music, dance and authentic food are part of an unforgettable evening. There is also a chance to dip in the ocean hot springs and walk along the newly created black Sand Beaches (Wednesday night only). If not available, we will be visiting the Hilo Botanical Gardens. ...read less

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Volcano National Park

The morning finds us at Volcano National Park, where we walk along the crater’s Rim. We explore Volcano National Park. This national park is part of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest shield volcano. This national park is remarkable as it sits on the actual hot spot where islands are continually being created, producing never-ending volcanic activity and eruptions. Trails lead through massive, cooled craters, steep banks venting sulfurous gasses, and fern-covered lava tubes. This is truly a primordial landscape, raw and still in the making. Our daytime walks will take us along Kilauea Crater’s Rim, edged with cloud forests of tree ferns and native Ohia with spectacular views. If the lava flows above ground, we may organize a walk to erupting lava. In the afternoon we head to the local Macademia Nut Farm for some great food tasting.

Optional helicopter rides over the erupting lava are also available (not included).
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Hilo - Kona

Any visit to Hilo is not complete without a stop at the Farmers Market. Then, we head back towards Kona with a stop at Punaluu Beach, a well-known black sand beach where turtles rest. Then we continue to the wind-swept southernmost point in the US to walk on dirt tracks towards the famous Green Sand Beach, created by olivine crystals from ancient volcanic eruptions. We return to Kona for one last night.

Any visit to Hilo is not complete without a stop at the Farmers Market. Then, we head back towards Kona with a stop at Punaluu Beach, a well-known black sand beach where turtles rest. Then we continue to the wind-swept southernmost point in the US to walk on dirt tracks towards the famous Green Sand Beach, created by olivine crystals from ancient volcanic eruptions. We return to Kona for one last night.

Day
6

Flight to Lihue on Kauai

This morning will be spent at leisure to explore Kona or enjoy a hike to ancient Hawaiian ruins and fish ponds at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Lihue on Kauai and transfer to our ocean front hotel. Kauai is called the Garden Isle and considered by many to be the most beautiful of the islands. Kauai is also the oldest island where volcanic activity has been dormant for over one million years. Erosional forces have created a truly stunning landscape of sheer volcanic cliffs and spires. ...read less

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7

Waimea Canyon

Today we will visit Waimea Canyon. When Mark Twain visited the islands, he dubbed Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” as they are both a deep red color with a remarkable size. An early start brings us to the fantastic Kalalau Lookout, with incredible views over the wild North Shore 1,200 m (4,000 ft) below. Then we embark on a hike through one of earth’s wettest spots in the famous Kokee State Park. The Awa’awapuhi Trail will lead us to amazing viewpoints over the remote North Shore. On a rainy day, we may choose to shift the walk to the drier side of the canyon at. The elevation is 1,000 - 1,200 m (3,300 - 4,000 ft), which makes for crisp air. With a little luck, we will see the endangered Nene Goose, a Hawaiian native. ...read less

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Exploring Kauai’s North Shore - Flight Home

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Kauai’s North Shore is famous for its one-of-a-kind scenery. A narrow, winding road leads to the far end of the island where we hike the famous Kalalau Trail high above ocean cliffs. The views are superb. We can choose to stroll in the beautiful Limahule Botanical Gardens, swim at one of the famous, beautiful, white sand beaches, or look for coastal and pelagic birds at the nearby wildlife refuge. At the Kilaulea Point National Wildlife Refuge we can marvel at soaring coastal and pelagic birds, such as Laysan albatross, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigate birds, wedge-tailed shearwaters, and Pacific golden plovers.

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Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, State Highway 160, Hōnaunau, HI, USA

Hilo, HI, USA

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI, USA

Lihue, HI, USA

Waimea Canyon, Hawaii, USA

Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kilauea, HI, USA

Places You'll See

  • Hawaii Island (Big Island)

    Hawaii Island, also known as Big Island, is the largest island of the Hawaiian archipelago. Nearly twice the size of the other islands, Hawaii is also the youngest of the island chain. With a diverse landscape of tranquil beaches, dense rainforest, and active volcanoes, Hawaii provides unparalleled experiences to those seeking to experience Hawaii state’s natural wonders. Along with exhilarating outdoor activities on both land and sea, visitors will appreciate the island’s authentic cultural activities as well.

  • Kauai

    Referred to as the Garden Island, Kauai’s lush rainforests provide a unique look into the island’s pristine wildlife with numerous activities spanning from ziplining above the island’s lush valleys, snorkeling on Poipu Beach, hiking the trails of Kokee State Park, or kayaking the Wailua River. Visitors will not only enjoy exploring the lush landscapes of Hawaii’s fourth-largest island but will appreciate the charming locals who share their rich culture of their charming villages that create a long-lasting impression.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Kailua-Kona HI : Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

Hilo, HI : Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Lihue, HI : Kauai Beach Resort

Testimonials

Erik M.

Traveled December 2017

A ++ experience!

We used Yampu last Christmas (2017) for a 2 week trip in Argentina. From the very first email to the follow up after our trip, everything was perfect with Yampu. The hotel selection was matching our needs, the transfers between locations and airports all went very smoothly, the overall trip plan was a good balance of sightseeing, discovery and personal time. The guides were all so friendly and knowledgeable. This was a A+ experience. Our main point of contact in the USA was Christine Cronin. She did an amazing job for us. We like their services so much that we are now planning another trip with Yampu.

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Wafa A.

Traveled

Great experiences

Great experiences, with Yampu tours the staff are very professional and helpful and they provide timely services and try to find solutions and alternatives

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Jacqueline P.

Traveled February 2019

I will use them again on my next trip!!

I will use them again on my next trip!!

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