Highlights of Hawaii – Maui & Big Island
8 days with G Adventures Rating:
Day 1 Kahului
Arrive at any time.
Welcome to Maui! There are no planned activities today, so check into the hotel and explore.
Day 2 Kahului
Hop onboard and travel the famous Road to Hana. Enjoy the multiple stops along the way that highlight the local culture and take you back to the times of the Gods. Get out and stretch enroute at Hana Farms home of the best banana bread and all sorts of tropical fruits. Continue to Wai?anapanapa State Park and squeeze the black volcanic sand through your toes, and opt to walk through a Lava Tube. Journey further down the road to the town of Hana and enjoy local lunch specialties. After lunch, head to Hamoa Beach surrounded by Hala trees to relax and soak it all in. Head back towards the hotel, stopping at a local favorite, Paia Fish Market for their signature 'Fresh Fish with Aloha' for dinner.
Day 3 Kahului
In the morning hit the beach with your group. Opt to snorkel, learn how to hang 10 with a surf lesson, go whale watching (seasonal), or just relax. In the afternoon, head to Lahaina and check out Banyan Court with the oldest living tree on Maui. Stroll along Front Street to enjoy the shopping and local art. Whatever you choose, make sure to save plenty of energy (and appetite) for this evening's Luau, a traditional Hawaiian party featuring dancing and delicious local foods like Poke and roast Pork. (D)
Day 4 Kahului/Hilo
Catch a flight to the island of Hawai'i (aka the Big Island) and transfer to the town of Hilo. Known for it's unique black lava environment and laid back atmosphere. Enjoy a visit 'Akaka Falls State Park and then spend the rest of the day to explore as you see fit.
Day 5 Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
Travel to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and discover the lava flows and martian-like landscapes. During a full-day excursion, drive over new lava flows, see newly created black sand beaches, and hike to see cavernous craters. See first hand how the Hawaiian islands were formed, and continue to grow! After a full day to explore and hike the park the group will return to Hilo for a a free evening.
Day 6 Hilo/Kailua-Kona
Today drive the saddle road past Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Enjoy an included visit to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Visit the sacred grounds Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, home of many of Hawaii's monarchs, and a place of refuge during times of strife. Tour the park and witness the various wood-carved statues, learn about the ancient laws known as Kapu, and the spiritual undercurrents of Hawaiian culture. Then the group will head to Kona for the evening where you can opt to swim with Manta Rays.
Day 7 Kailua-Kona
Enjoy a free day in Kona. Opt to take a kayak trip around the Captain Cook Monument, check out the gorgeous hiking in the area or just relax at the beach outside the hotel. In the evening join your group for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 Kailua-Kona
Depart at any time.
All This Included
Ready to take a step beyond the typical relaxing vacation? Well, Hawaii’s here for you. Enjoy the best of the islands without the hectic resort crowds. On Maui, spend time discovering this island paradise before shaking those hips at a luau. The last few days take you to Big Island (also known as Hawai’i) to heat up your vacation (literally!) with a visit to Volcanoes National Park. With chill-out time on the beach balanced with stunning national park visits, this tour ticks off all the boxes.
Hotels (7 nights)
Hilo, United States: Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo (or similar)
Kailua-Kona, United States: Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel (or similar)
Paia, United States: Maui Beach Hotel (or similar)
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