Hawaiian Discovery First Class

United States
Get on island time as you discover Hawaii’s authentic tropical paradise, including Kilauea Volcano and Kauai's magical Tunnel of Trees and Waimea Canyon State Park. Tour Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor, relax in Kona, learn from locals how coffee is made and get a fascinating insight into Manta Ray conservation.

Departure dates

From 05/01/2025 to 22/12/2025

What's included

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver.
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing.
All transport and transfers shown.
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
Optional Experiences and free time.
Flights from Honolulu-Kona, Hilo-Kahului and Kahului-Lihue.
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 A Warm Welcome to Honolulu Embrace a tropical state of mind on this uplifting encounter with the best Hawaii has to offer. Your first brush with traditional Hawaiian hospitality begins this evening when you join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a local-style Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 2 Discover the History of Honolulu There's no better place to learn about history on your Hawaii tour than visiting where events occurred. Today, pay homage to the thousands of brave soldiers who lost their lives in the surprise military strike at Pearl Harbor visiting Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial. Continue through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater, and to downtown Honolulu to connect with the spiritual epicenter of Hawaii. On your walking tour, see Iolani Palace, the former home of Hawaii's last-reigning monarchs and the only royal palace in the United States, as well as the King Kamehameha I Statue and the State Capitol Building. Kick back in your hotel overlooking Waikiki Beach or get out and explore the shore.
  • Day 3 Journey to the Big Island Fly to the Big Island of Hawaii and arrive in the charming town of Hilo. Next, visit the UNESCO listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to learn about the geology of the island and the significance volcanoes have played in the creation of the Hawaiian islands as well as the legend of Pele the Goddess of Fire. We continue along the coast to Punalu'u Beach park, famous for its black sand and Hawaiian green sea turtles. This evening as we arrive in Kailua Kona you are free to soak in the surroundings on your own terms.
  • Day 4 Experience the Sights, Flavours and Wildlife of Hawaii Unlock the secrets of marine life learning about the Mobula alfredi manta rays, the second largest in the world, that come to the Kona shores to feed each day. Next up, enjoy a Be My Guest experience at Kona Sea Salt to uncover the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture accompanied by a tasty food truck lunch. You'll not only get to see the salt production, but also taste different salts to explore the flavour profiles. Continue your discovery at the unique Kona Joe coffee plantation, learning how some of the world's best coffee is grown and roasted.
  • Day 5 Unwind and Play in Kona Make Travel Matter Get ready to embrace your outdoor adventurer on an invigorating day on your Hawaii tour exploring the Big Island on your own or with an Optional Experience. Take in Kohala's beauty and history on a fun, off-road adventure and relaxed trail walk to a hidden waterfall and scenic overlook of Pololu Valley. You'll love trekking across bridges and past bright green taro terraces. Finish the adventure cooling off in a waterfall. Or, discover what's beneath these gorgeous waters with a snorkelling trip in the pristine Pu?uhonua O Honaunau (The Place of Refuge) and Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook's Monument) featuring lava tubes and sea caves or on a Night Manta Experience viewing the incredible feeding frenzy in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. This evening, lose yourself in the moment as you embrace the tradition of the Hawaiian Luau over dinner of local flavours and tropical cocktails.
  • Day 6 Upcountry Maui Maui. An island where dormant volcanos, black sand beaches and whale watching lure explorers just like you. Fly from Kona to Maui from Kona this morning with a free afternoon to settle into your surroundings. This evening, as the sun sets over the Pacific, take a walk to nearby Whalers Village or enjoy a relaxing beach stroll.
  • Day 7 Entice Your Senses in Maui Unlock the natural beauty of paradise, charting your own course through Maui's landscapes. This evening, enjoy a dinner featuring local flavours. You'll love making the most of your stay at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa cooling off in their half-acre pool or Maui's only oceanfront full-service spa and salon, rooftop stargazing or oceanfront golf.
  • Day 8 Onwards to Lihue, Kauai After a leisurely morning on the Valley Isle, jet off to Kauai where you'll spend the next three nights admiring the natural surroundings. Kauai, at over six million years old, is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and boasts the only navigable rivers in the state of Hawaii. It is also the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, which is the most isolated inhabited land mass. Start this next leg of your journey relaxing in your hotel's infinity-edge pool, kicking back with a Mai Tai in their oceanfront bar or dining at their onsite Moa Moa Hawaiian Fish House.
  • Day 9 Immerse Yourself in Kauai's Unique Landscape Make Travel Matter Drive to Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Drive through the island's famous Tunnel of Trees as you continue to cap off your day with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience and discover a valley most visitors to Kauai don't get to see.
  • Day 10 Find Your Island Adventure Kauai's natural treasures are yours to explore during this full free day. Feel like you've stepped onto the big screen on an Optional Experience Kauai Movie Tour adventure. Your backstage pass will take you to many famous sites on Kauai where Hollywood Blockbusters and TV shows were filmed while viewing clips of those notable films. On your final night on Kauai on your Hawaii tour, toast to the incredible sights of the islands with your fellow travelers over a Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 11 A Fond Farewell For now it's a fond a hui hou... until we meet again. Make your way to Lihue Airport or consider extending your stay on Kauai. Dining Summary
  • 4 - Dinner
  • 10 - Breakfast
  • 1 - Lunch Be My Guest Kona: Unlock the importance of salt in Hawaiian culture visiting a deep Ocean Salt farm. Watch the salt production process and taste different salts to explore the flavour profiles. Learn how salt is produced from deep ocean water and how this differs from salt produced in other locations. Enhance your visit over a food truck lunch with tempting options including a Dim Sum Box or Katsu Chicken with Furikake Rice and Somen Noodles. Dive Into Culture Kauai: Get ready to visit a beautifully preserved one-hundred-acre homestead in the center of Lihue. On a private, guided tour, visit original buildings including the original plantation main house, owner's cottage, guest cottage and old office, as well as other resident and plantation workers' housing camp. The still active household, farm, gardens, banana patches and pastures maintain the same practices that were established during that era. Iconic Experience Pearl Harbour: Unlock the significance of a historic event visiting Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Pay homage and reflect upon those who lost their lives over on a moving and unforgettable experience. View the USS Arizona which, when it was commissioned in 1916, was the largest ship in the navy's fleet, with a length of 608 feet. Honolulu: The history of Hawaii springs to life viewing the historically significant Iolanai Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Even from outside, feel the energy of grand balls and hula performances, as well as the time of Liliuokalani's overthrow and imprisonment. Continue your Honolulu Walking Tour viewing the State Capitol Building and the 18-foot, bronze King Kamehameha Statue commemorating a great warrior, diplomat and leader. Pearl Harbour: Explore the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in Punchbowl Crater, on a scenic drive. This burial in a national cemetery is for members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active-duty service requirement. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park brings new sights as you unlock the geology of the Islands. This UNESCO listed park and designated International Biosphere Reserve protects some of the most unique geological, biological and cherished cultural landscapes in the world and encompasses the summits of two of the world's most active volcanoes - K?lauea and Mauna Loa. You'll love experiencing this wonder for yourself viewing the steam vents and on a visit to the Kilauea Visitor Center. Keauhou: Unlock the beauty of the must-see Punalu'u Beach Park, famous for its black sand and green sea turtles. Stroll along the black sand beach made of fragments of old lava flow. Then perhaps pause in a shady spot under the palm trees and keep your eyes peeled for endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles basking in the sun on the beach. Keauhou: Discover the world of the giant manta rays (mobula alfredi) that come to the Kona shores at the Manta Ray Learning Center at the <name of resort>. Under the guidance of your Local Specialist, learn the manta ray's life cycle, the history of the rays in the area and how the center supports educational programs and funding scientists for research with a mission to support mantas in their natural environment. To top it all off, the lights from the resort shine into the water, attracting plankton which in turn attracts manta rays to the water right off the hotel. Kona: Visit a coffee plantation and learn about this exclusive beverage and the work it takes to produce, all while tasting the coffee and taking in some of the most scenic views in Hawaii. Kona: Visit a coffee plantation and learn about this exclusive beverage and the work it takes to produce, all while tasting the coffee and taking in some of the most scenic views in Hawaii. Waimea State Park: A display of changing colors and lights awaits at Waimea Canyon State Park, one of the Hawaiian Islands most awe-inspiring sites. Dubbed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the canyon is 14 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep, with a lookout offering views of buttes, crags and gorges. You'll drive all the way up the canyon and bask in these views of different colored rock. Kauai: Discover Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. Be amazed at how the Po?ip? surf channels into a natural lava tube and puts out a huge spout of water that can reach as high as 50 feet into the air. Listen for the hiss and roar of water that is the basis of a Hawaiian legend of a giant mo?o (lizard) named Kaikapu. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) : Explore natural beauty at one of one of the world's top botanical research organizations on a guided tour of Allerton and McBryde Gardens. Step through the gates of this once-private estate and see cliff-top views of the protected bay below. Travel by vehicle deep into the upper Lawai Valley and McBryde Garden, discovering a valley most visitors to Kauai don't get to experience. Head to the conservation nursery and horticulture centre for a special behind-the-scenes viewing. See the rare native Hawaiian ferns and plants among the over 6,000 rare and endangered species of plants collected throughout the Pacific Basin and the world. Conclude your tour viewing the outdoor rooms, pools, fountains and sculptures of Allerton Garden. Your visit contributes to the ongoing restoration mission and directly supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land. Must-see Highlights : Explore a local coffee plantation on Big Island of Hawaii, a Sea Salt Farm, a local farm on Maui, the wonders of Manta Rays in Keauhou Beach and Grove Farm Sugar Plantation with a Local Specialist : Visit Honolulu, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Beach - Hawaii's most famous black sand beach frequented by sea turtles basking in the sun, Kailua-Kona, Waimea Canyon : See National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Kauai's magical Tunnel of Trees Trafalgar Difference Kona: Perched above the lava cliffs of Keauhou Bay on 22 acres of Kona coastline is the Outrigger Kona Resort. You're in for a treat here on Keauhou Bay as it's one of the only places in the world where you can view giant manta rays feeding. Enjoy this magnificent spectacle directly from Pa'akai Point at the hotel. You can choose to take a dip in the multi-level fantasy pool with a 200-foot water slide or go local with an on-site hula or ukulele lesson. Whats Included : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted : All porterage and restaurant gratuities : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing : All transport and transfers shown : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) : Optional Experiences and free time : Flights from Honolulu-Kona, Hilo-Kahului and Kahului-Lihue : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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