Day 1: Honolulu, Oahu
Aloha. Welcome to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu and the 50th American State. You will have a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 18:00 this evening to meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Please look for a notice in the hotel lobby where it will take place.
There is a lot to do in Honolulu and it is highly recommended to book a few extra days to make the most of your time here. If you do arrive early, why not go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay or visit the Dole Plantation or Polynesian Cultural Centre? The Waikiki area is also ideal for soaking up the sun’s rays, which are almost as famous as the beach itself.
Day 2: Pearl Harbour, Oahu
The infamous incident at Pearl Harbour was a surprise military attack by the Japanese against the United States naval base, on the morning of December 7, 1941. It has since become known as the Battle of Pearl Harbour, and sparked off the United States’ participation in World War II. Today is a sobering visit to this historic site with an audio guide provided. Included is admission to and information on the Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri, roundtrip transportation to Ford Island, Pacific Aviation Museum, Pearl Harbour Visitors Center, Submarine Museum and Park and Oklahoma Memorial. In the afternoon, we lighten the mood with a beautiful drive along the coast from North Shore Beach House to Paradise Point for sunset. Popular with surfers, it also doubles as a great place for people watching.
Day 3: Fly to Big Island – Kailua Kona
With Oahu in the background, you fly to Big Island where you spend the next four nights. You’ll notice the landscape and flora changing between islands and today is no different. To get you in the Big Island spirit, your first stop is Kealakekua Bay Park where you board Zodiac boats to a secluded bay. It is here you spend the next few hours discovering the marine world beneath the water’s surface with a mask and snorkel. You spend the night in Kona Town on the west coast of Hawaii, where you have the option of swimming with Manta Rays. One thing is for certain, you’ll want to head down to the beach for dinner to sample the ribs at TJ’S BBQ.
Day 4 & 5: Volcanoes National Park, Big Island
For all you culture vultures, enjoy a visit to Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park which brings Hawaiian culture to life. Continue onto Volcanoes National Park where you’ll hike the Pu’u Kilauea Iki Crater trail. Descend through a lush rain forest to the floor of the solidified lava lake. Peer into the 1959 vent that erupted to a height of 1900 feet located below the Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone.
Enjoy a full day hike on the Crater Rim Trail, exploring Kilauea’s amazing variety of spectacular volcanic features and ecosystems. Enjoy shady forests and cross other-worldly landscapes with steaming vents, desert-like-terrain, and deep craters. Head out for an evening drive to Kalapana Lava Refuge to see how active lava lights up the night sky.
Day 6: Waipio Valley – Hawi Town, Big Island
Continue following the coast to the sacred and unbelievably beautiful Waipio Valley. A locally led 4x4 tour of the valley and introduction to Hawaiian history and culture is included to help you dig beneath the surface of this beautiful area. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore the small town of Hawi, North Kohala’s `biggest little town’. This historic town, set in the green northern tip of the island, was once the busy hub of North Kohala’s now defunct sugar industry. Now, it is home to a handful of charming art galleries and restaurants set in colourful and lively plantation buildings.
Day 7: Fly to Maui - Lahaina
This morning you wave goodbye to Big Island, ready for touch down on the idyllic island of Maui. Once you’ve landed, you drive to Lahaina where the remainder of the day free to explore or hit the beach. Maui is a popular tourist destination and although it can at times be busy, it is also said to be one of the world’s top island destinations. Maui offers those quintessential views of Hawaii that you would imagine when conjuring up images of this tropical paradise
Day 8: Haleakala National Park, Maui
Today is all about exploring the island on two wheels – and what better way than Maui’s famous 23 mile downhill? You’ll drop 3,000 feet in 10 miles and curve around 29 switch backs, stopping often to enjoy incredible vistas of west Maui surrounded by the Pacific. You’ll pass by vegetable truck farms, protea farms, lodges, galleries and Kula botanical gardens. This is the perfect way to experience the real side of Maui. You’ll definitely need a cocktail back at the hotel with a view of the sunset to wind down afterwards.
Day 9: Maui
By now you’ll have a good idea of just how beautiful Maui is, but it would be a shame to send you on your way without first seeing more of what the island has to offer. Today we’ve included a full day driving tour with loads of stops along the way to stretch your legs. The day includes Kaumahina State Wayside Park, Waikani Falls, Keanae Lookout & Peninsula, Waianapanapa State Park, Hana Town, Pools of Oheo, Wailua Falls and Puaa Kaa Wayside State Park. Of course, if you would rather spend the day relaxing on the beach this is fine, but we think you’ll appreciate discovering more than the average visitor to Hawaii.
Day 10: Maui
All good things come to an end and with your tour finishing in the morning (breakfast is available from 7am), it is time to wave goodbye not only to Hawaii, but also your new-found travel buddies. If the thought of reality is simply too much to bear, why not book a few post-tour nights and ‘live the dream’ a while longer?
10 day Small Group Tour - from £2799
With flights from £3699
- Add a 3 night City Stay in San Francisco – from £379
- Add a 3 night City Stay in Los Angeles – from £345
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Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online to check your departure date.
All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2020 onwards.