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Hawaiian Explorer Moderate

8 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Savour the rich history on offer in Hawaii, and visit Honolulu, Kona and Maui on this Country Explorer trip.

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About this trip

The soft sands of Waikiki Beach recede to tropical forests, the world's largest volcano at Mount Haleakala, on this relaxed exploration of Oahu, Hawaii and Maui.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... finding out about the organic farming principles Ancil employs at O'o Farm, in the lush forests of Waipoli. Learning about Maui cuisine as Chef JJ whips up local dishes, then dining in the open air as the scent of fresh home-grown coffee floats on the breeze. And discovering more about Hawaii's military past and the historic events of 1941 – on an in-depth visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DHSM

7 Nights


12 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Hawaiian Explorer Moderate

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Honolulu, Oahu – Waikiki (2 nights)

Welcome to Hawaii. In the traditional Aloha spirit, you'll be greeted at the airport with a flower lei. Explore your hotel in the heart of Waikiki Beach and spend the rest of the afternoon as you like: dive into the warm gentle waves of the Pacific or relax with a tropical drink poolside. At 6 p.m., gather for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Welcome Reception

2. Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Sightseeing

Today, begin your exploration of Oahu. During a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, you'll be moved by this memorial to the World War II military personnel still entombed in the ship's hull since the fatal attack in 1941.  After driving through the National Memorial Cemetery in the Punchbowl Crater, make your way back to Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, former home to Hawaii's last monarchs, and the iconic King Kamehameha I statue at Aliiolani Hale. View the current state capitol building, built in a Hawaiian version of modernist Bauhaus architecture. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend relaxing on the beach, doing some shopping or just exploring.

Full Breakfast

3. Oahu – Kona – Keauhou Bay (2 nights)

Your morning begins with a short, scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of the lively seaside village of Kailua-Kona followed by time to explore the local shops in this quaint and bustling town. Kona is famous for its tasty coffee and you'll learn more about this fragrant bean and the process of growing them on a Kona coffee plantation with a Local Specialist. Later, check in to your oceanfront resort and perhaps get a glimpse of the most famous guests on the property: the manta rays. Speaking of rays, get an up close view of these majestic sea creatures with a dinner at Rays on the Bay.

Full Breakfast

4. Kona Free Time

Wake to the sound of the sea and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the world on your own today. Options abound: don a snorkel and mask to see some of Hawaii's colourful and varied marine life, experience a spectacular helicopter flightseeing excursion over Big Island or just relax and enjoy the pool and other facilities at your oceanfront resort. This evening, perhaps join an optional experience to visit a historic working cattle ranch in the highlands for dinner and entertainment. Learn all about one of the ocean's most unique animals, the manta ray, from a Local Specialist at the hotel's Manta Ray Learning Center.

Full Breakfast

5. Keauhou Bay – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Hilo - Maui (3 nights)

Bid farewell to Kona as you make your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to the world's largest volcano. On the way, see the immense stretches of black sand beaches the island is known for and enjoy a stop at the southernmost bakery in the United States. Once inside the park, learn about the fiery geology of the islands and walk through a real lava tube followed by a visit to an interpretive museum. Afterwards, enjoy a savoury lunch at The Rim restaurant, offering unparalleled views of the Kilauea caldera. Later, travel to Hilo where you board your flight to Maui, the Magic Isle. Formerly a royal retreat, magnificent Kaanapali Beach is often ranked as one of America's finest beaches. Check in to your beachfront resort and relax for the evening.

Full Breakfast

6. Maui Sightseeing

This morning, set off for another of Hawaii’s most famous volcanoes: Haleakala, which means “house of the sun”. The volcano itself is the world’s largest dormant volcano and the National Park is home to the island’s highest peak at 10,023 feet (3,055 meters) above sea level. Travel into the countryside next to visit a local farm and learn about the sustainable agriculture on the islands. Then toast your host with a glass of wine and indulge in a Be My Guest lunch serving up delicious Hawaiian specialties made with the freshest local ingredients. After lunch, visit the lush emerald peaks of Iao Valley State Park. Join your traveling companions this evening for a luau Regional Meal, featuring a sumptuous bu et, tropical cocktails and the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Regional Meal

7. Maui Free Time

Enjoy a full free day in paradise as you chart your own course through Maui’s wonderlands. Spend some time on the long white-sand beaches. Explore the old whaling village of Lahaina with its trendy art galleries and welcoming cafés. Play 18 holes at a championship golf course overlooking the sea or maybe embark on a whale watching cruise. This evening, toast your travel adventures with your newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

8. Depart Maui

A hui hou…until we meet again. Take your transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Maui.

Full Breakfast

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    Learn about sustainable farming at a lunch with wine featuring the finest ingredients.

  • Local Specialists
    with a manta ray presentation and in Kona for a coffee plantation tour.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Orientations of Honolulu and Kailua-Kona

    • Visit Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum and Thurston Lava Tube

    • View the Kilauea and Haleakala Volcano

What's Included


    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 2 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 7 Nights First Class accommodation

    • Your choice of three hotel categories: Moderate, First Class and Premier accommodation

    • A Trafalgar Bonus – All inter-island flights: Honolulu-Hilo and Hilo-Kahului including all airport transfers

    • Aloha Welcome with a flower lei on arrival at Honolulu International Airport on Day 1

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 19 Reviews

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    Service rating : Our tour guide was rather rude at times and hit on me twice. Otherwise, the whole experience was great. Loved the people and all of the places we went and saw in Hawaii and especially the accommodations--one on Hawaii was spectacular. Just could have enjoyed it more with a

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    disorganized ! People going 2 different directions with the same tour guide. Got many wrong answers because of this. Part to blame was Trafalgar and part the guide. He didn't remember who was on which tour & Trafalgar for trying to save money & putting 46 people w/ one guide, which should been 2

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    Service rating : Always excellent overall.Product : Third trip with Trafalgar. Each is unique, educational, fun, and ever so memorable.

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    Service rating : The service at the first resort was excellent in the breakfast restaurant. The second resort was excellent too, food was excellent. The third was very good, the restaurant staff were fabulous the first night, but then the service level dropped. On more than one occasion I had to

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    Service rating : excellent ;well planned:everything i needed and moreProduct : i would gladly go again with trafalgar and would recommend them to others

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    Subject to date, price and itinerary changes. Final details will be confirmed in the 2017 brochure.Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable as of 20 May, 2015 for Honolulu-Kona and Hilo-Kahului flights and are subject to change without notice. Hawaiian Airlines charges a baggage handling fee of USD$25 per first checked suitcase on each inter-island fight that is not covered in the prices and is the responsibility of the guest. Guaranteed Room Share is not available for this trip.Room Choice:  Oahu (Waikiki) Marriott Waikiki Beach (CV)   Hawaii (Keauhou Bay) Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa (MV) Maui (Kaanapali) Royal Lahaina Resort (POV) Hotel Room Categories: CV: City View POV: Partial Ocean View OV: Ocean View DOV: Deluxe Ocean View MV: Mountain ViewO'o Farm You'll support the ‘farm-to-table' movement and discover more about bio-dynamic farming in Hawaii, before tasting the results during a delicious meal.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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