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Hawaiian Explorer First Class

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.

"A truly wonderful experience"

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About this trip

See the soft sands of Waikiki Beach recede to tropical forests and the world's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, on this relaxed exploration of Oahu, Hawaii and Maui.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... journeying through the tree fern forest where you meet the opening of the Thurston Lava Tube. You'll see where the hot lava rapidly cooled 500 years ago, forming a tunnel of geological wonder. Walk the same rocky path that searing hot lava forged to create this marvel of nature.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DHSF

7 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Hawaiian Explorer First Class

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Day 1

Arrive Honolulu, Oahu – Waikiki (2 Nights)

Day 2

Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Sightseeing

Day 3

Oahu – Kona – Keauhou Bay, Hawaii (2 Nights)

Day 4

Kona Free Time

Day 5

Keauhou Bay – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Hilo – Kaanapali Beach, Maui (3 Nights)

Day 6

Maui Sightseeing

Day 7

Maui Free Time

Day 8

Depart Maui

Day 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.

Hotel

Marriott Waikiki Beach (Moderate – CV, First Class – POV, Premier – DOV)

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner

Day 1

Day 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 downtown 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Oahu – Kona – Keauhou Bay, Hawaii (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 these fragrant beans 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. Meet your Local Specialist at the hotel's Manta Ray Learning Center for an exciting presentation on these large and graceful animals. Speaking of rays, get an up close view of these majestic sea creatures with a dinner at Rays on the Bay.

Hotel

Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa (Moderate – MV, First Class – POV, Premier – OV)

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 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 the Big Island or just relax and enjoy the pool and other facilities at your oceanfront resort.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Evening At Kahua Ranch Sunset Dinner

Please join us for an exciting and fun-filled evening under the stars in the Waimea countryside at this spectacular working ranch. Inviting pastures with views of the western coastline and rolling Kohala Mountains await you. History comes alive as we share stories of the introduction of cattle in 1793 and the emergence of the paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy). A wonderful evening under the stars you will not forget. Available on Wednesday only. Duration: Approximately 6.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$137.00

Big Island Spectacular Astar Helicopter Tour with Transportation

Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Total Duration: Approximately 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests)

Adult Price: US$466.00

Big Island Spectacular Astar Helicopter Tour with Transportation; Over 249 Lbs

Discover both the Big Island's beauty and its volcanic fury. Tour the most geologically active environment on earth-the famous Kilauea volcano, which has been continuously erupting since 1983. View lava flows and black sand beaches. Experience all the awesome spectacle of Madame Pele's lava and volcanic badlands, then explore the lush rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. The towering sea cliffs open into the dramatically deep and meandering valleys of the Kohala Mountains. Beautiful waterfalls cascade thousands of feet into the rainforest below and remnants of ancient Hawaiian settlements are still visible. Total duration: Approximately 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests)

Adult Price: US$698.00

Deluxe Morning Luncheon Cruise and Snorkeling

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this award winning snorkel cruise to historic Kealakekua Bay. This cruise departs from Keauhou Bay and includes 2-1/2 hours of snorkeling at pristine Kealakekua Bay, snorkel gear, instruction, and two 15’ water slides. Guests are served a tropical continental breakfast of bagels and cream cheese, muffins, egg frittatas, croissants, fresh island fruit, 100% Kona coffee grown on our estate farm, herbal tea, and juice. Lunch includes BBQ cheeseburgers, garden burgers (for vegetarians), hot dogs, complete condiments, pasta salad, fresh pineapple, chips, cookies, soft drinks, and tropical fruit juice. A no-host bar is open during the last hour of the cruise. Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$148.00

Day 4

Day 5

Keauhou Bay – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Hilo – Kaanapali Beach, 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. Afterward, enjoy 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.

Hotel

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Moderate – RV, First Class – POV, Premier – OV)

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5

Day 6

Maui Sightseeing

This morning, travel along the coast to the Maui Ocean Center. Here you'll be introduced to the center's conservation naturalists who are passionate in sharing the underwater world with you. The center is home to the world's largest collection of live Pacific corals, elusive Hawaiian green sea turtles, sharks and thousands of vibrant tropical fish. Next, head into the countryside 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 Hawaiian specialities made with the freshest local ingredients. This evening enjoy the sunset from your resort, stroll over to nearby Whalers Village or venture into old town Lahaina to try one of the many festive restaurants.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 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. Join your travelling companions this evening for a lively Hawaiian Luau, and Regional Meal Farewell Dinner, featuring a buffet and tropical cocktails with the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Heavenly Hana Tour

Take the journey of a lifetime to East Maui. There are more than 600 curves on the road to Hana. You’ll weave through the surrounding forest and cross a total of 59 bridges while making your way along the eastern coast of the island. There are usually stops at Keanae Valley Lookout and Waianapanapa State Park that provide grand views of the ocean and surrounding hills. Once you finally reach the town of Hana you’ll have some time to take in all the charm of this sleepy, rural village. Duration: Approximately 11 hours.

Adult Price: US$142.00

Premium Snorkel Sail

For those that love adventure and a great BBQ, this is definitely the trip for you and your family. The day starts with delicious Kona coffee, tropical juices and a continental breakfast. You will experience two premier snorkel destinations (seasonal) as our helpful crew takes care of all your needs. After dropping the anchor to snorkel, we fire up the grill and prepare a delicious BBQ meal for you right on the boat! We then open up the bar and enjoy an invigorating trade wind sail (seasonal) back to Ka’anapali. Total duration: 5 hours.

Adult Price: US$150.00

Premium Morning Snorkel Cruise (with Transportation)

Maui’s best snorkeling trip takes you to two exceptional sites, Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. It’s a journey to another world and one that you’ll never forget. Molokini is one of only three sheltered volcanic calderas in the world, with crystal clear water and a wealth of sea life. Afterwards, we’ll take you to meet the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at Turtle Town, a mesmerizing coral reef teeming with turtles and other aquatic life. You’ll be able to interact safely with the turtles in their own spectacular habitat. It’s an opportunity few people experience and no one ever forgets. Includes breakfast and lunch. Duration: Approximately 7.5 hours.

Adult Price: US$148.00

West Maui Snorkel Sail

Our experienced captains know where to find the best snorkel spots on West Maui, and our informative and helpful crew will get you ready for an incredible underwater adventure. All of our high quality snorkel equipment, floatation devices and lessons are included. After snorkeling, feast on a build-your-own deli style lunch, complete with an open bar. Then just sit back and relax as we sail back to Ka’anapali (seasonal). Approx. duration: 5 hours.

Adult Price: US$128.00

Whalewatch Lahaina With One Way Transportation To Lahaina (Seasonal Dec-Mar)

Informative and fun, each two-hour classic whalewatch is led by a team of Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females. Every trip is different; you never know what you will experience! Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

Adult Price: US$51.00

Whalewatch Lahaina With One Way Transportation To Lahaina (November Only)

Informative and fun, each two-hour classic whalewatch is led by a team of Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females. Every trip is different; you never know what you will experience! Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

Adult Price: US$40.00

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Maui

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Visit a sustainable farm for lunch, with wine, featuring the finest ingredients.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Discover Kona coffee on a plantation tour and the manta ray with a special presentation.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Orientation of Honolulu and Kailua-Kona

    • View the Kilauea Volcano

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 2 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

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

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

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

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Your choice of three hotel categories: Moderate, First Class and Premier accommodation including two-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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


    Airport Transfers

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


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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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  • Guest Service Rating from 10 Reviews

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    Service rating : All day free on Saturday followed by completion of trip on Sunday a.m. Left more free time at a resort than I preferredProduct : Great--we expected to have a fair amount of waiting or dead time because of the3 island trip...air transit, etc.

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    Service:

    Service rating : totally enjoyed myself. hotels were great and our tour guide was very knowledgeable.Product : would have liked more time on Oahu...so much to see and do. In saying that, what the tour did cover was very nice. One on one with tour guide were interesting. The only thing I found

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    Service:

    Service rating : We were extremely well looked after. Our tour guide was very experienced and had great restaurant tips, second-guessed problems which might arise and questions we might have, dealt with it all calmly and unobtrusively.Product : If there was an 'average' button to click I would do

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    Service:

    Service rating : Great Service, absolutely no complaints!!!!Product : I have recommended this trip to several of my friends, greatly enjoyed the experience.

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    Service rating : Travel Director never offered any compensation for missed meal during this trip and had to pay for Dinner on our own. When we approached her when making our Final Payment, she said there wasn't anything she could do at that time that we should have talked to her about it that

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    • Intra-Air: Prices include economy inter-island airfares and all related charges as applicable as of 20 May, 2016 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 flight that is not covered in the prices and is the responsibility of the guest. Please reference the Terms and Conditions for more information.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available for this trip.
    • Hotel Room Categories: CV: City View RV: Resort View POV: Partial Ocean View OV: Ocean View DOV: Deluxe Ocean View MV: Mountain View
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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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