Best of Hawaii First Class - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from £2330 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Mar 2016.
"You made my dream come true"
Michelle , Jul 2014

Dramatic scenery is just one of the highlights on this Hawaiian trip, that takes in the best of vibrant Waikiki, exotic Kailua Kona and the stunning Kaanapali Beach.

It's Insider moments like… getting to know our expert naturalist in Maui, and discovering more about the huge variety of exotic flora and fauna that call the island home. It's experiencing the dramatic landscapes of Oahu - from tropical forests to soaring cliff faces and inviting azure waves, on an in-depth exploration of the island's most stunning sights. And dining on fresh produce with our local friends, who share stories of a more natural way of life as you savour authentic dishes together.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
DHMF

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE HONOLULU, OAHU – WAIKIKI (4 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; explore the shopping opportunities in Waikiki; or relax with a tropical drink poolside. At 6 p.m., gather for a Hawaiian-style Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

  • 2.

    OAHU SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Traverse the island today on a grand tour of Oahu. See panoramic views of the deep blue waters from rugged cliffs, marvel at idyllic golden beaches and look out on the famous break at the North Shore (seasonal). On your journey through this tropical splendour, pass verdant pineapple plantations, swaying palm trees and lushly forested hills.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 3.

    HONOLULU FREE TIME

    Enjoy a full day today to explore on your own. Spend some time lazing in the sun on Waikiki Beach; spot sea turtles, colourful coral and dazzling tropical fish while snorkelling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    PEARL HARBOR AND HONOLULU SIGHTSEEING

    Begin your day with a visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, a moving tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the 1941 attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. Return to Honolulu to see the splendid Iolani Palace, the iconic King Kamehameha I statue and the current state capitol building. The rest of the afternoon is yours. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 5.

    OAHU – HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – KONA (2 NIGHTS)

    Your morning begins with a short, scenic flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. Travel from Hilo to the exquisite western coast, passing through forest preserves before arriving at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to both Mauna Loa, the world's largest volcano, and Kilauea, its most active. Hawaii's landscape changes constantly as Kilauea, erupting almost continuously since 1983, spews lava flowing down to the sea. Enjoy spectacular views of the caldera and crater and learn about the geology of the islands at the Jaggar Museum. Then take a short walk to get inside an ancient cave-like lava tube. After an included lunch, reach the golden Kona coast and your stunning oceanfront resort.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 6.

    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 colorful and varied marine life; descend into the ocean depths on a submarine to explore a natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants; 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 excursion to a working ranch for dinner and entertainment.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 7.

    KONA – MAUI (3 NIGHTS)

    Fly to Maui, the Magic Isle, home to endless white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and luxuriant tropical foliage. Travel 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 delicious Hawaiian specialities made with the freshest local ingredients. Check into your beachfront resort and relax for the evening. Formerly a royal retreat, spectacular Kaanapali Beach is often ranked as one of America's finest beaches.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 8-9

    MAUI FREE TIME

    Savour two full days in paradise as you chart your own course through Maui's wonderlands. The possibilities are endless. Spend some time walking along the long white-sand beaches or relaxing by the pool. Take an afternoon to explore the old whaling village of Lahaina with its trendy art galleries and welcoming cafes. Play 18 holes at a championship golf course overlooking the sea. Rise early and ascend to the summit of Mount Haleakala to see the sunrise. Or make the scenic journey to the remote town of Hana on Maui's rugged eastern coast. Maybe get a bird's-eye view of Maui on a helicopter flightseeing excursion. During your stay, meet with a Local Expert and learn about the exotic flora and fauna of the islands. On one evening, join your travelling companions for a festive Farewell Dinner, featuring a sumptuous buffet, tropical cocktails and the songs and dances of old Hawaii and the South Pacific. Relish the scene as the rising moon transforms the seas into liquid silver, and marvel as the stars begin to brighten the great night sky.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner,Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    DEPART MAUI

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

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Learn about sustainable farming and join your local host for lunch with wine featuring the finest local ingredients.
  • Local Expert

    Meet a local naturalist on Maui for a discussion on the Hawaiian archipelago.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour of Honolulu.
  • See Pineapple plantations and the world-famous surf along the North Shore (seasonal).
  • View Kilauea Volcano.
  • Visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum and Thurston Lava Tube, and a Local Farm on Maui.

Dining

  • 3 dinners

    (including 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
  • 9 full breakfasts.
    Welcome Reception with light appetisers.
  • 2 lunches

    (including Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 9 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar Bonus – All inter-island flights: Honolulu-Hilo and Kona-Kahului including all airport transfers
  • Aloha Welcome with flower lei on arrival at Honolulu International Airport on Day 1
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Oahu

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise

    Adult Price: $110.00 Experience a memorable evening aboard the sleek and state-of-the-art vessel, the Navatek I. It’s the only dinner cruise that in addition to sailing along Waikiki Beach, goes beyond Diamond Head where few people see the hidden shores of the Kahala Coastline -- home to Hawaii’s rich and famous. The Prime Rib Buffet is a favorite of guests. After dinner, you are treated to a Hawaiian and contemporary revue of music, song, and dance.Duration: 3.5 hours.
  • Magic of Polynesia Dinner + Show

    Adult Price: $110.00 In the heart of Waikiki you’ll discover the Magic of Polynesia. As you enter this uniquely Polynesian world, you’ll find surprises, humor, and plenty of island spirit. You’ll be treated to a fabulous, island-style dinner and pre-show entertainment. Merlin Award-Winning Illusionist, John Hirokawa, will amaze you with incomparable illusions, levitations, and even some dazzling pyrotechnics sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In addition, a troupe of entertainers will bring you a taste of Polynesia through song and dance. Round trip transfers included. Duration: 3 hours.
  • Magic of Polynesia Show

    Adult Price: $55.00 In the heart of Waikiki you’ll discover the Magic of Polynesia. As you enter this uniquely Polynesian world, you’ll find surprises, humor, and plenty of island spirit. Merlin Award-Winning Illusionist, John Hirokawa, will amaze you with incomparable illusions, levitations, and even some dazzling pyrotechnics sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In addition, a troupe of entertainers will bring you a taste of Polynesia through song and dance. Duration: 2 hours.
  • East Oahu Circle Island Tour

    Adult Price: $70.00 Take in Oahu’s stunningly rugged East Coast up to the windswept cliffs of the Pali. Strike out for the famous outline of Diamond Head, where you explore the lower slopes of Hawaii’s most recognized landmark. Seabirds soar above the island’s windswept east coastline as you stop to view the crystal clear waters of Hanauma Bay, sheltered in the remains of an ancient volcanic crater. See ancient lava fields descending into the sea, Halona Blowhole, and its beach – site of a famous Hollywood kiss. Your guide will show you all the best this beautiful corner of the island has to offer and personalize the experience with stories and history along the way. Tour length: 4 hours.
  • Polynesian Cultural Center Admission + Show Package

    Adult Price: $105.00 The spectacular 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center brings to life the traditions, history, and hospitality of the islands of the South Pacific. Visit authentic villages and watch natives from seven Pacific cultures demonstrate the arts of dancing with fire, making clothing from plants, jewelry making, and preserving history without a written language. Duration: 10-12 hours.

Hawaii

  • Evening at Kahua Ranch Sunset Dinner

    Adult Price: $130.00 Join 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. Duration: 6 hours.
  • Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour

    Adult Price: $455.00 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. Tour length: Approx 2 hours. Minimum: 2 guests.
  • Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour (Over 249 lbs)

    Adult Price: $680.00 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. Tour length: Approx 2 hours. Minimum: 2 guests.

Maui

  • Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour

    Adult Price: $130.00 Come to the “house of the sun” where ancient Hawaiian myths tells how their demigod Maui lassoed the Sun.Rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala is Maui´s, “house of the sun” in Hawaiian lore. Witness the breaking of a new day at the top of Mt. Haleakala. Renowned for its raw beauty and unique scenery, join us as we discover Haleakala National Park, the Visitor Center and Pu`u Ula`ula Overlook. Enjoy a day that will delight and amaze you! Dress warmly for the summit of Haleakala. (Temperatures are 30°F / 17°C cooler than at sea level. Climbing to this altitude is generally not recommended for people with heart conditions or those prone to altitude sickness. A 24-hour wait period is also recommended for anyone that has recently been scuba diving). We do not guarantee weather will permit viewing sunrise. Tour length: 8 hours..
  • Heavenly Hana Tour

    Adult Price: $130.00 Take the journey of a lifetime to East Maui. There are more than 600 curves on the road to Hana and you will weave through the surrounding forest and cross a total of 59 bridges. There are usually stops at Keanae Valley Lookout and Waianapanapa State Park that provide grand views of the ocean and surrounding hills. Once you reach the town of Hana you’ll have some time to take in all the charm of this sleepy, rural village. You’ll also make a stop at the Tedeschi Winery, a great place to discover more about Hawaii’s wine industry and sample a few varieties. Tour length: 11 hours.
  • Molokini Snorkel and Cruise

    Adult Price: $150.00 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. Transportation included. Tour length 7.5 hours.
  • Haleakala/Iao Valley/Lahaina

    Adult Price: $105.00 This tour is an exploration of some of Maui’s famous natural and cultural landmarks. You’ll experience rainforests and waterfalls in the cooler, wetter regions, and volcanic areas and dramatic foliage in Maui’s drier places. There are also breathtaking ocean views along portions of the route. A long, ascending road will take you through horse farms and towering eucalyptus groves until you reach Haleakala National Park. You’ll visit the spectacular volcanic crater, Mt. Haleakala, which in Hawaiian means “House of the Rising Sun”. At an altitude of 10,023 feet you’ll literally be above the clouds. You’ll even be able to see Mauna Loa volcano on the neighboring Big Island. (Climbing to this altitude is generally not recommended for people with heart conditions or those prone to altitude sickness. A 24-hour wait period is also recommended for anyone that has recently been scuba diving). Tour length: 8 hours.
  • Whale Watching (Seasonal: Mid Nov - Early Apr)

    Adult Price: $60.00 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! One way transportation to Lahaina where ship departs is included. Duration: 3 hours.
  • Whale Watching (November Only)

    Adult Price: $50.00 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! One way transportation to Lahaina where ship departs is included. Duration: 3 hours.
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