ESSENTIAL HAWAII - 2019
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From $2171 AUD
Say, “Aloha,” to your most relaxing affordable island vacation yet. We’ve taken the very best of Hawaii to create the perfect retreat for the budget-minded traveller. From Honolulu to Maui, you’ll find the right mix of sightseeing and free time to enjoy the soothing pace of island life. Take a tour of Honolulu, including a sightseeing cruise through battleship row at Pearl Harbor. Settle in for a few days of sheer relaxation or optional sightseeing of your choosing. Once in the “Valley Island” of Maui, explore the island with a tour of the ‘Iao Valley, and consider opportunities for whale watching, zip-lining, or attend a traditional luau. The legendary Road to Hana beckons as well, for an adventure through Maui’s magical terrain, waterfalls, and lush landscapes. Your affordable Hawaiian vacation is waiting to be discovered!
Traditional lei greeting; guided sightseeing; visit the USS Arizona Memorial & Museum.
Sightseeing; visit IAO Valley, Lahaina.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Includes rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
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Day by Day
Aloha-welcome to Hawaii! Upon arrival at Honolulu International Airport, you will be greeted with a fresh flower LEI and transferred to your hotel in Waikiki. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Join a morning orientation with your Tour Director. City sightseeing features a cruise of Pearl Harbour's famous battleship row. Listen to the narration of the dramatic air attack of December 07, 1941, and view the sunken USS ARIZONA and the impressive memorial to the 1,102 men still entombed. Then on to Punchbowl National Cemetery with its beautiful views of Honolulu. Other sites include bustling Chinatown, `Iolani Palace, and the statue of King Kamehameha the Great. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.
Enjoy another full day to explore the timeless beauty and Hawaiian paradise of Oahu. You can be as active or relaxed as you like. Explore the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands on a full-day optional outing at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, play a round of golf, go hiking, or simply stretch out on impossibly scenic beaches and enjoy the splendid beauty of the coastline. This evening join the optional Oahu sunset dinner cruise and enjoy an evening of unparalleled vistas of the Kahala Gold Coast.
One last day to enjoy the world's most famous beach, Waikiki, with its commanding view of Diamond Head, the remnant of an ancient volcano. Waikiki offers a wide variety of activities from which to choose: swimming, surfing, snorkelling, or sailing at famous Waikiki Beach. If you're after sunshine and sea, Waikiki Beach in Oahu is legendary. Swim in the waters of worldfamous Waikiki one moment, then enjoy dramatic mountain views of the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout another. Watch surfers on the legendary North Shore by day, then get a taste of local flavours in Kapahulu at night.
Today, fly to the "Valley Island" of Maui. The island beloved for its world-famous beaches, sacred Iao Valley, views of migrating whales (seasonal), and the magnificent sunrise and sunset from Haleakala. On arrival, sightseeing begins with a visit to the `IAO VALLEY, the "Yosemite of the Pacific," to view the `lao Needle. Then, head through lush farm country and along the shoreline via Maalaea Boat Harbour to Lahaina, once a whaling centre and capital of the Hawaiian monarchy. Free time to explore this colourful island town.
This morning join the optional excursion to Haleakala National Park, and experience that magnificent sunrise. The parkland is located in a setting of stunning natural beauty, ranging from a landscape of cinder cones to dense rainforest. If you prefer, stretch out on warm, golden sands or hit the surf for an unforgettable windsurfing or snorkelling session. Enjoy a cruise to see aweinspiring- humpback whales (seasonal), or soar high above the Ka'anapali Resort area with awe-inspiring ocean and off-shore island views while zip-lining. This evening, you may wish to attend a traditional Luau feast. At sunset, through legendary song, music and dance, this unique and awe-inspiring luau tells the story of its people from past to present. Enjoy the timeless journey, as dancers tell their stories with graceful moves, subtle eyes, and lovely hula hands.
Exploring the scenic road to Hana along the island's northeastern shore will be among the most spectacular journeys of your life. Return to Ka'anapali in the late afternoon with the balance of the day at leisure. Relax at your oceanfront hotel on Ka'anapali Beach, voted the number one beach on Maui, or choose to participate in a wide variety of free daily Hawaiian activities including hula lessons, lei making, lauhala weaving, cultural garden tours, and more. This evening, be sure to enjoy some of Maui's fine cuisine.
Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the Valley Island further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
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