Hawaiian fun and discovery
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|Trip Length||7 days/6 nights|
|Arrive/Depart||Hilo, HI/Kona, HI|
|Price||From $3,595 to $3,995|
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Day 1 (Hilo) Head up the rocky Hamakua Coastline past deep ravines and lush valleys to Akaka Falls State Park, where a dramatic waterfall plummets 442 feet into a gorge. Then it’s on to the village of Volcano, situated at 3,800 feet in a fern forest near the entrance to Volcanoes National Park. We’ll try to find some flowing, glowing orange lava on an evening foray into the park.
Day 2 (Hilo) The full day is devoted to hiking and exploring the fascinating features of Volcanoes National Park, which contains 150 miles of hiking trails into volcanic craters and through scalded deserts and rainforests. The guide plans the day to take best advantage of weather and lava activity. Highlights might include walking into a 500-year-old lava tube and driving a loop around the caldera, stopping to explore points of interest along the way. We may even get a chance to witness Kilauea’s blistering lava flows hiss out into the sea.
Day 3 (Kona) The primary destination this morning is Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park and Preserve (Place of Refuge), one of Hawaii's most sacred places. Then we set off on a Zodiac boat for a coastline tour through caves and along cliff walls to Kealakekua Bay Marine Reserve, one of Hawaii’s best places to snorkel and site of the Captain Cook Monument. Snorkel from the boat and go ashore to see the monument if you’d like.
Day 4 (Kohala Coastline) Traveling up the rugged Kona coast, there is a chance to stop to see some amazingly preserved ancient fish ponds. Continuing north, the Kona coast transitions into the Kohala Coast and your base for the remainder of our journey, a resort that Travel + Leisure rates as one of the “Top Hotels in the World.” Be sure to explore the hotel's historic sites and lava trail.
Day 5 (Kohala Coastline) Head to Waimea today for a horseback ride on the Dahana Ranch, the only Native Hawaiian family-owned ranch on the Big Island. After lunch enjoy a different sort of ride, on an 8-station zip-line soaring over tropical ravines. On the way back to the resort, stop to get regrounded at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, one of the largest restored heiaus (temples) in Hawaii.
Day 6 (Kohala Coastline) This morning is your chance to take a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding lesson, as long as the weather and waves cooperate. If you’d like to go deep sea fishing, that can also be arranged for extra cost. This afternoon celebrate the trip with a last “guide’s choice” activity—possibly a hike, or maybe even a backyard paina feast.
Day 7 (Departures home) Infused with a new understanding of aloha and filled with happy new memories, it’s time to head home. The airport is within an hour’s drive of the hotel, so you can schedule your flight out at your convenience.