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Hawaii Big Island

  • Code #HBI
  • 8 Days
Duration
8 Days
/7 Nights
Availability
Mar,2017-Dec,2018
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Kailua-Kona Town
Ends in: 
Kailua-Kona Town
Accommodation
Camping

Trip Overview

Say ‘Aloha!’ to the tropical Big Island of America’s 50th state, Hawaii, with its unique landscape and culture. If it's beautiful beaches and action-packed days you want then you're in the right place, Hawaii is pure paradise! Get off the usual tourist track to discover the real Hawaii – stay in remote oceanside campsites and cabins, hike lush trails, snorkel with turtles and witness one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Included Highlights 
  • Zodiac island cruise & snorkelling adventure
  • Tour the sacred Waipo Valley with a local guide
  • Tour a local Kona Coffee Farm
  • Incredible hiking trails at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Walk to the spectacular Akaka Falls
  • World Botanical Gardens with over 5,000 species of flora
  • Evening visit to Mauna Kea Observatory to view the stars
  • Visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunua National Historic Park
  • Explore Kona Town with your tour leader
  • Camp by remote beaches on the ocean’s edge
  • Fantastic opportunities to spot Green Sea Turtles
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
National Parks
Small Group
Wildlife

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 13
Camping
4 Nights
Budget Lodging
3 Nights

Food & Meals

  • We operate a Food Kitty on this trip - you will need to contribute US$15 a day which covers all your meals whilst camping

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a TrekAmerica tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation, camping fees & equipment (except sleeping bag)

Essential Information

  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).

Resources

Hawaii Big Island
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!

As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.

The West Coast of Hawaii is known as ‘Kona Side’ and is famous for its awesome weather. Sample some of the most delicious coffee on a tour of a Kona Coffee Farm. Next up is an activity you are sure to fall in love with. As you get your swimwear on, board Zodiac-style motorboats and take to the water for an island tour and included snorkelling at Kealakekua Bay Park. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other wildlife. End today with a night at Punalu’u Beach Park – what a first day!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

First up, you have time to explore Punalu’u and Pu'uhonua O Honaunua National Historic Park on foot. You’ll take tons of photos and have the opportunity to spot the friendly Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) that frequent the area. Of course we can’t guarantee you’ll see them, but keep watch on the beaches or in the crystal clear waters throughout your trip. Next we turn up the volume as you enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea. For the ultimate experience head to the Jagger Museum Observatory for a chance to view the glow of the lava. Hike the trails over smoking ground and through old lava tubes. For the next two nights you’ll overnight just outside the national park in cabins.

Accommodation

Cabins included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

The historic town of Hilo is also home to the Wailuku River State Park where you’ll visit the gorgeous 25 metre-high Rainbow Falls and the famous Boiling Pots. End your day with a walk down the ‘Hilo Walk of Fame’ where you can see Banyan Trees planted by celebrities. For a different perspective of the island, fly overhead in a helicopter and for a magical end to the day, opt for an evening sunset cruise to Onomea Bay along the tropical Hamakua coast.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight US$201-$248
Sunset sailboat cruise US$87

Cruise along Onomea Scenic Drive, a beautiful stretch of road that snakes through lush tropical rainforest. The road will lead you straight to Akaka Falls State Park where you’ll hike to the stunning Akaka Falls, which plummets 130 metres! Stop for a visit at the World Botanical Gardens with more than 5,000 species of Hawaiian and tropical flora. Here you’ll start to see how different Hawaii is to the rest of America’s other 49 states. Finally, it’s on to the Laupahoehoe Beach where you’ll be spending the night by the ocean’s edge.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

World Botanical Gardens segway tour (Hakalau) US$57-$167

This morning you stop at Tex Drive where you have the option to devour a delicious Hawaiian sensation - fresh malasadas (deep fried dough balls covered in sugar). You continue following the coast to a viewpoint for the sacred and unbelievably beautiful Waipio Valley. A locally led tour of the valley and introduction to Hawaiian history and culture is included which will help you to dig beneath the surface of this beautiful area. Afterwards you’ll have free time to explore the small town of Hawi. Drift off to the sounds of crashing waves with a night on Spencer Park Beach where you spend the next two nights.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Snorkelling US$20-$30

Lapakahi State Park is a rugged coastal park which’ll give you a glimpse of life as a Native Hawaiian. Today is a free day but why not hike to the black sand beach of Pololu Valley or even opt for a helicopter flight for a birds-eye view? This evening you’ll visit the Mauna Kea Observatory for a very different view of the stars!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight (Waikaloa) US$219-$266

Spend the morning exploring the beach, shopping for souvenirs or taking one last coastal hike. Finally, it’s time to head back to Kona Town where after a walking tour of the town, your Hawaiian adventure comes to an end!

This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Accommodation

None included. Tour ends at 17:00 hrs

Meals Included

Camping food kitty applies to this tour
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

KONA TOWN - ROYAL KONA RESORT

75-5852 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Situated facing the Pacific Ocean on Kailua Bay this resort hotel boasts excellent facilities with mountain and ocean views.

 

Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £92 | US$119 | Eur110 | AU$156 | NZ$164
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £160 | US$208 | Eur192 | AU$272 | NZ$286
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

You can pre-book your transfer on the SpeediShuttle website for a shared ride from the airport to the Royal Kona Resort to ensure there is a transfer waiting for you. Alternatively you can catch a 9 mile taxi from the airport for around US$30-$32.

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. 

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Reviews

What our trekkers say

1.5 out of 5
Past Trekkers Review

A truly tropical and cultural experience in paradise

Reviewed August 2016
I cannot recommend Hawaii enough. I began with a week in Oahu before starting the trek so got a feel for the Hawaii vibe. So I would definitely suggest stopping at another island before or after the trip to make the most of being on a beautiful set of islands. The trip is on the Big Island and it is...
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