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Hawaii Big Island

  • Code #HBI
  • 8 Days
Duration
8 Days
/7 Nights
Availability
Jan,2018-Dec,2019
Group Size
Max 13
Departure City: 
Kailua-Kona Town
Ends in: 
Kailua-Kona Town
Accommodation
Camping
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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
  • 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

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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 Ho’okena Beach Park, for a night camping on the pristine sand– what a first day!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

First up, you have time to explore Punalu’u Black Sand Beach and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau 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. 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

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.

Accommodation

Hostel included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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! End at Laupahoehoe Beach where you’ll be spending the night by the ocean’s edge.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

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 another night on the beach, where you spend the next two nights.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

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? In the evening, you could opt for a sunset cruise and toast to your final night on the big island. Mahalo!

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Sunset sailboat cruise US$87

Spend the morning exploring the beach, shopping for souvenirs or taking one last coastal hike - or for a final hurrah, take a helicopter ride over the stunning Kohala Coast. Finally, it’s time to head back to Kona Town where 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

Camping food kitty applies to this tour

Optional Activities

Helicopter flight (Waikaloa) US$219-$266
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 £100 | US$132 | Eur120 | AU$171 | NZ$179
Price per person per night

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £175 | US$231 | Eur210 | AU$298 | NZ$313
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. 

Why Book Your Flights with Trek?

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  • Date changes free of charge (subject to terms)
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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

3.6 out of 5
LOUISE G.

Never wanted to leave!

Reviewed June 2017

From the day we started we saw the most amazing parts of Big Island. Don, our leader, was fantastic telling us to embrace the 'aloha' lifestyle, life goes so much more slowly there. So many highlights but for a coffee lover the coffee farm was amazing, some of the best stuff you'll ever taste. The beaches are second to none, the secret one a walk from Spencer beach was by far the most beautiful, especially at sunset! Our guide catered to everyone's need, stopping for extra one off must sees, to ensuring someone who stood on a sea urchin was well looked after.

Lucy Morley

A great opportunity to visit Hawaii as a lone traveller

Reviewed April 2017

I have just arrived back (and have gotten over my jet lag enough to write this) from the Hawaii Big Island tour. This was my 2nd Trek America tour (the first being the Southern Sun from LA back in 2011). I booked this tour because I really needed a holiday and wanted to venture to somewhere I had not been before. I was also limited with the time I was able to get off work and so this tour fitted in nicely along with a couple of days either side to relax.

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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