Explore Hawaii: Oahu & Big Island

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Honolulu

To: Honolulu

From

£1,155

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Explore 2 different islands in the state of Hawaii – the beautiful shores and rich history of Oahu and the volcanic landscape and clear waters of the Big Island. With 3 days to explore from your base in Honolulu, you’ll enjoy the sweeping sand and crashing surf of Waikiki Beach before exploring the historic events surrounding Pearl Harbour. Over on the Big Island, you’ll be able to explore by car, enjoying the stunning Volcanoes National Park before snorkelling among colourful clouds of fish off some of the best beaches in the world.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Explore the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour
  • Walk along Waikiki Beach at sunset
  • Discover the glowing lava flows of the Big Island
  • Watch the stars from the summit of Mauna Kea
  • Snorkel with colourful fish in the clear waters of Kealakekua Bay
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Honolulu
  • 3 nights Hawaii 'Big Island'

Day 1: Arrival in Honolulu

Aloha and welcome to Hawaii! On arrival onto Oahu you’ll enjoy a flower lei greeting at the airport before being transferred to your hotel in Waikiki Beach. Spend the evening at leisure with a walk along the beach with a cocktail in hand.


Days 2: Honolulu

This morning you’ll take a tour of Pearl Harbour, the famous and tragic site of the Japanese attack in 1941 that triggered the United States’ entry into World War II. You’ll be able to pay your respects at the Arizona Memorial before exploring the visitor centre where you can learn and the events and lead up of that fateful day. You’ll also visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery and tour through the city of Honolulu enjoying visits to the Kawaiahao Church, the Iolani Palace and the statue of King Kamehameha who founded the Kingdom of Hawaii.              


Day 3: Honolulu

Today you have a free day to enjoy Oahu - why not try a surfing lesson – the waves in Waikiki are perfect for beginners and watching the locals heading out to sea with their colourful boards will easily tempt you into trying it. We can book you a two-hour lesson that will show you how to ride the waves.


Day 4: Honolulu to the Big Island

In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight from Honolulu to the Big Island. On arrival on the Big Island, you’ll pick up your car hire from the airport and drive to your hotel in Kona. The rest of the day is at leisure so why not settle into the hotel and have dinner on one of the fabulous beaches on the western shore.


Day 5: Island of Hawaii ‘Big Island’

Today is yours to explore the island. Why not drive over to Volcanoes National Park, known to native Hawaiians as the home of the fire goddess Pele.  The Jaggar Museum will show you the incredible volcanic activity going on beneath you and the Crater Rim Drive has beautiful views of the caldera. Drive down from the summit towards the ocean and check with Volcano Observatory where the best area to see the glowing lava as it bubbles out of the earth.

In the afternoon, you could head to the Kapoho Tide Pools. Not too far from the volcanoes, you can snorkel in calm waters as tropical fish swim right up to you in these spring-fed pools that are gently warmed by the volcano. After an afternoon enjoying the water, you can drive back towards Kona, stopping in at an observatory at the summit of Mauna Kea, where clear skies and a height of nearly 14,000 feet will give you one of the most mesmerising views of the universe twinkling above you.


Day 6: Island of Hawaii ‘Big Island’

With another free day in paradise, why not head to the beach. The Big Island’s beaches are regularly voted as some of the best in the world – driving north will take you to Hapuna Beach, where turquoise waves lap the white sand beach that is fringed with the lush vegetation Hawaii is famous for. Go south and you’ll come across Kealakekua Bay, where turtles relax in the beautiful water and the snorkelling is arguably the best on the island.


Day 7: Depart Honolulu

Sadly, your time in Hawaii has come to an end and today you’ll return your car to the airport before catching your flight back to Honolulu.

Info

High Season in Hawaii is from December to April & June to August, winter is wetter but is a good time for whale watching and surfing. Prices around the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays are the highest with October & November being the cheapest months to visit. May and September can be a good time to visit with crowds fewer and temperatures mild.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Flower Lei Greeting
  • Return shared airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Honolulu Hotel including resort fee
  • 3 nights in Big Island Hotel
  • Pearl Harbour Arizona Memorial City Tour
  • Car hire on the Big Island
  • Return flights from Honolulu to Kona

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Accommodation

3 nights in 3* accommodation.

Hotels in this standard includes:

  • Waikiki Resort Hotel

  • Courtyard King Kamehameha

 

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