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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

1. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

Dive into local culture with a Luau Kalamaku attraction ticket. Learn the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling show. Admire craft and cultural demonstrations like learning the Lei greeting. Discover traditional cooking with an Imu ceremony. Enjoy authentic cuisine and drinks from the open bar. Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Immerse yourself in local culture as you watch craft and cultural demonstrations. Feel the thrill of playing traditional Hawaiian games. Purchase a ticket for the train to the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway. Find out how to cook pork like a true Hawaiian during the Imu ceremony where the pork is cooked in a pit. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and yellow curry Ratatouille. Dig into teriyaki chicken, pan seared fish, fresh fruits, salad, warm rice pudding, and banana crème pie. After dinner, experience the the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land). Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. See fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing during the show. Have the chance to take photos with the cast at the end of the show.

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

2. Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

Prepare for a thrilling day exploring 3 unique snorkeling locations in South Kona with time to take a break from swimming for lunch with breathtaking views. Begin your snorkeling adventure by heading to the turquoise waters and vibrant reef of the 315-acre marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, with your crew members highlighting interesting sights along the way. Once there, experience a vibrant reef filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, even catch glimpses of spinner dolphins swimming nearby. After snorkeling, savor a gourmet deli lunch in the shade of the canopy with the monument to Captain Cook as a backdrop and the cliffs of the bay soaring above you. Next, jet off to a new location with visually spectacular snorkeling opportunities and cultural significance, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, the “Place of Refuge.” Beautiful Honaunau Bay is fronted by large, smooth, and lava rock flats and fascinating gardens of coral.  For your third snorkeling stop, let your expert captain transport you a location that even island locals have yet to see. At this remote location, snorkel at a remote black sand beach, marvel at a stone arch, or maybe admire a spectacular lava rock formation created thousands of years ago. Explore sea caves and lava tubes in a safe, exciting, and maneuverable vessel designed to get you up close and personal with the coast. Rest assured that the local operator is proudly part of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and seeks to create a culture protecting and promoting healthy oceans through many sustainability efforts.

Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

3. Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

After gathering with your group, your guides will begin to take their time to teach, show, explain, and entertain each guest in the group. You'll have a dedicated and experienced tour guide from start to finish of your activity. You'll spend 10-20 minutes on the beach learning about swimming, snorkeling, and equipment.  Following that, you will spend 20-30 minutes in the shallow water to practice swimming and snorkeling complete with life jackets or other flotation devices. Once you get comfortable with the water and can float freely in shallow water, you will practice going to the deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes.  Once you have learned how to breathe with your snorkel and float on the surface of the water with your life jacket, you will go in search of turtles and other sea marine life. Your guides will then take you to one of the best local coral reefs which is replete with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles.

From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

4. From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

Get picked up by your guide in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle in Waikiki and travel straight to the Manoa Falls trailhead. Follow the 1.5-mile trail as it winds through a tropical rainforest used in many blockbuster films and TV shows, including Jurassic Park and Lost. As you explore the trail, take in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest and the sounds of native birds found nowhere else in the world. Discover many hidden secrets and treasures to behold along the way, including a bamboo forest and natural tree arch. Enjoy the breathtaking and lush scenery of Hawaii while your guide shares interesting Hawaiian cultural facts and history. At the end of this 45-minute walk, the trees clear to display your reward: 150 feet of cascading freshwater. Manoa Falls is the tallest accessible waterfall in Oahu, and it is a wonder to behold. It’s all downhill from there, as you head back along the trail the way you came. After the hike, enjoy a healthy power lunch and stop at the Tantalus Lookout. After your day of adventure, arrive back in Waikiki at around 1:30 PM.

West Maui: Self-Guided E-Bike, Hiking & Snorkeling Excursion

5. West Maui: Self-Guided E-Bike, Hiking & Snorkeling Excursion

Combine electric biking, hiking and snorkeling on this Maui adventure. After an easy ride along the coastline, snorkel in Kapalua Bay and spot tropical fish, coral reefs, and green sea turtles. Shape your time as you like without keeping up with or waiting for a tour group. Check out different ways to customize your experience: • Bike/Snorkel: Ride along the West Maui coastline to Wahikuli Beach Park, Black Rock (Pu‘u Keka‘a), Kahekili Beach Park, or all the way up to Kapalua Bay for a snorkeling experience with tropical fish, Hawaiian Sea Turtles, and vast ocean wildlife. • Bike/Hike: Start the day cruising on an E-Bike down the Lahaina coastline and then up into the iconic West Maui mountains. Enjoy a relatively easy hike up the Launiupoko Valley Trail. • Bike/Sightseeing: Journey effortlessly through Lahaina Town and up the coastal bike path to Ka’anapali—no pedaling necessary. Check out the shopping, food locations, beaches, and history of West Maui. The most popular route takes you along the Lahaina coast with amazing panoramic views leading up to Kapalua Bay. Here, experience the beautiful Kapalua Coastal Trail and snorkel at Kahekili Beach.

Oahu: Food and Sights Bus Tour

6. Oahu: Food and Sights Bus Tour

After traveling from Waikiki, begin your tour of Oahu with views of the southeast coast. Fuel up with the local favorite treat Leonard's Malasadas in Koko Marina. Here, enjoy the majestic views of Oahu’s Windward coastline and Ko’olau Mountain Range. Stop for lunch at Waiahole Poi Factory and sample traditional Hawaiian favorites like Kalua Pig, squid luau, and poi. Next, try the island's freshest macadamia nuts and Big Island coffee at the Macadamia Nut Farm. Next, enjoy views of ridge-lined Ko’olau cliffs at Kualoa Beach Park.  Try Hawaiian Kahuku-style garlic shrimp at Fumi’s in Kahuku, the birthplace of this savory style. See the shrimp ponds and collect organically grown mango and passion fruit at a nearby farm. Pass by Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay to enjoy prime sunset views. During the winter season, see thrilling waves. Enjoy fruit on the beach then head to a popular spot to see the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles coming ashore to sunbathe.  Continue your journey to the historic surf town of Haleiwa to check out the shops and art galleries. Finally, pay a spiritual visit to Balancing Stones State Monument.

MaunaKea Stellar Explorer From Kona

7. MaunaKea Stellar Explorer From Kona

For an out-of-this-world experience, check out Maunakea Stellar Explorer. The in-house stellar explorers are the best and most experienced in Hawaii, with one having created the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Center and operated it for a decade. Staff have written noted articles and reviews for well-known astronomy magazines and have worked at world-class observatories. Next, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service trained guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. While you’re taking in the breathtaking terrestrial views, your guide will prepare some heavenly views just as stunning. Setting up a state of the art solar telescope for your viewing pleasure, your specially trained guide will let you safely watch the sun come alive in true color with vibrant solar flares, sunspots, prominences, and any other current activity, weather permitting. Lastly, your guide will take you to one of the preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. You’ll observe deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture Dobsonian telescope under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth. The Dobsonian telescopes are a true purist’s experience to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide field views of objects that simply aren’t possible with the types of telescopes used by other tours. Depending on what is visible in the current sky and weather permitting, you’ll observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more; all the highlights and showpiece objects like you’ve never seen before. 

Big Island: Full Day Circle Island Tour From Kona

8. Big Island: Full Day Circle Island Tour From Kona

Travel south into Kona coffee country for the first stop at Bay View Farm, a working 24-acre coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano just above beautiful Kealakekua Bay and known for the best Kona coffee since 1984. Here you will see coffee growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in making coffee, all of which happen right here on the farm. Sample 100% Kona Coffee at a gorgeous overlook with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain Cook standing on the only sliver of British land in the United States. The adventure continues as you head through the South Kona and Ka’u Districts. Stunning views, alternating between stark lava flows and Hawaiian dry forest, are visible through the huge picture windows of your tour vehicle. Stop briefly at picturesque Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. Lined with swaying coconut palm trees, this is one of the best black sand beaches on the island. Look for honu or green Hawaiian sea turtles feeding just offshore or sun-worshipping on the sand. Next travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Walkthrough the famous Volcano House to view the smoking and steaming Kilauea Caldera. Dropping down into the lush eastern side of Kilauea Volcano, your next stop is Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm. In operation for more than 30 years, Mauna Loa has more than a dozen mac nut flavors to choose from, and visitors can watch the factory floor through glass windows. Big Island Candies is the next stop in Hilo-town. Founded in 1977, Big Island Candies is synonymous with quality. Big Island Candies welcomes everyone with samples of their amazing confections, still handmade using only the highest quality ingredients. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts. Travel through quaint Hilo town where you drive along the historic waterfront and along the Onomea Scenic Route, a  four-mile section of the original old highway punctuated with historic wooden bridges, waterfalls, and lush tropical foliage. Waipio Valley, known as the Valley of Kings, is a place of impossibly steep cliffs carved by plunging waterfalls cascading more than a thousand feet to the valley floor below. Waipio Valley is still home to taro farmers as it has been for a thousand years. Look closely from the overlook and glimpses of the wild horses that roam the valley floor might be possible.

Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

9. Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

Every December through to April, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along and catch these beautiful mammals at their best on an exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursion.   Set sail on a 53-foot sailing catamaran, passing the Waikiki coastline on your way. Enjoy soda and snacks on board as you search for these majestic creatures.  

Big Island: Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

10. Big Island: Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before heading out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea Volcano, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by.  Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church, moved by the community twice to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. V isit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera, and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 72 reviews

This was a great activity to start the day. The staff was really helpful, I don’t remember his name (tall guy with a beard) who set me up was super in getting me everything I needed and answered all my questions. You get a map with 6 stops that are all cool and it’s up to you how long you want to stop or even if you want to stop. If you’re looking for a way to see some sites where you control how long you stay at each spot it’s perfect.

I would have liked more information about the time of the show. There is a lot of empty time after the required check in I could have used to take the train ride, but nobody I asked was able to explain that to me. The vendors had some great art pieces, but that was a lot of time for unexpected shopping time.

Billy was such an incredible guide. He explained a lot going up to the falls, he was so patience with the pics. The tour is a quick but amazing journey.

Had the absolute best trip with Jackson and Manny! The sights were spectacular and açaí bowls were divine. Highly recommend this experience.

Diese Tour ist zu empfehlen. Meine Erfahrungen waren voll erfüllt und ich würdest jederzeit wiederholen!!!