Hawaii: Oahu, the Big Island & Maui

11 days
Cross the Pacific to discover a state unlike any other. From the pristine beaches to the towering volcanoes, Hawaii’s natural beauty is spellbinding. Set foot on the shores of Oahu to pay tribute to those lost in Pearl Harbor, sip local coffee near historic craters in Kona and discover Maui’s colorful aquatic life.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly even terrain, including paved roads and paths, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Hawaii

Honolulu, Oahu 3 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Honolulu

Welcome to Hawaii! Arrive in Honolulu and transfer to your hotel in the neighborhood of Waikiki.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Oahu

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head toward Oahu’s eastern shore to begin your guided sightseeing of the island.

• Take in views of Diamond Head, the island’s towering volcanic ash cone

• Pass by beautiful Hanauma Bay and watch the sea spray at Hālona Blowhole

• Try to spot the island of Molokai in the distance from Makapu‘u Point

• Stop at Nu‘uanu Pali, where Kamehameha I fought to conquer Oahu 

• Enter the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum to learn about Hawaiian culture

This afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a ferry into Pearl Harbor to view the USS Arizona Memorial. Then, stop in historic downtown Honolulu to see the shining King Kamehameha statue before sitting down to a welcome dinner with your group.

Day 3: Free day in Honolulu

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day on Oahu or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Polynesian Culture & Cuisine $135pp* Details

Travel to Oahu’s beautiful windward side to spend a day experiencing true island life at the 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center, a collection of eight simulated tropical villages. The park highlights Hawaiian tradition as well as the diverse cultures from all of Polynesia, including Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, the Marquesa Islands and Aotearoa (which is now New Zealand). Then, explore the flavors of the islands at an authentic luau dinner buffet before enjoying premium seating at the world’s largest Polynesian night show.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $145)

Hilo, Hawaii 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Flight to Hilo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, board your flight to Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island. Then, your Tour Director leads an orientation tour of the city’s marketplace, where you’ll have free time to explore on your own.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Hilo or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Ride $229pp* Details

See the spectacular live volcano of Kīlauea from the air. You’ll view the lava flows and black sand beaches, cruise high above tropical rainforests and cascading waterfalls and learn about the volcanic history and culture of Hawaii. Please note: Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $239)

Kona, Hawaii 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to Kona, head south to discover some of the island’s most beautiful parks.

• Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum to learn about the island’s history of volcanic activity

• Peer into the Kīlauea Caldera to see the measuring devices that monitor eruptions and the steam vents created when ground water seeps into the hot volcanic rocks 

• Walk through a lush rainforest to Thurston Lava Tube (known as Nāhuku in Hawaiian), a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows 

• Stop at Punalu’u Beach to try to spot turtles sunning themselves on the black, sandy shores

• Step into a local coffee shop for a tasting of the island’s famous coffee

• Enter the Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, one of the most sacred heiau (places of worship) on the islands

Day 6: Free day in Kona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Then, spend a free day in Kona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Kealakekua Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling $175pp* Details

Kealakekua Bay may very well be Hawaii’s premier snorkeling destination, thanks to its natural wind protection, remote location and dazzling marine life. Sip famous Kona coffee and nibble on an included continental breakfast as your catamaran departs from Keauhou Bay and cruises toward Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. The boat will anchor in the bay so you can enjoy the ship’s pair of 15-foot waterslides, high-jump platform or snorkel in the warm waters. The captain will fire up the grill and serve burgers and veggie burgers for lunch. Please note: Bring a towel, sunscreen and change of clothes if you plan to swim or snorkel. Storage will be available on the boat.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $185)

Ka'anapali, Maui 4 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Maui Ocean Center visit

  Included meals: Breakfast

After a quick flight to Maui, follow a local expert through the Maui Ocean Center, a state-of-the-art marine park dedicated to Hawaii’s unique aquatic environment. You’ll be able to view the country’s largest live coral display and spot lionfish, Hawaiian wrasses, sea turtles, sharks, rays and more in the center’s tanks.

Then, enjoy a free evening on Maui or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lahaina Sunset Cruise $119pp* Details

Set sail on the Pacific to catch the sun set over the stunning Maui coastline. The breathtaking views will be complemented by musical entertainment and a four-course dinner. Then, sip cocktails as you enjoy the tropical breezes and views of the city of Lahaina lit up at night.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 8: Haleakala National Park visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience the culture and customs of Maui’s southeastern side.

• Stop at the Haleakalā National Park Visitor Center, located 9,740 feet above sea level, to view the impressive crater

• Visit a farm on the slopes of Haleakalā, where the higher elevation allows for a wider variety of crops and spectacular views of Maui and the ocea

Day 9: Free day on Maui

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day on Maui or add an excursion.

This evening, rejoin your group to celebrate your trip with a farewell dinner at an authentic Hawaiian luau.

Optional Excursion - Hana Waterfall Walk $129pp* Details

Experience the incredible number of waterfalls that dot the rainforest valley along Maui’s legendary Hana Highway. After a half-mile hike down a private trail with your knowledgeable guide, you’ll see two stunning falls at 10- and 20-feet high. Swim in the clear pools, jump from the rock ledges or explore the surrounding area to experience the natural beauty. Enjoy an included lunch at the waterfalls before your half-mile hike back.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $139)

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Kauai.

Day 11: Arrive home

Arrive home this morning.

Add Kauai Starting from $999 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kauai is covered in lush rainforest and rolling volcanic landscapes that beg to be explored. It's also known as the most laid-back of all the islands and home to the breathtaking Waimea Canyon.

Kauai 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Flight to Kauai

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Kauai this morning and settle into your hotel.

Day 11: Waimea Canyon & coffee plantation visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Learn the incredible natural history of Kauai, Hawaii’s oldest and greenest island.

• Visit Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii,” and see its incredible valleys from multiple vantage points

• Explore the lush greenery of Kōke‘e State Park, high in the rain forest 

• Visit the park’s museum to learn about Kauai’s native birds and plants 

• Stop at Kauai Coffee Company, Hawaii’s largest coffee grower, for a tour of the plantation and a tasting

Overnight Flight 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 13: Arrive home

Arrive home this morning.

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  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hilo, Hawaii
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  • Ka'anapali
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Passport & visa requirements

  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States.

  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.          

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly even terrain, including paved roads and paths, with some hills and stairs. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.        


  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Honolulu and depart from Maui (or Kauai on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • Flights from Honolulu to Hilo and from Kona to Maui are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Maui to Kauai.)

  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.      

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Most domestic airlines impose charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.          

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.          


  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.

  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 8,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.           


  • Hawaiian cuisine reflects the islands’ diverse history and population, combining influence from Polynesian voyagers, European explorers, American missionaries and plantation workers from Asia with traditional Native Hawaiian flavors. Taro, pineapple, coconut, macadamia nut and fish are the islands’ most famous ingredients. Spam, which was brought over by GIs during World War II, also shows up on many menus. Popular dishes include chicken with rice, pulled pork, poi (mashed taro root) and ahi poke (raw ahi tuna).         

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.

  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.    


  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  

Time Zones

  • Hawaii is on Hawaiian-Aleutian Time, which is six hours behind Eastern Standard Time and three hours behind Pacific Standard Time.

  • When it is noon in Hawaii, it is 6pm in New York City and 3pm in Los Angeles.       


  • The U.S. dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour. 

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.                   


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.

  • Tips can only be paid in cash.


Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic experience!!!

Mike and I enjoyed our first trip to Hawai so much! We got to see and experience so much due to the fact that the people at Go Ahead Tours planned it all for us and all we had to do was enjoy it. Pat, our tour director could not have been more personable and accommodating, and we will be booking with Go Ahead again.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

This trip had the best tour director by the name of Pat. She was extremely organized and always very pleasant. The scenery in Hawaii is absolutely beautiful!!


Hi Sharon! We're so glad you soaked up the natural beauty of Hawaii. It's also great to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 15, 2016