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Hawaii: Oahu, the Big Island & Maui

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Find paradise on Earth amid Hawaii’s natural and cultural splendor.

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.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer and wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • USS Arizona Memorial
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Pu’uhonau O Hōnaunau National Historic Park
  • Maui Ocean Center
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Honolulu, Oahu3 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Honolulu
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Tonight, sit down to a welcome dinner with your group.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Oahu
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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 to see Hālona Blowhole and the surrounding natural rock formations
  • 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
  • Enjoy an included lunch

This afternoon, take a ferry into Pearl Harbor to view the USS Arizona Memorial (weather permitting). Then, stop in historic downtown Honolulu to see the shining King Kamehameha statue.

Day 3: Free day in Honolulu
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day on Oahu or add an excursion.

Polynesian Culture & Cuisine
Excursion (additional cost)
Hilo, Hawaii1 night
Day 4: Flight to Hilo & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, board your flight to Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island.

Then, join your Tour Director to explore the city.

  • See Waiānuenue Falls, a roaring waterfall where visitors can often spot a rainbow in the surrounding mist
  • Walk through Liliuokalani Park and Gardens to see the Japanese style architectural elements
  • View Coconut Island
  • Walk through the local marketplace where you’ll have free time to visit some of the shops

Enjoy a free afternoon in Hilo or add an excursion.

Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Ride
Excursion (additional cost)
Kona, Hawaii2 nights
Day 5: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park visits
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
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
  • 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

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Free day in Kona
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Kona or add an excursion.

Kealakekua Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling
Excursion (additional cost)
Ka'anapali, Maui3 nights
Day 7: Maui Ocean Center visit
Included meal: 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.

Lahaina Sunset Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
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
  • Enjoy an included barbecue lunch
  • 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 ocean
Day 9: Free day on Maui
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a full free day on Maui.

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

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Maui. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Kauai.

Arrive Home
Day 11: Arrive home

Arrive home this morning.

Extension to Kauai

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.

Kauai3 nights
Day 10: Flight to Kauai
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Kauai this morning and settle in to your hotel.

Day 11: Waimea Canyon & Wailua River
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
  • View the Spouting Horn blowhole and enjoy an included lunch in Poipu
  • Make a photo stop to see the beautiful 'Opaeka'a Falls
  • Take a boat ride along the Wailua River to view the lush, green fern grotto
Day 12: Free day in Kauai
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to soak in the sun on Kauai's stunning beaches or explore the island at your leisure.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Kauai before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 14: Arrive home

Arrive home today.

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Dates & prices
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3 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Nov 7–Nov 17, 2019
Extension available
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$4,599
Feb 13–Feb 23, 2020
Extension available
$4,999$4,799
Jul 9–Jul 19, 2020
$4,999
Reviews
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Can't Miss Tour
by 3rd time traveler 

I have been on several tours with this company. As excited as I was for this trip, I didn't set my expectations high enough. This trip was spectacular! I personally cannot imagine that there is a better tour director than Frank. He has a deep knowledge of the culture and was a superior represent...

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by 2nd time traveler 

This was my best Tour ever O'ahu was amazing .Outrigger Reef Waikiki resort beautiful beach front view room.great breakfast every day,drove around on the bus for opportunity to see O'ahu's geology,environment and human history.next went pass diamond head to Hanauma bay to see Halona Blowhole and Mak...

Hawaii
by 3rd time traveler 

Loved the tour. Our Tour Director Frank was awesome. Great experience although I think Kaua’i should be a set part of the tour and not a extension only available if enough people choose it. The big island would be a better add on as not everyone is interested in seeing it. Maui, Oaho and Kaua’...

Mahalo
by 2nd time traveler 

This has been the best vacation thus far to date. Frank Lau was our tour guide, amazing he was! The food was great, the experience was fantastic, the narrators gave wonderful history of the places we went. I gained a new set of friends ??! BEAUTIFUL Hawaii ????????, Mahalo!

I loved this tour!
by 5th time traveler 

I would take this tour again! Loved the food, the beach, and the culture of Hawaii! Definitely a must see destination.

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani offers a glimpse at Hawaii's royal past in the heart of Waikiki Beach. This Oahu hotel graces the former estate of Hawa...

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

This oceanfront hotel is located in quaint Hilo Town. Guests enjoy a freshwater pool, views of the Pacific, and on-site restaurant and lounge. Nearby,...

Sheraton Kona

This oceanfront hotel is located on the Kona Coast. Guests enjoy a waterfront patio, pool, and live music. Nearby, you’ll find the Keauhou Shopping Ce...

Royal Lahaina Resort

This oceanfront hotel is located on Ka'anapali Beach. Guests enjoy an ice cream parlor, bocce ball court, and oceanfront pools. Nearby, you’ll find Wh...

Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach

This tropical hotel is located in right on the water. Guests enjoy views of the mountain and ocean, a private patio, hammocks, and fire pits. Nearby, ...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Hilo, United States
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Honolulu, Oahu, United States
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Kaanapali, United States
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FAQ
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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, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
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.
  • 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Honolulu, Hawaii and depart from Maui, Hawaii (or Kauai, Hawaii on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • The airport transfers are shared and will make stops along the way. In addition, the roads on the Hawaiian islands are often congested due to traffic. Travelers should be prepared for longer transfers.
  • 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
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry 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.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • 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.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Hawaiian cuisine reflects the islands’ diverse history and population, combining influence from Polynesian voyagers, European explorers, American missionaries, and plantation workers from Asia. 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
  • 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.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • 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 (HAT), which is six hours behind Eastern Time (ET) and three hours behind Pacific Time (PT). Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time.
  • From April through October, when it is noon in Hawaii, it is 6pm in New York City and 3pm in Los Angeles. From November through March, when it is noon in Hawaii, it is 5pm in New York City and 2pm in Los Angeles.
Currency
  • You will use the U.S. dollar on 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 international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses 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.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in USD.
  • We recommend tipping $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD 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 tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for 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. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
Choose your dates to start a quote
3 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Nov 7–Nov 17, 2019
Extension available
Call to book
$4,599
Feb 13–Feb 23, 2020
Extension available
$4,999$4,799
Jul 9–Jul 19, 2020
$4,999

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