Days 1 to 5
Honolulu, Oahu Arrival
Depart London Heathrow – 09:50
Arrive Los Angeles – 13:05
Journey Time – 11 hours 15 minutes
Depart Los Angeles – 17:00
Arrive Honolulu International – 19:56
Journey Time – 5 hours 56minutes
On arrival at Honolulu you will experience a traditional Lei Flower greeting before being transferred to your Waikiki hotel.
Discover the Island of Oahu
The island of Oahu is the 3rd biggest of 6 Hawaiian Islands and is home to famous Waikiki Beach. But it has more to offer, granted many come to the emerald island to laze on its pristine sandy beaches and why not? But be sure to consider some of the fantastic lush walking trails, or a snorkeling tour of an extinct volcanic crater and everyone should witness the history at Pearl Harbor. If it’s glamour you seek, Waikiki Beach delivers, with its backdrop of gleaming Honolulu skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife.
Things to do on Oahu
Oahu is an island full of varied opportunities to fill your days, take a sightseeing boat, where you can observe the island rising out of the cobalt sea. Take a walk into virgin rainforest in the Makiki Valley, or venture to the North Shore to see the amazing sight of surfers flying off the top of waves that can rise to 30 feet – This is the premier surfing spot in the world, when you see surfers on television programs surfing under monster waves, it’s usually filmed here. A hula performance is a popular way to get a taste of traditional Hawaiian culture, the best is performed every weekday at the Bishop Museum. Included in your holiday cost is the Arizona Memorial and City Tour** – a chance for you to appreciate the history of Pearl Harbor and see the highlights of this vibrant city. Most people like to take in a bit of shopping on holiday, Oahu has posh European to locally made, avant-garde to unspeakably tacky, the offerings are wide-ranging. Among the designer boutiques on Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue plenty of booths hawk airbrushed T-shirts, gold by the inch, and tasteless aloha shirts. Instead, surprise your fr
iends with patterned alohashirts and sarongs. Buy bowls and baskets made of pandanus leaves or stock up on local Kona coffee. No trip is complete without purchasing a lei, and on Maunakea Street, Hawaii’s finest floral creations go for as little as $3.50.
Nightlife & Entertainment
Nightlife in Hawaii begins at sunset, and there are few more pleasing spots in Waikiki than the benches at the water’s edge at the Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue, where everyone stops to see the sinking sun. Afterward, revelers head for Waikiki and Honolulu, where clubs and bars are strung along the illuminated shoreline.
Restaurants & Dining
Choose among chef-owned restaurants, neighborhood eateries, fast-food joints, ethnic spots, and restaurants in shopping malls. Don’t miss a traditional luau on the beach, a traditional Hawaiian feast often with entertainment. Savour succulent kalua pig (slow roasted underground) and fried rice, accompanied by cold lomi-lomi salmon (salad with salt-cured salmon). If you’re up on the North Shore, visit a shrimp truck for the sweetest, juiciest shrimp.
INCLUDED IN OAHU:
– Traditional Lei flower greeting & coach transfer from Honolulu airport to hotel (Day 1).
– Arizona Memorial & City Tour**
– Departure transfer from hotel to Honolulu airport (Day 5)
Overnight – Honolulu, Oahu (4 nights)
**A visit to the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a “must see” activity for every Hawaiian vacation & that’s why we have included it. Experience the history of December 7, 1941. Step aboard the USS Arizona Memorial where you will see the hand engraved wall of marble with the names of those still entombed in the proud vessel below. Add to that a drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific and a narrated tour through downtown Honolulu’s historic highlights and you have a tour that will give you a special appreciation for the 50th State.
(Pushchairs and swimsuits are not allowed on the launch and shoes must be worn).
• Pearl Harbor and Arizona Memorial (Museum & Movie)
• Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific
• Iolani Palace
• State Capitol and Washington Place
• King Kamehameha Statue
• Kawaihao Church and Mission Houses
Days 5 to 10
You will be collected from your Waikiki hotel and taken the short 20 minute ride to Honolulu airport for your short flight to the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Upon arrival in Kauai you will be transferred to your hotel… Explore. Relax. Enjoy…
Discover The Island of Kauai
Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is sometimes called the “Garden Isle,” which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs, aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination.
For decades movies and television shows have used Kauai as the stunning backdrop for their epic stories, from “South Pacific” to “Jurassic Park” …discover them for yourself and make your own movie moments:
Beyond Kauai’s dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. Kayak the Wailua River. Snorkel on Poipu Beach. Hike the trails of Kokee State Park. Even go ziplining above Kauai’s lush valleys. But it is the island’s laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns and along its one-lane bridges that make it truly timeless. Make your escape and discover the undeniable allure of Kauai.
The interior of Kauai beckons you to leave the beautiful white sandy beach at your hotel and explore its lush green mountain landscapes. Discover endless waterfalls, the verdant Kokee forests and the Na Pali coastline. See the ever changing colours of Waimea Canyon** or experience the romance of moonlit Hanalei Bay- Kauai abounds with natural beauty, hence its name the ‘Garden Isle’.
INCLUDED IN KAUAI:
– Arrival transfer from Kauai airport to hotel (Day 5).
– Waimea Canyon Tour**
– Departure transfer from hotel to Kauai airport (Day 10)
**Included in your holiday cost is a tour to the awesome Waimea Canyon, on Kauai’s West Side, aptly described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Although not as big or as old as its Arizona cousin, you won’t encounter anything like this geological wonder in Hawaii. Stretching 22 kilometres long, 1.6 kilometres wide and more than 1 kilometre deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags and deep valley gorges. The grand inland vistas go on for miles… The main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, leads you to a lower lookout point and the main Waimea Canyon Overlook, offering views of Kauai’s dramatic interior. Whilst you travel aboard your air-conditioned mini bus you will also see other highlights that include Alekoko Fishpond, Spouting Horn, Hanapepe Valley, Waimea Town and Old Russian Fort.
Overnight – Kauai (5 nights)
Days 10 – 15 (5 nights)
Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii
You will be collected from your Kauai hotel and take the short ride to Kauai airport for your 30 minute flight to the Hawaiian island of Maui. Voted the ‘Best Island’ by Conde Nast Traveler readers for more than a dozen years you will start to appreciate why as you approach on your flight.
Upon arrival in Maui you will be taken to you hotel for what we are sure will be 5 magical nights.
Things to do
The thought of lying on sun soaked beaches regularly named “the best” by travel magazines is enough to make any of your friends jealous – this is the Hawaiian paradise that most people dream of visiting one day. Once you have settled in you will want to explore Maui. The western, or leeward side, is the drier side of the island and features Maui’s world-famous beaches including your base, the beautiful Kaanapali Beach, home to a nightly sunset cliff diving ceremony. West Maui is also home to historic Lahaina, where you can find great shopping, dining and entertainment. The eastern, or windward side, of the island is the wetter side of the island, home to the lush Iao Valley and the scenic road to Hana. The cool, elevated slopes of Haleakala are where you can find the farms and gardens of Upcountry Maui and the soaring summit of Haleakala National Park. There is so much to see and do on Maui it’s best to plan ahead.
INCLUDED IN MAUI
– Arrival Transfer from Maui Airport to your hotel
– Hana Adventure Tour
– Departure flight from hotel to Maui airport
Overnight – Kaanapali, Maui (5 nights)
Today it’s time to bid farewell to paradise. You will be collected from the hotel and taken to the International Airport to begin your journey home. We have not included a stopover as standard, on this programme, however you may wish to consider doing so. The flexibility of flight tickets means we can now offer a variety of stopover points including New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. Please ask us for details.
Depart Maui – 11:00
Arrive San Jose – 19:00
Journey time – 5 hours
Depart San Jose – 20:10
Arrive London Heathrow – 14:25 (Next Day)
Journey time – 9 hours 15 minutes