Located in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii is comprised of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles. The eight main islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau. Therefore a Hawaiian cruise allows you to island hop with ease. The capital is Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents and, due to its mid-Pacific location, has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture.
Hawaii holdays will enable you to discover a region famed for its natural beauty, warm tropical climate, spectacular beaches, inviting waters and active volcanoes. Inland the dramatic scenery of towering volcanic peaks, beautiful waterfall and tropical rainforests has made it a world famous backdrop for television and film alike.
Due to the islands’ isolation, there is a wide range of endemic flora and fauna giving the islands of Hawaii a unique feel.
During the months of December through to early May the warm shallow waters are a breeding ground for humpback whales and a Hawaii holiday should be planned to coincide with this.
The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary is located between Lana’i, Moloka’i and Maui, so a Hawaii cruise gives an excellent opportunity to see these magnificent creatures.
Day 1 - Fly London to Los Angeles. Transfer for a 1 night stay
Day 2 - Fly LA / Maui. Fly from Los Angeles to The Big Island for a 3 night hotel stay.
Day 3-4 - At leisure
Day 5 – Transfer to Safari Explorer
Day 6 - Honomalino Bay / Opihihali. Honomalino Bay has colourful corals, tropical fish and turtles. Opihihali gives a final opportunity for kayaking and skiff tours
Day 7 - Kailua Kona. Enjoy some of the islands best snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay. At Kailua-Kona take a walking tour of the historic town of Kailua. Search and night snorkel with Great Pacific Manta rays
Day 8 - Olowalu / West Maui. Snorkel among black rock and coral gardens rich with marine life. Experience travelling in an authentic hand-carved voyaging canoe sailing as the early Polynesian warriors did. Travel towards Hawaii, the Day 9 - Big Island, for two days exploration of its leeward coast
Day 10 - Moloka'i / Halawa Valley. A rare opportunity to meet the people of Moloka'i and experience their traditions. Visit one of Hawaii's longest beaches, the local museum, coffee plantation and spend time in the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Kaunakakai. Have an evening pa'ina (feast), with home-style Hawaiian music
Day 11 - Lana'i. This island boasts white sandy beaches and coves lined by steep rock faces. Explore the island and the surrounding waters, with activities including snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and hiking. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary is located between Lana'i, Moloka'i and Maui, so you have an excellent opportunity to whale watch
Day 12 - Lana'i. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to London
Day 14 - Arrive London
Although Hawaii is a year round destination, if it is whale watching that is you motivation, the best time to visit is later December through to early May. This is when the Humpback whales have migrated from Alaska to the warm waters for breeding and birthing.
Practical, comfortable clothing is a must. Sturdy walking shoes should be packed. This destination is all about the scenery and wildlife and therefore very appealing to photographers – remember to come well equipped as you are unlikely to be able to get everything you need locally.