The original island paradise, there’s something just so enchanting about Hawaii. Peppering the Pacific Ocean with emerald-hued isles that simultaneously boast wild coastlines with fiery volcanoes and pristine beaches fringed by swaying palms; it offers a reset button like nowhere else on earth. At the heart of all this natural bliss lie the islands of Maui and Kauai. Home to adrenaline pumping activities and breath-taking moments such as coastal safaris, sunrise mountain biking excursions through volcanic national parks, and even a wild helicopter ride over the islands; spend eight nights indulging in a luxury beach getaway with just the right hint of adventure. From the sun, surf and endless beaches of Maui to the remote and laid-back vibes of Kauai, the dramatic landscape of these volcanic islands holds endless opportunity for the perfect island getaway.
At your word, we’ll whisk you off to Hawaii and onto the island of Maui, where you will check in at the luxurious Hotel Wailea. Here, you can spend the rest of the day stretching your toes on sandy shores or cooling down in crystal clear waters. The following day, wake up refreshed and raring to go as you embark on the Lahaina Island Safari, where you will snorkel, hike and cruise around the coastline. After exploring all corners of the island you’ll finish the day on top of the Haleakala Crater and watch the sunset from 3,000 meters above the horizon. As you stand high above the clouds that roll like waves of the blue Pacific Ocean, you’ll watch the sunlight illuminate the cinder cones that line the crater. This truly magical experience is a natural wonder unlike any other in the world. Head back to the hotel and rest your head as you get ready for an early departure tomorrow morning and yet another breath-taking journey.
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Wake up and stretch your rested limbs about two hours before sunrise – it may be early but trust us, it’s well worth it. After a short ride up to the Haleakala Summit, you’ll be given a guided tour of the park for just over an hour. Now at 6500 feet, get ready for a 23-mile sunrise bike ride. With all the necessary equipment, set off on your own and take in the stunning views as the sun clambers higher into the sky and you ride down the tallest peak on the island. Watch as the sun breaks over the cloud and glistens over the Pacific Ocean – this view is something we promise you will never forget. Spend the next few days soaking up the sun, cooking up a storm in a Ka’ana cooking class or paddling out on a guided kayak tour – look out for turtles, dolphins, and even Maui’s famous humpback whale before you set off to explore another of Hawaii’s beautiful islands.
Kick back Kauai Style
A short 45-minute flight and it’s time to set foot on another paradise, Kauai (more remote and laid back than any other island we’ve come across), whose beautiful scenery will quite simply blow you away. Pick up your car and drive up to Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, where you can take advantage of the softest sands, clearest lakes and rainforests teaming with wildlife. Once you’re settled in and refreshed, head on over to celebrate Polynesia’s rich history, culture and dance with an evening full of local mouth-watering delights. After dinner let your senses be ignited as you are entranced by flamethrowers in a local Kauai fire show.
Tomorrow’s challenge involves hitting the waves and learning from a pro, the Grand Master of surfing himself. Using the legendary Titus technique we know that by the end of the day you’ll be catching those waves in style.
Catch a Bird’s Eye View
Having mastered the waves, the following day will see you taking on the skies on an adventure that will truly be the cherry on the cake of your trip. Step into your own private helicopter and begin the journey with a flight to spectacular Hanapepe Valley, continuing on to Mana Waiapuna, aka “Jurassic Park Falls”. Next, it’s up to the Olokele Canyon before moving on to the eye-popping Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, where you’ll explore many hidden waterfalls. Weather permitting, we’ll visit Mt Waialeale, the heart of the ancient volcano. This is the wettest spot on earth and you’ll be flying right into the centre of the crater. With its 5,000-foot walls towering above and its 3,000-foot waterfalls surrounding you, this will be a truly awe-inspiring finish to your ECO Adventure over the Garden Isle.
After all the jam-packed excitement, take the last few days to completely unwind. Make sure you take a stroll along the beach in the evening as the starry Kauai sky twinkles above you, the perfect ending to your Hawaii island-hopping adventure. Home calls, and although we know no one ever likes leaving, we also know you’ll be relaxed, rested and full of amazing memories to share with friends.