Visit all four main islands, Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (also known as “The Big Island”) to discover their unique features and enjoy included sightseeing and events on each of them, while carefully guided by an experienced Polynesian Tour Directors. With an extensive Pearl Harbor experience, this tour includes a full day to learn about the events that brought the USA into WWII. With a full day island tour of Oahu where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and discover more of this diverse landscape including the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore, the village of Haleiwa and the Dole Pineapple Plantation.
Next stop after Oahu is the island of Kauai where you’ll witness stunning landscapes with every turn. Have your camera ready to capture Opaekaa Falls; the Wailua River, during a leisurely boat cruise and the romantic Fern Grotto.
The “Valley Isle,” known as Maui, is the next island to explore. Explore the quaint old whaling town of Lahaina that will spoil you with art galleries and artisan shops, a true delight to stroll around. You’ll stay in the resort of Kaanapali, which during the months of December to April is one of the best places in the world to spot migrating humpback whales, right from the beachfront.
Your last island-hop will take you to the “big island” of Hawaii. This is home to Volcanoes National Park where you’ll see a smoking and steaming volcano that exists today and even get the chance to walk through a giant extinct lave tube.
The Exciting Parts
- Visit the USS Arizona Memorial and visitor center at Pearl Harbor
- Stroll the world-famous Waikiki Beach
- Explore the Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor
- Visit Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park
- Witness the mystical Fern Grotto on a Wailua Riverboat cruise
- Six included sightseeing tours
Hawaii Big Island
Hawaii Big Island
Hawaii Big Island
Depart for Home
Day 1 Arrive Honolulu
Arrival in Honolulu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Oahu
Following the Guest Welcome event, you’ll take the included Pearl Harbor Experience Tour. First stop is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the events that brought the United States intFollowing the Guest Welcome event, you’ll take the included Pearl Harbor Experience Tour. First stop is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to learn about the events that brought the United States into WWII. You’ll watch a film before taking a Navy launch out to the USS Arizona Memorial to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. The Memorial is located above the wreck of the ship and you’ll likely see the ‘tears of oil’ that seep from her hull. Next we head to the Battleship Missouri, which was the scene of the signing of the Japanese surrender by General Macarthur in 1945. You’ll take a guided tour and see the highlights this 58,000 ton warship that was finally decommissioned in 1992. Both Pearl Harbor and the Battleship Missouri have their own gift shops where you can browse and purchase unique souvenirs of your visit. We’ll also make a detour to take a slow drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific, which is set in a dormant volcano known as the Punchbowl Crater.o WWII. You’ll watch a film before taking a Navy launch out to the USS Arizona Memorial to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. The Memorial is located above the wreck of the ship and you’ll likely see the ‘tears of oil’ that seep from her hull. Next we head to the Battleship Missouri, which was the scene of the signing of the Japanese surrender by General Macarthur in 1945. You’ll take a guided tour and see the highlights this 58,000 ton warship that was finally decommissioned in 1992. Both Pearl Harbor and the Battleship Missouri have their own gift shops where you can browse and purchase unique souvenirs of your visit. We’ll also make a detour to take a slow drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific, which is set in a dormant volcano known as the Punchbowl Crater.
Day 3 Oahu
Oahu Island Tour – a included full-day tour where you’ll discover the true island feel of Oahu taking in sights such as the famous North Shore surfing beaches, stunning Hanauma Bay, a Macadamia nut farm, and the Dole Pineapple Plantation - not to mention the history and stories you’ll hear from your driver guide!
Day 4 Oahu
Leisure day – Enjoy another day in paradise from your centrally located Waikiki hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from famous Waikiki Beach and shopping on Kalakaua Avenue. You may also visit the Hawaii Army Museum, which tells the military story of Hawaii; admission is free.
Day 5 Kauai
This morning we fly to Kauai. This tropical island paradise is known as the “Garden Isle” because of its daily rainbows, lush forests, majestic mountains, and emerald valleys. Upon arrival we visit the magnificent Opaekaa Falls before heading to the Wailua River Marina for a leisurely boat cruise along the beautiful Wailua River to the amazingly tropical and romantic Fern Grotto.
Day 6 Kauai
Leisure day – It’s no wonder that an impressive list of Hollywood productions have used this emerald island as a setting, including Jurassic Park, South Pacific, and Fantasy Island. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and it is here that you will find tropical rain forests, forking rivers, and cascading waterfalls.
Day 7 Kauai
Leisure day – If ever there is a place to have an experience-of-a-lifetime, it’s here on Kauai! Take a spectacular optional helicopter sightseeing flight where you’ll circle the entire island and see spectacular scenery, waterfalls, and the stunning Napali coastline.
Day 8 Maui
This morning we fly to the island of Maui where your sightseeing tour includes a visit to the stunning Iao Valley. You’ll also get the opportunity to explore the small town of Lahaina, the picturesque old whaling capital of the Pacific. You can explore Front Street and see one of the largest banyan trees in the US that was planted in 1873 and covers an area of nearly 2 acres!
Day 9 Maui
Leisure day – Kaanapali is one of the best beaches in Hawaii and between the months of December and April you’ll see whales swimming just offshore – an amazing sight.
Day 10 Hawaii Big Island
After a morning flight from Maui to Hilo on the Big Island, we take a full-day sightseeing tour through Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll see a real, smoking and steaming volcano as you look out across the Kilauea Caldera. It’s here that we also visit the Jaggar Museum and visitor center to learn all about the geology and history of the volcano. Next we’ll make a short stop to take a walk through Thurston’s Lava Tube (involves steps and uneven ground) before visiting the Punaluu black sand volcanic beach. There will be additional stops at a Macadamia nut factory and an orchid nursery, both important exports from Hawaii.
Day 11 Hawaii Big Island
Leisure day – Nearing the end of your stay in Hawaii today, you can relax by the beach or stroll along the bay to explore the quaint waterfront old town of Kona.
Day 12 Hawaii Big Island
Leisure day – enjoy the hotel amenities and relaxed pace of this town on your last full day and as this is your last evening, we are including a fabulous evening event for you – The King Kamehameha’s Farewell Feast, an oceanfront experience in the grounds of your Kona hotel. Entertainment, dinner and drinks are included!
Day 13 Depart for Home
Transfer to Kona airport for your journey home (please note that most flights to the mainland arrive the next day).
Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.