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Hawaii - Birthplace of Islands

- 14 days walking and study tour to Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawai'i -

Halema'uma'u crater of Kilauea
Halema'uma'u crater of Kilauea
View of Mauna Loa shield volcano
View of Mauna Loa shield volcano
Lava trees
Lava trees
View across the 1969 - 1974 Mauna Ulu lava flows
View across the 1969 - 1974 Mauna Ulu lava flows
Ferns
Ferns
Lava flows from  Pu´u O´o east rift zone eruption
Lava flows from Pu´u O´o east rift zone eruption
Green Sand Beach
Green Sand Beach
Active lava flows on Kilauea
Active lava flows on Kilauea
Active pahoehoe lava
Active pahoehoe lava
Pu'u 'O'o crater
Pu'u 'O'o crater
The Hawaiian islands are an amazing chain of volcanoes far from any other land. They rise from the ocean floor, created by the incessant activity of a powerful hot spot in the earth's mantle as the Pacific Ocean plate slowly drifts by, allowing them to experience their own and unique natural development.
The Hawaiian goddess of fire, Pele, is said to have passed from island to island, starting at the oldest Kauai, until she found her home on Hawai'i, the big island with its presently active volcanoes.
Although there is no more lava lake in Kilauea since late November 2018, however Hawaii remains a very interesting destination and during 16 days we discover 4 volcanic islands: Oahu (Honolulu), Kauai, Maui and Big Island:
Tropical Oahu island with its famous beaches and the buzzing capital Honolulu, wild Kauai island in the far north- the oldest and spectacularly eroded of the larger islands in the chain, sunny Maui with the mythical Haleakala volcano, and Hawai'i, the Big island with its great volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

The tour is accompanied by a trained geologist - volcanologist from our team and aimed towards people who like to hike and explore the diverse natural and cultural history of Hawai'i.
  • Discover 4 of the Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawai'i
  • Extraordinary landscapes, e.g. Napali coast on Kauai, Haleakala volcano on Maui
  • Tropical rain-forests and waterfalls
  • The largest volcano in the world: Mauna Loa
  • Amazing beaches
  • Hawaiian culture and monuments
  • Comfortable sea-side hotels
  • Accompanying experienced geologist / volcanologist from our team

2 weeks Hawaii: Oahu - Kauai - Maui - Hawaii

Note:
Days 1 and 2 are mainly to adjust to the jet lag and gather the group. You can shorten the itinerary to 13 days if you like to arrive (or if your flight connection can only arrive) in Honolulu on D2 in the program. In this case, you receive a 5% reduction on the price.
The exact itinerary on the spot, in particularly the program around Kilauea volcano during our stay on Hawai'i Island, could be modified as a function of weather conditions, volcanic activity and other factors out of our hands. We will always try to optimize it accordingly.
Day 1: Arrival in Honolulu - Waikiki beach
Arrival in Honolulu, pick-up from airport and transfer to hotel in Waikiki beach.
Acc.: hotel in Waikiki beach
Day 2: Waikiki, Oahu Island - surfer's paradise
Free day to relax at Waikiki beach or optional day-trip around Oahu island with its famous surfing beaches and other sites (e.g. Hanauma Bay).
Note: you can also arrive and join the group on this day.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 3: Honolulu - Kauai
After breakfast in the hotel transfer to airport and short inter-island flight to Kauai.
Transfer to sea side hotel in Lihue and time to relax (swimming etc). Introduction to the geology and volcanic history of Hawaii and Kauai in particular.
Group dinner with traditional Luau and Hawaiian dances.
Acc.: sea-side hotel in Lihue, Kauai (B, D)
Day 4: Kauai Island and Waimea Canyon
Day trip to the spectacular Waimea canyon, an open-air geology museum. Half-day hike, various viewpoints and visit of the Koke'e museum.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 5: Kauai to Maui Island
Flight to Kahului on Maui island. Visit of surf beach and camp on the slopes of Haleakala shield volcano.
Acc.: camping (B, D)
Day 6: Haleakala volcano sunrise and hike
Sunrise from Haleakala volcano, the "House of the Sun" - one of the most famous locations in the world - and hike in the spectacular caldera of the (occasionally still active) shield volcano of Maui.
Acc.: as before (camp) (B, D)
Day 7: Lahaina town: relax day - beach, optional whale watching tour
Descend to hotel in Lahaina / Ka'anapali. Free afternoon: relax on beach (great swimming & snorkeling), visit Lahaina town or optional whale watching tour.
Acc.: hotel in Lahaina on Maui (B, D)
Day 8: Maui - Hawai'i (Big Island) - Kilauea volcano
Flight to Hilo on Hawai'i (Big Island), transfer to seafront hotel and check-in.
Briefing and volcanological explanations about Kilauea volcano. In the afternoon, we will drive to the huge caldera of Kilauea volcano for observations and hiking
Acc.: sea-side hotel in Hilo (B, D)
Day 9-10: Kilauea volcano
Two full days to explore Kilauea volcano and the eruption 2018: the exact program will be adapted at the place.
Acc.: as before (B)
Day 11: Spare day
Spare day. Excursion to a beautiful tropical garden, waterfall, and Waipio valley.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 12: Punalu'u sea turtles, Green Sand Beach, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Hawaiian monument
Discover the southern part of the island: Punalu'u black sand beach (sea turtles) and hike to scenic Green Sand Beach near South Point. Visit Pu'uhonua o Honaunau and/or a surfer's beach in the afternoon. Drive back to Hilo via the very scenic saddle road.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 13: Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea
Day to visit Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world. Ascend to Mauna Kea summit for sunset.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 14: Departure from Hilo
Departure (transfer to airport) from Hilo airport or extension program.
Acc.: none
Tour code: HAW_HBI
Tour type: Walking & study tour: nature & culture - geology & volcanism - active volcanoes
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 4-7
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Dates:

9-23 Feb 2021

Price (p.p.): 4990 €  ? 

Included:

  • Inter-island flights (to / from Honolulu) as per program
  • Land transfers in rental cars or minibus
  • Accommodation in double rooms as described
  • Meals as indicated in program
  • Entry fees to National Parks, museums and monuments
  • Accompanying experienced VolcanoDiscovery volcanologist and geologist guide

Tour guide:

The expedition will be accompanied by VolcanoDiscovery team volcanologist Yashmin Chebli. Yashmin is trained geologist with a university Master's degree and member of SGF (Société Géologique de France). He has been working as tour guide and expedition leader to actives volcanoes, volcano photographer and consultant for more than 30 years. His areas of expertise include the active volcanoes in Italy, Vanuatu, the Hawaiian Islands, Guatemala, RD of Congo, Tanzania, Costa Rica and others. Besides his mother tongue French, Yashmin speaks several languages including English, Italian, and Spanish.
Website: www.vanuatu-expedition.com (photos) and Youtube channel!
Yashmin Chebli explaining a pumice deposit
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