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Hawaii - Birthplace of Islands

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

Glowing lava caught in a curling wave (Kilauea volcano)
Glowing lava caught in a curling wave (Kilauea volcano)
Our friend Steve with niece and nephew at the ocean entry (27 Aug 10) (Photo courtesy: Alex Pockoski)
Our friend Steve with niece and nephew at the ocean entry (27 Aug 10) (Photo courtesy: Alex Pockoski)
Halema'uma'u lava lake (Kilauea)
Halema'uma'u lava lake (Kilauea)
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. On this trip, we follow the paths of Pele and visit 4 different islands and see their most impressive volcanic and natural features:
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 active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Kilauea is the best place in the world to see lava and spectacular volcanic activity from close!

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 and experience the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano in depth and from close.
  • Discover 4 of the Hawaiian islands: Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawai'i
  • Several days to observe the ongoing eruption on Kilauea volcano from close
  • 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

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, L, 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, L, 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 and lava lake
Depending on flight time, free time in the old whale-watching port of Lahaina, lunch. Flight to Hilo on Hawai'i (Big Island), transfer to seafront hotel and check-in.
Briefing and volcanological explanations about the active volcanoes and the ongoing eruption. In the afternoon, we will drive to the huge caldera of Kilauea volcano and view the active lava lake of Halema'uma'u in the dark.
Alternatively, if conditions are good, we can instead have an early dinner and use the evening and/or parts of the night hike to the lava flows in the coastal plain.
Acc.: sea-side hotel in Hilo (B, D)
Day 9-10: Kilauea volcano and the ongoing eruption
Two full days to explore Kilauea volcano and the ongoing eruption: the exact program will be adapted to best use the weather and eruption conditions. If lava flows are entering the sea (as often the case), one early morning will be an option for a boat tour to see the lava from the sea.
The evenings and part of the nights are the best times to see active lava flows in the coastal plain from close, with variably distance needed to hike, typically 2-3 hours one way over uneven, but generally easy terrain.
Acc.: as before (B)
Day 11: Spare day
Spare day to repeat excursions to the eruption sites, depending on conditions and the activities on previous days. If not needed, 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 or own extension
In the morning, last option for a sightseeing helicopter flight to the eruption site (highly recommended).
Transfer to Hilo airport and flight back to Honolulu for your connecting flight back home, or own extension.
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: HAW_HBI
Tour type: Walking & study tour: nature & culture - geology & volcanism - active volcanoes
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 5-10
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights


18 Jun - 2 Jul 2018
19 Aug - 2 Sep 2018
10-24 Feb 2019

Price (p.p.): $ 4720  ? 


  • 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 with B(reakfast), L(unch), D(inner): 13x breakfast, 11xrestaurant dinner (or lunch)
  • Entry fees to National Parks, museums and monuments
  • Accompanying geologist guide

Tour guide:

The expedition will be accompanied by VolcanoDiscovery team volcanologist Yashmin Chebli who has a university degree in geology and has been working as specialist volcano tour guide with focus on Vanuatu and Hawai'i for more than 15 years. Website: (photos) and Youtube channel!
Yashmin Chebli explaining a pumice deposit
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