Hawaii’s good for way more than just sitting on a beach. There’s natural beauty, welcoming locals, and, of course, world-famous waves to see. This one-week tour covers the best of Oahu and Kauai, combining included activities at must-see spots with free time to explore. You’ll see Hawaii’s cosmopolitan side in Honolulu’s beachfront neighbourhood of Waikiki, along with a quiet side of the islands in picturesque towns like Kapa’a. Despite the archipelago’s small size, you’ll never run out of things to do or see. Aloha!
Oahu island tour. Banzai Pipeline visit. Dole plantation visit. Waikiki sunset sail. Kualoa Ranch day trip. Na Pali Coast State Park day trip. Free time in Waikiki and Kapa’a. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Explore Oahu’s landmarks and beaches, Sip Mai Tais on a Waikiki Beach sunset sail, Search for waterfalls and beautiful beaches in Kauai, Discover Na Pali State Park and enjoy the view
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
1) Please note that on domestic flights within North America, baggage fees are not included in the ticket price and are subject to additional payment at check-in. Should you choose to check a bag on internal flights within Hawaii, the cost is approx. $25 USD (1st checked bag; additional charges if checking more than one bag). Checked bags must be below 50lbs (22.5 kg).
We use Hawaii Airlines for our domestic flights on tour. Passengers who enroll in Hawaiian Airlines Rewards Membership program, at least 2 weeks before travel, can reduce the approximate baggage fee from $25USD to $15USD.
Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver – this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.
As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Max 13, avg 10.
No meals included
Private vehicle, plane, walking.
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (7 nts).
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
Arriving at Honolulu/Daniel K. Inouye International Airport:
Welcome to O’ahu, please collect your luggage and choose between the following transportation options.
Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle
Please look for the Roberts Hawaii Guest Service Agents dressed in yellow aloha shirts to arrange your shuttle transportation. Roberts Hawaii Express Shuttle signs are located throughout the airport to provide directions to the nearest ticket counter or pick up location. Transfer rates to all Oahu locations, Waikiki Resort or Honolulu Pier: $16 per person each way. Pick up locations are conveniently located on the ground level @ Baggage Claim A (sidewalk), Baggage Claim C (adjacent to building next to escalators), Between Baggage Claim D & International Arrivals (sidewalk), Baggage Claim H (center median).
Take the 19, 20 or 42 Bus (via Nimitz Hwy) for roughly 40-50 minutes and get off at Ala Moana Bl + Hobron Ln. Walk about 3 minutes to the hotel. Single Bus Fare is $2.50 or a daily pass is $5.00. Bus Stops are located on the second level roadway along the center median. Look to the signs for direction. City Buses arrive and depart from the airport approximately every 30 minutes depending on route number.
Taxi Service is available on the center median in front of the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatchers (yellow shirts with black lettering, and the wording “TAXI DISPATCHER” for service. The fare from the airport to Waikiki during non-rush hour periods is approximately $40-$45, plus a baggage charge of 50 cents per bag and driver tip. Fare is by meter only.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time.
Your CEO will organize a short meeting in the evening, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call the G Adventures Local Representative. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (Las Vegas)
From outside the USA: 1-412-423-8143
From within the USA: 412-423-8143
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local representative, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
Visas and Entry Requirements
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
The United States currency is the US Dollar (USD).
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in the US and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card in the USA, you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US Dollars as cash (preferably smaller bills, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s), traveller’s cheques and credit cards is best. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, currency exchange is very difficult to find in the USA and most banks do not accommodate.
Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
It is customary in North America to tip service providers such as waiters, bartenders and taxi drivers, at approximately 18-20%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip any local guides used. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $2-8 USD per activity depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5-10 USD per person, per day can be used as a guide. If your CEO exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip more.
- Coko Head Hike
- Diamond Head Hike (7USD per person)
- Snorkel Haunama Bay (7USD per person)
- Oahu Skydiving (300USD per person)
- Pearl Harbor Tour (149USD per person)
- Kauai Explorer Helicopter Tour (299USD per person)
- Refuge Helicopter Eco Tour (314USD per person)
- Wailua River Kayak and Canoe Rental (90USD per person)
- Kauai Mountain Tubing (121USD per person)
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they engage in any form of paid sex work.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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Day 1: Waikiki
Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii. There are no planned activities today, so check into the hotel and spend some time exploring Waikiki. In the evening, join the group for a welcome meeting with the CEO.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2: Oahu
Explore the island on a tour of Oahu’s highlights.
Dive in to your Hawaiian adventure with a tour of some of it’s most iconic sights. Explore the sandy beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and keep your eyes peeled for some of the planet’s best surfers as they converge here for the most epic waves imaginable. Continue along the coast as we stop at various lookouts and food trucks, for the ultimate North Shore experience.
Oahu Island Tour
Day 3: Kualoa Ranch
Start your day with a tour of the lush Kualoa Ranch Nature Reserve, famously the set of many of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. After an exciting tour of filming locations, cool off in the crystal blue waters of the Secret Island Beach, complete with paddleboards, kayaks and relaxing beach hammocks. Cap off another perfect day with a sunset sail off Waikiki beach, as the gold and orange skies soar over paradise.
Kualoa Ranch Visit
Waikiki Sunset Sail
Shared Van (0.66 hour(s), 35km)
Shared Van (0.66 hour(s), 35km)
Day 4: Waikiki
Oahu is packed full of things to see and do on this free day. With free time, opt to take a day trip to Pearl Harbor, go for a swim at the stunning Hanauma Bay, hike to the top of Diamond Head, take a surf lesson or just hang loose on the beach Hawaiian-style!
Day 5: Waikiki/Kapa‘a
Hop on a short flight to the island of Kauai and transfer to the quaint town of Kapa’a.
Kauai is a nature lovers dream – with stunning mountains that crash into the sea, majestic waterfalls, big swells, red-rock canyons, and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Get the adrenaline pumping with a variety of adventure activities, or take it easy with some well-deserved r&r; Kauai has something for everyone.
Day 6: Waimea Canyon
Depart early for a day trip to Waimea Canyon, one of the most iconic areas of Kauai – the rugged valley and colossal cliffs are a sight to behold. On a clear day, look down into Kalalau Valley and the Na Pali Coast to see one of the most remote places on the island.
Coined the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, Waimea Canyon, is ten-miles long and 3600 feet deep. Hike along it’s winding rim and visit several lookout points to take in the vast beauty of the area.
On the way back to the hotel, enjoy a stop at a local favorite spot.
Waimea Canyon Day Trip
Day 7: Kapa‘a
Join the locals and hop on a bus for a free day to explore Kauai’s North Shore town of Hanalei. Enjoy the slower pace of this town only accessible by a single lane bridge.
Swim, shop, bodysurf, or chill out on the beach. Opt to rent a surfboard, kayak or paddleboard for fun in the waters Hanalei Bay or Hanalei River. Enjoy free time on the Garden Island with Bali Hai as the backdrop. Spend as much or as little time as you like.
Day 8: Kapa‘a
Depart at any time.