Ultimate tropical multisport adventure across the 50th state
Formed millions of years ago by a still-active volcanic hotspot, the Hawaiian Islands are a stunning paradise birthed by fire and water. Our active islandhopping adventure takes you to two far-flung islands that showcase the best of Hawaii. These two islands make the perfect well-rounded active—and tropical—adventure. On Kauai, the “Garden Isle,” venture into a never-never land of lush greenery and dramatic cliffs (after all, Jurassic Park was filmed here). Hike the famed Na Pali coast, and along the fragrant trails of stunning 3,000-foot-deep Waimea Canyon (the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”). Because it receives the most rainfall of all the islands, water flows in abundance here, and we’ll kayak the jungle streams and hike to a hidden waterfall.
On Hawaii, the Big Island, explore Kilauea with a hike into the moon-like crater itself. At the coast, watch fiery lava plunge into the ocean with an angry hiss. Cycle past a young lava flow, visit the upland ranching town of Waimea, and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau. On both islands, watch for humpback whales, and swim and snorkel with honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) and tropical fish. And of course there’s plenty of requisite beach time for surf and sand enthusiasts. Explore paradise with MTS leaders whose 20 years’ experience leading here means they truly know the islands and the meaning of “Aloha spirit.”
2½ days hiking, 1 day river kayaking, ½ day sea kayaking (no previous experience required for either), optional cycling, swimming, snorkeling, surfing
- Hike the famed Na Pali coast and Waimea Canyon on Kauai, the “Garden Isle”
- Explore Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, home to the world’s most active volcano
- Kayak or SUP down a tranquil river and along the Kohala Coast, swim and snorkel in coral gardens with green sea turtles, and learn to surf!
- Learn about the history and culture from MTS leaders with 20 years of experience guiding trips in the Aloha State!
- SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) available by request
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Lihue End Location: KonaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive on Kauai
Arrive in Lihue, Kauai, and overnight at an oceanfront resort on the island's eastern coast.
Day 2 : Na Pali Coast
Morning hike at a bird refuge, where we may see whales, dolphins, and turtles in addition to the many birds that frequent the area. Then you'll hike along the breathtaking Na Pali Coast Trail with its awesome views of verdant 3,000-foot cliffs plunging into the ocean below. Afternoon snorkeling at Ke'e Beach, topped off by a beachside barbecue. Optional surfing lessons are available.
Day 3 : Waimea Canyon
A full day of hiking in 3,000-foot-deep Waimea Canyon, including a picnic lunch beside Waipo'o Falls.
Day 4 : Wailua River—Volcanoes National Park
Kayak on the tranquil Wailua River, stopping for a hike to a secluded 200-foot waterfall. Late afternoon flight to Hilo on the "Big Island"; transfer to lodging near Volcanoes National Park.
Day 5 : Volcanoes National Park
Up early for an all-day exploration of the botanical and geological wonders of Volcanoes National Park. Tropical rainforest soon yields to steaming vents and frozen forms of lava as you hike into Kilauea's crater. Late afternoon drive to the coast to watch sizzling lava plunge into the surging Pacific (conditions permitting).
Day 6 : Biking or swimming: Kailua-Kona
Choose between an easy countryside bike ride or swim in warm tropical pools. Drive along the Hamakua coast, with its many waterfalls, and through Waimea's pastoral countryside en route to the resort town of Kailua-Kona.
Day 7 : South Kohala Coast
Take to the sea with a fun-filled morning kayak paddle along the rugged Kohala shoreline, and swim and snorkel in coral gardens where green sea turtles feed alongside multi-colored tropical fish. In the late afternoon you'll attend a Hawaiian luau. When the food is ready, take the popular Hawaiian advice and "eat until you're exhausted."
Day 8 : Depart Kona
DATES: Best time to go: January - April, June - August, December Departures: Jul 1 - 8, 2013 SOLD OUT
$3,395 (4-10 members)
Courtyard by Marriot Kauai at Coconut BeachMakaiwa
With the Makaiwa surf break just offshore, this centrally located hotel is situated on 10 beachfront acres, amid a coconut grove that dates back almost a century. Rooms are richly dressed in distinct Polynesian designs and touches of dark tropical wood tones in furniture and shuttered doors that open to a private balcony.
My Island B&B InnVolcano
My Island is a collection of historic bed and breakfast rooms, garden units, cottages and houses. Most are nestled in floral gardens, others in a village on the edge of Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The hotel features a seven-acre botanical garden with tropical flowers blooming year-round.
Royal Kona ResortKailua-Kona
The Oceanfront Royal Kona Resort is an architectural marvel set on twelve oceanfront acres overlooking Kailua Bay in the heart of historic Kailua-Kona town on the Big Island of Hawaii. Each of the Resort’s spacious guestrooms features a large lanai with beautiful mountain vistas or magnificent ocean views. Relax on the decks of the oceanfront, split-level swimming pool or at a private beach and saltwater swimming lagoon.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Kalia Avery has been leading trips in Hawaii for more than 20 years, and her upbeat personality and incredible sense of humor (her laugh is contagious!) give her the highest marks from every trip member. Kalia is extremely knowledgeable about the human and natural history of Hawaii and looks forward to sharing it all with you. She is also a great cook!