Best of the West

I recently had the pleasure of doing the "Best of the West" through World Expeditions/ATW. I must commend to you the most excellent experience we had with our tour leader. He was exceptional in his attention to detail, his knowledge, his sense of humour and his thorough professionalism. Well done and thanks for a truely marvellous trip.

E.C | Australia

Hawaii Hiking the Aloha Isles

Rising out of the deep blue waters in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands are one of the most diverse and rewarding of the South Sea destinations, and a world away from the USA Mainland. Isolated from any other landmass, these islands were created by continuous lava flows and shifting tectonic plates on one of the earth's major hot spots. Over time, wind and currents brought plant and animal life that created a unique endemic ecosystem with over 6,000 species that can only be found in these islands. Our land explorations will lead us to the famous and hidden natural treasures of Hawaii green and black sand beaches; giant craters, frozen lava lakes, lava sputtering volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, and ancient rock art sites. Our paths through tropical swamps, endemic cloud forests, and the stark alpine desert of Mauna Kea will lead to incredible viewpoints overlooking the famous North Shore of Kauai. There is also ample time to enjoy the magnificent beaches and coral reefs, many known only to locals. With a little luck, we may snorkel with sea turtles and swarms of colourful tropical fish, or see humpback whales and pods of spinner dolphins.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Kona (Hawaii Big Island)
DAY 2 Polulu Valley and Kohala Coast
DAY 3 City of Refuge and Captain Cook's Memorial
DAY 4 Waipio Valley, Akaka Falls, and Mauna Kea (4205m)
DAY 5 Volcano National Park
DAY 6 Napau Trail and night time Lava Walk
DAY 7 Green and Black Sand Beaches of Kona
DAY 8 Fly to Lihue, Kauai
DAY 9 Na Pali Coast, North Shore
DAY 10 Waimea Canyon
DAY 11 Fly to Maui
DAY 12 Road to Hana and Waianapanapa State Park
DAY 13 Day at leisure, Haleakela optional
DAY 14 In Maui, trip concludes

traveller reviews

Most memorable part: lots of things. The "hills" I managed to get up and down, the manta
rays, the volcano at sunset.

C. Tippett Hawthorn, VIC

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Trip Code: HAW
Trip Grading: Introductory
Duration:  14 days
Activities:  Trekking Day Walking
Next Trip:  10 January 2016
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price: $3,799.00 USD

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