ELIZABETH’S TRIP

TO HAWAII, US

15 NIGHTS/6 STOPS 

 

An environmentally diverse archipelago with breath-taking landscapes, desirable climate, and a memorable ambience.

Family of 4 with Hugo, 13 and Jules, 9. We like all kind of trips, road trips, discovery or just to relax on a beach without any screens or electronic games. A way to disconnect from our everyday busy life and to reconnect with our kids.
 
“Having already explored the main US attractive national parks and cities, we vouched for a change of scenery and organized a beach holiday in remote United States islands. We explored 4 out of 6 islands of the Hawaiian archipelago over the course of 5 days. This gave us enough time to explore the islands in depth. The sunsets and biodiversity was incredible and these locations are a paradise for hikers, snorkelers, and surfers. Each step of the trip was a new adventure as the climate varied from rainforests to volcanic areas. This was a child-friendly itinerary and ideal for an active family! Our kids especially loved going to the beach, snorkeling with turtles, and swimming under water falls. We are proud to share this itinerary and highly encourage it! »
NEW YORK – LOS ANGELES – HONOLULU
12 hours
$1000

DOMESTIC FLIGHT & RENTAL CAR
4 islands in 16 days
3 flights of 40 min
4 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL BUDGET: $2750 pp/ excl food & activities
$ 1250 / pp for 15 nights excl. food and activities
$500 /pp domestic flights
  $1000 /pp international flight
 
DIVERSITY OF LANDSCAPES & NATURAL WONDER

Polihale beach on Kauai island
Boutique hotel in Honolulu, the Surfjack
Punalu’u Black sand beach on Big Island.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Visit of Pearl Harbor
Exploring the Diamond head state monument
Surf lesson on Waikiki beach
 

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1GrnCircleHONOLULU INTL AIRPORT TO
HOTEL
 
 
45 min
Honolulu
  • We stayed at the Hilton at Waikiki beach. Basic US hotel with a Starbuck and all needed facilities. If we had to come back we would have stayed at the Surfjack boutique hotel.
  • Walk on famous Hawaiian Waikiki beach to enjoy its sunset
    Visit of Pearl Harbor and its 4 attractions. http://www.pearlharborhistoricsites.org/plan-your-visit. We visited the submarine, Missouri. They offer a free guided tour of the Battle shipMissouri. Our boys loved it.  We also visited the USS Arizona memorial. Be there early to get some of 1300 free tickets given out each day on a first-come, first -served basis. Gates open at 7 am.
    Surf rentals on the beach Very touristy.
    Hiking at Diamond Head State Monument. An old military base. Very nice overview of Honolulu. Half a day is sufficient.

OH’AU TO
KAUAI
 
 
40 min flight
KAUAI
  • We stayed at Castle Klahuna Plantation Condomium. Request a room with sea view or garden view but not close to the road as it is very noisy.
  • Road trip to Waimea Canyon and possibility to do many hikes in the surroundings. Bring your picnic if you want to stay there for the day. Very interesting to do a one day hike down and up the canyon.
    Beach time at the hotel
    We drove to Kee beach. We went for snorkeling, we had a picnic, we just relaxed on this beautiful beach
    We stopped at Hanalei center and ate delicious fish tacos with Shave Ice (famous Hawaiian speciality). Famous surf spot.
    We went to Polihale Beach. Huge white sand beach with a natural pool. We were nearly alone on the the beach. Possibility to drive with your 4 wheels on the beach.

KAUAI TO
MAUI VALLEY
 
 
40 min
MAUI VALLEY
  • We stayed Maui Kamaole Condo We didn’t like our condo. The mattresses were really bad (just air beds in the living room) Impossible to blow it up. We were not happy at all. Each condo is different and obviously we didn’t choose the right one. We would not choose this lodging solution if we had to come back. Location is practical but is not the most attractive area of the island.
  • Hana Road. It takes the day to drive back and forth the Hana road. Be prepared for 600 turns! Very narrow road with alternating traffic. Be patient. Beautiful views, nature, waterfall, beaches. You will stop many times to visit amazing natural site. Don’t forget picnic & water. Don’t be bothered by anything that day. Just follow your curiosity and stop wherever you want.
    Another day trip: we drove to the top of the Haleakala  volcano, located in this famous National Park. It is often very foggy and cold weather. You can experience blue & clear sky and 30 sec later you are totally in the fog. It was like walking on the moon.
    We went for a boat trip to Molokini Crater. We didn’t like the very touristy boat. Not intimate at all. Molokinii Wild side Eco-Adventure.
    A variety of beaches to visit. 

MAUI TO BIG ISLAND
(KONA AIRPORT) -VOLCANO
 
+ 
 
40 min + 170 km/2h15
Big Island
  • We stayed at the Lava Lodge at Volcano Village. We stayed in the Sugar Mill Cottage. This century old cottage is surrounded by rain forest. This cottage is great for a small family’s Volcano visit. Very nicely decorated and charming. 
  • We started early our day trip to the Hawaiian Volcano National Park. It was instructive but not exciting. There are a lot of possibilities for hiking. One afternoon we tried to visit the huge observatory.  We recommend to prepare this visit carefully as route is strenuous. A 4×4 is mandatory.
    We did the Lava sea walk, an 8 miles loop. Plan to arrive before sunset with a picnic, water bottles and flashlights. We walked back to the visitor center to watch the lava eruption.
    We went to Sea horse farm. http://seahorse.com
    Visitor center with lava spot interesting to visit in the dark
    A must do: Hawaiian Luau experience – Hula Dancing.

VOLCANO VILLAGE TO
WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
 
 
150 km/2h
WAIKOLOA BIG ISL.

BIG ISLAND  (KONA AIRPORT)
HONOLULU OH’AU
 
  +
 
30 km/0h30 + 40 min
KAUAI

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Big Island has 2 intl airports. The most convenient one is the airport to visit the Volcano NP is the airport of Hilo on the eastern shore of the island (ou. We chose Kona who was not the best in terms of what we had planned to do.
  • Don’t forget warm clothes It can be cold on the top of the volcanoes. Changing climate from one part of the island to another.
  • We Chose Mokulele airlines https://www.mokuleleairlines.comfor one of our domestic flights A true Hawaiian experience. We were alone in the Jet.
  • Start your day very early if you plan to drive along the Hana road forth and back. It’s highly recommended to come back before it gets dark.
  • We stayed on the western shore of Mauai island. It’s a good base location and it allows you to  plan day visits of all attractions on the island. Nevertheless, this part of the island is very american and touristy.
  • Both on Kauai and Big Island we discovered the http://lavalavabeachclub.com concept Very nice beach clubs with nice food & beach atmosphere all day long.
  • Choose your boat company carefully when doing the Molokini Crater tour. It can be very touristy.

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