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WINTER ADVENTURE AND PARTY WEEK IN HAWAII
Feb. 10-18, 2017

2 islands of pure tropical paradise!

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        Description: Maui SunsetDescription: Iao NeedleDescription: Waimea WaterfallDescription: Sea Life Park 
 
Tired of the winter blues?  Looking to get to a warm paradise, enjoy some great activities and beautiful beaches?  Well we have the escape for you.
 
If you love the great outdoors, love an active vacation and love the thought of spending your vacation in a tropical paradise, then this trip is for you.
 
We will start with 4 nights on Ka’anapali beach on the island of Maui with included whale watching and Zipline tours, plus a full day island tour visiting the island’s most beautiful scenery on the Road to Hana as well as an included Hawaiian Luau dinner show.

 

We will also enjoy 4 nights on famed Waikiki beach on the island of Oahu with a visit to famed Pearl Harbor.

 Highlights of our trip are included activities featuring:

  • A whale watching cruise followed by a light dinner with drinks on the boat
  •  An Oahu tour featuring a visit to the historic Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial and other island sites.
  • A thrilling Zipline excursion where you will soar above the scenic coastline of Maui on a harness and cable from platforms in the trees. (much like similar excursions on our popular tours to Costa Rica )
  •  A grand luau on a dramatic outdoor setting with dinner, drinks and classic Hawaiian entertainment featuring an incredible fire knife dance finale.
  • A tour of the “Road to Hana” featuring the most beautiful scenery on the island of Maui, including the famed “Seven Pools”

 

 
PLUS FOR THE ADVENTURE LOVERS ENJOY OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS

* UNDWERWATER SHARK VIEWING IN THE SAFETY OF A METAL CAGE ON OAHU

*A SUNRISE BICYCLE RIDE DOWN HALEAKALA CRATER ON MAUI!
 
* A GUIDED HIKE THROUGH A RAIN FOREST WITH A CHANCE TO SWIM IN A WATERFALL ON MAUI OR A GUIDED WATERFALL HIKE FROM WAIKIKI.

 

Also enjoy free time to relax at our hotels on each island, located on 2 of the best beaches in the world.

 
 Daily itinerary:
 
 
Friday Feb. 10th – fly on your own arrangement to Maui and make your way to our hotel, the 4 star Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Set right on Kaanapali Beach, this hotel is an ideal place for  relaxation and an ideal base for activity.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is the ideal vacation experience for travelers worldwide. Come explore why the hotel has been named as one of the world's Best Places to Stay by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, and Travel & Leisure Magazine's #1 Best Value Hotel in Hawaii and why it is called “Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel” .
 
The hotel is walking distance to Whaler’s Village, restaurants and shops and nightlife  (5 min walk)which has 2 beachfront restaurants. The most popular, Hula Grill is a beach front restaurant at Whaler’s Village that has live music every night from 6:30-9:30pm .
 
The hotel offers complimentary hula demonstrations and lei making demonstrations.  All rooms have mini fridge and hairdryers.  Click the below listed link to visit the hotel’s website.
 
http://www.kbhmaui.com

 
Description: Hotel Kaanapali Beach Hotel Maui - Venere.com 
room with 2 double. Beds.
 

The hotel has a FREE NIGHTLY OUTDOOR HULA SHOWS WITH LIVE MUSIC AT THE PATIO RESTAURANT from 6:30-8:30pm
 

Enjoy Maui's scenic sunsets under the stars every evening. Entertainment begins at 6pm; Hula Show begins at 6:30pm.  Every night at sunset, the blowing of conch shells signals the beginning of the nightly hula show in the Tiki Courtyard outside by the pool. From 6:30-7:30 pm you'll enjoy a complimentary performance of Hawaiian music and dance followed by music for dancing under the stars until 9:00 pm.  You can watch that from the tiki bar by the pool.
 
Enjoy the rhythms, beauty, and grace of Hawaii's most famous export, performed by Mauians steeped in the lore and legend of this special dance. Following the show, you'll enjoy dancing under swaying palms to the beat of swinging Island music.
 
The Tiki Terrace Restaurant, is open for breakfast and dinner daily. Here you will enjoy true Hawaii style dining - open air, casual, featuring Hawaii Regional cuisine.

Many of our guests enjoy their free hula lessons.
 
 
 The fragrance of the plumeria trees in bloom in the courtyard is entrancing.
 
The location of our hotel is wonderful. Right on a beautiful, very long stretch of K’anapali beach. Plus, because our visit falls in whale season, it will be common for guests to be able to look out their hotel room and see whales cavorting out at sea!

The hotel is also an easy stroll along the beachfront boardwalk to the hopping dining and shopping enclave of Whaler’s Village, or a short ride on the town shuttle to the popular dining and shopping of Lahaina. ($1 each way on the shuttle from Whaler’s Village to Lahaina in approx. 10 minutes, running approx. every thirty minutes)

The grounds are meticulously groomed every day. There are huge lovely shade-giving palm trees all over the property. There are plenty of lawn chairs and picnic tables in which to relax.
 
What sets this resort aside from other Maui hotels is that it truly feels authentically Hawaiian. The staff prides itself on keeping its culture and heritage alive. There is an feeling of truly being in Hawaii that you will feel at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, that you can't find anywhere else


Description: Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
An overhead view of the lush beachfront grounds at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on Maui.

This evening we will enjoy a welcome orientation at our hotel.

 
Saturday Feb. 11th  

Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax by the pool or stroll the ocean, or get involved in one of the hulu dancing or lei making demonstrations at our hotel if you wish.

Late afternoon, we will all enjoy a whale watching excursion which begins from the boardwalk behind our hotel and takes us out into the ocean to watch these amazing creatures, many of which will come right up close to the boat, giving us amazing photo opps.

Starting from the beach boardwalk behind our hotel, we will meet our luxury catamaran for a 2 hour sailing cruise. 

 Expert naturalists will guide us on our cruise where we will view the many enormous whales that inhabit the waters around Maui.  March is peak season for whale watching and we will most certainly witness many of the giant creatures in the natural habitat.  Our cruise vessel capacity is just 40 people so our group will not be craning necks to see over a hundred strangers for the best views of the whales.
 

Our whale watch also includes a great dinner and drinks (Assorted Crackers and Cheese prior to the meal, Caesar Salad that's tossed on board and not prior to the sail, Baked Chicken Breast in a light sauce, Penne Pasta Salad, Grilled Ono in Basil Garlic Pesto, Foccacia Bread, and Dessert of Banana & Coconut layered Cake & Chocolate Cake.

 Beverages include Chardonnay, Champagne (!), Mai Tais - Beer and Light Beer on Tap, Vodka, Gin, Rum & Mixers. Assorted Soft Drinks, Iced Tea, Tropical Juices, Lemonade & Water)

 

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Description: Sea Life ParkDescription: Maui Whale Watch Cruises

 

Sunday Feb. 12th

The morning is again at leisure to relax and enjoy the beach, the ocean the pool and all of our surroundings. 

AT 11AM, we will enjoy a Zipline tour taking you high above the resorts, amidst the verdant valleys of Mount Kahalawai...Its an incomparable adventure that awaits you . This land steeped in legend, with panoramic views, plunging cliffs and lush valleys, plays host to a Zipline adventure unlike any other.  The adventure begins with an exciting off road ride deep into the rugged and beautiful lands above Kaanapali and an easy 2 mile hike to arrive at the 1st Zipline platform.  Once there, EIGHT amazing zip lines allow you to soar high above streams and waterfalls as you experience this piece of wild Hawaii. The zip lines take you harnessed safely to a cable so you can glide above the forest and enjoy a memorable and exciting ride.  A delicious meal, served at the edge of a 1000 foot overlook provides vistas of disarming beauty. From mountain to sea, this inaccessible world, just minutes from our hotel in Kaanapali, is now within reach.

Our tour returns at approx.2:30pm and free time as yours the rest of the afternoon.  We will meet up again in the hotel lobby at 4:45pm for the short walk down the beach boardwalk to enjoy an outdoor luau and dinner show tonight

 

Monday Feb. 13th

Today we will enjoy a full day tour of the beautiful island of Maui featuring the stunning views from the famed Road to Hana including a visit to the famous “Seven Pools”.

Experience the lush tropical beauty of the Hana Coast with some great experiences. There will be stops and sights along the way including Paia Town and Ho'okipa Beach Park where you will view surfers and or wind surfers.

 Also see rainbow eucalyptus forests, Kaumahina State Park, Honomanu Bay Overlook, Keanae Valley Lookout, Puaa Kaa and Wainapanapa State Parks with its iconic black sand beach, Hana Town and Hasegawa General Store, Hana Bay, Koki and Hamoa, Wailua Falls Lookout, and Ohe'o Stream and the famous Seven Pools for swimming if weather permits.  Then we will follow the back road to Kaupo, and the upcountry Kula area with a stop at Keokea Park or Harold Rice Park offering scenic views of Maui then continue heading down the back side of the beautiful Hana Highway.


Description: Waimea Waterfall  Description: Wailua Falls

A continental breakfast is included on this full day tour and a stop for lunch is made (lunch is not included.  Both options for sandwiches or a vegetarian option are available.)

Vegetarian option
Veggie taco with guacamole, tomatoes, eggplant and pico de gallo and Maui style potato chips.


Beverages:
Tropical iced tea, coffee and water.

 

 

Tuesday Feb. 14thth

The morning is free to relax.

For the active minded this morning, sign up for our optional Bicycle ride down Haleakala Crater.  The ride is one for the most famous activities on Maui.  Featuring a chance to watch an incredible sunrise at the top of the World’s Largest Dormant Volcano, then enjoy a leisurely, all downhill cycle down the coast to the sea level town at its base.  The ride is accompanied by expert guidance with frequent stops for photo opps.  A continental breakfast of muffins and juice is served at the bicycle operator’s headquarters just before heading up the mountain. 

When we reach the top, the view of the sunrise over the volcanic crater on a clear day is mesmerizing.

Once the sun has arisen, we will begin the decent in our van to the starting point of the bicycle ride, a few miles from the peak.

We will then follow the bicycle guide on a leisurely ride downhill to the base.  Passengers can stop at any point and rejoin the van that travels behind the bicycle caravan the entire way down to the base.

It is truly an exhilarating experience for those that participate.
 Space is limited on this activity and the cost including round trip pick up and return service from our hotel and breakfast at top and bottom of the volcano ride is $155.

 

Description: http://www.hawaiiactive.com/img/act/30-0.jpg Maui Haleakala sunrise sightseeing  Start your day On Top of the World! Enjoy a relaxing, personalized and guided tour to Haleakala, "House of the Sun," at 10,023 feet. Island-wide pick-up at 3:00/3:30am from your hotel or condo. The sunrise adventure allows you to experience the famous Haleakala Crater in comfort and style. A continental breakfast is served prior to sunrise. The "House of the Sun" visitor's center offers breathtaking panoramas from the rim of the crater.

 

 

At 11am we will be transferred to the Maui airport for our included flight to Honolulu
Today we will be transferred in the late morning to the airport for our flight to Honolulu on the island of Oahu.  We will be met and transferred to our hotel, the 5 star Sheraton Waikiki.  Located right in the center of famed Waikiki Beach, the Sheraton Waikiki offers luxury accommodations along the best location on the island.
 

Of all Waikiki Beach oceanfront hotels, one towers above the rest... The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort is a modern monument to traditional Hawaiian hospitality.

 
The hotel boasts 4 restaurants; 3 bars; nightclub; 2 large outdoor pools and 2 huge outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking the ocean.

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The lounge chairs and view from the deck at the 5 star Sheraton Waikiki Hotel where we will spend the final 2 nights of our tour.

If you wish, enjoy an optional sunset catamaran sailing excursion this afternoon with an open bar.

Tonight we will enjoy a casual gathering at the Sheraton’s hip oceanfront bar – Rumfire. 

Set against the alluring backdrop of Diamond Head, the oceanfront hideaway offers the largest selection of vintage rum in the United States, an exotic blend of tapas-style cuisine and fire pits adorning its 7,000 square-feet of space to enjoy cocktails, sunsets and new friends.    The dance floor pulses each night with music from a local DJ until the wee hours of the morning.

 
Wednesday Feb. 15th

  – This morning enjoy an included guided tour of the historic sights of Honolulu including the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

Experience the historic Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific as well as downtown Honolulu.   You will be driven through downtown and see Honolulu's highlights including Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha Statue and Honolulu Hale before continuing on for a one of a kind view of the revered Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. Continue south until you reach Pearl Harbor. On this tour, your visit to the Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor will transport you to the morning of December 7, 1941 as you relive the moment that thrust America into World War II. At the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, Hawaii's number one visitor attraction, you will view the film of the attack and browse through the historic artifacts on display. You will ride the Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to board the Arizona Memorial. Your journey continues with a visit to Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific and a drive through the Courts of the Missing. The conclusion of your tour is an overview of Honolulu's historic district which includes Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil, Kawaiaha'o Church, the State Library and Archives, the statue of King Kamehameha, Honolulu Hale and the Mission Houses Museum.

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The UUS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

 

 Or for the more active minded, you may choose to upgrade to do:

  • SHARK CAGE DIVING ! – For the true adventure lovers, this full day excursion is a can’t pass up, once in a lifetime opportunity.  Shark cage diving is offered in only a very few places on earth.  Oahu is the only place in Hawaii and it is truly an exciting activity.
     
     
    We will be returned to our hotel by mid afternoon with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax on Waikiki beach!

Caption description of optional upgrade tour today:
 

  • SHARK CAGE DIVING! – For the true adventure lovers, this is a can’t pass up, once in a lifetime opportunity.  Shark cage diving is offered in only a very few places on earth.  Oahu is the only place in Hawaii and it is truly an exciting activity.

Travel offshore 3 to 4 miles.  Once you get to the area, the shark cage is
placed in the water. The cage floats on the surface and measures 7' x 5' x 9' high. It normally takes 2 people very comfortably, however up to 4 people can be in it at a time if desired.

Often on the way you will also view Dolphins, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and in the winter months, the famous Humpback Whales. All this, and a breathtaking view on Oahu's North Shore are part of the tour.

 Bring an underwater camera to get some of the best photographs of Hawaiian Sharks possible anywhere. The size of the sharks range from 5 to 15 feet. These sharks will be only inches away from the cage, providing a most thrilling experience for you to view and photograph these great creatures from the safety of the metal cage. You may stay up to 30 minutes in the cage to enjoy the spectacular view and the memorable experience and thrill of a lifetime! (upgrade cost – only $139 including round trip hotel pick up and return)

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North Shore Shark Diving off the coast of the island of Oahu

Those choosing our included Pearl Harbor excursion will be back at the hotel between 1 and 2 pm, with free time to relax and visit the beachfront snack bar to enjoy lunch on the beach (and don’t forget the access to beachfront lounges from your hotel and the complimentary fruit and water service on the beach)

 

Thursday Feb. 16th – Today is a  free day with plenty of optional activities.

Capsule descriptions of today’s optional excursions:

Snorkeling:

The snorkeling is some of the best on the island

     Description: Maui     Description: Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle picture   Description: Maui
 Sea turtles swimming in their natural habitat.

 

 
Friday Feb. 17th
 
Enjoy a free morning to relax by the pool, or beach, take an optional half day excursion of go shopping at the international bizarre, a short walk from our hotel.

This afternoon at 3:45pm meet in the hotel lobby and we will be picked up and driven to the setting for our final night’s grand finale activity – the dramatic Chief’s Luau.

World famous Sea Life Park's stunningly scenic Makapu'u Meadows is the setting for a luau experience like none other, starring the best entertainer in the South Pacific, Chief Sielu.
Interact up close and personal with your Pacific island hosts with Hawaiian crafts, hula lessons, coconut husking, fire making, weaving, tattooing, and more. Sink your teeth into a lavish Hawaiian luau feast, then sit back and enjoy Chief Sielu and his tribe of fire twirling, tree climbing, comedic, dynamic Polynesian drummers, dancers and entertainers.
 Your evening culminates with world champion fire knife dancer Chief Sielu and his tribe filling the night sky with fire

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Island greens with citrus dressing, mandarin oranges, radish sprouts, crisp rice noodles and seasonal fruit salad. Lomi lomi salmon, grilled island fish with papaya marmalade, chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce, kalua pork, taro rolls, poi, vegetable stir fry, sweet potatoes and steamed white rice.

Dessert:
Pineapple cake.

Beverages:
Coffee, tea and fruit punch.
Inclusions: Shell lei greeting, standard seating, 1 drink ticket, buffet dinner and show

We will be back at our hotel by 10pm for a final night.  Enjoy if you wish, the hopping nightlife of the Rumfire lounge at the Sheraton Waikiki

 

Saturday Feb. 18th  -  This morning an optional walking tour on the path up the famed Diamond Head mountain is offered.  The path takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour for most people to reach the observation deck at the top for beautiful views.

 (its only 7 tenths of a mile to the top and rewards you with a gorgeous panoramic view of the island from the top).  The tour is offered at 9am as well as offered earlier to enjoy the sunrise at the observation deck.

Our glorious week in the Hawaiian Islands ends today.  Passengers should make their own flight arrangements home from Honolulu. Transportation to the airport can be arranged at an additional cost on a shared or private basis. 


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YOUR HAWAIIAN ADVENTURE AND PARTY WEEK INCLUDES:

  • * 4 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR SHERATON WAIKIKI ON FABULOUS WAIKIKI BEACH ON THE ISLAND OF OAHU
  • * 4 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR Kaanapali Beach Hotel on stunning Kaanapali Beach on the island of Maui
  • * Domestic flight from Maui to Honolulu nonstop on Hawaiian Air with group transit from hotel to airport in Maui & airport/hotel on Oahu/Honolulu.

 

PLUS OUR FABULOUS LINEUP OF INCLUDED TOURS AND PARTIES:

  • * An island tour of Oahu/Honolulu including a visit to the historic Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial plus other sites on the island.  (or choose to upgrade to our thrilling Shark Cage Diving excursion )
  •  * A thrilling zip line excursion where you will soar above the scenic coastline of Maui on a harness and cable from platforms in the trees. (much like similar excursions on our wildly popular trips to Costa Rica )
  • A full day driving tour through the island of Maui, featuring the gorgeous and world famous “Road to Hana and its Seven Pools attraction”
  • * A late afternoon whale watching cruise with light dinner and drinks and a fabulous sunset at sea.
  •  * A grand luau and a fabulous outdoor buffet dinner including one drink and classic entertainment from Hawaii and other Polynesian islands featuring an incredible fire knife dance finale by a world champion fire knife dance team.

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TRIP COST including all of the above:   $1999 per person plus $49 tax

A $400 deposit is due in 7 days  of booking. This is refundable if canceled by Oct. 10th and non refundable thereafter.

Balance payments are due Friday Nov. 18th and are non refundable.

Trip pricing includes FREE NON SMOKING ROOMMATE MATCHING BASED ON AGE AND GENDER

OPTIONAL SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT FOR ANYONE NOT WISHING OUR FREE ROOMMATE MATCHING SERVICE:  $895

PASSENGERS SHOULD BOOK THEIR OWN AIR FROM THEIR HOME CITY INTO MAUI ARRIVING ANY TIME ON FRI.FEB 10TH AND RETURNING FROM HONOLULU TO THEIR HOME CITY ANY TIME ON SAT. FEB 18TH.  Transfers from Maui airport Feb. 10th to our hotel in Maui and from our hotel in Honolulu to the airport Feb. 18th are available for purchase.

Travel insurance is available for purchase.

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