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Hawaii Island Hopping

Panoramic view of  lush green foliage in Weimea Canyon and NaPali coast Kauai, Hawaii
Duration: 11 nights
Type: Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2
from £5,999pp £5,799pp

The Hawaiian Islands are a smouldering lava-strewn landscape, sculpted by the summits of ancient volcanoes rooted 20,000ft below the Pacific Ocean. Embark on an epic adventure to the aptly named Big Island to hike around the dazzling lake of fire that is Kilauea Iki crater rim, trek through tropical rainforests, and visit Akaka Falls which thunders down over 440ft. Over in Kauai, a pristine landscape of vivid green jungle, waterfalls, and paradise-like beaches awaits. Here you’ll explore the colourful Waimea Canyon, soak up a picture-perfect Hawaiian sunset, and enjoy a traditional Luau dinner to celebrate your time in America’s 50th state.

What you’ll love

  • Exploring Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park 
  • Discovering the traditional way of life of native Hawaiians 
  • Hiking in Volcanoes National Park 
  • Looking out for endangered species such as nene (Hawaiian goose) 
  • Walking to Waimea Canyon, the so-called Grand Canyon of the Pacific 

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks and sightseeing led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts,10 packed lunches, 7 dinners
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Domestic flight from Big Island to Kauai
  • Group airport transfers
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Fly to Big Island via mainland USA then transfer to the hotel. 


Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent/descent: 165ft (50m) 

Our first day sees us explore Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, home to sacred temples (heiau), ancient fishponds, and glorious beaches. We’ll start our walk at the small ship harbour and follow the path to the end of the park to see traditional mountain to sea land divisions and hopefully spot green sea turtles on the shore. Afterwards, we’ll visit Lapakahi State Park and its ancient Hawaiian fishing village. On our way back, we’ll stop by the glorious Lava Lava Beach Club for a welcome drink and dinner. 

 


Duration: 3-4 hours 

Distance: 3-5 miles (5-8 km) 

Ascent/descent:165ft (50m) 

Today we’ll visit Volcanoes National Park. But first, we’ll head south to the Place of Refuge, Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, a sacred Hawaiian ceremonial site. We’ll stroll through the ancient village built on lava cliffs, before continuing to the southernmost point of Hawaii – Papakolea green sand beach, of which there are only four in the world. Afterwards, we’ll stop at the stunning black sand beach of Punalu‘u Beach where turtles rest on the sand. 


Distance: 3.2 miles (5km) loop 

Ascent/descent: 820ft (250m) 

Volcanoes National Park is famous for endemic flora and fauna and the sublime volcanic landscape of one of the world’s largest shield volcanoes. Kilauea is the youngest of Hawaii’s volcanoes and has been erupting continuously since 1983. Molten lava regularly flows down the lower flanks of the crater and our walks will depend on volcanic activity.  

Depending on the movement of the lava in the late afternoon, we’ll walk the Kilauea Iki Trail and Crater Rim Trail to the crater’s rim to view the lava flows (distance 3 miles/5km). 


Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)/ and optional 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent/descent: 2575ft (785m) 

We’ll hike via Napau Crater Trail to Pu’u Huluhulu and back. If you’re up for the challenge (and if the trail is in good condition), you can continue up to Nauru crater, too. We’ll then visit macadamia farms on our way to Hilo. 


Distance: 0.5 miles (1km)  

Duration:1 hour 

Soak up the views on a self-guided hike through the wonderful Hawaiian tropical bioreserve and garden at Akaka Falls State Park. Marvel at the cascading Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls which plummet 442ft down into a gorge. 

 


Duration: 1-2 hours   

Ascent/descent: 330ft (100m) 

Spend the morning browsing the famous farmer’s market followed by lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll drive over the saddle road and hike around the volcanic cone in Pu’u Huluhulu (meaning hairy hill).  


Enjoy the morning at leisure before an afternoon flight to Kauai. 


Duration: up to 5 hours  

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)  

Ascent/descent: 1,640ft (500m)  

Today we’ll walk through Waimea Canyon State Park. Along the way, look out for nene, Hawaiian geese, and other endangered species and native plants. We’ll have far-reaching views into the colourful Waimea Canyon, too, which Mark Twain named ‘the Grand Canyon of the Pacific’.


Distance: 1 mile (1.5km) 

Duration: 1-2 hours 

We’ll explore the north shore today and keep a lookout for rare birds as we walk to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a lava peninsula that attracts migrating seabirds. Then you’ll get to wander round Limahuli botanical gardens, set on picturesque lava rock terraces leading up to the mountains. Watching the sunset in Princeville rounds off our day. 


Distance: 5.3 miles (8.5km) 

Ascent/descent: 500ft (150m) 

We’ll walk to see the shipwreck at Gillin’s Beach before following the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail across sea cliffs. A farewell Luau dinner then completes our Hawaiian adventure. 


Transfer to airport for flights back to UK via Honolulu and mainland USA. 


Itinerary map - Hawaii Island Hopping

Royal Kona Resort, Kailua-Kona, Big Island

There’s nothing quite like the setting of Royal Kona Resort, perched on lava rocks overlooking the Pacific. From your newly-renovated guest room, you’ll be able to hear the waves crashing into shore. Inside, the atmosphere is classy and laid-back with light wood, modern, and coastal-inspired décor. Outside, you can explore its lush gardens and sip cocktails on a cabana by the pool. There’s also an oceanfront restaurant and bar as well as a spa offering restorative treatments.

Volcano House Hotel, Big Island

Waking up and looking over Kilauea crater, Volcano House Hotel puts you at the heart of Mother Nature’s most impressive show. This historical hotel first opened in 1846 and has welcomed illustrious guests throughout the years, including Mark Twain who remarked “the surprise of finding a good hotel at such an outlandish spot startled me, considerably more than the volcano did”. Nowadays it features comfortable rooms with rustic touches, two restaurants, and a gift shop selling local, handmade crafts.

Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Hilo, Big Island

This oceanfront resort in Hilo boasts views over the bay and comfortable, modern rooms with air-conditioning and private balconies for most. There’s also a bar, restaurant, and a freshwater pool to relax by.

Kauai Shores Hotel, Kapaa, Kauai

With direct access to Royal Coconut Coast, Kauai Shores Hotel treats you to mesmerising ocean views. Rooms are contemporary in style with air conditioning, plus there’s a pool, tropical gardens, and regular beach yoga sessions. You’ll be within walking distance of Lava Lava Beach Club for food and live music, too.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Duration:
11 nights
Type:
Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade:
2

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