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Hawaii Pearl of the Pacific including

Kauai Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Honolulu
  • Kona
  • Maui
  • Kauai
  • Los Angeles
  • UK

3 NIGHTS from £369pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a 3-night beach stay on Kauai
  • Delve into Honolulu's wartime past at the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Witness the might of the world's most active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Full-day island tour of Maui, visiting the towering Iao Needle, otherworldly Haleakala National Park and Maui Ocean Centre
  • Peer into the depths of Waimea Canyon, the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific'

Extension from £369pp

Tour + Extension from £3368pp

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Kauai Beach Stay

Enjoy an extended stay on the beaches of Kauai, known as the 'The Garden Island' due to the lush tropical rainforest which covers most of the island.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Honolulu

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Honolulu, via San Francisco. On arrival, you will be met with garlands of flowers in a traditional greeting, before transferring to your hotel for your overnight stay.

2
Honolulu

While Honolulu offers the expected laidback, coastal charm, Hawaii's state capital also boasts a fascinating historic downtown area and a rich past as a trading port. After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy the day at leisure to explore the island of Oahu at your own pace. Alternatively, take one of our optional excursions (at a fee). Hike to the summit of Diamond Head for sweeping views over the island, ride the waves with a surf lesson or marvel at the turquoise waters of Honolulu on a submarine tour or catamaran cruise.

  • Breakfast
3
Honolulu

A full-day city tour starts with a visit to Pearl Harbor, the site of the tragic WW2 attack which now houses a number of memorials and museums commemorating the event. At the USS Arizona Memorial, visit the sunken hull of the battleship hit during the attack and watch a documentary detailing the day and aftermath at the Memorial Theatre. After lunch, wander through Iolani Palace, the only royal residence in the U.S, which has been home to the island's 19th-century monarchy, prison to an overthrown queen, and now serves as a cultural landmark. Continue on to the National Cemetery of the Pacific, the resting place of over 25,000 victims of three American Wars, then ascend into the mountains to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout for breath-taking views over the island and ocean. Return to your hotel for the evening, giving you time to enjoy the city's nightlife and vibrant dining scene.

  • Breakfast
4
Honolulu to Kona

This morning, travel to the airport for your flight to the district of Kona located on Hawaii Island, affectionately referred to by locals as 'The Big Island'. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, with the rest of the day free to wander the area surrounding your hotel. Encompassing 8 out of 13 of the world's climate zones, the island offers a gloriously diverse natural environment, from lava fields to shimmering, palm-fringed beaches.

  • Breakfast
5
Kona

Discover the natural might of Hawaii on today's full-day tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's biggest shield volcano. Witness otherworldly volcanic landscapes and rare flora and fauna as you travel to the Kilauea Crater, rising 4,090 feet above a volcanic wonderland of steaming fire pits, lava tubes and fern forests. In Hawaiian culture, it is believed that Pele the goddess of fire, lighting, and volcanoes, lives in the crater and governs the lava. View the simmering crater from excellent observation points on the Kilauea and Kilauea Iki Crater and gaze upon the glowing lava of Halemaumau Crater. Follow the Devastation Trail - a barren area covered by the cinder outfall of the 1959 eruption - and visit the Jaggar Museum which offers an overlook with magnificent views of the crater in addition to informational exhibits. End your tour with a drive through the dense forest to Thurston Lava Tube where you can walk through this amazing cave-like passage before returning to your hotel.

Please Note: Volcanoes National Park is closed to the public due to the recent volcanic activity. We hope that the park will re-open, however, if the park is closed a different itinerary will be provided on Day 5. A tour of Kona Island will include Richardson?s Black Sand Beach, Liliuokalani Gardens, King Kamehameha Statue, Akaka Falls, Downtown Hilo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory and Rainbow Falls.

  • Breakfast
6
Kona

After breakfast at your hotel, the day is free for you to explore Kona and The Big Island at your own pace. A number of optional excursions are also available at a fee. Embark on a half-day snorkelling cruise to historic Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook Monument or go on a submarine adventure, where you'll witness Kona's marine life and 25-acre-long coral reef below the ocean's surface.

  • Breakfast
7
Kona to Maui

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the island of Maui, which brims with soaring volcanic peaks, world-class beaches, waterfalls and natural pools. On arrival, a free afternoon allows you to take in the sights of Maui, 'The Valley Island'. Reconvene later tonight for a traditional Hawaiian dinner where you can relax to the sounds of Hawaiian music, delight in graceful hula dancers and experience your first taste of the island's cuisine at a traditional luau.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
8
Maui

This morning, visit Iao Valley State Park, home to the towering emerald peak of the Iao Needle, one of Maui's most recognizable landmarks. Soak in panoramic views of this rock formation and the verdant valley below from an excellent viewpoint, passing lush greenery along the way. With no guided excursions planned for the afternoon, why not sunbathe on one of the island's volcanic black sand beaches or go in search of home-grown coffee and poke, the island's renowned raw seafood delicacy.

  • Breakfast
9
Maui

Today is at leisure, allowing you to take in the sights of Maui. Those looking for a more active day will enjoy one of our optional excursions (at a fee). Embark on a whale watching trip and witness these enormous sea animals breaching or discover a different view of the island's rich marine life with a day of snorkelling. Alternatively, wake early to visit Haleakala National Park and watch the sun rise over this dramatic landscape. In stark contrast to Maui's lush vegetation, you'll pass through rocky, volcanic terrain often likened to the surface of the moon as you view the park's most famous feature - Haleakala Crater - and look out for wildlife; more endangered species live here than in any other national park in the USA.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Enjoy a Whale watching trip and witness them breach the water.

  • Breakfast
10
Maui to Kauai

This morning, fly to Kauai, arriving in time for a tour of this island, where the abundant forests, foliage and blossoms have earned it the moniker 'The Garden Island'. Set off to the Waimea Canyon State Park, driving to your viewpoint along a winding road sandwiched between dramatic cliffs. From the observation area, marvel at the immensity of the canyon often called the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific'. Take in sweeping views of the ocean and islands beyond before returning to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
11
Kauai

A day at leisure in picturesque Kauai marks your last day in Hawaii, giving you the chance to explore the island further or soak in the sunshine on an idyllic beach or al fresco cafe.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Boat cruise along the Napali Coast - sailing past the cliffs, beaches and waterfalls of the beautiful area.

  • Breakfast
12
Kauai to Los Angeles

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Los Angeles or continue on to your beach extension in Kauai. On arrival in Los Angeles, you will be met and taken to your hotel for your overnight stay and time to take in the night-time lights of the city.

  • Breakfast
13
Los Angeles to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
14
Kauai

A day at leisure in Kauai gives you the chance to explore the island further or soak in the sunshine on an idyllic beach or al fresco cafe. An optional cruise along the breath-taking Napali Coast is also available (at a fee) and sails past emerald-hued cliffs with razor-sharp ridges, picture-perfect beaches and cascading waterfalls.

  • Breakfast
152
Kauai

Continue your stay at leisure on this picturesque Island.

  • Breakfast
16
Kauai to Los Angeles

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Los Angeles or continue on to your beach extension in Kauai. On arrival in Los Angeles, you will be met and taken to your hotel for your overnight stay and time to take in the night-time lights of the city.

  • Breakfast
17
Los Angeles to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

You will need to obtain an ESTA visa. This must be applied for at least 7 days before you are due to land in the USA. Please advise if you would like us to arrange this for you. All UK passport holders must have a bio-metric epassport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you are expected to arrive back in the UK. Important note: if you do not have a bio-metric epassport, you will be refused entry into the USA.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu) via San Francisco or Los Angeles with United Airlines (UA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 30 and the maximum will be 49. In the unlikely event there are fewer than 30 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local driver guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Assistance will be available at all airports.

Currency Information

The currency in Hawaii is the United States Dollar (USD). You will be able to change currency both before you travel and whilst you are away. You will also have access to ATMs during your tour where you can withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £600-£800 per person to change to local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 Dates
24 Nov 201809 Dec 2018£369£3099£3468Book Now
2019 Dates
26 Jan 201910 Feb 2019£399£3199£3598Book Now
23 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£399£3299£3698Book Now
02 Mar 201917 Mar 2019£399£3399£3798Book Now
27 Apr 201912 May 2019£379£3549£3928Book Now
11 May 201926 May 2019£379£3499£3878Book Now
15 Jun 201930 Jun 2019£379£3599£3978Book Now
14 Sep 201929 Sep 2019£379£3499£3878Book Now
12 Oct 201927 Oct 2019£369£3399£3768Book Now
09 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£369£2999£3368Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Dollar

Average Flying time

8 hours

Min/Max temperature

13 °C / 32 °C

Spoken languages

English

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • A plug adaptor - The official voltage for the USA is 120 and operates on a 2-pronged North American outlet
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater
  • Swimwear
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