From steaming volcanoes and lava-sculpted landscapes to lush jungles and endless beaches, Hawaii is a fantastic destination for families. Explore beautiful Maui on a variety of excursions, spotting humpback whales and winding along the famed Hana Highway. Then venture to the Big Island, home to the geologic wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park. Hike through rain forest to a black lava crater, and encounter blooming tropical gardens.
On a private cruise, spot humpback whales and listen to their songs through underwater hydrophones.
Get immersed in Hawaiian tradition with hands-on activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, outrigger canoeing, lei-making,
hula dancing, and kayaking.
Hike across the lava floor of a steaming crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and stroll the black volcanic sands of Punalu’u Beach.
Go horseback riding at a local ranch; visit a coffee plantation; and explore ancient temples steeped in Hawaiian legend and lore.
Itinerary - 8 Days
Day 1 — U.S./Hawaii
Aloha, and welcome to Maui! Meet fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at our hotel. Marriott Kahalui (D)
Day 2 — Whale Watching and Road to Hana
The next morning, join naturalists on an expedition to view humpback whales in the migratory waters of Au'au Channel. Later, embark on a stunning coastal drive along the serpentine Hana Highway. Travaasa Hana (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Hana
Spend the morning at Waiʻanapanapa State Park,
exploring the volcanic beach, sea caves, and a
freshwater pool believed to have once been the
hiding place of an ancient Hawaiian princess.
After lunch, visit the seven pools of Haleakalā
National Park and go for a swim if you choose.
Those interested can continue on a longer hike
to Waimoku Falls. Later, enjoy an interactive hula dancing demonstration and learn to make a traditional Hawai'ian lei. Travaasa Hana (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Maui to Big Island
Board an early flight to Hawaii Island, known as
the Big Island, and home to two of the world’s
most active volcanoes—Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.
After arriving in Kona, enjoy a scenic drive along the Hamakua Coast. Then get immersed in brilliant blooms at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
before continuing to the village of Volcano, where
we’ll settle into our hotel near Hawaii Volcanoes
National Park. The result of 70 million years of
volcanic activity, the park is a geologic wonderland
centered on the smoldering crater of Kīlauea. Kilauea Lodge or Volcano House (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Exploring the Big Island
Set out on a hike to Kīlauea Iki crater (Little Kīlauea), descending through dense rain forest to the crater’s eerie black lava moonscape. Go horseback riding at a ranch in the afternoon. Kilauea Lodge or Volcano House (B,L,D)
Day 6 — South Point, Kona Coffee Belt, and Kohala Coast
Stroll the black sands of Punaluʻu Beach, created when lava flowed into the ocean and exploded into tiny particles. With luck, we may even spot green sea turtles basking in the sun. Delve into ancient history at Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, a sacred place of refuge for those who broke the laws, or kapu, of ancient Hawaiian society. Visit a traditional coffee farm along the Kona Coast, and see the site where Captain James
Cook was killed in 1779. The Fairmont Orchid (B,L)
Day 7 — North Kohala Coast
Today, older kids can try one of Hawaii's most popular sports, stand-up paddleboarding, while younger kids explore in traditional outrigger canoes. Or enjoy an opportunity for snorkeling as a family in the clear waters near our hotel. The Fairmont Orchid (B,D)
Day 8 — Puʻukoholā Heiau/Kona
Cap off our family adventure with a visit to the 18th century temple built by King Kamehameha. Then
transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
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What To Expect
This expedition is designed to accommodate both adults and kids at different activity levels. Choose hiking options ranging from easy walks of one to two miles to moderate or strenuous hikes of four miles or more, depending on your preference.
In addition to our National Geographic Expert, every departure includes two to three extra leaders, one of which will act as kids coordinator to ensure both kids and parents have an expedition of a lifetime.