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Hawaii Unplugged

(Previously The Big Kahuna)

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WHAT YOU GET
8 nights accommodation
8 nights in Hotel
8 nights of snooze worthy sleeps in comfy and well located hotels that boast all the little home comforts you could want.
10 included Meals
3 Dinner, 7 Breakfast
We’ll get 10 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some authentic Hawaiian dinners from us but you’ll also get an opportunity to DIY your foodie adventure.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport on internal flights between the islands and of course, our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
8 included, 7 optional that you can add
Visit Volcanoes National Park, the historical site of Pearl Harbour and Punalu'u's iconic black sand beach, amongst others.
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You've seen it in the movies and fantasised about it since forever, so why put it off any longer? Hawaii is the kind of island paradise that will have you dreaming of coming back as soon as you've left its shores, each time stealing another little piece of your heart. 9 days of sunshine, surf, coconuts and hula dancing are waiting...
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3 nights
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Kona
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3 nights
Maui
Kihei
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DAY 1 - Honolulu to Waikiki
Honolulu
Well Aloha. Who's ready for 9 days of nothin' but good times and happy vibes? Fasten your seat belts, the ride is about to begin...
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Sightseeing tour including Pearl Harbour, Punchbowl Cemetary & the King Kamehameha statue
Group dinner
Waikiki
You see those people over there? They're about to become your new BFF's. With awkward hellos soon making way for excited chats about your upcoming adventure, we'll head out as a crew for a sightseeing tour of Waikiki, taking in sights including the Punchbowl Cemetery and the USS Arizona, located in Pearl Harbour. Your Trip Manager will fill in the history gaps for you, giving the full story of how 1177 sailors and Marines tragically lost their lives here during WWII. Later on, and we're not done with you yet, we're off to see the King Kamehameha statue - the only monarch celebrated in the USA and the founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii. History goals achieved for today, we'll grab dinner as a group tonight, toasting to the first day of our journey.
DAY 2 - Waikiki
Waikiki
Today's all about living that sweet Hawaiian beach life as we make our way to Oahu's North Shore. Surfing fans, we know you'll be frothing at the sights you're about to see; waves of epic proportions (if you're lucky), surfers galore, and maybe even a surfing dog or two. But then, would you expect any less from the home of the Triple Crown of Surfing Championships? Grab a board and join the pros if you're feeling brave (don't stress, there are plenty of bay's suitable for beginners), or just kick back and watch the surfer boys and girls do their thing.
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North Shore, Sunset Beach
DAY 3 - Waikiki
Waikiki
Waikiki, what more can you offer us? With a full free day to explore, you'll soon find out. Maybe you're hungering for some Vitamin D and want nothing more than a towel and some hot rays, or of you're feeling adventurous, how about a surf lesson? This is after all the beach where surfing began. Dollars burning a hole in your pocket? A stroll through International Market Place and its cute shops could be the answer, or maybe take a hike to the top of Diamond Head Crater. A busy day we know, but the night is young and our dancing shoes are ready to go...
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Surf Lesson
DAY 4 - Waikiki to Kona via Hilo
Waikiki
Honolulu you've been a dream, but the Big Island of Hawaii is calling us and we've got a plane to catch...
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Flight & transfers
Coffee farm visit
Punalu’u black sand beach
Hilo
Kona
Home of the Goddess of Fire, Pele, the Big Island boasts a tasty mix of vast craters, black beaches and flowing lava. Trust us, it's every bit as thrilling as it sounds. After joining our coach in Hilo, we'll set off to Volcanoes National Park to catch a glimpse of the red hot lava flow by the Kilauea Volcano, as well as paying a visit to the Punalu'u black sand beach. Camera memory's literally maxed out with killer photos, we'll pull the breaks in Kailua Kona, home for the next two nights.
DAY 5 - Kona
Kona
Well good morning Kona! Famous for its Macadamia nuts and delicious coffee, the laid back vibes of this town will instantly win you over, making you wonder why you didn't come sooner. Today is a free day, but we hope we can tempt you with our Me Time snorkelling adventure - those reefs and fish need to be seen to be believed. Tonight, we've got another special Optional up our sleeves in the shape of a sunset cruise. Flating on the water, surrounded by new friends and sipping on beers as the sunsets - perfection, right?
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Snorkelling experience
Sunset cruise
DAY 6 - Kona to Maui
Kona
From one island paradise to another, this morning we leave Kona on another included flight with the equally gorgeous Maui in our sights.
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Flight & transfers
Iao Valley
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Lu'au - cultural dance & dinner
Maui
Known as the Valley Isle, Maui is a lush tropical paradise and our home for the next 3 nights. First up we'll visit the Iao Valley (think green on green on green, with a side order of waterfalls) before making our way into Lahaina Town. Tonight is then something special; you'll get to experience traditional Hawaiian Hookipa (hospitality to you and I) at a super fun Luau. We hope you got the memo to pack a fun Hawaiian shirt?
DAY 7 - Maui
Maui
Rise and shine, because now you're operating on Maui time and trust us, you don't want to miss a second. Today is yours to roam as you please; maybe beach nap it out on Kaanapali beach, or take a leisurely trip to the spa. However, if you want to add a touch of YOLO to your adventure, we've got just the answer - how about an all day Me Time Optional sailing trip to Lana'i? What does it involve you ask? Swimming, snorkelling, deck hangs and volleyball are all on the menu. Sign you up right now, shall we?
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All day sailing adventure
DAY 8 - Maui
Maui
Today is our last in Maui, so lets do this thing right. Another free day means yet more opportunities for DIY exploring. If you were sailing with us yesterday perhaps today you've got maxin relaxin in mind, but if you're still keen for more, we've got another down right incredible Free Time Add-on to tempt you. Waking up early doors, you could watch the sunrise over the crater of Mt Haleakala Volcano and then journey down the 3055m (10,023ft) volcanoon two wheels (yes, really). Is it a bumpy ride? You'll have to wait and see... Bums suitably sore, tonight is our last as a Contiki fam, so let's make sure you go out with a bang.
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Sunrise at Mt Haleakala
Mountain biking Mt Haleakala Volcano
DAY 9 - Maui (Depart Kihei)
Maui
Don't cry because it's over, instead smile because it happened. Hearts heavy but with memories that'll last a lifetime, today our Contiki wolf pack will go our seperate ways. But you know what eases the travel blues? Planning which corner of the world to head to next...
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Traveled Dec 2018
Requested to share a room with a friend on the trip, but this was never done and had to switch rooms at each hotel we stayed at.
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Traveled Aug 2018
Same as before. Be clear, there were too many hidden costs and I’m not the only one to think or say this. I did not think this was worth the money I spent one bit. I will not recommend this tour to others either. I had a great experience on the contiki in Vietnam, I’m glad I did that one first otherwise I would never recommend contiki in general
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Tour was great! Got to do a lot in a short time (and didn’t have to organise any of it). Only disappointment was accommodation at the final hotel. They did not organise the correct bedding so we had to sleep on pull out sofas in the middle of the lounge room which was not a good way to end an otherwise great holiday.
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Eleanor Stretton
Traveled Jul 2018
Whilst it was definitely an expensive tour, I found the accomodation to be amazing (great location, especially the Banyan in Maui) and the included meals were of a great standard and value (ie the brewery on the Big Island).
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Karina Schinella
Traveled Jul 2018
Friendly, helpful and informative service
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2018
I love how this was a small group compared to other Contiki trips. I would be willing to pay extra for smaller group sizes.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2018
Absolutely amazing!!!! Only thing is very expensive and they don’t give you the prices of things until you have booked unlike other trips where you can see how much optionals are. Wished more time with group and a day song but understand why it’s hard on a trip like that
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Kristy Hazelton
Traveled Jul 2018
amazing tour good balance between relaxation and adventure!
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Kate Moore
Traveled May 2018
Loved this trip it gave us a bit of everything and our trip manager char was incredible. Would reccomend this trip to others in the future for sure.
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Kristin Gleitz
Traveled May 2018
It was a bit pricey especially if you include any add on experiences.
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Paige Love
Traveled May 2018
The trip was so fun and I had a good time.
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