Aloha Hawaii

$ 980

Aloha Hawaii - Say “Aloha” and prepare to visit remote beaches, explore wander lush trails, go snorkelling with turtles and witness one of the most active volcanoes in the world at the Volcano National Park on the island of Hawaii. Experience the true Hawaiian lifestyle. Adventure and relaxation awaits!

Overview

Group size:

Max 14

Camping

6 nights

Hotel/Hostel

1 night

All Camping Meals

Waipio Valley
Kailua-Kona
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Mahana Bay
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Kalapana
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach camping

What's Included

6 Camp Nights, 1 Hotel/Hostel Night

All Camping Meals (6 Breakfasts - 6 Lunches - 6 Dinners)

2 hr Volcano Lava Sunset Bicycle Ride

Camping Equipment*

All Park Entrances

*Sleeping bags are not provided; please bring your own

Day 1: Aloha Hawaii: Kona


Aloha i ka Hawaii, or welcome to Kona, Big Island Hawaii. Get excited to meet your fellow travelers for the first time. Most of you arrived the day before and are already in the Aloha mood. “Aloha” is more than just a way to say “Hello”. It’s the Hawaiian lifestyle we will adopt for this week! Upon meeting your tour leader, we will head towards Captain Cook Monument and get our first epic views of the Hawaiian Coast. After lunch, it’s time to continue our road towards Ho`okena Beach Park. Today will be our first camp night, right here on the Kona side of the island, famous for its awesome weather. We’ll stop at a grocery store and grab anything we need. When we reach the campsite in the afternoon, you’ll set up your tents. (Tents are shared. So, for two of you, it will be a breeze to set it up.) The exact type of tent can vary, but we often use Igloo tents. After showing you how to get started on your first camping adventure, your tour guide will set up all the cooking equipment so we can enjoy our first camping meal! Pineapple S’more’s, anyone? Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 2: Snorkeling & Ocean Adventures


Ready, Set, TAN & Go! Put your swim suit on, get out your sunscreen, and let’s roll to the beach. Today, we are going snorkeling at one of Big Island’s most beautiful spots: Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, a place the native Hawaiians used for ancient practices and rituals. Crystal blue lagoon water, beautiful white sands & colored fishes are just a few of the natural wonders you will see in Hawaii’s waters. After, we’ll take some time for well-deserved sunbathing. After lunch, we head toward Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, the most southern point of the island, a beach where the sand is really black! Maybe we get lucky & can spot some friendly Honus (Hawaiian green sea turtles)! In the afternoon, we will head towards Volcano National Park for our second camp night. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night
YPA Awesomeness Included today:
Snorkeling Gear




Day 3: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Hilo


After an amazing beach day, it’s time to explore the volcano side of Hawaii. At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. Kilauea is Hawaii’s most active volcano and you can see lava and fumes coming out when overlooking the Halema’uma u Crater! Our tour leader will know what to show us the day we drive there. We can go explore some magic lava tubes. If you feel up for it, we can hike the Kilauea Iki trail, a small hike (accessible to all), which descends from the beautiful Volcano rainforest into the caldera, where you can see firsthand the effects of millions of years of volcanic activity. In the afternoon, we will drive to Hilo in Big Island’s historic town. If it’s market day (Wednesday or Saturday), stop at the Farmers Market to see how shopping is done, local-style. Let’s pick up some souvenirs or some fresh fruit. After dinner, we can go stargazing or check out the lava fumes & flow at night from the park’s visitor center. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 4: Beaches, & Red Hot Lava


The Adventure continues! We will check out Wailuku River State Park where we can see 25-feet high waterfalls and some gorgeous Banyan trees. If time permits, let’s go swimming at Coconut Island or one the beaches in the majestic Keaukaha area. In the afternoon, get ready for some relaxation time at the Kapoho or Ahalanui Tide Pools. Many of them are large and deep enough to provide enough room for swimmers and snorkelers. Some of the pools are volcanically heated and quite warm, up to about 32 Celsius. Kapoho tide pools are a perfect spot for sunbathing, chilling or even sitting in the grass for some social time. Today, we want to have early dinner so we can fuel up for some YPA Awesomeness: we will bicycle on a lava rock trail to watch a red hot lava flow sunset in Kalapano. Each way takes about 35 to 40 mins, so it’s a fairly easy ride. At the end of the road, a beautiful sunset awaits with lava flow as a backdrop. Today, we’ll get back to camp a bit later as usual. Late night snacks, anybody? Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night
YPA Awesomeness Included today:
Bicycle ride to Red Hot Lava Flow




Day 5: Green Sand Beach & Coffee Farm


This morning, we head to the most southern point & check out Green Sand Beach. This is a must for any real authentic Hawaiian tour. On the way, we can find many interesting coastal areas, ancient ruins, and incredible views. Once we get there, get excited for a super scenic small hike (accessible to all) We’ll follow the shore for 2.5 miles until reaching Mahana Bay and the Green Sand Beach. Here, typically the waves are a bit stronger. At the beach, you should definitely jump in the water and splash around. Before heading back to camp this evening, we will also have time to visit a Big Island coffee farm. This is a super authentic experience because by 1922, most coffee production in Hawaii had disappeared, except in the Kona district. The Kona Region and its Ideal Climate - Grown on the mountain slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanoes - Tropical sun-drenched mornings and misty afternoons. This excellent quality has made Kona coffee one of the most highly valued coffees in the world. A must bring souvenir for friends, family and Coffee Lovers alike! Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 6: Road trip to Waipi’o Valley & Water Falls Falls


Just outside Hilo, we’ll enjoy the magical drive along the Hamakua Coast, with lush rainforests, tropical plants and breathtaking views. On the way, we’ll stop at the Uma Uma Falls and Akaka Falls State Park to see two of the most famous waterfalls in Hawaii. The Ka Wailele (“Waterfall” in Hawaiian) has a very precious meaning in the ancient culture, as it’s the connection between the earth and the sky and is therefore the symbol of life. This brings us to green lush rain forest, just a short drive to the Waipi’o Valley Overlook, which will allow you a stunning view of the “Valley of Kings”, one of the most culturally significant spots for native Hawaiians and a hot spot for the traditional cultivation of the locally-prized “kalo”, or taro crop. Tonight is our last night of camping! Let’s get together, make a bonfire, watch the stars or have a last camp night party! Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 7: Beach & You Time, Hapuna Beach State Park


Today, it’s all about enjoying our last day, the Hawaiian way. This morning, we’ll get a very relaxed start and head to Hapuna Beach State Park, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get your swim suit on for a last time, bring your sunscreen and let’s gear up with some beach toys, volley balls, body boards, or snorkels The choice is yours! Your leader has plenty of options ready for you, from free time to a small hike down to Polulu Valley! In the evening, after a last farewell dinner together, it’s time to say “Mahalo”, which means “goodbye” in Hawaiian. By now, you have made new friends and loaded your heart with memories. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 8: My last day on Big Island: It’s not over yet!


Officially, the tour is over, but feel free to take advantage of Kona with your newfound travel friends! Store the luggage at the arrival Hostel / Hotel. Many YPA travelers choose to fly to a nearby Island, Maui or Kauai. You tour guide knows the Islands, make sure to ask if for advice. From Kona you can easily take the Trolley for cheap back to Magic Sands beach or go explore the island a bit more.

Kona airport is about 20 minutes from town. Many YPA travelers who cannot stay an extra night decide to book a late-night departure.We hope to see you soon again on another YPA adventure!





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The basics

Info I should Know

Meeting Your Fellow Travelers

YPA is here to make you feel at home and bring people together, regardless if you travel solo or with a group of friends. Whether you are an au pair, student, young professional, or simply like to travel the world, simple things like rotating the seats in the tour van or grocery shopping together will make it a breeze to make new friend.

Included Meals

All camping meals are included on your trip. Your tour leader will always inform you ahead of time whether or not a meal will be included. While the number of included meals are always the same, we keep it flexible and up to you & your tour guide when a meal is included. This allows the tour leader to run a trip tailored to his specific group and the plans for that day.

Organization

Your tour leader will make sure you are comfortable and get answers all your questions. We plan to make groceries stops together and, if time allows, help you find stores for other supplies (like a sleeping bag).

Driving Times

Driving times vary depending on the program of the day. In general, a short driving day is about 3 hours, and a long driving day can be up to 6+. We rarely simply drive from A to B. On the drives, we will make stops to explore awesome view points and the local culture. After all, half the fun is getting there!

Departure & Arrival times

Most departures from campgrounds are early in the morning, 8:30 AM or much earlier, depending on the next destination.

Flexible Itinerary

All tours go to the same places, but on-site activities depend on the group, day, and tour leader. Your tour leader’s mission is to show your group the best possible places and activities, and make sure that you get the most of your trip!

Your Day as a Group

Your tour guide will tailor a daily program adapted to the group as a whole. If there is a particular activity you want to do or you do not want to take part in an activity, just let your tour leader know.

Language spoken on the trip

The main language your tour leader will speak is English so everyone can understand what’s going on. However, often times your tour leader will speak a second language. At the end of the day, so many nationalities come together that we end up in a cultural melting pot. You don’t need to speak good English at all.

© 2018 By Nikola Milanovic.

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