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An Extended Exploration of the Hawaiian Islands

From Vancouver's urban allure, set sail to Hawaii's enchanting islands: Hilo's scenic landscapes, Honolulu's bustling vibe, Lahaina's beachside serenity, and Nawiliwili's untouched beauty. Conclude with Victoria's charm before returning to Vancouver. A Pacific dream voyage awaits.

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18 nights

Luxury Holiday
Nawiliwili
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
 Akaka Falls

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Sensuous and intense, rugged and majestic, this extended journey seeks the rarest pearls in North America’s Pacific Ocean. From the serenity of Vancouver in Canada’s British Columbia to the Hawaiian Islands, we slip amongst wonders and waters that redefine our words for desire.

When the sun is high, we catch the first glimpse of Hawai’i, which is the proper name for the Big Island. Birthplace of Kamehameha the Great, this island reigns supreme for its five volcanos, deep canyons, plummeting waterfalls and Kona coffee. Take a cardio-hike through Volcano National Park. Walk to Akaka Falls that plummets some 422 feet (128 meters) to spring forth a multitude of misty rainbows. Or hop a helicopter to hover active Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanos. Oahu welcomes us to Honolulu and the sugary white shores of Waikiki Beach. Imagine chauffeured shopping safaris or champagne toasts atop Diamond Head. Enjoy a private tour of Pearl Harbor and the Punchbowl Crater that cradles the National Memorial Cemetery. An overnight allows time for a traditional Hawaiian Luau, a folkloric celebration that tells the story of Hawai’i before high-rises and hotels. The island of Maui leaps from the sea in an epic display of beauty. This “valley isle” features 17 sub-climate zones ranging from tropical forest to desert.

Venture atop Haleakalā, where the demigod, Maui, tried to harness the sun or forest-bathe in the Eden-like utopia of Hana. Tee off at the world-class Wailea Golf Club or take a fast boat to the Molokini caldera to snorkel inside its sunken crater. As glamorous as a movie set, Kauai is perhaps the most picturesque island. From the dramatic 4,000-foot-high (1,200 meters) Na Pali Coast State Park to 3,600-foot-deep (1,090 meters) Waimea Canyon, a geological masterpiece that is alien in such a lush landscape. Under an azure-and-gold sun, we return to Vancouver where the downtown Stanley Park refreshingly leaves you feeling miles away from civilisation.

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An Extended Exploration of the Hawaiian Islands Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver, British Columbia

Surrounded by mountains, vibrant Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike. Meandering oceanside pathways surround eclectic neighbourhoods – Stanley Park, the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown. A major global city, it is renowned for its cultural diversity and thriving art, theatre, music and food scenes. Its perfectly picturesque setting makes it popular filming location – with old-growth cedar forests, mountains covering 75% and two-thirds of Canada's bird species and land mammals. A big, bustling city perched on the edge of wilderness.

Day 7 - Hilo, Hawaii

Located on the north-eastern side of the island of Hawai’i, Hilo nestles into a verdant valley punctuated with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests, gorgeous gardens, ranch land, macadamia nut and coffee farms. Polynesian traditions began around 1000 AD with the arrival of the first settlers. The birthplace of the great warrior, diplomat and leader, King Kamehameha I –immortalized for uniting the Hawai’ian Islands into one kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. Now, a blissful tropical paradise with magical orchids to jet-black sands, snow-capped heights to lush valleys – the island of Hawaii is an unrivalled expression of the majesty of nature. As the proverb reminds, “Kahuna Nui Hale Kealohalani Makua”, love all you see, including yourself.”

Day 8 - Hilo, Hawaii

Located on the north-eastern side of the island of Hawai’i, Hilo nestles into a verdant valley punctuated with dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests, gorgeous gardens, ranch land, macadamia nut and coffee farms. Polynesian traditions began around 1000 AD with the arrival of the first settlers. The birthplace of the great warrior, diplomat and leader, King Kamehameha I –immortalized for uniting the Hawai’ian Islands into one kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. Now, a blissful tropical paradise with magical orchids to jet-black sands, snow-capped heights to lush valleys – the island of Hawaii is an unrivalled expression of the majesty of nature. As the proverb reminds, “Kahuna Nui Hale Kealohalani Makua”, love all you see, including yourself.”

Day 9 - Honolulu, Hawaii

With its turquoise water lapping Instagrammably-perfect beaches, framed by mountains, volcanoes, and greenery so lush and beautiful, it’s hard to focus the eye on one place for too long, for fear of missing the next natural wonder. Its most iconic landmark, Diamond Head Volcano offers panoramic views of the world-famous beaches of Waikiki, surrounding mountains and volcanic craters. Just west is Pearl Harbour and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), which honours the veterans of four wars with striking views set in a majestic volcanic crater. In the island centre, stunning views abound at Manoa Falls, a spectacular 150-foot waterfall. The North Shore draws the best surfers in the world and those who simply sunbathe and stroll along the shore. With its natural beauty and fusion of cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawai’ian people, the island evokes “mahalo”, thankfulness for the richness that makes life so precious.

Day 10 - Honolulu, Hawaii

With its turquoise water lapping Instagrammably-perfect beaches, framed by mountains, volcanoes, and greenery so lush and beautiful, it’s hard to focus the eye on one place for too long, for fear of missing the next natural wonder. Its most iconic landmark, Diamond Head Volcano offers panoramic views of the world-famous beaches of Waikiki, surrounding mountains and volcanic craters. Just west is Pearl Harbour and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), which honours the veterans of four wars with striking views set in a majestic volcanic crater. In the island centre, stunning views abound at Manoa Falls, a spectacular 150-foot waterfall. The North Shore draws the best surfers in the world and those who simply sunbathe and stroll along the shore. With its natural beauty and fusion of cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawai’ian people, the island evokes “mahalo”, thankfulness for the richness that makes life so precious.

Day 11 - Lahaina, Hawaii

In Hawai’ian mythology, Maui is a heroic ancient chief who, with his giant, magical fish hook, created the islands by raising them from the ocean floor. While Maui stood at the summit of Haleakala Volcano, one of the great natural wonders of the world, he lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky, and slowed its descent to make the day last longer. Unique geography earned the island its nickname – peaceful valleys between mountains blanketed with lush palm forests. Aloha has a special significance here, an expression of love and connection to nature – stunning waterfalls tucked along the road to Hana, sacred sunrise at Haleakala, relaxing little surf towns, sumptuous golden, black and red sand beaches, the lavender farms of upcountry. You’ll find yourself thinking, “a hui hou”, until we meet again.

Day 12 - Nawiliwili, Hawaii

Rugged, verdant mountains rise sharply from the serpentine shoreline of Nawiliwili, named for the Wiliwili trees that were once abundant in the area (and made super surf boards). Known as The Garden Isle for 97% of its land is undeveloped mountain ranges and rainforests. This film-worthy locale looks so pre-historic, it was chosen as the setting for Jurassic Park. Waimea Canyon, “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, is a spectacular destination for its scenic beauty, hikes, and waterfalls. The power of nature, preserved in “aloha aina”, love of the land.

Day 18 - Victoria, British Columbia

On the rugged southern edge of Vancouver Island, Victoria, bustling capital of British Columbia, dynamically harmonizes with the magnificent Olympic Mountains. Victoria’s history dates to pre-colonial time when native peoples inhabited the area. In 1849, Vancouver Island became a British crown colony, widely evident in Victorian architecture, including the majestic Craigdarroch Castle. Indigenous Peoples’ legacies live on in festivals, ceremonies, dances, and art. Along the rugged Pacific coastline, lush rainforests, gardens, lakes, waterfalls, and charming fishing villages. Majestic mammals and marine wildlife abound in its waters, including four species of whales. Vibrant and verdant, you too will blossom in its perfect climate.

Day 19 - Vancouver, British Columbia

Surrounded by mountains, vibrant Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike. Meandering oceanside pathways surround eclectic neighbourhoods – Stanley Park, the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown. A major global city, it is renowned for its cultural diversity and thriving art, theatre, music and food scenes. Its perfectly picturesque setting makes it popular filming location – with old-growth cedar forests, mountains covering 75% and two-thirds of Canada's bird species and land mammals. A big, bustling city perched on the edge of wilderness.

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