Trip Type : Group Tour
Hawaii Unplugged (Previously called The Big Kahuna)(Twin Room,Start Honolulu, End Kihei) tour
Hawaii Kona Hawaii Unplugged (Previously called The Big Kahuna)(Twin Room,Start Honolulu, End Kihei) Trip

Hawaii Unplugged (Previously called The Big Kahuna)(Twin Room,Start Honolulu, End Kihei)

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
9 days
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Short Description

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...

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Honolulu
End City Kihei

Destinations

United States

Cities & Attractions

Hawaii Kona Maui

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Itinerary

Day 1: Honolulu to Waikiki

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...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

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.

Day 3: 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...

Day 4: Waikiki to Kona via Hilo

Honolulu you've been a dream, but the Big Island of Hawaii is calling us and we've got a plane to catch...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

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?

Day 6: Kona to Maui

From one island paradise to another, this morning we leave Kona on another included flight with the equally gorgeous Maui in our sights.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

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?

Day 8: 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 couldwatch 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.

Day 9: Maui (Depart Kihei)

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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Warning!!! If your planning on doing a Contiki, you must realize one thing. Once your Contiki journey is over there is no going up. Anything & everything you do after contiki will never be just quite the same. Be prepared to meet the most incredible people you will ever meet, visit some of the most breath taking places in the world, and make memories you could only ever dream of having. Be prepared to have the time of your life, but also be prepared to leave the places, the people and who you used to be behind. Be prepared to never feel completely at home again because part of your heart will always be else where. Its the price you pay for traveling the world. So if your scrolling through your Instagram wishing you could be the girl in front of the eiffel tower, stop right now because it can be you. This life is yours and you'll never be this young again so take a risk and book the trip of your life time.
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I have to say, going on a Contiki was one of the most impulsive and incredible decisions I've ever made. It was without a doubt one of the most inspiring and breathtaking trips around Europe I've ever had the pleasure of doing, especially around places I'd never think to go and with people who are entirely like-minded! Deciding to go alone was probably the best decision, as I fit so seamlessly in with the people on my tour, it was like we'd known each other for ages! It was on my trip that I made the best friend I could ever hope for, and even went to her native Australia to spend more time with her once the trip was over! Contiki completely transformed my life, giving me more confidence, enthusiasm and excitement for life - I can't wait to go on another!!
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Should be more then a 5 star rating! Unexplainable how amazing my trip was, had the best driver and trip manager! Jonny & Kim! Met the most amazing people on earth!! You really get so much more then you pay for with the inclusions! A 19 day contiki around europe and my family just grew by 50! God love you contiki family! If your reading this and considering! DON'T WAIT FOR TIME go & book it!
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I met my amazing Contiki family and to add to that who made it what it was our driver Jonny and manger Chloe were amazing they looked after us and went above and beyond for us. I couldn't imagine our trip without them. 10 out of 10 for them and the contiki staff we stayed with
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I've now done 3 Contiki Tours to date. They are the most well organized, fun tours that are on the market. You see all the hot spots to a town and get real insider information from the Tour Managers who are also some of the best people you will meet!!
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    • 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.

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