Honolulu - Waikiki – Oahu - Diamond Head - Waimea Falls - Kailua - Lanikai - Koko Head

HAWAIIAN WELLNESS

With Chef, Yoga and Health Expert Jessica Gebel - Majcherczyk

Group trip dates: From 29 November 2019 To 07 December 2019
Duration: 9 Days
Guide: Jessica

This trip to "Paradise on Earth" is recommended to all those who want to combine rest with healthy food, yoga and meditation on beautiful Hawaiian beaches. And at the same time learn about the history and tradition of the Hawaiians, see the most beautiful places of the island of Oahu and Honolulu itself. Tours are conducted under the supervision of an experienced and licensed instructor of healthy nutrition, yoga and ayurveda -Jessica.

 

 

$2,850
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Day 1 (Fri): Arrive in Hawaii 

Arrive into Honolulu Airport. Guests will be greeted at the airport with Lei’s by our guide Jessica, transfer to hotel in Waikiki. Welcome evening with pupu appetizers and Mai Tai cocktails at nearby beachfront restaurant.  (D)

Day 2 (Sat): Diamond Head -  Farmers Market 

Breakfast at hotel. Start the day off with a sunrise morning hike up Diamond Head, one of the most famous landmarks on Oahu and the entire state of Hawaii. Enjoy some of the best views of Honolulu and south shore of Oahu along with a chance to check out an incredible ancient crater. After our hike we will cool off, stretch, and set intentions for a beautiful trip with our 1-hour Yoga and Meditation session at Kapiolani Park. We will visit a local yet famous Farmer’s market on Oahu, where we will learn all about the local fresh produce and eat a variety of delicious foods, afterwards walk over to a nearby beach in Waikiki. There we will rest, hang out, talk, connect or enjoy your alone time. Options will be open for surf lessons or stand up paddle boarding on the beach.  (B, L)

Day 3 (Sun): Haleiwa North Shore - Waimea Falls 

Morning drive to the North Shore, start the day off right with an amazing breakfast at a local organic vegetarian breakfast place called the Beet Box Café. We will walk off breakfast with a jungle hike to Waimea Falls nestled deep in Waimea Valley on Oahu's North Shore full of lush gardens and rich wildlife. To cool off we will head to Waimea Beach Park to relax and dip in the ocean and spend the rest of the day there. Afterwards, we will have a magical 1-hour sunset Yoga class at Haleiwa Beach Park. End the evening with some amazing Thai food from the Elephant Shack and head home to rest for the evening. (B, D)

Day 4 (Mon): Kailua - Lanikai

Coffee/light snack at hotel. Early morning hike to Lanikai’s Pillbox for an amazing view of the Mokulua Islands and Kailua beach. After the hike we will reward ourselves with a breakfast one can not leave the island without trying, Macadamia Nut Banana Pancakes at the famous Boot’s and Kimo’s in Kailua. Then we will spend the rest of the day at Kailua beach where you will have the chance to go stand up paddle boarding, walk the long beach, swim, relax and enjoy a late lunch. (B, L)

Day 5 (Tues): Manoa Valley - Luau

Breakfast at hotel. Early morning hike through Manoa Valley and Lyon Arboretum, a nearly 200-acre botanical rainforest, lush landscape is home to over 5,000 tropical species, the arboretum has one of the world’s largest collections of palms. We will stop for  meditation at a breathtaking stop called Inspiration Point. We will have lunch at the delicious Fat Greek. Then will head to one of the most famous beaches-Waikiki Beach for some relaxation, with opportunity for stand up paddle boarding or surf lessons.  Magical evening Luau and sunset dinner on the West Side of the Island.  (B, D)

Day 6 (Wed): Makapu’u - Sherwoods -  Windard Side 

Breakfast at hotel. Today we hike the Makapu’u Trail, located on the southeastern tip of Oahu, to the famous lighthouse from the movie 50 First Dates with stunning views of the coastline. We will then grab lunch at a delicious vegan restaurant called ‘Ai Love Nalo with great healthy local food options. Right next door is an amazing beach-Waimanalo Bay Beach nicknamed "Sherwood's" by locals. With sand as soft as white powdered sugar, shady ironwood forest backing the beach and regular cooling by on-shore breezes and amazing views of the Ko’olau mountain range. Sunset yoga at Diamond Head Park.  (B, L)

Day 7 (Thurs): Ali’i Tour  - North Shore 

Breakfast at hotel. On our way to our destination we will stop at Pali lookout for incredible panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and lush Windward Coast. Morning yoga at Kualoa Regional Park with a great view of Mokolii island, also called Chinaman’s Hat. An unforgettable time at the famous Macadamia Nut farm along with a very educational and entertaining Ali’i tour where we will learn more about the islands lands, culture, vegetation and people. Lunch at the nearby Garden Bistro or shrimp shack. Beach hopping all along the north shore loop. Optional horseback riding or ATV-ing  in Kuaola Ranch. (B, L)

Day 8 (Fri): Kahala Beach  - Lanikai Beach 

Light breakfast at hotel. Morning yoga at Waialae beach park in Kahala, in prep for our morning Hawaii Kai Ridge hike. After our hike, nothing will be tastier than a delicious Poke Bowl from the famous Fresh Catch. We enjoy the rest of the day at the oh so relaxing Lanikai “Heavenly Sea” Beach, you will be mesmerized by endless miles of tranquil aqua blue waters, this is Oahu’s most beautiful beach! Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding or just some relaxing time. (B, L)

Day 9 (Sat): Depart Hawaii

Breakfast at hotel. Free time to enjoy the last day in the sun and beach in Waikiki. Afternoon transfers to Honolulu Airport. (B)

Hawaii

Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 U.S. states (August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and oceanic surrounding, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu.

The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight "main islands" are (from the northwest to southeast) Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the island of Hawaiʻi. The last is by far the largest and is often called "The Big Island" to avoid confusion with the state as a whole. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.

Hawaii is the 8th-least extensive, the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. Hawaii's coastline is approximately 750 miles (1,210 km) long, which is fourth in the United States after Alaska, Florida, and California.

Oahu

Oahu, known as "The Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the most populous of the islands in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu's southeast coast. Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kaneohe Bay and off the eastern (windward) coast, it has a total land area of 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th largest island in the United States. In the greatest dimension, this volcanic island is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. The length of the shoreline is 227 miles (365 km). The island is the result of two separate shield volcanoes: Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad "valley" or saddle (the central Oʻahu Plain) between them. The highest point is Mt. Ka'ala in the Waiʻanae Range, rising to 4,003 feet (1,220 m) above sea level.

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a volcanic cone and located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu (just east of Honolulu) in the Hawaiian Islands.

Hanauma is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island and has suffered somewhat from overuse (at one time accommodating over three million visitors per year). In 1956, dynamite was used to clear portions of the reef to make room for telephone cables linking Hawaii to the west coast of the US.

About 400 species of fish are known to inhabit the bay. Hanauma Bay is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, known as Honu. Hanauma is a nursery ground for the immature turtles, which have their nesting grounds at French Frigate Shoals. It is also known for its abundance of parrotfish.

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach is often cited as Hawaii's best beach. It was ranked as the finest American beach in 1998 by coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, and then "retired" from subsequent consideration. It is crescent-shaped, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long and ranging between 50 and 150 feet (15 and 46 m) wide. The ocean bottom fronting the beach slopes gently to overhead depths without any coral heads. Light to medium waves support surfing and bodysurfing.

The steady trade winds make Kailua Beach one of the world's preeminent windsurfing and kitesurfing destinations. Robby Naish, first World Champion of windsurfing and Professional Windsurfers Association Hall of Fame inductee, grew up in Kailua.

Sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to the protected seabird sanctuaries Flat Island and the Mokulua Islands, popularly known as "the Mokes", have become increasingly popular water activities at the beach.

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a neighborhood within Kailua, on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This small 0.5 mile beach has been constantly ranked among the best beaches in the world. Adjacent to Lanikai Beach is a primarily upper-class residential area, because of this it is only accessible through public beach access paths. Although the beach itself is public property, it is not state land and is not a county beach park like many beaches in Hawaii. There is no public parking lot and the area lacks facilities like restrooms, showers or lifeguards.

During the weekdays the beach is relatively empty, but on weekends during peak tourist season it can become extremely crowded. Lanikai is a popular spot for photo shoots as renowned models and photographers frequent the place on nice days. Due to its position on the east side of the island, Lanikai is recognized as being great place to watch the moonrise over the Mokuluas, especially during the full moon.

Diamond Head

Diamond Head is the name of a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu and known to Hawaiians as Lēʻahi, most likely from lae 'browridge, promontory' plus ʻahi 'tuna' because the shape of the ridgeline resembles the shape of a tuna's dorsal fin. Its English name was given by British sailors in the 19th century, who mistook calcite crystals embedded in the rock for diamonds.

Diamond Head is part of the complex of cones, vents, and their associated eruption flows that are collectively known to geologists as the Honolulu Volcanic Series, eruptions from the Koʻolau Volcano that took place long after the volcano formed and had gone dormant. The Honolulu Volcanic Series is a series of volcanic eruption events that created many of Oʻahu's well-known landmarks, including Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Mānana Island in addition to Diamond Head.

Diamond Head, like the rest of the Honolulu Volcanics, is much younger than the main mass of the Koʻolau Mountain Range. While the Koʻolau Range is about 2.6 million years old, Diamond Head is estimated to be about 150,000 years old and extinct for 150,000 years.

The eruption that built up Diamond Head was probably very brief, lasting no more than a few days. It was probably explosive, since when the cinder cone was originally formed, the sea level is thought to have been higher and the vent burst erupted over a coral reef. Another factor probably contributing to the eruption's explosive nature was that rising magma would have come into contact with the water table. The eruption's relatively brief length is thought to explain why the cone today is so symmetrical.

A nearby eruption that took place at about the same time as the Diamond Head eruption was the eruption that built the Black Point lava shield. Since the type of eruptions that built Diamond Head tend to be monogenetic, geologists don't believe Diamond Head will erupt again.

Price without flights: $3,200

•per person in a 2 person room, min 15 people

Included in price:

•Accommodations in 4* hotels
•2 meals daily
•Private transfer with our guide
•Entrance fees to parks
•Itinerary arranged as planned above

Not included in price:

•Services not mentioned in the itinerary
•Flights to/from Honolulu
•Tips for local guides and drivers
•Optional Insurance

Comments:

• Price guaranteed up to two months prior to departure.
• If you plan on taking part in this trip with a group of 10 or more friends/relatives and would need a connecting flight to reach the starting destination of the trip (NYC) there is the possibility of receiving group discounts on the connecting flight. Please contact as soon as possible if this is the case.
• In the event that there is an odd number of group participants, the person to last join the group will be required to buy a single supplement for the trip or, when possible, share a 3 person room.
• In the event that there are less than 15 participants for this trip 21 days before the trip date there will be an additional charge of maximum $100 per person.

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Cancellation 59-30 days before departure: 50% of cost of services booked.
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