Hawaii, Island Paradise: Kaua’i & The Big Island
May 1, 2024 thru May 9, 2024
Dig past sand and dive below the surf for some truly unique sights on this upgraded fully guided adventure in Hawaii. Roam around Kauai and Big Island to see sides of both islands, including a guided tour of Waimea Canyon and numerous opportunities to relax in paradise. Your senses will say, “Mahalo.”
Roundtrip air transportation included from ABQ
Private motorcoach and boat tours
8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level 4
13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners) included
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- Waimea Canyon
- The Big Island
- Wailua River Cruise
- Kilohana Plantation
- Hawaiian-style Luau
- Kauai Movie Tour
- Black Sand Beaches
- Volcanoes National Park
- Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Bay View Coffee Farm
- Place of Refuge
- Farewell Dinner
- Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
- Inter-island air transportation
- All transfers and motorcoach transportation
- 7 nights lodging
- 13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Admissions and tours as described
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- Coach refreshments
- Services of SUN TOURS Tour Director
- Taxes and gratuity for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Albuquerque to Kauai
Our morning flight departs Albuquerque for the island of Kauai. After a traditional flower lei welcome, we transfer to our Resort, the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach, for four nights. We have time to walk the beach and enjoy a group welcome dinner tonight.
Meals included: (D)
Day 2 - Immerse Yourself in Kauai
Our first full day in Hawaii starts with a Wailua River Cruise to the Fern Grotto, before we visit Kilohana Plantation. The river weaves its way through lush jungle valleys where you can catch glimpses of seven different heiau (temples), waterfalls, and gorgeous natural scenery. After an included lunch we ride a narrated train tour of the plantation. Tonight we celebrate Hawaiian-style with a luau at the hotel.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 3 - The Grand Canyon of the Pacific
This morning we tour Waimea Canyon. Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea is a large canyon, approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep, located on the western side of Kauai. The park itself is famous for its scenic drive, panoramic lookouts, and hikes of varying difficulty. This afternoon and evening is free to explore the hotel, beach or whatever you desire on Kauai.
Meals included: (B)
Day 4 - Kauai Movie Adventure
Today is a special treat as we embark on a Kauai Movie Tour adventure for young and old, movie buffs and nature lovers! You’ll visit many famous sites on Kauai where Hollywood Blockbusters and TV shows were filmed. Lunch is in Hanalei Town.
Meals included: (B)
Day 5 - Arrive to the Big Island
Today is another day to take advantage of the beach or other activity at the Resort. After lunch we depart for the Kauai airport where we then fly to the Big Island of Hawaii and check into our hotel, the Royal Kona Resort.
Meals included: (B)
Day 6 - Hawaii's Active Volcanoes
A full-day tour of Big Island’s most impressive and diverse natural wonders, from its volcanoes to its tropical forests to its world-famous black sand beaches. Volcanoes National Park is another highlight, where you’ll learn about Hawaii’s active volcanoes and see their features throughout the park.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 7 - Free Day to Explore
Today is a free day and the on-site possibilities are plentiful. We gather later for a sunset dinner cruise, with amazing views, plus Hawaiian history and entertainment (and possible dolphin sightings).
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 8 & 9 - Taking Mana Home
This morning we depart for a four-hour tour of the Island, with stops at the Bay View Coffee Farm – premier plantation for Kona coffee – and the Place of Refuge, a National Historic Park. Tonight, we dine together at a local style Farewell Dinner before we say “Aloha” to the islands and take some of the Mana (Hawaiian Spirit) home.
After an overnight flight, we arrive back to Albuquerque from Hawaii with special memories, photographs, and friendships from these magical tropical islands.
Meals included: (B, D)
Itinerary subject to change.
$5,495 per person
$7,295 per person
Final Payment Due::
February 26, 2024
• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
• Inter-island air transportation
• All transfers and motorcoach transportation
• 7 nights lodging
• 13 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners)
• Admissions and tours as described
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• Coach refreshments
• Services of SUN TOURS Tour Director
• Taxes and gratuity for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Final Payment Due: February 26, 2024
- None until January 23, 2024
- $200 – January 24 – February 27, 2024
- $3,200 – February 28 – March 26, 2024
- 100% – After March 26, 2024
ACTIVITY LEVEL 4
The Activity Level for this tour is Active.
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information. The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away. Check with your physician for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary. There is no smoking in the lodges and rooms. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Throughout May, the average temperatures during the day are around 84°F at sea level. During the evenings, temperatures can drop to around 70°F, and you might need a light jacket when going out. It's best to drees in layers to ensure you are comfortable. Please wear shoes that are appropriate for walking on various types of terrain.
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