Scientists love to remind us that the Big Island gets bigger every day. You’ll see the glowing bubble and splat of lava that proves their point. But the wonderful paradox of this fierce volcanic dot in the Pacific is how lush greenery and rich human history coexist. From our hotel home bases, we’ll go deep into remote valleys where farmers cultivate taro and experience the surprising sweep of “cowboy country.” Our walks take us into vivid botanical gardens…to a skyscraper-high waterfall…and into a sacred refuge where islanders could escape the wrath of a king. The locavore food scene is really exciting here, and you’ll have chances to eat in some of the many great restaurants and cafés. There’s also great shopping in Hilo Town and time to relax on the beach or by the pool. From the heights of Volcanoes National Park all the way down into the clear blue waters where you can snorkel with sea turtles, we’ll offer you in-depth insights to help you appreciate all the miracles of life on the Big Island.
Itinerary at a glance
We stay in Volcanoes National Park (3 nights) as our base for exploring the fantastic waterfalls, volcanoes and lava formations of the island. We’ll take an up-close look at volcanic forces as we enter the Thurston Lava Tube. We’ll also pay a visit to a state-of-the-art planetarium where we explore the connections between Hawaiian cultural traditions and astronomy.

We make our way across the island to Hapuna (3 nights), where we get a taste for the laidback Hawaiian culture with visits to the farmer’s market and shops. We’ll enjoy a Hawaiian cowboy cookout at a working sheep and cattle ranch in this landscape that varies drastically from our visits earlier in the week. We’ll walk through coffee fields at one of the island’s finest plantations followed by a tasting of the legendary Kona brew. To wrap up our time on the Big Island, we’ll board a catamaran and hit the water for a day of sun and snorkeling. 
Picture Yourself...
  • Walking through other-worldly volcanic landscapes
  • Meeting farmers, coffee growers, artists and cultural preservationists
  • Soaking in the sunset at our oceanfront resort
Hawaii, The Big Island
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Hilo - 10:00 am

Ending Point: Hapuna - Following breakfast

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Hawaii, The Big Island
7 Days / 6 Nights

We are running this trip privately for individual groups this year. If you would like us to organize a private trip for you, your family or friends, please call or email us to discuss your details.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Hawaii, The Big Island
7 Days / 6 Nights
The eastern or windward coast is the wettest while the west side of the island is much drier, parts even classified as desert. At sea level the day time highs vary between the mid 70s to mid 80s. The temperature drops quickly at higher elevations. Volcanoes National Park sits at 4,000 feet above sea level and is much cooler.

Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
Volcano Rainforest Retreat

Just outside of Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Rainforest Retreat features four distinct cottages. Created with elegant simplicity in harmony with the rainforest, the retreat offers a unique setting for romantics, nature lovers and world travelers.

Westin Hapuna Beach

Overlooking a white sand beach, this hotel is part of a 2,000-acre Rockefeller development. All rooms face the ocean and have private lanais. The property includes landscaped gardens, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course and a fitness center.

Hawaii, The Big Island
7 Days / 6 Nights