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Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii

Things to Do

Beyond relaxing on the beaches, there are many more things to see and do in Hawaii to enrich your stay. Tried and tested by our specialists, the activities and experiences we can arrange for you vary from helicopter rides over active volcanoes and snorkeling with manta rays at night, to whale watching trips, stargazing from Mauna Kea’s observatory, and guided walks through forested gorges and along coastal trails.

Meanwhile, a visit to Pearl Harbor serves as a reminder of the history-defining event in Hawaii’s near history, with poignant memorials commemorating those who lost their lives on the day that propelled America into World War II.

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Ideas for experiencing Hawaii

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Hawaii, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Pearl Habor, Oahu, Hawaii

    Pearl Harbor Tour


    On this guided tour of Pearl Harbor, you can gain a deeper understanding of the 1941 attack on the US naval base and visit the USS Arizona Memorial, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives.

  • Mauna Kea Observatory

    Mauna Kea Summit & Stars

    The Big Island (Hawaii)

    Journeying to the summit of dormant volcano Mauna Kea for sunset, you can navigate the Hawaiian night sky by telescope under the expertise of your stargazing guide. On the way, you’ll see the lava flows of the volcanically shaped landscape.

  • Manta Ray Night Snorkel, Hawaii (Big Island)

    Manta Ray Night Snorkel

    The Big Island (Hawaii)

    Manta rays feed most prolifically at night, and on this experience you can snorkel above them as they glide slowly through the waters around Hawaii scooping up plankton. The trip is led by a team of qualified guides.

  • The Na Pali Cliffs, Kauai

    Captain Andy's Snorkel and Sail


    Take to the water on the Southern Star yacht, cruising along the Na Pali coastline off Kauai, to snorkel at one of Hawaii’s remoter snorkeling sites. The coast’s sheer cliffs, waterfalls and lava tubes are on display from the boat, as you sail by.

  • Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Hawaii Big Island Private Guided Tour

    The Big Island (Hawaii)

    Accompanied by a local guide, you'll visit some of Hawaii Big Island’s volcanic sites on this private tour, as well as its beaches. The tour starts in Volcanoes National Park, viewing an active shield volcano, and can end on the coast.

  • Hawaii Molokini crater

    Discover Molokini


    On this guided snorkeling trip to Molokini Crater and Makena, two prime spots in Hawaii, you can view tropical fish and turtles. You also have the opportunity to see whales and dolphins during January to March.