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Hawaii Highlights Self-Drive Tour

12 days from $3,795pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore Maui's white-sand beaches.

  • Experience the heat of Kilauea Volcano.

  • Snorkel with sea turtles, whales and dolphins.

  • Between January and March you can also take a boat trip on the Pacific Ocean to see majestic humpback whales at sunrise.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Private customized tour.

  • On arrival, pick up your car and drive to your hotel on the coast and relax for the rest of the day.

  • Today you can explore the beautiful Kohala Coast. This evening enjoy a manta ray night snorkel — an amazing chance to swim with these amazing underwater creatures.

  • Today you may wish to relax in Waikoloa and observe the strange volcanic beauty of the island. You can drive north to the small town of Hawi, or south to Kona. Make sure to visit a coffee plantation for some delicious local coffee.

  • At your leisure, move from the western side of the island to the east. Arrive at your hotel in the heart of the National Park. Relax in the lovely tropical eastern coast of the island for the rest of the day. At your leisure, move from the eastern side of the island to the west. Arrive on the coast and relax at your hotel for the rest of the day.

  • Today you will be met by your private guide. He will take you around the park and you will be able to ask questions on the geology, landscape, culture and history that has shaped this National Park.

  • After a leisurely breakfast make your way to the airport for your flight to Maui. On arrival pick up your rental car and drive to your oceanfront hotel, an idyllic location for you to relax at for the next four nights.

  • Spend a full day exploring everything Maui has to offer. Take a tour to Haleakala National Park to see Maui's highest peak, or visit Iao Valley State Park, home to one of Maui's most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200 ft Lao Needle. Alternatively, you could spend time in Lahaina, which is a historic whaling village and one of the most lively spots on Maui.

  • Today you will go on a tour to see the turtles swimming in the ocean off the coast of Makena Bay on the south western part of the island, with a chance to see the tropical fish and maybe even a black tip shark in the Molokini Crater. This afternoon you might like to take the car and drive up to the top of Haleakala Volcano where you can watch the sunset.

  • Driving Maui's Road to Hana can be a highlight of your visit to the island. The road is full of hairpin turns and scenic overlooks, framed by lush rainforest scenery and dotted with tumbling waterfalls. There are hundreds of birds which nest in the rainforest, so it's well worth taking a good camera and some binoculars.

  • Return your car at the airport this morning as you fly back to the US mainland. On arrival in LA take a taxi to your hotel in Santa Monica.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure exploring Los Angeles and its famous sights.

  • A final morning at leisure then make your way to the airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
The Big Island (Hawaii)
 
Maui
 
Los Angeles
 

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