Au Pair Adventures
"Adventure travel for young Adults!"
Highlights: Kona, marine life, snorkeling, beach camping, South Point, Green Sand Beach, Black Sand Beach, Volcano National Park, Geothermal Hot ponds, Hilo, Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley, Pololu Valley, Hapuna Beach
4 person minimum, 26 person max
Tours include all the necessary camping equipment, tents,
pads, sleeping bag, lamps, coolers, cookware, etc…
~Also we have all the snorkel equipment for you~
*All your camp meals are included!!*
Day 1: 10a.m. Our traveling starts today! First we will have a brief welcome meeting where we can all get to know each other. Then it is off to a big grocery store to get our food shopping out of the way. This is also an opportunity to buy yourself any extra drinks J For lunch we will stop at a local island style taco stand. In the afternoon we will drive to Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (I know, it’s a mouthful). This is one of the most amazing snorkeling and swimming spots on the Island. We might get to swim with dolphins and see a few sea turtles. In the evening, we will continue to camp a little further down the coast where you will learn to set up your tent right on the beach. Dinner tonight will be right at camp, under the stars!
Activities today: Swimming, Snorkeling
Camp: Right on the Beach!
Day 2: Today we make a morning drive to Ka Lae ("the point" in Hawaiian), also known as South Point. This is the southern most point on the Big Island and in the state of Hawaii. It is also the southernmost point of the 50 United States. After doing a little cliff jumping (optional!), we will take a beautiful 1 hr walk across grassy bluffs with panoramic views of the ocean to Papakolea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach). This beach gets its distinctive coloring from olivine crystals found in a nearby cinder cone. This is really a special spot… there are not many places like this on the planet! This is a good place for lunch and swimming if the waves are not too big. In the afternoon we make our way to another famous beach, a "Black sand" beach! Tone of the cool things about this beach is the abundance of Green Seaturtles that can bee seen here. We will often arrive here and find an interesting mix of seaturtles and people sunbathing. In the evening we will head up the mountain to Volcanoes National Park and set up our camp for the next two nights.
*Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Activities today: Swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, hiking, sunbathing
Camp: Volcanoes National Park
Day3: After waking up we will have a short drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Today we have the whole day to experience the results of hundreds of thousands of years of volcanism. The park offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. In recognition of its outstanding values, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve (1980) and Hawaii's only World Heritage Site (1987). The park's 333,086 acres extend from sea level to 13,677' and encompass the summits and rift zones of two of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Kilauea has been in nearly continuous eruption since 1983; Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984. The park's seven ecological zones harbor distinct plant and animal communities and are a refuge for many endangered species including the Hawaii state bird, the Nene. We will all walk through a lava tube, visit steam vents, and possibly see actual lava up close and personal (depending on conditions of current lava flows when we are at the park.) We will spend the whole day exploring this National Park.
*Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included
Activities today: Hiking, jungle walking, bird watching, lava tubes!
Camp: Volcano National Park
Day 4: We start today with a short morning drive down to the coast to visit a geothermal hot pond. Surrounded by towering coconut trees and jungle foliage, the remote pool we will visit is heated by underlying volcanic activity to a comfortable 90 degrees Fahrenheit! Here you can swim, snorkel and catch some serious Hawaiian sunshine. After a picnic Lunch, we make our way to Hilo, the largest settlement on the island. Located on the “wet” side of the island, Hilo is famous for its surrounding waterfalls. We will see the impressive Rainbow Falls, which is virtually in downtown Hilo, which is amazing. A short drive from Rainbow Falls will bring us to the famous “boiling pots”! In the evening if we have clear sky’s we like to catch sunset from Coconut Island, a beautiful little island we can cross a foot bridge close to down town.
*Breakfast Lunch and Dinner included
Activities today: GeoThermal Hot Ponds, Swimming, snorkeling, Hiking
Camp: Grassy campground, Hilo
Day 5: Today we make the drive north, up the Hamakua Coast taking us to the north part of Hawaii. Our first stop brings us to Kahuna Falls and the majestic Akaka Falls, both dropping over 400 ft! The short hike to see these impressive waterfalls is a shady path abundant with fragrant tropical flowers, colorful vines and bamboo. Continuing on up the coast, you will be treated to open views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Lunch today will be a picnic near the Waipio Valley, also know as the “Valley of the Kings.” In the afternoon we will continue to another beautiful beach side camping spot for an evening swim/snorkel while we watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean.
*Breakfast Lunch and dinner included
Activities today: swimming, snorkeling
Camp: Beach Park
Day 6: This morning you can either stay at the beach at camp and chill out, working on your tan…or join in an optional hike. Just a short drive from camp we arrive at a more isolated part of the Island, the kohala coast. We can hike down a steep rugged trail into the Pololu Valley. Once in the valley, we enjoy the beautiful black sand beach and an Ironwood forest that can only be described as magical. After getting back to camp and having lunch, we make a short drive down the south coast to a beach that has frequently been voted as the best beach in the US, Hapuna Beach State Park. Feel free to catch some waves here on one of our boogie boards. White sand 1/2 mile long and almost 200 feet wide makes this beach worth spending the whole afternoon at. Swimming and snorkeling conditions here are also usually excellent, and the coconut trees provide a shady escape from the Hawaii sun. Dinner tonight is a highlight, with local food and amazing sunset views.
*Breakfast Lunch included
Activities today: Hiking, Beach day!
Camp: Beach Park
Day 7: Today is our day to depart from Hawaii. We will be packing up and heading to the airport in the morning. We will be arriving at the airport by 11 am. Once we say our goodbyes at the airport you are on your own. If you would like a ride into Kona town, we can help. Otherwise you need to make your own travel plans from here on out. You can fly back to the main land, stay in Hawaii, or fly to another island like Maui or Oahu for more fun. Feel free to email us if you need suggestions J
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