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Discover Hawaii Tour

Discover Hawaii

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Maui Island
9 days
The tour will start on Saturday
The tour will end on Sunday
Work on agriculture and marine conservation
Kahului Airport (OGG)
Kahului Airport (OGG)
Maximum 10 persons
Minimum age: 18
Going solo? : Over 70% start off as solo travellers!
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Itinerary

DAY 1 (SAT): Arrival - Kihei 

Arrival day – You are landing into the tropical haven of Kahului (OGG) airport on Hawaii’s beautiful Maui island. It’s not far to get you to your accommodation where you can meet the team and your fellow travelers.

It’s a busy day for our team as we ensure everyone arrives safely, are checked into their room, and familiarize themselves with the local area. Let’s meet in the evening for an informal gathering and a chat before the fantastic adventure ahead!

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DAY 1 (SAT): Arrival - Kihei 

Arrival day – You are landing into the tropical haven of Kahului (OGG) airport on Hawaii’s beautiful Maui island. It’s not far to get you to your accommodation where you can meet the team and your fellow travelers.

It’s a busy day for our team as we ensure everyone arrives safely, are checked into their room, and familiarize themselves with the local area. Let’s meet in the evening for an informal gathering and a chat before the fantastic adventure ahead!

DAY 2 (SUN): Haleakala

This morning's orientation will take about 45 minutes as we understand each day of the tour, how Bamboo works with the local community and culture as well as how YOUR contribution is going towards raising awareness and supporting our projects in Hawaii.

Then we're off to the Haleakala National Park. We'll meet with the Park's volunteer coordinator and a member of the Friends of Haleakala National Park to visit an off-trail area of the site. Here we'll get in involved with removing an invasive species of Mexican Pines whilst learning about the legends of Maui capturing the sun, and what these invasive species mean for such a delicate island ecosystem. All of this before lunch...say what?!

We then stop for a picnic in a beautiful spot, surrounded by native honeycreepers found nowhere else on earth!

In the afternoon, we'll head to the summit of Haleakala at over 10,000 feet to take in the breathtaking views over the Valley Isle and the Sacred Crater below. Here we'll spend some time hiking the backcountry to the best viewpoints and the crater rim; admiring the unique silversword plant and hopefully be lucky enough to cross paths with Hawaii's state bird, the Nene.

After a full-on day, we'll enjoy an evening meal together. Mahalo!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 (MON): Hana

Today we slowly make our way along Maui's rugged eastern coastline to the peaceful town of Hana, considered one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers.

Famous for its numerous hairpin blind curves, and one-lane bridges, this is the ultimate road trip that you'll be glad to not be driving yourself!

Passing through breathtaking coastal views and lush rainforests, we make sure we get our adventure 'fix' by stopping at some of Maui's most spectacular waterfalls, and famed volcanic beaches!

We'll swim, hike and get hot, wet and muddy on this highlight-packed day and there'll be plenty of stops to sample the yummy local treats along the way.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 (TUE): Olowalu

Today we're off to Olowalu on the West Coast of the island. We'll head up one of the valleys of the West Maui Mountains, also known as Kahalawai (House of Water), where most of urban Maui gets its fresh water from. On our way there, we'll discover petroglyphs, left by Hawaiians hundreds of years ago, providing an interesting insight into the history of this area.

Kipuka Olowalu is an organization that aims to preserve the valley as a native Hawaiian cultural site. Here we'll learn about Hawaiian culture and the way of life, as well as medicinal plants, the ahupua'a system and the concepts of kupono, kokua, malama and aloha.

Depending on the lunar calendar, we could be getting involved with planting native species or helping to remove invasive plants.

After the hard work, we'll drive up the coast to Lahaina where we'll have some free time for lunch and to explore the historical city that was once Hawaii's capital. As well as its fascinating history, there are lots of restaurants serving delicious dishes and plenty of shops with locally made souvenirs.

It's then on to a further coastal drive to reach further wilderness areas where we'll stop at one of the stunning bays for some perfect photo opportunities.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5 (WED): Pa'ia 

It's off to the North Coast today, with our first stop being at Waihe'e Refuge. This is owned and managed by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, an organization that preserves Hawaiian land that is noted as having distinct environmental and cultural significance.

After getting our hands dirty, we'll be treated to an interpretive visit of the refuge. Whilst this place is open to the local community, it is off-limits to commercial operators so you'll be one of the lucky few that ever visit this area.

We then head to Ho'okipa Beach Park to admire the amazing views and watch the surfers do their thing in these world-famous waves. If we're lucky, we may even be treated to some exciting wildlife (did someone say sea turtles?!). It's then a stop at the historical plantation town of Pa'ia where we'll explore this quaint little area.

Following a quick refresh at our condos, we'll amble across the street to watch the sunset before settling down in a candle-lit circle with a Hawaiian "Kumu", who will captivate us with the stories, legends and myths of Hawaii and perform an 'awa' ceremony.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 6 (THU): Kihei

Starting the day early, at dawn, we'll experience paddling in a traditional canoe and welcome the sun with a Hawaiian chant, calling us to 'arise and wake up'! We'll experience the thrill of Polynesian voyagers, Moana style, whilst we glide over Maui's crystal clear waters.

It's off the canoe and, before we have time to dry, we're straight into helping restoration efforts on the seawall at one of Maui's last fishponds.

We'll then head to check out the NOAA visitor centre next door to learn about the regular winter visitors to the Hawaiian Islands, the incredible humpback whales.

After a picnic lunch at the beach park, we'll bring the intensity down by settling down in the shade to learn how to make a Hawaiian flower Lei.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 (FRI): Kula

This morning we'll again head up Haleakala Mountain but this time, to a slightly different area. Here we'll meet bird conservationists of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, whose mission is to help native Hawaiian birds; not to just avoid extinction but to also thrive in their local habitat. We'll help by collecting seeds from native trees and bushes which will then be grown into saplings and later planted in reforestation projects to provide adequate habitats for the birds.

After a campsite picnic lunch, we head down to a lower, drier and warmer part of Kula where many food crops are grown, including one of our personal favourites; cacao! We'll catch up with our favourite chocolate enthusiast, who will walk us through all the stages of chocolate making from 'pod to bar' and we'll even try our hands at making our very own chocolate drink and sampling some different flavours.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 (SAT): Molokini

Let's connect with our marine side again as we spend the morning turtle-watching and snorkelling around the island's stunning ocean vistas!

In the afternoon, it's time for some R&R or if you've still got the energy, get involved in an optional beach clean-up.

Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with traditional Hawaiian music, to re-live the amazing last week we've spent together

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 (SUN): Departure

As with any Bamboo tour, it never really is the end, but more just the beginning of your adventure with us! You can continue your Polynesian understanding by visiting Tahiti, a short flight away! If not, we say Aloha and ‘a hiki i ka manawa hou’ or until next time!

Meals included: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • Volunteer with the best environmental and cultural conservation projects
  • Snorkel in Hawaii's crystal clear oceans while learning about and witnessing sea turtles in their natural habitat
  • Discover the real life of the Polynesian islanders as well as the real modern-day life of local Hawaiians. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is not offered to all tourists
  • Hike volcanic craters while learning about the deep history of the Hawaiian islands
  • Try the mouth-watering diverse Hawaiian cuisine

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation is provided throughout the tour and will be on a shared basis. If you would like a room to yourself, please get in touch to enquire about single supplement costs.

Meals included as per the itinerary

What’s Included

All accommodation
All in-country transport
24/7 support from our experienced local guides
All tour activities included in the itinerary
Heaps of meals!
Project donation
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice

FAQ

In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking when you pay your program fee.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.

You need to book a flight that lands into to the major airport in Maui, Kahului Airport (OGG), on the Saturday that the tour starts. If you arrive before your Saturday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you, at your own expense and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport. This tour will end on the Sunday 8 days later in Kahului, so you need to make your departure arrangements from there that day.
Depending on your country of citizenship you may be entitled to a 30-day visa-free entry into the USA. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
This largely depends on you. Lots of breakfasts throughout the tour are included, along with a couple of dinners. The rest of the meals are up to you, and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food, it will be more depending on where you eat.
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Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!), and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Hawaii is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our award-winning team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
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