Hidden Hawaii Nature Adventure
Discover the Natural Side of This South Pacific Paradise
The islands of Hawaii have long held an allure for travelers drawn to their lush mountains, palm-fringed beaches and relaxed culture of “aloha.” With the greatest biodiversity of all 50 states, Hawaii is a variegated mosaic of grand landscapes, tropical flora, waterfalls, reefs and rich marine life. Our singular itinerary showcases “Hawaii less traveled,” a three-island sampler of the remote archipelago’s natural riches. A highlight, too, are the boutique hotels we stay at, where we're surrounded by nature, rather than resort crowds. From Kauai's verdant cliffs of Na Pali to the volcanoes of the Big Island, from humpback whales spouting off Maui to sea turtles gliding over coral reefs, Hawaii’s extraordinary natural beauty is the heart of this unique adventure.
- An array of activities immerse you in nature: boat excursions, gentle hikes, snorkeling, outrigger canoeing, volcano watching...and a helicopter tour over the Big Island!
- On a private boat trip off Maui, see humpback whales at peak season in one of the best places on earth to view them—plus dolphins and Hawaiian green sea turtles, too!
- Witness the powerful forces behind Hawaii's formation on fascinating nature hikes through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Think You Know What to Expect from Hawaii? We'll Surprise You!
While there are plenty of predictable Hawaii packages you could book, we know there’s no other trip out there like this one…because we have meticulously researched and custom-crafted it ourselves! If it's a genuine nature adventure you're after, this is it.
- No One Else Offers This Trip!
You won’t find standardized resorts and typical tourist activities on this adventure for nature lovers. It’s expressly designed to be different, focusing on elements of Hawaii’s tropical nature that most visitors miss.
- A Diverse Nature Immersion on Three Different Islands
While other tour companies tend to view Hawaii through the windows of a motorcoach, our one-of-a-kind itinerary is designed to immerse you in the spectacular variety of Hawaii’s tropical habitats. From close-up views of the Big Island’s volcanoes to Kauai’s verdant Na Pali Coast, from Maui’s lush mountains to the layered depths of Waimea Canyon, you’ll come away with a heightened sense of Hawaii as one of the most biodiverse states, with the U.S.' greatest number of endemic species.
- A Broad Mix of Activities Gets You Up Close & Personal with Nature
Lots of visitors to Hawaii spend all their time under an umbrella on the beach. That won't be the case when you travel with us! Experience Hawaii the Nat Hab way, and you’ll walk over lava fields, wander rainforest paths, paddle an outrigger canoe, snorkel over a coral reef, helicopter over the lush peaks and waterfalls of the Big Island, watch stars through a telescope atop 13,796-foot Mauna Kea, observe marine life at Maui Ocean Center, scout for whales and dolphins from our private boat, tour the country’s premier tropical botanical garden and look for endemic birds atop Waimea Canyon.
- Whale Watching Aboard a Private Boat with an Expert Guide
The humpback whales that migrate to Maui’s coast each year are a big draw for wildlife lovers. Most visitors see them from large boats with up to 100 passengers on a standard 2-hour cruise. Not us! You'll enjoy a 6-hour experience at sea aboard a privately chartered boat, looking for whales, dolphins and endangered green sea turtles in the company of our onboard guide from the Pacific Whale Foundation. The foundation is a world leader in marine ecotourism, and our cruise is led by a Certified Marine Naturalist with a degree in marine biology, ecology or related sciences. Our cruise also includes a chance to snorkel, with equipment and instruction provided.
- Boutique Accommodations Enhance Your Hawaiian Adventure
While you don’t come to Hawaii to stay inside a hotel, we think you’ll find your accommodations to be a highlight. Rather than settling for impersonal mega-resorts, we’ve carefully hand-selected our unique inns and small hotels for their authentic atmosphere, hospitality and superb locations within the natural environs we are here to experience. Many travelers don’t realize that Hawaii has so much more to offer than standardized resorts—we think our lodgings will delight you!
- Travel with Just 10 Guests!
Our small group offers an intimate opportunity to explore more out-of-the-way locales and stay in smaller inns that are off-limits to larger tour groups. We also avoid resort crowds and are able to enjoy a quiet, personal experience of nature that’s not possible in the company of more travelers.
- Your Expedition Leader is a Hawaii Nature Expert
Natural Habitat is known worldwide for employing the best-trained, highest-quality guides in the industry. You’ll explore Hawaii in the company of an Expedition Leader who knows these natural places intimately and enriches your experience with in-depth knowledge and outstanding interpretation. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Superlative Hawaii Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and on this adventure you can travel knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company. And we continue to set the bar higher in sustainable travel practices worldwide.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Longitude Books has created a custom comprehensive listing of Hidden Hawaii Nature Adventure
travel books for this trip.