BIG ISLAND LIVING
Fly onto Big Island Hawaii, the epicenter of Hawaii’s volcanic activity and offering an impressive array of natural diversity. Spend your first day sinking into Hawaiian relaxation and becoming acquainted with the tropical surroundings.
After a relaxing night in a local hotel, board your private helicopter and take to the skies over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You’ll see lakes of glowing lava, soar over the famous Kona coffee district and see three towering volcanoes—Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. Afterward, leap from your helicopter into the ocean before beginning your exploration on land.
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK & BLACK SAND BEACH
Meet your local expert guide to the remote and rugged landscapes of Ka’u. Explore Volcanoes National Park, winding your way through deep-set tubes that were hewn from the earth by rivers of molten lava.
Learn about the importance these lava tubes played in local mythology as well as their vital role as food stores. A local guide will share stories from Hawaiian legends and folklore with a special focus on Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes.
Visit historic farming plantations and learn from local farmers about how they cultivate this nutrient-rich landscape. At a coffee plantation, sip deliciously rich coffee, grown and ground on that very plantation.
Head to a stunning black sand beach where you can enjoy a wild picnic lunch as you sink your toes into the volcanic sand. Rested and restored, make your way back into the jungle and discover more about the natural ecosystem as you explore cavernous volcanic craters surrounded by lush forest.
MANTA RAYS & NORTH KOHALA
In the evening, beneath a prismatic Hawaiian sunset, board a private catamaran. Once the sun disappears, the adventure truly begins. The Kona coast offers some of the best chances to encounter manta rays. Slip into the water and have an extraordinary nighttime snorkeling experience with these huge, ethereal creatures. Spotlights shone into the water illuminate the plankton that the mantas feed on. Swimming in the moonlight with these gentle giants is an unforgettable experience.
Head to North Kohala, an expanse of cascading waterfalls, tranquil streams, and rugged coastlines. Trek through the jungle and zip line above deep valleys and towering forests with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Clamber over suspension bridges and rappel down jagged rock faces before discovering a secluded picnic overlooking the verdant and secluded Pololu Valley.
After your delicious wild lunch, head back into the jungle for an exciting and beautiful trek. As you climb mountains and head deeper into the heart of the park, discover hidden waterfalls—the perfect, private place for a refreshing dip after your morning’s activities.
YOU-TO-TABLE CUISINE & ONTO MAUI
Arise early and make your way to a local farm and inn for an authentic and immersive food experience. A resident chef will be your guide and host for the day as you journey through the farm’s lush tropical gardens. Learn about the diverse crops that thrive on the fertile, volcanic soil, and employ local techniques for deciding when exotic fruit and veg are perfectly ripe.
With your arms full of local bounty, make your way to the kitchen and learn about. the virtues of farm-to-table cooking before enjoying the deep satisfaction of eating your own harvested produce.
With the help of your expert chef, use your ingredients to create a delicious, traditional Hawaiian lunch. Eat lunch with your chef at a rustic table in the heart of the farm. After lunch explore the farm at your leisure and make your way towards a surging waterfall for a cooling dip. Head to the airport where you will fly towards Maui.