Attaining statehood in the late 1950s, Hawaii is not only the newest addition to the United States as well as its largest island but the most complex! It is made up of over 100 islands, however, only seven of these are inhabited, and one is privately owned. Before your student group embarks on a journey to the Big Island and her sisters, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai or Lanai, you may find it nearly impossible to narrow your itinerary down to less than everything there is to see! Hawaii is rich in biodiversity, history, culture, and opportunity, and Adventure Student Travel is here to help your team experience the best without regret!
1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The home of Pele, volcano goddess, and a 500-year-old cave formed by lava with a beautiful rainforest at the end of it for anyone brave enough to step inside. Your group will encounter massive craters, petroglyphs, hiking trails, a museum, steam vents, bubbling molten lava flowing into the sea, and one of the world’s most active volcanoes in existence.
2. Waimea Canyon
Think of this as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific in Kauai! Formed by heavy rainfall, erosion over time and generations of volcanic activity, Waimea is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep. Like rings inside a tree, the layers of the canyon signify the aggressiveness of volcanic eruptions and fierce lava flows over thousands of years.
3. Magnificent Manta Ray Night Dive
The Kona Coast comes alive when the sunsets! A charter introduces your student group to the ocean floor, where you will be encouraged to wait still and patiently as the harmless creatures glide effortlessly toward your dive lights to dine on an easy meal.
4. Atlantis Submarine
The real adventure on the islands is found beneath the surface of the quiet ocean. Descend 100 feet to schools of colorful fish, a 25-acre coral reef garden, and bump noses with the local inhabitants of the deep blue sea like sharks, dolphins, and turtles.
5. Mauna Kea Observatories
Throwing it in reverse now, Mauna Kea is 14,000 feet above sea level and unexpectedly, even sits above the clouds. Welcome to the largest astronomical observatory on the planet! The average round-trip time it takes to hike to the mountaintop and back is 10 hours.
6. Zip Isle Adventures
Soar through the rainforest, visit the World Botanical Gardens and follow the trails to breathtaking waterfalls when your student group chooses a tropical canopy adventure! During your flight, turn your eyes to the Pacific to keep watch for sailing whales!