Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

KS
Karina Safari
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Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2021
Group size: 9 - 11
Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches
Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

Karina Safari
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30 reviews

Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2021
Group size: 9 - 11

About this trip

Join us in Hawaii,  the birthplace of surfing, hula-dance and the infamous ukulele. 


Hawaii, a unique paradise on Earth, will surprise you with its blue lagoons, pristine beaches, dramatic coastline, rivers flowing along the bottom of deep canyons, virgin rainforests, majestic volcanoes and lava fields.


Our 7-day journey is going to be a perfect combination of an active adventure and beach time, with plenty of hiking and water sports (snorkeling and surfing) and immersion into Hawaii's rich culture and history.


Assisted by knowledgeable local  expert and story-teller Katya Belykh, you will get introduce to the local Hawaii-style life and explore all over the Big Island , its most impressive highlights as well as hidden gems.


Good to know:

We travel on a shoulder season, between summer and winter holidays, a perfect time when the weather is clear and ocean is still warm, and there is much less crowds around.


✈️  Trip start/end: Kailua-Kona, HI

🥾 Average Daily hiking distance:  ~ up 6-8 miles /day 

😫 Level of difficulty:  Easy (good for Beginner hikers)

🏡  Accommodation:  COMFORT 3* hotels, BBs & lodges (2 ppl sharing twin rooms with private bathroom)

🍭  Kids:  15+ (assisted by parent)

Travel entry requirements:

Beginning July 8, 2021, individuals fully vaccinated in the United States or its Territories may enter Hawaii on domestic flights without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. All other travelers must have their negative test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner(link is external) prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine. 

Cancellation Policy

In if the Trip is canceled by Organizer, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable;

If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any reason, the following penalties will be applied: 

- Cancellation 31 o more days before departure - fully refundable

- Cancellation 30 to 21 calendar days before departure - up to 50% of the trip cost, including registration deposit 

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

How meals will be organized

On the day of arrival we will have free time to do some groceries shopping for the upcoming days of travel (fruits, water, hiking snacks, breakfast essential if needed etc).

Hotel's rooms normally have a mini-fridge, microwave , coffee-maker and sometimes even a basic stove so you can cook for yourself in you would like to.


Breakfasts:

Hotel in Naalehu offers complimentary fruits and hot drinks for breakfast, other hotels in Kona and Hilo have breakfast available at their restaurant for additional cost.

We normally make a stop for coffee and pastry every morning before we start an active day.


Lunches:

We take our own snack for hiking trails or make a stop at the local restaurant if time and itinerary allows.


Dinners:

We make an advanced group table reservations in the restaurants. If you would like to opt for a different place - no problem, just let the Team Leader know.


Meals are not included in the Trip cost.


What’s included

  • Comfort lodging
    Standard hotels & lodges (2 ppl sharing rooms, private bathroom)
  • Transport & gas
    12 seater van
  • Professional assistance
    Local expert and story-teller Katya Belykh
  • All activities
  • Admissions
  • Snorkeling day-cruise
    Snack is included
  • Air-fare
  • Meals
    allow a total approx. budget of $400 USD
  • Optionals
    treatments, spa. yoga etc

Itinerary

Day 1 / Sat, Oct 30
Aloha, Hawaii! Arrival in Kona > Kakaha Kai State Park beaches

Arrival in Kona before noon. Airport pickup. Lunch in town. 

Visiting Kekaha Kai State Park. Easy hiking to its most beautiful beaches.  Free time for swimming and relaxation.

In the evening  - a visit to local Kava Bar. Learning about kava – an ancient drink of Pacific people. 

Team reunion at dinner.  Introduction to the following days of the trip,. 

Overnight: 3* Kona Seaside hotel or similar (within just a minute walk  from beach and restaurants).

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
30 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

NH
I had a great time! Thank you for everything, Karina and Sasha!
By Natalie H for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 26 Jul, 2021
GL
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
AK
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
GL
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019