Hawaii Explorer

Hawaii Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

Discover Hawaii’s most beautiful islands on this introductory adventure. Sea kayak lush coastal lagoons. Surf magnificent beaches. Sail a catamaran while snorkeling along Hawaii’s Kona coast. Earn your life-long SCUBA certification and learn the importance of preserving this magnificent tropical ecosystem.

21 Days

$5,895

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • July 15th - August 4th
  • Honolulu, HI

Day 1-3

Aloha! After arriving in the airport of Honolulu, you will meet your fellow trip mates and trip leaders for the first time.  Once all together, you’ll head out to the Big Island, where you will begin your adventure discovering what makes this island so special. You will head to the southern portion of the island and the astounding Kilauea Volcano and Volcanoes National Park. Seeing a volcano erupt in person (from a safe distance, of course!) is an opportunity that few people have the chance to experience. You, however, will! While in the park, you’ll pay a visit to Kilauea, the most active of the five volcanoes that form the Hawaiian Islands, to see this natural phenomenon in person. Afterwards, you’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than you! While on this part of the island, you will also get to visit the famous Green Sand Beach, or Papakolea Beach.

Days 4-5

For the next two days, you will take to the ocean and learn how to sail from an experienced crew. You will sleep on the catamaran boat and explore the Hawaiian coast in a way few others have the opportunity to do. You will learn the basics of sailing, and even navigate the boat yourself! There will be plenty of time to swim and snorkel, for the ocean will be your home. Few experiences compare with sleeping under the stars on a boat off the Hawaiian Islands.

Day 6-10

Next, no experience on the Big Island is complete without exploring the underwater world. You and your group will become SCUBA certified through PADI, a world-wide diving organization. The course will teach you everything you need to know in order to discover the arena of sea turtles, manta rays, and schools of colorful fish below the ocean’s surface. Furthermore, you will be certified and can dive again in the future – it’s a life-long certification! Before heading off to Oahu, you will explore the Hawaiian coastline through canoeing and stand up paddle boarding.

Day 11-12

Saying goodbye to Hawaii for now, you will take a short flight over to Oahu. The next two days you’ll take to the water and explore the coastal areas of Hawaii. You’ll spend the first day kayaking and snorkeling around stunning Heeia. Then you will take your kayak to Holokai, where you and your group will kayak to Coconut Island and spend the afternoon snorkeling off its pristine shores.

Days 13-16

After the incredible experience of Coconut Island, you will begin giving back to the amazing Hawaiian community through various service projects. First, you will spend the day in Kaneohe Bay at “the Hawaiian Fish Pond”. The fish pond is one of several remaining fish ponds that are left in the bay. Students will work with a local organization dedicated to this area and will help with the restoration of the pond.  The next days will be filled with fulfilling service work and catching waves! Surfing on Oahu is a special experience indeed! You will be learning to “ride the waves” in the sport’s birthplace. The breaks are ideal for novice surfers, but can challenge even the most seasoned veteran. By day two you and your trip mates will all be catching waves and will “hang-ten”!  Meanwhile, you’ll also be at Malaekahana, where you will help maintain the watershed of one of the most important and diverse ecosystems of this area.

Day 17-19

After a few days of service work, you’ll make your way to the ocean where you will rest and relax with a well-deserved beach day in Waimea Valley and Waimea Beach. There’s nothing like a summer beach day with your friends!  Over the next few days, you will take a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor, a valuable learning experience for all. From there, you’ll do one last incredible service project at one of the area’s most famous taro farms. Taro is the staple of the native Hawaiian diet and is at the core of Hawaiian culture. 

Day 20-21

During your final days, you’ll reminisce about your experiences together before your final morning before departure. You’ll spend time on the beach, play games, take pictures, and share your last day in Hawaii together as a group. You will have your final WA banquet and bid farewell to your new friends with your hearts and minds full of incredible memories.

Day 1-3

Aloha! After arriving in the airport of Honolulu, you will meet your fellow trip mates and trip leaders for the first time.  Once all together, you’ll head out to the Big Island, where you will begin your adventure discovering what makes this island so special. You will head to the southern portion of the island and the astounding Kilauea Volcano and Volcanoes National Park. Seeing a volcano erupt in person (from a safe distance, of course!) is an opportunity that few people have the chance to experience. You, however, will! While in the park, you’ll pay a visit to Kilauea, the most active of the five volcanoes that form the Hawaiian Islands, to see this natural phenomenon in person. Afterwards, you’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than you! While on this part of the island, you will also get to visit the famous Green Sand Beach, or Papakolea Beach.

Days 4-5

For the next two days, you will take to the ocean and learn how to sail from an experienced crew. You will sleep on the catamaran boat and explore the Hawaiian coast in a way few others have the opportunity to do. You will learn the basics of sailing, and even navigate the boat yourself! There will be plenty of time to swim and snorkel, for the ocean will be your home. Few experiences compare with sleeping under the stars on a boat off the Hawaiian Islands.

Day 6-10

Next, no experience on the Big Island is complete without exploring the underwater world. You and your group will become SCUBA certified through PADI, a world-wide diving organization. The course will teach you everything you need to know in order to discover the arena of sea turtles, manta rays, and schools of colorful fish below the ocean’s surface. Furthermore, you will be certified and can dive again in the future – it’s a life-long certification! Before heading off to Oahu, you will explore the Hawaiian coastline through canoeing and stand up paddle boarding.

Day 11-12

Saying goodbye to Hawaii for now, you will take a short flight over to Oahu. The next two days you’ll take to the water and explore the coastal areas of Hawaii. You’ll spend the first day kayaking and snorkeling around stunning Heeia. Then you will take your kayak to Holokai, where you and your group will kayak to Coconut Island and spend the afternoon snorkeling off its pristine shores.

Days 13-16

After the incredible experience of Coconut Island, you will begin giving back to the amazing Hawaiian community through various service projects. First, you will spend the day in Kaneohe Bay at “the Hawaiian Fish Pond”. The fish pond is one of several remaining fish ponds that are left in the bay. Students will work with a local organization dedicated to this area and will help with the restoration of the pond.  The next days will be filled with fulfilling service work and catching waves! Surfing on Oahu is a special experience indeed! You will be learning to “ride the waves” in the sport’s birthplace. The breaks are ideal for novice surfers, but can challenge even the most seasoned veteran. By day two you and your trip mates will all be catching waves and will “hang-ten”!  Meanwhile, you’ll also be at Malaekahana, where you will help maintain the watershed of one of the most important and diverse ecosystems of this area.

Day 17-19

After a few days of service work, you’ll make your way to the ocean where you will rest and relax with a well-deserved beach day in Waimea Valley and Waimea Beach. There’s nothing like a summer beach day with your friends!  Over the next few days, you will take a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor, a valuable learning experience for all. From there, you’ll do one last incredible service project at one of the area’s most famous taro farms. Taro is the staple of the native Hawaiian diet and is at the core of Hawaiian culture. 

Day 20-21

During your final days, you’ll reminisce about your experiences together before your final morning before departure. You’ll spend time on the beach, play games, take pictures, and share your last day in Hawaii together as a group. You will have your final WA banquet and bid farewell to your new friends with your hearts and minds full of incredible memories.