Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Islands

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Experience a wide variety of adventurous activities on Hawaii’s most beautiful islands. Earn SCUBA certification. Sail a catamaran while snorkeling along Hawaii’s Kona Coast. Sea kayak lush coastal lagoons. Surf magnificent beaches while learning the importance of preserving this magnificent tropical ecosystem.

21 Days

$5,895

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

Day 1-2

Aloha! After meeting your trip leaders and fellow trip mates in Honolulu, you will take a quick flight together to Kauai, a remote and pristine paradise. That first night is always a blast – you’ll get to know your group by playing games and telling stories, you’ll  learn about the trip itinerary together and your excitement to explore Hawaii will grow.  That next day, after a hearty frontcountry breakfast, you will explore the Na Pali coast, one of Kauai’s most beautiful treasures, by boat. Your day on the water will be spent in a zodiac raft, touring the rugged coastline. Throughout the day’s journey, you will be able to snorkel the crystal clear blue waters and then take a guided tour of an ancient fishing village.

Day 3-6

Making your way to the mountains of Kauai, you will spend your next few days in Kokee State Park. Staying in bunk houses, you will spend your days working alongside native Hawaiians to preserve the sacred land. You will take breaks between projects to learn about ancient Hawaiian customs and stories and you’ll have the chance to hike and explore Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. You will end this section by hiking a section of the gorgeous Na Pali Coast Trail with your group!

Day 7-8

Over the next two days, you’ll give your feet a break and explore the rivers and calm inlets of Kauai. Sea kayaking is one of the most exceptional ways to explore these coastal wilderness areas. From the platform of your sturdy sea kayak, you will see countless birds, schools of fish, and cascading waterfalls. You will explore different sides of the island over these two days, which will allow a greater understanding of Kauai’s diverse ecosystem.

Day 9-10

Following our sea kayak exploration of the island, it’ll be time to hit the waves! Surfing on Kauai is a special experience as you will be learning to “ride the waves” in the sport’s very own place of origin. The breaks are ideal for novice surfers, but can challenge even the most seasoned veteran. By day two you will all be catching waves and “hanging-ten”!

Day 11-14

Saying goodbye to Kauai that next morning, you will take a short flight over to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. First, you will head to the southern portion of the island to the astounding Kilauea Volcano within Volcanoes National Park. Seeing a volcano erupt in person (from a safe distance, of course!) is an opportunity that few people are fortunate enough to witness. It is once in a lifetime! While in the park, you’ll pay a visit to Kilauea to see this natural phenomenon; and afterwards, you’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than yourselves! While on this part of the island, you will also get to visit the famous Green Sand Beach and hit the water by stand up paddle boarding and out-rigger canoeing.

Day 15-18

Next, no experience on the Big Island is complete without exploring the underwater world. The next four days will be spent earning your SCUBA certification through PADI, a world-wide diving organization. This 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. By the end of these SCUBA days, you will have a true understanding of this special island of Hawaii.

Day 19-21

For the next two days, you will take to the ocean and learn how to sail from an experienced local crew. You and your trip mates will sleep on the boat and explore the Hawaiian coast. You will learn the basics of sailing and even navigate the boat by yourselves. There will be 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. Your final evening of the trip will be spent reminiscing about this unforgettable experience together. The final morning will come too soon, and you will wake to the familiar sound of waves crashing against the beach before flying one last time together back to Honolulu. You’ll bid farewell to your new friends there at the Honolulu airport, and with heart and head full of memories, you’ll say goodbye to Hawaii!

Day 1-2

Aloha! After meeting your trip leaders and fellow trip mates in Honolulu, you will take a quick flight together to Kauai, a remote and pristine paradise. That first night is always a blast – you’ll get to know your group by playing games and telling stories, you’ll  learn about the trip itinerary together and your excitement to explore Hawaii will grow.  That next day, after a hearty frontcountry breakfast, you will explore the Na Pali coast, one of Kauai’s most beautiful treasures, by boat. Your day on the water will be spent in a zodiac raft, touring the rugged coastline. Throughout the day’s journey, you will be able to snorkel the crystal clear blue waters and then take a guided tour of an ancient fishing village.

Day 3-6

Making your way to the mountains of Kauai, you will spend your next few days in Kokee State Park. Staying in bunk houses, you will spend your days working alongside native Hawaiians to preserve the sacred land. You will take breaks between projects to learn about ancient Hawaiian customs and stories and you’ll have the chance to hike and explore Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. You will end this section by hiking a section of the gorgeous Na Pali Coast Trail with your group!

Day 7-8

Over the next two days, you’ll give your feet a break and explore the rivers and calm inlets of Kauai. Sea kayaking is one of the most exceptional ways to explore these coastal wilderness areas. From the platform of your sturdy sea kayak, you will see countless birds, schools of fish, and cascading waterfalls. You will explore different sides of the island over these two days, which will allow a greater understanding of Kauai’s diverse ecosystem.

Day 9-10

Following our sea kayak exploration of the island, it’ll be time to hit the waves! Surfing on Kauai is a special experience as you will be learning to “ride the waves” in the sport’s very own place of origin. The breaks are ideal for novice surfers, but can challenge even the most seasoned veteran. By day two you will all be catching waves and “hanging-ten”!

Day 11-14

Saying goodbye to Kauai that next morning, you will take a short flight over to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. First, you will head to the southern portion of the island to the astounding Kilauea Volcano within Volcanoes National Park. Seeing a volcano erupt in person (from a safe distance, of course!) is an opportunity that few people are fortunate enough to witness. It is once in a lifetime! While in the park, you’ll pay a visit to Kilauea to see this natural phenomenon; and afterwards, you’ll have the extremely rare chance to tread on ground that’s actually younger than yourselves! While on this part of the island, you will also get to visit the famous Green Sand Beach and hit the water by stand up paddle boarding and out-rigger canoeing.

Day 15-18

Next, no experience on the Big Island is complete without exploring the underwater world. The next four days will be spent earning your SCUBA certification through PADI, a world-wide diving organization. This 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. By the end of these SCUBA days, you will have a true understanding of this special island of Hawaii.

Day 19-21

For the next two days, you will take to the ocean and learn how to sail from an experienced local crew. You and your trip mates will sleep on the boat and explore the Hawaiian coast. You will learn the basics of sailing and even navigate the boat by yourselves. There will be 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. Your final evening of the trip will be spent reminiscing about this unforgettable experience together. The final morning will come too soon, and you will wake to the familiar sound of waves crashing against the beach before flying one last time together back to Honolulu. You’ll bid farewell to your new friends there at the Honolulu airport, and with heart and head full of memories, you’ll say goodbye to Hawaii!