How to see the Hawaiian Islands in 7 days
Boasting a tropical climate, a myriad of active volcanoes, blissful oceanic surroundings and endless stretches of pristine whiter-than-white beaches, visitors to this breathtaking corner of the world often find it challenging to fully experience the variety and vastness of this heavenly paradise.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise company that allows you to visit four islands in seven days, with an award-winning itinerary that offers the most time in port – nearly 100 hours – so you can amply capture the soul and Aloha spirit of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Plus you’ll only have to unpack once!
Including an Economy Class return airfare, coach transfers, a 2-night hotel stay in Honolulu, 7 nights cruising aboard the Pride of America and all port charges, government fees and on-board gratuities, NCL allows you to make the most of your idyllic Hawaiian escape.
2 nights pre-cruise
Located on the island’s southern shores, Honolulu is Oahu’s boisterous capital and your adventure here begins with a 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay on iconic Waikiki Beach, minutes from luxury shopping at the Royal Hawaiian Center and just a complimentary shuttle trip away from the world’s largest open-air shopping centre, Ala Moana.
Visitors can soak up the salty sea breezes with a stroll along the waterfront, enjoy the views from atop Aloha Tower, and enjoy a swim, sailing adventure or a thrill-seeking surf surrounded by the balmy waters of this world-famous spot.
For a glimpse of this area’s fascinating history, plan a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, experience the cultural delights of the Polynesian Culture Center in Laie, or for a hiking adventure with a difference, take a walk amongst the mist-shrouded greenery of the Koʻolau Range.
Finish your stay here on a relaxation high with a sunset stroll around appropriately named Magic Island, before you aboard the Pride of America for your journey to the island of Maui.
2 days in port
Some would say Kahului has been unfairly labeled as Maui’s ‘working town’, and yes, it’s chock-full of bustling shopping malls and ‘big box’ stores perfectly suited to credit card workouts (think WalMart and Home Depot). But scratch beneath its surface and you’ll discover this spot also has its fair share of cultural experiences on offer when you’re able to linger a little longer.
For the most authentic experience of Maui, consider a visit to Lahaina, a beautiful little village filled to the brim with art galleries and souvenir shops, and a wonderfully creative base for passionate artists, inventive chefs and dedicated surf instructors.
Or book a road trip of the Road To Hana, where you can view the picturesque Haleakala National Park with its Seven Sacred Pools, take a hike among the bamboo surrounds of the Pipiwai Trail, or stop off for some memory-making snaps of the West Maui Mountains from the Leleiwi and Kalahaku look outs.
Hilo, Big Island
1 day in port
Refreshingly un-touristy, Hilo, which is located on the eastern side of the Big Island, is home to a diverse mix of cultures and a wonderfully refreshing Aloha spirit. A day in port here allows plenty of time for you to explore its fascinating museums, thriving farmers markets and dozens of indie restaurants.
Hilo is an ideal base from which to explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and nature lovers should also consider a day trip to the Wailuku River State Park, where you can frolick about in basalt-lava rock pools and view the misty majesty of Akaka Falls.
2 days in port
Situated on Hawaii’s oldest island, pretty-as-a-postcard Kauai, Nawiliwili itself is undoubtedly unassuming, however with two days in port here, you’ll have ample time to discover some of Hawaii’s most memorable Polynesian experiences.
Lush green valleys, aquamarine seas and technicolour sunsets abound here and foodies will also be in taste-bud-tingling heaven with the area’s culinary offerings of sustainably grown meats, lovingly cultivated veges and fish caught fresh by local anglers.
Like to up the ante? Zoom through the treetops on a zip line, hike the majestic Waimea Canyon, paddle the waters of the Fern Grotto, or go for broke and see the whole island in one day with an adrenalin-pumping helicopter tour, where you can chopper your way through the awe-inspiring Waialeale Crater.
The last leg of your Polynesian adventure will have you leisurely cruising Kauai’s exquisite coastline, for views of its towering sea cliffs, narrow valleys and cascading waterfalls, before arriving back in Honolulu and the end of your Pride of America adventure.
With 15 world-class restaurants, spacious balcony suites (perfect for whale watching) and a host of leisure activities, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America sails out of Honolulu year-round.
Orbit World Travel can help you fine-tune your trip with a range of varied itineraries and optional tours that will guarantee you make the most out of your Polynesian adventure – no matter what type of island-hopping you’re seeking.
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*Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected.