Chocolatour of the Hawaiian Islands with Doreen Pendgracs

10 days
Cross the Pacific to discover a state unlike any other. From the pristine beaches to the towering volcanoes, Hawaii’s natural beauty is spellbinding. Set foot on the shores of Oahu and taste varieties of decadent chocolate, sip local coffee near historic craters in Kona, and discover the rich and storied Hawaiian culture at every turn.

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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Honolulu, Oahu 3 nights

Day 1: Arrival in Honolulu

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Hawaii! Arrive in Honolulu and transfer to your hotel in the neighborhood of Waikiki for a welcome dinner with your group.

Day 2: Kailua Chocolate Tour

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Venture to the quiet beachside town of Kailua. There, you’ll tour two locally owned and operated chocolate shops. Then, enjoy free time in the area to eat lunch.

Day 3: Waialua Estate & sightseeing tour of Oahu

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, tour the Waialua Estate Coffee and Chocolate plantation to learn how the nutrition-rich volcanic soil helps produce some of the world’s best chocolate and coffee.

After, head toward Oahu’s eastern shore to begin your guided sightseeing tour of the island.

• Take in views of Diamond Head, the island’s towering volcanic ash cone

• Pass by beautiful Hanauma Bay and watch the sea spray at Hālona Blowhole

• Try to spot the island of Molokai in the distance from Makapu‘u Point

• Stop at Nu‘uanu Pali, where Kamehameha I fought to conquer Oahu

• Enter the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum to learn about Hawaiian culture

Hilo, Hawaii 2 nights

Day 4: Flight to Hilo & Big Island Candies factory

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, board your flight to Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island. Join your Tour Director for an orientation tour of the city.

• Soak in views of Waianuenue Falls, Lili’uokalani Gardens, and Moku Ola

• Stroll through the city’s marketplace

This afternoon, visit the Big Island Candies factory. There, see the production area before taking time to shop for some sweet treats.

Day 5: Sacred Cacao Ceremony

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Hilo before visiting Liliuokalani Park where you’ll attend a Cacao Ceremony and enjoy a chocolate tasting.

Kona, Hawaii 4 nights

Day 6: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to Kona, head south to discover some of the island’s most beautiful parks.

• Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum to learn about the island’s history of volcanic activity

• Peer into the Kīlauea Caldera to see the measuring devices that monitor eruptions and the steam vents created when ground water seeps into the hot volcanic rocks

• Walk through a lush rainforest to Thurston Lava Tube (known as Nāhuku in Hawaiian), a natural cave formed by ancient lava flows

• Stop at Punalu’u Beach to try to spot turtles sunning themselves on the black, sandy shores

• Step into a local coffee shop for a tasting of the island’s famous coffee

• Enter the Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, one of the most sacred heiau (places of worship) on the islands

Day 7: Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory plantation

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, tour the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory plantation with a local guide. Learn about the production process and enjoy free time to shop.

Then, spend a free evening in Kona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Sunset Dinner Cruise $189pp* Details

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $199)

Day 8: Free day in Kona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Kona or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

Optional Excursion - Kealakekua Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling $189pp* Details

Kealakekua Bay may very well be Hawaii’s premier snorkeling destination, thanks to its natural wind protection, remote location and dazzling marine life. Sip famous Kona coffee and nibble on an included continental breakfast as your catamaran departs from Keauhou Bay and cruises toward Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. The boat will anchor in the bay so you can enjoy the ship’s pair of 15-foot waterslides, high-jump platform or snorkel in the warm waters. The captain will fire up the grill and serve burgers and veggie burgers for lunch. Please note: Bring a towel, sunscreen and change of clothes if you plan to swim or snorkel. Storage will be available on the boat.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $199)

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 10: Arrive home

Arrive home this morning.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States.

  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly even terrain, including paved roads and paths, with some hills and stairs. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Honolulu and depart from Kona. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • A flight from Honolulu to Hilo is included in the price of your tour.

  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Hawaii.

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 8,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Hawaiian cuisine reflects the islands’ diverse history and population, combining influence from Polynesian voyagers, European explorers, American missionaries, and plantation workers from Asia with traditional Native Hawaiian flavors. Taro, pineapple, coconut, macadamia nut, and fish are the islands’ most famous ingredients. Spam, which was brought over by GI's during World War II, also shows up on many menus. Popular dishes include chicken with rice, pulled pork, poi (mashed taro root) and ahi poke (raw ahi tuna).

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.

  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Hawaii is on Hawaiian-Aleutian Time, which is six hours behind Eastern Standard Time and three hours behind Pacific Standard Time.

  • When it is noon in Hawaii, it is 6pm in New York City and 3pm in Los Angeles.

Currency

  • You will use the U.S. dollar on tour.

  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • Many banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.

  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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