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Lautoka
to Los Angeles, California

Silversea Cruises
Mar 09, 2015 19 Days
Silver Spirit 5506
US$7,750
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
March 09th, 2015 Monday Lautoka   6:00 PM
March 10th, 2015 Tuesday Sanusavu 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
March 11th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 12th, 2015 Thursday Apia 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
March 13th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
March 14th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
March 15th, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
March 16th, 2015 Monday Fanning Island 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
March 17th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
March 17th, 2015 Tuesday Date Line gain a day    
March 18th, 2015 Wednesday Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 19th, 2015 Thursday Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 7:00 AM 11:00 PM
March 20th, 2015 Friday Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
March 21st, 2015 Saturday Hilo, Hawaii 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 22nd, 2015 Sunday Day at Sea    
March 23rd, 2015 Monday Day at Sea    
March 24th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
March 25th, 2015 Wednesday Day at Sea    
March 26th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
March 27th, 2015 Friday Los Angeles, California 8:00 AM  
Included in this Cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Bridge Sailing
L,école des Chefs

Excursions

Visit the landing point where local legend believes that the first people , later to become the Fijians, first arrived to these beautiful Island paradise in 1,500BC. Situated on the beach - known locally, as the Vuda "the source" -  is the stunning First Landing Resort. Here you can spend time relaxing  as you admire the crystal clear water, or play in the surf. The Resort also has a fresh water pool where you can simply relax in this charming resort.  The facilities also are host to a variety of optional spa offerings. During this relaxing tour, you will also be able to partake in a beachside buffet lunch.                 

Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for those who have limited mobility. However, this tour is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel.  Wear a bathing suit under a cover-up and suitable water shoes and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship.

Excursions

Explore Fiji's diverse natural beauty and ancient culture during this scenic and memorable visit to the Orchid Farm, Viseisei Village and the Vuda Lookout.


Depart the pier in Lautoka for the drive south through the beautiful Sabeto Valley, site of one of the area's main attractions.


Orchid Farm

Known as the 'Gardens of the Sleeping Giant', the Orchid Farm is located at the foothills of the Nausori Highlands. It is renowned for its beautiful collection of orchids started in 1977 by the late Raymond Burr, star of Perry Mason, to house his private collection of tropical orchids. The gardens showcase more than 2,000 different species of orchids and other exotic plants that can be seen during a guided walking tour through these beautiful grounds. Following your tour of the gardens, tropical fruit juice and some fresh fruit are served before continuing the journey to the Vuda Point Peninsula, and a visit to the legendary Viseisei Village.


Viseisei Village

Regarded as the 'foundation village' of Fijian heritage and culture, it is believed that the first settlers arrived here in a large canoe from Melanesia. During your visit, learn about the life of the early Fijians and view some authentic handicrafts.


Vuda Lookout

Next, your tour proceeds to the Vuda Lookout for panoramic views and photo opportunities of the western mountain range and Nadi Bay. Afterward, some time will be made available to relax in a typical Fijian bure (house); and be served seasonal fruits and juice.


Following your visit, the tour concludes with a return drive to the pier in Lautoka.

This tour involves moderate walking. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The village visit requires knee-length shorts/skirts and covered shoulders for women, and long pants or knee-length shorts for men.

Excursions

Spectacular Savusavu Bay provides the perfect environment to create Fiji's natural gems, the J. Hunter pearls, renowned for their beautiful hues of soft pastels and exceptionally bold tones together with the rare "Fiji Gold". Thousands of black lip pearl oysters adorn the Bay and the pristine, nutrient rich waters, along with dedicated farm management, produce some of the world's largest and most beautiful pearls. The tour will begin with a boat ride to the farm where you will see the different stages of black pearl development. Return to J. Hunter Headquarters and witness the opening of a mature oyster to reveal a natural underwater treasure. J Hunter pearls are unsurpassed in their lustre, giving them a natural radiance that emanates from deep within. View the stunning array of pearls and jewellery in their showroom and if the mood takes you, purchase your own precious memory of Savusavu.

Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity. It is not suitable for guests who have limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be able to climb in and out of a boat. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun.

Excursions

This full day tour offers the opportunity for you to explore the best that Samoa has to offer. Waterfalls, beaches, mountain terrain, coastal villages and tropical rainforest all give the traveller a distinct impression of this stunning country.


Your tour begins with a scenic drive of the east coast, through coastal villages, past plantations and exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean toward the mountain pass. Stop at Falefa waterfall for a photo-stop before heading up to Le Mafa Pass, where a vast panorama of the basin can be viewed. From here continue to Sopoaga Waterfall where we experience a demonstration of the uses of the coconut, and see a local garden where you can learn about native plants and their uses. Proceed on to the beach, where you can enjoy a casual lunch in an open-air restaurant setting overlooking the ocean. Afterwards you can have an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and relaxation. Following this time on and in the water return to the ship via a nature reserve and island roads.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity. It is not suitable for guests who utalise a wheelchair, but is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guests wishing to swim and snorkel must bring their own equipment.

Excursions

Fanning Island is a coral atoll that is about 7 miles in diameter. With the exception of the main passage at English Harbor and two small passages only large enough for canoes, the interior lagoon is completely surrounded by the atoll. With only 2,000 residents and no electricity, or indoor plumbing, Fanning Island is about a close as one can get to the proverbial virgin tropical island in paradise.


Fanning Island is only 185 miles north of the equator, so it can get very hot if the sun is shining and there is no cloud cover. Hint: wear a high SPF rated waterproof sunscreen and make sure you are completely covered.


The ship actually drifts in the open ocean while calling on Fanning Island. The ocean drops in depth quite rapidly once beyond the water's edge of the island making going to anchor impossible. The ship's tenders will operate between the ship and the tender pier at English Harbour.


The local natives have created a formidable handicraft marketplace right as you arrive on the island. Numerous tables may be set up with a good assortment of items for sale.


There are beaches and the water is very inviting, a walk through the village is certainly a pleasant way to spend the day as well.  The people of Fanning are pleasant and you have the opportunity to take a glimpse of life in one of the most remote areas on the planet.


There are no organised tours during this call to Fanning Island due to the inability to secure an operation that could meet the requirements of Silversea.  This day is for self-exploration.

Excursions

Explore the extraordinary beauty of one of the world's premier congressionally chartered botanical research organizations on a guided Silver Shore Collection tour of Allerton & McBryde Garden.


Enter the gates of this once-private estate and wind past dramatic cliff-top views of the protected bay below. Stroll through outdoor rooms and see rippling pools, fountains and dramatic sculptures and venture to a secluded waterfall in a part of the gardens most visitors do not see.  Architect Robert Allerton created this masterpiece of landscape architecture and garden art in the early 20th century.


Allerton Garden

Your day of adventure begins with a short scenic van ride to the Allerton & McBryde Garden in Poipu on the southern coast of Kauai.  Upon arrival to the Lawai Valley, embark on a guided walking tour of Allerton Garden, described as a living work of art that includes water features, statuary and garden rooms that delight visitors at every turn.  Allerton Garden has been noted by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the top 50 must see attractions in the world.  This dramatic location was used as the backdrop in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Jurassic Park.


McBryde Garden

Next, travel by vehicle deeper into the upper Lawai Valley and McBryde Garden exploring areas of this beautiful valley that most visitors don't get to experience.  McBryde Garden is over 250 acres (101 hectares) of conservation research land and home to over 6,000 rare and endangered species of plants collected from throughout the Pacific Basin and the world.


After a delightful deli lunch in the Canoe Garden Gazebo you have the opportunity to embark on a short leisurely walk on a magical trail with some of the rarest species of plants found in the Garden, to an enchanted tropical rain forest which has a backdrop of one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Kauai.


Spouting Horn

Once the tour of the garden is complete, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Visitor Center and make a stop at Spouting Horn, one of the most popular attractions in Kauai before heading back to the cruise ship pier.


If you dream of the ideal garden paradise and a unique experience that few get to enjoy, this tour is for you.


Allerton & McBryde Gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization.  The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.  Your visit to this unique and special location will contribute to their on-going restorations and missions.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves moderate walking.  Guests should expect to walk approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) on uneven, gravel and dusty maintained paths and trails over a 2.5 hour period with several rest stops.  There are approximately 10 steps in 4 different areas and therefore is not wheelchair accessible.  Deli lunch includes a variety of sandwiches and fruit.  Guests should wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, long pants and/or mosquito repellant, hat for shade, bring sunscreen and bottled water, although water is provided; umbrellas are provided in the event of rain.  Minimum age to participate is 10 years old. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  The order of sites visited may vary.

Excursions

A unique tubing adventure that takes you back in time to the sugar plantation era - this exclusive tubing experience takes place on private lands that have never before been open to the public.


A short drive takes you to the headwaters of the 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometre-long) Hanamaulu Ditch system, where you will begin your 2-mile (3.2-kilometre) tubing expedition.  Grab a tube, don a headlamp, and jump in for a leisurely cruise.  Witness Kauai's spectacular engineering feats as you float down the tropical waterway consisting of open ditches, tunnels and flumes all of which were engineered and hand dug circa 1912.  


At the end of your tubing adventure, you are whisked away to an enchanted picnic area complete with a pristine swimming hole to enjoy your delicious snack.  After swimming and picnicking, you'll be returned to the cruise ship pier.  Truly a unique and memorable experience for the entire family.


Please note:  This tour involves moderate walking and levels of exertion that require guests to be in good physical condition.  Guests should wear swimsuits or quick drying shorts and shirts.  Bring a towel, change of dry clothing, waterproof sunscreen, hat and mosquito repellent.  Water shoes, headlamps, a snack and beverages are included.  Guests must be a minimum height of 43 inches (109 centimetres) and over the age of 5 to participate.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  This tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic, pregnant women or those with back problems. Participants must not weigh more than 300lbs (136kgs).

Excursions

Discover Kauai on this full-day tour conducted in small intimate groups.


Your day begins by exploring the famous Opaeka'a falls and Poliahu Heiau, one of Kauai's most sacred and historic locations.  


Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto

The next part of the adventure takes you on a Wailua River cruise to Fern Grotto.  This visitor attraction is one of the Island's most popular, and includes a leisurely boat ride up Hawaii's only navigable river, the Wailua River, to the famously romantic Fern Grotto.  The Fern Grotto offers a natural amphi-theatre of lava rock and tropical vegetation where you are met and serenaded Hawaiian Style… and just for a moment transported back in time.


Kauai's North Shore

Next discover the North Shore of this beautiful Island.  Along the way, learn about Island history and culture, including the legend of the Sleeping Giant.  On the North Shore, visit the breathtaking Kilauea Lighthouse and nearby Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge and bird sanctuary.   You also see Anini Beach, where you may enjoy an island-style light lunch.  


Hanalei Bay

Once refreshed it is off to the Princeville Resort Area, and Hanalei Bay, one of the most beautiful areas in the world.  We return you to your cruise ship at the end of the tour with a wealth of Island knowledge and the satisfaction of seeing some of Kauai's best scenery.


Please note:  This tour involves moderate walking and is not recommended for guests who utilise a walker or a wheelchair.  Guests should dress in seasonal clothing; wear sun protection and comfortable, walking shoes.  The light lunch consists of a turkey sandwich with the lettuce and cheese, tomato on the side, mayo and mustard, Maui Style Chips, Kauai Kookie along with a bottle of water and guava juice.  Guests should bring cash for any purchases they wish to make.  The order of sites visited may vary.

Excursions

Discover Kauai's ancient and recent past during this half-day panoramic tour.


Explore Kauai's most significant archeological sites and sacred treasures once inhabited by Kauai's Hawaiian Royalty and Chiefs, view a majestic waterfall, then complete your day with a visit to historic Kilohana Plantation, Kauai's premier destination and experience, and the private mansion and estate of Gaylord Wilcox, Kauai's Sugar Plantation Baron.  


Opaekaa Falls

View the majesty of Opaekaa Falls, an 80-foot (24-metre) tiered waterfall. The name 'Opaekaa' means 'rolling shrimp' in the Hawaiian language. The waterfall was named after the shrimp that were once in abundance in its stream and pool, which was the source of water that irrigated the extensive Wailua Taro fields, the Hawaiian staple crop.


Wailua Complex

Visit the Wailua Complex, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, the exclusive and sacred home, sanctuary, and center of government of Kauai's Hawaiian Royalty and Chiefs.  It contains the remains of many significant structures including Poli'ahu Heiau, a sacred and royal temple of worship that was in full and regular use when Captain James Cook landed on Kauai in 1778.


Kilohana Plantation

Then head to historic Kilohana Plantation, established in 1864 and managed by Gaylord Wilcox, Kauai's Sugar Plantation Baron.  Your adventure begins on the Kauai Plantation Railway with a 40-minute fun and informative conductor-narrated authentic train tour of 105 acres of Kilohana Plantation.  During your ride, see fruit tree orchards, sugar cane, pineapple, banana, papaya, and countless other exotic fruit and indigenous trees, animal pastures, and the train will stop for you to feed a herd of wild pigs, goats and  sheep.


Afterwards, you can explore Kauai's largest sugar estate mansion built in 1935 by Gaylord Wilcox with over 16,000 square feet (1486 square metre) of boutique shops and galleries.  Don't forget a visit to the onsite rum tasting room before you head back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair (with advance notification).  Guests are requested to wear seasonal clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection.  The order of sites visited may vary.

      

Excursions

Harness up and zip across valleys and gulches - soar over streams and view places more spectacular than you can ever imagine during this half-day canopy zip-lining adventure.


This is an exclusive zip experience that occurs on private lands that have never before been open to the public.  This 3.5 hour backcountry adventure takes you deep into Kauai's interior as you traverse down a mountainside into the lush valley below.  


The tour starts with a historic and scenic drive to the start of the zip course.  After a thorough briefing by your certified guides, you are ready to start your zip adventure.  Transcend down the mountainside along a series of seven zip-lines.  At the end of the zipping, enjoy a delicious snack and a refreshing swim.  Relax, bask in the sun, or just soak in a natural swimming pool.


Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, those who utilise a wheelchair and those who suffer from agoraphobia.  We suggest guests wear a swimsuit under their clothing, long pants and secure closed-toe footwear.  Guests with long hair must use hair ties to secure their hair during the zipping.  Minimum age to participate is 12 and all guests must weigh between 100 - 250 lbs.  Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  All safety equipment is provided.

Excursions

Experience one of Kauai's most popular attractions, Waimea Canyon.  


Waimea Canyon

Known as 'The Grand Canyon of the Pacific', Waimea Canyon is one of Nature's most spectacular creations.  From your lookout at 3,400 feet (1,036 metres), enjoy an unsurpassed view of the 2,857-foot-deep (871-metre-deep) canyon and the surrounding countryside.  The canyon's dramatic size combined with the reds and browns of exposed volcanic rock and the blues and greens of lush tropical vegetation truly create a magnificent sight.


Spouting Horn

After leaving Waimea Canyon, visit the beautiful South Shore area known as Poipu.  Here you see a blowhole called "Spouting Horn".  A natural salt water geyser that sprays plumes high into the air, which occurs when the surf is washed into a lava tube and sucked up through a hole in the coastal rock.  The geyser may reach up as much as 60 feet (18 metres) depending on the surf that day, and provides photographers with an added challenge in capturing one of Poipu's most scenic coastal shots.


As you leave Poipu, pass through the oldest plantation town in Hawaii, Koloa, the birth place of Sugar in Hawaii en route to the pier.  


Please note:  Tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair as long as they can embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance.  Guests should wear seasonal clothing, sun protection and flat walking shoes.

Excursions

'We will remain the land of the free, as long as we are the home of the brave' - George M. Tomlinson.


Enjoy a genuinely unique and personalised full-day excursion, guided by historians in World War II uniforms, with visits to World War II battlefields. This Silver Shore Collection tour includes exclusive access to Military Bases as well as visits to the Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl Cemetery, and highlights of Honolulu City. Relive the times with authentic radio and TV footage, fascinating bulletins, movies, and music played over the PA and onboard TVs, all of which enhance this fascinating and nostalgic look into the 1940s during an era that would change the course of history forever.


Arizona Memorial

Depart the pier by mini-coach for the short drive to the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Centre Museum, to view an historical documentary film with actual film footage from December 7, 1941. Then, your guide takes you via a Navy shuttle boat to the Arizona Memorial. After this sombre visit, return to shore and drive to Wheeler Army Air Field.


Wheeler Army Air Field

Follow the Japanese flight pattern to Oahu's famous Fighter Command Post - Wheeler Field and learn about the 14 Army Air Corps Pilots who got airborne on the Day of Infamy. A photo stop is available next to a P-40 fighter plane used in the movie Tora Tora Tora.


Your next stop is historic Schofield Army Barracks, the largest Army Base outside the Continental U.S.A. and home to the famous 25th Infantry Tropic Lightning Division.


Fort Shafter

Tour Fort Shafter and see the famous Quarters 5, residence of General Walter C. Short - Commander of the U.S. Army Pacific on December 7, 1941. Drive along beautiful Palm Circle and visit the 'Pineapple Pentagon', Headquarters of the U.S. Army Pacific Command. Then, make your way to the Officer's Club where a buffet lunch served in the Fort Shafter Military Club.


Punchbowl National Memorial

After lunch, continue to the Punchbowl National Memorial - final resting place to over 35,000 Americans who proudly served their country. Learn how civilian life was drastically altered during the war years while driving through downtown Honolulu. En route, pass Iolani Palace, the only Royal Palace on American soil and see the King Kamehameha statue.


Finally, your last stop is at the nostalgic Home of the Brave Headquarters and private 1940s museum. Full of World War II memorabilia, independently explore the collection, and if you wish, take your photo in the famous World War II jeep and on the 1942 Army issue Harley Davidson Motorcycle used in the Disney Movie, Pearl Harbor. Re-board your vehicle one last time to return to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with some steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes; however, swim suits and tank tops are not permitted on the Arizona Memorial and in the Military Club. Photos are allowed except where restricted by National Security. No bags are allowed within the Arizona Memorial Visitor Centre. Bring photo ID for access to Military bases.  Due to Military Base Operations and National Security, actual tour routing and military sites visited may be changed or substituted without advance notice. This tour requires a minimum number of guests to operate.

Excursions

Discover Hawaii's past during this exciting, fun and educational Silver Shore Expedition tour of the world famous Diamond Head Crater.


Begin your adventure with a short drive from the pier to Diamond Head Crater where you will receive a brief introductory talk by a trained nature guide. Learn about the fascinating volcanic creation, Hawaiian history, European discovery, origin of the famous name, and modern day military use of the 'Gibraltar of the Pacific'.  You are also offered interesting information about Hawaii's native bird and plant species.


Head out on your hike escorted by your naturalist guide on a 45-minute walk that ascends to the 763' (232.5m) summit. Along the way, stop at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200-foot (61-metre) tunnel and climbing a spiral staircase imparts a sense of adventure. When reaching the summit visitors are thrilled by the incredible 360° panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific ocean below.


Following your photo opportunity on the summit (approximately 15 minutes), your guide will lead you on your descent back to the crater floor.  A 30-minute drive takes you back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour requires an extensive amount of walking of which at least 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometres) is up a mild incline. Guests must be able to walk comfortably uphill on uneven, but maintained, trails to an elevation change of 561ft (171m).  There are two steep concrete stairways of 74 steps and 99 steps separated by a passage through a lighted 225-foot (69-metere) long narrow tunnel. Guests will have to exit to the exterior of the crater through a narrow passageway. Trail length is 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometres) round trip.  Actual walking time is approximately 1.5 hours.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility; it is recommended to those who are physically fit only. Wear comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes) and note the trail is not shaded, be prepared for the heat with sun protection, hats, and additional water.  

Excursions

Enjoy the North Shore the way the residents of Oahu do during this full-day island outing.  


This excursion is led by a trained naturalist who will provide interesting and fun information about Hawaii's birds, plants, geology, geography, history, marine biology and oceanography throughout your adventure


Byodo Temple

From the cruise ship pier, drive over the extremely scenic but most expensive freeway ever built, H3, to the Valley of the Temples and visit the picturesque Byodo Temple located at the base of stunning 2,000-foot (609- metre) lush green cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.


Kahuku,

Then, travel north along the scenic shores past Chinaman's Hat and Kahana Bay to Kahuku, home of the North Shore shrimp farms. Stop at one of the locals' favourite shrimp trucks for some delicious locally farmed Garlic Shrimp, Fish or Chicken Plate, and Hawaiian-style shaved ice.


Sunset Beach

After lunch a short drive brings you to beautiful Sunset Beach. This beach is famous for its towering surf during the winter months and is the location of many International surf contests.  


Haleiwa Beach

Drive on to Haleiwa Beach Park, one of many surf Breaks on the North Shore which make up a strip of what many surfers call 'the 7 mile miracle'. Afterwards, travel south through the historic village of Haleiwa, colourful home to surfers, artists, and craftspeople.


There are extensive views of pineapple fields en route to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Once a fruit stand, this working plantation sells approximately 3,500 pineapples a week. Enjoy a brief stop here, before returning directly to the cruise ship pier.


Please note:  This tour involves a panoramic drive with a moderate amount of walking and some steps to climb to the various stops.  It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to get on and off the coach with minimal assistance; however it is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear seasonal clothing, comfortable shoes and sun protection. Bring local currency or credit cards for any souvenir purchases.

Excursions

Step back in time as you visit the historic highlights of the fifteen hundred year old Kingdom of Hawaii during this half-day adventure to see the crown jewels of this former sovereign nation.


Depart the pier aboard your coach. Traveling into the lush Nuuanu Valley, your first stop is Queen Emma's Summer Palace. Queen Emma was the wife of King Kamehameha IV. Born in 1836, she was descended from Hawaiian chieftains and John Young, an Englishman who became friend and advisor to King Kamehameha I. Her summer retreat contains Victorian and Hawaiian treasures and rare artefacts and personal memorabilia of Hawaii's royalty.


Next, drive through a tropical rainforest, en route to the world famous Pali Lookout. The Nu'uanu Pali was the site of the Battle of Nu'uanu, one of the most important battles in Hawaiian history, in which Kamehameha I conquered the island of O'ahu, bringing it under his rule. After driving through a spectacular tree-tunnel, arrive at Hawaii's sacred Royal Mausoleum, 'Mauna Al', the final resting place of six of the kingdom's last eight ruling monarchs.

A guided tour inside a true Hawaiian national treasure, Iolani Palace follows. This is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States and  was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs--King Kalakaua, who built the Palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili`uokalani . Additional sites of interest include the legendary King Kamehameha's statue and unique Kawaiahao Church, 'the Westminster Abbey of Hawaii'.


Your look at Hawaii's royal history concludes at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of easy walking for a distance of approximately 180 yards (160 metres) over about 1 hour. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to climb steps and embark/debark the coach with minimal assistance. Wear seasonal clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a camera.  

Excursions

Relive moments in history with a visit to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial. A panoramic drive through the Punchbowl crater and the city of Honolulu with her historic sights completes this half-day overview tour.


Arizona Memorial Visitors Centre

From the pier, the coach takes you to Pearl Harbor. Arriving at the Arizona Memorial Visitors Centre, view a film, depicting the events of the 1941 attack. Afterwards, board a Navy launch for the short ride to the Memorial itself and then disembark for an unforgettable experience. Approximately 2.5 hours is allocated for your stay at the memorial centre; this can vary, based on the volume of visitors. After the motor launch returns you to the Centre, re-board the coach.


Honolulu Highlights

Your sightseeing tour continues through downtown Honolulu and its authentic Chinatown district. View Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil. Built in 1882, this elegant building served as the official residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii's last monarchs. Drive past Kawaiahao Church, the impressive King Kamehameha Statue, Honolulu City Hall, the Hawaii State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, and the quaint homes of the early missionaries. Next, make your way to the Punchbowl Crater.


Located at the top of the Punchbowl Crater's rim, or 'Hill of Sacrifice' as it was known in ancient times, the Punchbowl Cemetery became the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and the final resting place for the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. More than 33,000 bodies are interred here, including some of those who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Experience the serenity of the Punchbowl National Cemetery, featuring the 'Courts of the Missing', the chapel, and detailed mosaic maps of the Pacific theatres in action in World War II and Korea. This scenic drive through the expansive Punchbowl Crater is highlighted by panoramic vistas over Honolulu.


Afterwards, return to the cruise ship pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking at the Arizona Memorial Centre; it is suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes; swim suits and tank tops are not permitted on the Arizona Memorial. Due to Pearl Harbor and Arizona Memorial guest volume, tour may be shorter or longer than the advertised 6 hour duration. Arizona tour is 1.25 hours including video and shuttle to Memorial and an additional hour is allocated to view exhibits at visitor's centre. The National Park regulates all activities at Pearl Harbor. We thank you for your understanding. No bags are allowed within the Arizona Memorial Visitor Centre; cameras are welcomed without their case. This tour requires a minimum number of participants to operate. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Arizona Memorial Centre. Please bring local currency.

Excursions

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is located on historic Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a mere ship-length away from the USS Arizona Memorial in the still-active naval base.  Tour the 'Mighty Mo' and listen to the stories of her past on this half-day look at one of America's iconic warships.


The Missouri is best known as the site of the end of World War II where General Douglas MacArthur accepted the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.  She amazes her visitors with her sheer size, impact, and values of duty, honour, strength, resolve and sacrifice.  America's last battleship, the USS Missouri (BB-63), creates strong sentiments and elicits feelings of nostalgia, while providing an impact available nowhere else.


Board the coach at the pier for the 45-minute drive to Ford Island, location of the naval base where the Missouri resides.  It is necessary for the coach to clear security and then you are taken to the vessel's docking area where you meet your guide.


Embark the ship and begin your 75-minute guided exploration. Learn some trivia such as what it takes to move a ship three football fields long at a speed of nearly 40 mph (64 kph) and how one 16-inch (40-centimeter) gun fires a 2,700-pound (1224-kilogram) projectile an incredible 23 miles (37 kilometre) with pinpoint accuracy. Your guide answers some of the most frequently asked questions about one of history's most dominant warships


USS Missouri

Learn the techniques of lighting off one of the eight three-story Babcock and Wilcox boilers.  Grab onto the throttles and imagine releasing the steam that drives the ship's massive propellers. Venture down Broadway, the longest and widest passage on the ship and meet (via video) the ship's last Chief Engineer who will explain the work of the 'snipes,' the men who worked below the water line in the heart of the Missouri.  Imagine how the weapons were activated in the aft plotting room, where data is entered into the Missouri's giant analogue computer simulation for you to experience.


Approximately 45 minutes is available after the guided portion of your tour for you to explore independently.  Afterwards, re-board the coach for the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires long periods of standing and walking, at a reasonable pace.  There are 45 steps to board the battleship.  You must be able to climb ten sets of 'ladders,' (Navy-talk for steep, narrow stairs), step over a dozen two-foot (60-centimetre) high obstacles and navigate through tight doorways and low overheads.  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility constraints. Closed toe shoes are mandatory.  Heightened security at Pearl Harbor means NO bags are permitted, including (but not limited to) purses, shopping bags, backpacks, or camera bags are allowed on the buses.  Cameras (not in bags) are permitted.  Guests will not be allowed to board buses if they are carrying any of the prohibited items above.  Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Savour the delights of pineapples, from a plantation visit to a lunch where they are featured, on this half-day excursion.  


Hali'imaile - Plantation Village

Begin your introduction to Maui's pineapple heritage with the approximate 60-minute drive to the historic plantation village of Hali'imaile, where pineapples are cultivated. Visit the sprawling pineapple fields and discover how they are harvested, packed and shipped.  Learn fun facts about pineapple and even get tips on how to grow your own as you taste the various stages of the Maui Gold pineapple..


After the plantation tour, savour a locally-grown upcountry lunch that is a Maui favourite on the slopes of the Haleakala Volcano.  At lunch, you are greeted with fresh pineapple lemonade and presented with a choice of freshly prepared entrées to compliment the farm and agricultural component experienced during your tour.  Each entrée choice showcases some of Hawaii's finest locally grown produce.


After lunch, board your vehicle for your return trip back to Lahaina and the cruise ship pier.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which maybe over unpaved surfaces.  It involves some driving through open fields and you will encounter uneven, bumpy terrain.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, those with back/neck issues, pregnant women, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat and non-white clothing that may get dirty.  Guests must be at least 5 years of age to participate.  Although a minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour, space is limited.

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Experience the beauty of Maui on a sunset cruise along the West Maui coastline.


Board the catamaran directly after disembarking and set sail in the island waters. Many consider it quite romantic to sip a Mai Tai or glass of wine while admiring the coastline and the sun as it begins its decent in the sky.  


With panoramic views of Moloka'i and Lana'i and possible sightings of spinner dolphins and flying fish, this two-hour Maui sunset sail offers a unique look at this beautiful Hawaiian island.  The tour is conducted in the heart of the whale sanctuary so look out for whales and other marine life.


Complimenting your sunset cruise are a chef-prepared assortment of hot and cold appetisers and your choice of beer, wine, margaritas or Mai Tais.


Your tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This sunset cruise involves a minimal amount of walking but is not wheelchair accessible. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, non-slip sole shoes, and bring a sweater or jacket as it can get cool in the late afternoon on the water. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars from the ship.  The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

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This Silver Shore Collection tour offers the best of Maui.  Get a bird's eye view of the Haleakala Crater from your helicopter and navigate the 'Road to Hana' via luxury limo-van.  Experience 'old Hawaii' nestled in emerald rain forest beauty on this full-day excursion over land and in the air.


Crater & Coastline via Helicopter

Board the luxury limo-van for the 30-minute ride to the Kahului Heliport.  Your tour begins with 'The Hana Sky-Trek'. Hana, isolated from the rest of the island, is truly the last undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui. Picturesque views of spectacular waterfalls, the rugged Hana shoreline, and some of the best beaches are much more dramatic from the air. After a safety briefing, head to the departure pad and board your state-of-the-art helicopter for approximately 30 minutes of aerial sightseeing, which concludes in Hana, the most remote Hawaiian community.   Soar high above Haleakala Crater, the World's largest dormant volcano.  Land at the quaint Hana airport and board your awaiting limo-van for a panoramic look at Hana town and beautiful Hana Bay.


Picnic at a Hana beach where a luncheon of Pacific Rim cuisine is served.


Hana Road

Next, begin your guided tour of the Hana Road from your limo-van.  A Hawaii State Certified Guide confidently navigates the 617 curves and 54 one-lane bridges while you relax, to view glistening waterfalls, exotic tropical flora, and lava sea cliffs through panoramic windows.


Stop to stroll through the Kakala Gardens, offering over five acres (two hectares) of beautiful tropical flowers.  Re-board your limo-van and continue your drive. Total time on the Hana Road to the pier is approximately three hours.


Return to the ship with great memories of the beauty, romance, and intrigue of Hana.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a moderate amount of walking for a total of approximately 1000 feet (305 meters).  It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to walk and enter/exit Limo-Van and helicopter independently.  Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated due to the unsafe and rocky conditions of the Hana coast.  Dress comfortably and bring a light jacket for variable weather conditions. Wear closed toe shoes; be prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.  Flight time is approximately 35 minutes.  A minimum/maximum of six guests is required for exclusive use of the helicopter and the price is per person. Seat assignment will be made according to weight and is at the discretion of the pilot. All seats in the helicopter are forward facing with large custom windows for optimum viewing.  Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.   Comfort seat charges for guest weighing 240lbs (108 kilogram/ 17 stone) and above may apply for helicopter portion.  Guests and personal belongings will be weighed upon check-in. A manifest with guest's names and weights must be provided by the Shore Concierge Manager prior to arrival in Lahaina.   Carry-ons are limited to 3 Ib. (1.3 kilogram/ 0.2 stone) per person.  Tour durations, itineraries, viewable sights, and flight patterns are subject to change without notice, due to inclement weather or FAA flight rules and may be altered or cancelled for safety or comfort considerations Tour operates rain or shine.  If the flight portion of the tour is cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions guests will receive a partial refund and the land portion of the tour will be completed.  

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This snapshot of Maui offers memorable impressions of the 'Valley Isle' without the need for extensive walking.


Leaving the pier, the coach ventures through the town of Lahaina.  Once an important whaling village, it also served as the capital of the Hawaiian kingdom.  Your journey continues along the coast, where you may admire views of sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the nearby islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. As you travel, marvel at breath-taking vistas of the West Maui Mountains on one side and the majestic Haleakala Crater, or 'House of the Sun', on the other.


Your destination is Iao Valley State Park, site of one of Hawaii's most famous battles. In 1790, King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in an effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands, changing Hawaiian history forever. The park is also home to the Iao Needle, a vegetation-covered lava remnant that rises 1,200 feet (366 metres) from the valley floor. Surrounded by mountain cliffs and an extinct volcano, the island's famous landmark is a sight to see.


After your panoramic drive to see the lush scenery, make the return journey to the pier and your ship.


Please note:  This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests requiring a coach with a wheelchair lift must notify the Shore Concierge Staff upon embarkation to allow time for proper arrangements to be made.  Remember to bring your sunglasses and camera. The order of sights visited may vary.  A minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.

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Whales, the largest of all the mammals, never cease to fascinate sailors and those on the sea.  This brief excursion offers the opportunity to cruise to areas where whale are often spotted in the chance that they may be observed.


Maui waters are considered a very good whale-watch location, known for its resident and majestic humpback whales.  Your tour leaves directly from the Lahaina pier, aboard a Trilogy Catamaran. Trilogy's wide, comfortable, catamaran offers a stable viewing platform for ease of movement and watching for signs of whale. On-board naturalists make this trip educational and entertaining, as they present interesting details about these magnificent underwater creatures.


The catamaran returns to the Lahaina pier at the conclusion of your cruise.


Please note:  This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair.  All guests must be able to embark and disembark the catamaran with minimal assistance.  Wheelchairs need to be foldable and stowed during trip.  Wear sun protection and flat non-slip sole shoes and bring binoculars and a camera. Although the sighting of whales is a frequent occurrence; it cannot be guaranteed.  

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Submerge yourself into the underwater world of Atlantis Submarines.  Journey aboard a 65-foot (20-metre), fully air-conditioned submarine and experience Maui's magnificent underwater world.


The submarine dive site is located just two miles (3.2 kilometres) from Lahaina harbour.  A shuttle vessel takes you along the breath-taking Maui coastline, headed to the submarine boarding area.


Upon arrival at the site, you are transferred to the submarine to begin your underwater adventure.  The Atlantis Submarine is the world's most technologically advanced passenger submarine that descends to depths of 125 feet (38.1-metres).  Witness this watery world through 2.5-foot (700-centimetre) diameter viewports, and see a variety of exotic tropical fish, coral gardens, moray eel, and other fascinating marine life.


One of the highlights of this submarine adventure is the sighting of the sunken vessel, Brig Carthaginian. The Carthaginian was built in 1920, and sailed into Lahaina waters in 1978. She was converted into a replica supply vessel that would have sailed the Hawaiian waters in the 19th century.  The Brig has now become part of the underwater world of Atlantis Adventure.


Return to the submarine base and climb aboard the shuttle vessel for the ride to Lahaina harbour.  A short walk brings you back to the ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however guests must be able to safely navigate a nearly vertical 12-step ladder into and out of the submarine. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Dress comfortably and bring protection from the sun.  To see colour changes at various depths, you may choose to wear clothes with red and/or florescent colours.  Children must be a minimum of 36" in (92 centimetre) in height to participate. This tour may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.

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Dive in with your naturalist guide and discover the beauty that awaits on this half-day snorkel and sailing adventure.


Walk along the pier to where Trilogy Catamaran is berthed, ready to set sail.  Cruise for approximately 45 minutes to the site of your swim and snorkel today.


West Maui is home to many of the best snorkelling spots on the island, rivalling even the well-known Molokini Crater and the water is usually calmer.  The coastline is beautiful with excellent marine life, calm coves, all ideal for enjoying the many ocean adventures offered including sailing, snorkelling, and whale watching (during Whale Watch Season). Your experienced and knowledgeable crew will pick the best snorkel spots for the day and there are many to choose from.   You are provided with all the snorkelling equipment and instruction, wet suits for everyone on-board, sodas and snacks, and personalised service from your friendly captain and crew throughout your tour.


After approximately 2-2.5 hours at the snorkel site, Trilogy sets sail back the Lahaina pier.


Please note: This tour involves swimming and snorkelling in the ocean.  Guests wishing to enter the water should be physically fit and able to swim in water too deep to stand.  Climbing in and out of the catamaran requires agility.  Guests do not have to swim or snorkel but may remain on the boat for the duration.  This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, a light jacket or sweatshirt, sun protection, deck shoes or rubber-soled shoes and bring a towel from the ship.  Tour includes whale watching; sailing up the coastline depends upon the winds and the sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.  Snorkelling equipment (including prescription masks if needed) with personal instruction is provided.  Vegetarian refreshments available; please advise Shore Concierge Staff upon embarkation. Non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day.

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This full-day Silver Shore Expedition tour offers the opportunity to see something of Maui's untamed side.


Leave the pier with your escort for the short drive to the hike centre, where you meet your guide and collect your hiking gear and picnic lunch. Re-board the vehicle for the drive inland to Ho'olawa Valley, within the picturesque rainforest.


Here your hike begins.  Walk to several waterfalls in one of Maui's most popular rain forest valleys. It is unusual for a valley to have so many waterfalls so close together.  The falls are 10 to 40 feet (3 to 12 metres) high and all have large pools perfect for swimmers or toe dippers (swimming is optional). 'Shower' under a Hawaiian waterfall, if you wish.


As you trek, see the beauty of the bamboo and tropical rain forest, with its fresh-water streams, numerous waterfalls and pools, ferns, flowers and fruit trees. Your rain forest expedition is enhanced by your hiking guides, who are expert naturalists knowledgeable in botany, ethno botany, geology, culture and history.


At a convenient time and location, stop to enjoy your packed lunch before trekking on.  Return to your vehicle and begin the hour's drive back to the pier, where your tour concludes..


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves a moderate, but challenging hike of two miles (3.2 kilometres).  Pathway hike is unpaved. Footing can be tricky since there are rocks, roots, streams and sometimes mud to navigate. This is not a strenuous hike, but participants should be in reasonable physical condition and should expect to encounter occasional steep inclines. Therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or unable to hike and a continuous pace. Backpacks, rain ponchos, insect repellent (not always needed) lunch and bottled water are provided.  Wear your swimsuit under your clothes, tennis shoes or heavy-duty sandals, and bring a towel from the ship. Waterfall volume and pool size are dependent on local weather conditions. Guests must be at least 5 years of age to participate. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Guests must sign a waiver in order to participate.  

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Travel by ferry and 4X4 on this full-day Silver Shore Expedition excursion that allows you to add an additional island to your Hawaii itinerary - Lana'i.  


Located in the centre of the island chain, Lana`i is the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, approximately 13 miles wide and 18 miles long. Lana`i enjoys a protected location, with the islands of Moloka'i and Maui to the north.


Walk with your escort from the gangway to the public ferry embarkation area at Lahaina Harbor.  Board Expeditions fast-passenger ferry and begin the journey to Lana'i.  During your 45-minute voyage across the Auau Channel, enjoy open ocean viewing of all the islands of Maui County, including Maui, Moloka'i, Kahoolawe, and Molokini.   Look for for spinner dolphins and whales that can be spotted periodically during the year.


You'll be met upon arrival at Manele Harbor by your guides where your adventure begins!  Observe the unique ironwood forest on your way to the 'Garden of the Gods' - a stunning, natural red rock formation in the crater that often inspires visions of a visit to Mars.  


Next, travel to Shipwreck Beach, where the breath-taking views of Moloka'i are interrupted only by the shipwreck towering just offshore.  Your guides are experienced naturalists who know the terrain, flora, and fauna and share with you interesting stories and legends throughout your 3.5 hour 4x4 trek around Lana'i.  A modest, deli-style lunch is served en route.


Return to Lana'i Harbor and re-board the public ferry.  45 minutes later, you arrive back at Lahaina pier, disembark the ferry, and walk back to the awaiting ship


Please note:  This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves a moderate amount of walking and off-road driving over unpaved surfaces. The ride can be very bumpy at times.  Therefore this tour is recommended only to guests in good physical condition and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, may be pregnant, or suffer from back or neck problems.  Wear comfortable clothing, hiking or tennis shoes, and bring sun and insect protection.  Actual 4x4 Trekker tour on Lana'i is 3.5 hours in duration.  Guests will take the regularly scheduled public ferry at 9.15am from Lahaina Harbour returning at 2pm from Lanai.  Check-in is 15 minutes prior to departure and the ferry is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Lunch is served before noon.

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Take your visit to Hilo to new heights during this memorable half-day journey through picturesque Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Established in 1916, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is quite possibly the most dramatic of all U.S. national parks. It comprises two volcanoes, a desert, arctic tundra, and a rainforest. The park encompasses 333,000 acres (134,760 hectares) and stretches from sea level to a height of 13,677 feet (4,169 metres) at Mauna Loa's summit. Its smaller cousin, Kilauea, is the world's most active volcano, and offers panoramic views of dramatic landscapes.  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Hawaii's only UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Volcanoes National Park

Depart the pier in Hilo for the one-hour drive south towards Volcanoes National Park. En route, your guide will share personal stories of living with an active volcano in close proximity. Today's visit of this famous park reveals some of its amazing sights, from unique volcanic formations to dramatic landscapes.


Crater Rim Drive

Drive through the 11-mile (18-kilometre) Crater Rim that circles Kilauea's summit caldera and craters.  Frequent stops allow you to experience first-hand the wonder and unique beauty of Hawaii's volcanoes.  View smooth (pahoehoe) and jagged lava (a'a), lava tubes, sulphur banks and bleak desert areas.  


Thomas A. Jagger Museum

While riding along the caldera's rim, a stop is made at the Thomas A. Jagger Museum. Established in 1912, the museum features videos of volcanic eruptions, geologic displays, working seismic equipment relating to the volcano's eruptions, and an adjacent observatory (not open to the public).  There are spectacular overlooks into Kilauea Caldera and Halema'uma'u Crater.  Oval-shaped Kilauea Caldera is 2-2.5 miles (3.2-4 kilometres) across, depending on where you stand, and it is about 400 feet (121 metres) deep in some places.  Within this caldera is Halema'uma'u Crater.  Here you can smell brimstone (an old-fashioned name for sulphur) and hear steam hissing out of fissures in the rock.  Enjoy the views and photo opportunities of the caldera below before continuing along Crater Rim Drive.


Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory

After leaving the park, visit the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory.  You will have approximately 30-minutes to browse the gift shop or visit the snack bar before re-joining the coach for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note:  This tour involves mostly driving, with brief periods of minimal walking. Volcano area is known for being cool and wet.  Bring a light jacket and an umbrella.  Guests should wear good walking shoes as the ground may be uneven at the photo stops.  Remember to bring your camera.  Although guests visit a volcanic area, molten lava will not been seen.   The order of the sight seen may vary.   Bring local currency for any purchases; credit cards are accepted.

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Experience the unique natural beauty of one of Hawaii's most spectacular sites during this exciting helicopter tour of the legendary Kilauea volcano.


The 'Big Island' is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands and remains in a stage of constant creation due to the constant flow of hot lava from the Kilauea Volcano into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Whilst a trip to the Volcano National Park is a fascinating experience, it is only from the air that the dramatic lava spills blocked off to foot and vehicular traffic can be viewed.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Hilo Airport. After a safety briefing, head to the departure pad and board your state-of-the-art helicopter for approximately 45 minutes of spectacular aerial sightseeing.


Your expert pilot is also a State of Hawaii certified tour guide, and with the helicopter's two-way communication between pilot and guests, your exploration of Madame Pele's spectacular, fiery wonders can be a powerful learning experience. Tour emphasis is on the most current areas of volcanic activity. Search out lava flows and view black-sand beaches, lush tropical rain forests and small cascading waterfalls while being enriched with fascinating facts about the history and culture of Hawaii.


At the conclusion of your flight, the helicopter returns to Hilo Airport. A personalised video/DVD is available for purchase before your transfer vehicle returns you to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking with steps to get in and out of the coach and helicopter.  It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to manoeuvre the steps. This tour operates in a 6-passenger, air-conditioned Super ASTAR helicopter with large windows for exceptional viewing. A minimum/maximum of six guests is required for exclusive use of the helicopter and the price is per person. Seat assignment will be made according to weight and is at the discretion of the pilot. Not all seats are adjacent to a window. Guests weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms/17.8 stone) and over may be required to purchase an extra seat at a 50% discount on the tour price; empty seat purchase is required to safely balance the aircraft. Guests and personal belongings will be weighed upon check-in. A manifest with guest's names and weights must be provided by the Shore Concierge Manager prior to arrival in Hilo.  Tour routes and sights visited may vary according to wind and weather conditions, and minimum participation requirements being met.  Volcanic activity varies hourly; the flight time is approximately 45 minutes.  This tour may be cancelled on short notice. Vehicle type can change. Guests wishing to purchase a DVD should bring local currency or a credit card.

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Discover why Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is often acclaimed by visitors as 'the most beautiful area in Hawaii' during this half-day tour.


Meet your driver on the pier and board an air-conditioned van for the journey through Liliuokalani Garden and Banyan Drive.  Listen as your local guide takes you on a scenic and narrated tour through Hilo's Japanese Garden, the Hilo Bay waterfront and the lush Hamakua Coast to The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.


At the Garden, a map is provided to help you enjoy 1.5 hours of exploring on your own, photographing or simply relaxing amid the beauty.  The Garden was created and designed by one man, Dan Lutkenhouse This tropical rainforest, with its waterfalls, meandering streams and rugged ocean coastline, is home to colourful 'Sexy Pink' and 'Lobster Claw' Heliconia, mysterious 'Bat plants', Giant Anthuriums, exotic Gingers, and more than 2,500 species of  tropical flowers, fruits and plants collected from many parts of the world.  The open-air Orchid Garden displays orchids growing in their natural environment.  It is one of the largest orchid displays in any Botanical Garden, the brilliant variety of colourful orchids are a treat for everyone.  


Walk the spiritual Palm Jungle, enchanted by a Cathedral of Alexandra Palm trees towering over you, which opens up to a hidden three-tier waterfall.  Admire the natural beauty while gazing at Onomea Falls.  A new, state-of-the-art Bird House is home to the Garden's eight colourful Macaws and Lily Lake teems with koi and aquatic plants.  The beautiful ocean views beckon every visitor to sit and enjoy the serene atmosphere.  This is the only Botanical Garden in the world situated on the ocean.  


Following your self-exploration of this amazing garden, re-join your van for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking with a steep 500-foot (152.4-metre) long entrance boardwalk to negotiate. Guests should be able to walk trails that total more than one mile (1.6 kilometres). Some walking over damp and slippery surfaces require guests use extra caution.  This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Those with limited mobility may not be able to explore the gardens fully.  Guests should wear seasonal clothing, sun protection, and comfortable walking shoes. Please remember to bring your camera.  Guests wishing to purchase items crafted by local artisans should bring local currency or credit cards.

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Enjoy an overview of Hilo during this easy two-hour panoramic drive to some of the area highlights.  Meet your guide on the pier and embark the coach as your begin your exploration.


Liliuokalani Gardens

Learn about the Big Island of Hawaii and the Hilo area as you make your way to Liliuokalani Gardens.  A short drive allows you to see the beautiful foliage as your guide shares some information about the gardens and the tropical plants.  


Rainbow Falls

Next, head to Rainbow Falls to witness the resounding and deafening sound of the 80-foot (24-metre) waterfall as it rushes into a large pool below, almost 100 feet (31 metres) in width. The striking gorge is blanketed by lush, dense tropical foliage.


Shinmachi Memorial

After viewing the Falls, head back into Hilo to visit the Shinmachi Memorial erected in honour of the many residents of Hilo who lost their lives to the Tsunami of 1946.


King Kamehameha

The King Kamehameha Statue pays tribute to Hawaii's warrior king. Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian islands under one rule and set the stage for the kingdom's proud-but-turbulent monarchy period. Stop for photos at this beautiful 14-foot (4.3-metre), five-ton (4.5-tonne) gold statue of King Kamehameha.  


Return to the pier at the conclusion of your drive.

Please note:  This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair, able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance.  There will be short stops for photos at Rainbow Falls, Shinmachi Memorial and King Kamehameha statue. Guests may view these sites without disembarking coach.  We suggest you dress in seasonal attire and wear sun protection.  The order of sites visited may vary.

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Treat yourself to an exhilarating ride of a lifetime. Experience a volcano up-close as you pedal your 21-speed mountain bike through plush rainforest and lava frozen in time during this full-day Silver Shore Expedition bicycling adventure.


Your day begins with a scenic, narrated drive from the pier to the Visitor's Centre at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, by way of the famous Banyan Drive and Lili'uokalani Gardens in Hilo. This cycling adventure is an eight-mile (13-kilometre) ride on paved roads around the crater rim. It consists of mostly level terrain with a couple of small uphill sections. Along with the cycling portion, a hike through a rainforest leads you directly through a lava tube. Re-energise with fresh fruit, macadamia nuts, and other assorted snacks along the route. During the frequent stops along the way your guide shares with you the history and geology of the area - an exciting and active way to spend the day at the volcano.


After your ride, stop at the Jagger Museum to view videos of the volcano erupting.  The Jagger Museum is also home to many seismographs, which monitor every twitch of the earth. Embrace this natural wonder that was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.


An hour's drive returns you to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of activity and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Participants must be in good physical condition and free of respiratory problems. Elevation is 4000 feet (1219 metres).  Wear comfortable clothing in layers, sunscreen, and covered shoes.  Bring a camera, sunglasses and a hat.  All guests must wear the helmet provided. Tour vans will follow tour during the bike ride; cameras and other personal belongings may be left in the van if you wish. You may also rack your bike and ride along in the van with the guide during any portion of the tour. Participants must be at least 12 years old, 54' (138 centimetres) tall and comfortable riding a bike. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Natural sulphur gases may affect those with respiratory problems.  You will not see molten lava. Tour itinerary may change due to weather or volcanic activity; it will operate in rain conditions.  Bike, helmet, gloves, rain jacket and souvenir water bottle are provided.  

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Volcanoes National Park is Hawaii's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the road less travelled and explore Kilauea Volcano in a unique and memorable way at a 4000-foot (1219-metre) elevation on this Silver Shore Expedition hike.

  

Volcanoes National Park

Depart the pier in Hilo by van for a one-hour drive towards Volcanoes National Park. Upon arrival to the park, an experienced guide will take you on a five-mile (eight-kilometre) hike through lush rainforest known for native birds, incredible foliage and a crater floor that erupted only 50 years ago. This hike takes you up and down the crater walls by way of switchback trails and then covers the expanse of the crater floor.  It is an amazing way to 'feel the heat' of an active volcano below your feet.  Witness the explosive power of Halema'uma'u Crater and walk across new lava formations to actually see the rebirth of the native Hawaiian rainforest in its first stages of life.


Jagger Museum

Experience a stop at the Jagger Museum with its real time seismographs, eruption footage and beautiful displays of lava and Hawaiian geology.


Thurston Lava Tube

Stop at Thurston Lava Tubes for a quick picnic before heading through the famous Thurston Lava Tube on this one of a kind adventure at the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.


Return to the van for the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour requires an extensive amount of walking; there are approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres) of strenuous hiking.   The terrain consists of dirt paths and uneven surfaces.  This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition only, and is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair.  Due to the natural sulphur gases this tour may affect those with respiratory problems.  Guests must be at least 12 years of age; those under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.  Wear comfortable clothing in layers, a light jacket, flat closed-toe walking or hiking shoes (required), and bring a camera, sunglasses, hat, and binoculars from the ship.  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions or volcanic activity.  Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Experience an 'insider's look' at Hawaiian lifestyles on this half-day tour with a 'progressive' brunch.


Depart the pier for your visit to three Kama'aina (local-style) residences.  This tour offers an exclusive insight into life beyond the main streets, hotels, shops and luaus.  Get a glimpse into island life through private homes and gardens. Take a peek at various island living accommodations, whether mauka (mountainside) or makai (ocean side). Listen as your guide shares the stories and history of life on the Big Island as well as interesting local trivia and detailed information about each home.  The three homes visited have been selected to give you the best 'taste of Hawaii lifestyle'.


Brunch today is served 'progressive'-style, with a course offered at each home.  The dishes offered showcase fresh and local ingredients. Watch a fresh Hawaiian fruit demonstration at one home.


After your behind the scenes look at local life, the van returns you to the pier.

        

Please note:  This tour requires a moderate amount of walking at each home, including the climbing of stairs.  The private homes visited are not accessible to those who utilise a walker or wheelchair.  Wear comfortable shoes that slip on and off easily as it is customary for guests to remove shoes before entering an island home.  Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate.  Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Experience the fame and flavour of the City of Angels during this tour that end at the airport.


Stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafés along Olvera Street before continuing by coach on a scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Here, you have ample time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars before visiting the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Olvera Street

Depart the pier by coach and pass by the Los Angeles Coliseum; the University of California; the Museum of Natural History and through the downtown area of L.A en route to Olvera Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.  Here you will have a brief amount of time to stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafes.  


Grauman's Chinese Theater

Continue your scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater were you have time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars.   Then continue on to the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Farmers Market

The Farmers Market has over 85 shops and restaurants plus an awesome display of fruits and vegetables enjoyed by locals, tourists and Hollywood Stars alike.   This tour will end at the Los Angeles Pier.


Please note:  This tour is suitable for guests continuing on to the next voyage. Guests should dress in comfortable, seasonal clothing wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  Your luggage will be transported on the tour coach in the luggage compartment.  Tour route and duration are subject to change based on local traffic conditions.

Excursions

Experience the fame and flavour of the City of Angels during this tour that end at the airport.


Stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafés along Olvera Street before continuing by coach on a scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Here, you have ample time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars before visiting the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Olvera Street

Depart the pier by coach and pass by the Los Angeles Coliseum; the University of California; the Museum of Natural History and through the downtown area of L.A en route to Olvera Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.  Here you will have a brief amount of time to stroll through the Mexican handicraft shops and cafes.  


Grauman's Chinese Theater

Continue your scenic drive through Hollywood's Sunset Blvd to the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater were you have time to snap some photos of the hand and footprints of famous movie stars.   Then continue on to the original Farmers Market to shop, explore and enjoy lunch on your own.  


Farmers Market

The Farmers Market has over 85 shops and restaurants plus an awesome display of fruits and vegetables enjoyed by locals, tourists and Hollywood Stars alike.   This tour will end at the Los Angeles International Airport.


Please note:  This tour is suitable for guests departing from Los Angeles International Airport on domestic flights after 4:30pm and international flights after 5:30pm. Guests should dress in comfortable, seasonal clothing wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection.  A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.  Your luggage will be transported on the tour coach in the luggage compartment.  Tour route and duration are subject to change based on local traffic conditions.

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