SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 21, 2009) - The massive surf, sea breezes, tropical warmth and unique culture keep the islands of Hawaii ranked consistently among the most popular destinations for travelers booking their trip activities through Viator.com
. With more time to take a longer trip (school's almost out) and deals still out there on air travel and hotel rooms, now is a great time to make Hawaii that special getaway.
The team of travel experts at Viator.com has chosen a selection of experiences from among the nearly 200 pre-screened activities available throughout the islands to help inspire return visitors or first-timers to say aloha to places like Honolulu and Waikiki on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. Viator currently has a number of Hawaiian activities at discounted rates, but at the end of the day, it's all about leaving no lava stone unturned.
- Likely to Sell Out - 5% off - the Paradise Cove Luau (from $76 per person*) starts with a Mai Tai greeting and the delightful Shower of Flowers after which guests can participate in the Hukilau on the beach and learn net fishing techniques. Following dinner, award-winning performers entertain and amaze through song and dance.
- Kids go FREE - The USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Day Tour (from $57), takes travelers on a journey through U.S. history to the site of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri, the last battleship built by the US Navy. Right now, kids travel free with full paying adult.
- 10% off - Challenge every fear during the Oahu Shark Dive (from $60). Leave the shore for a shark cage for a date with the ocean's top predators including gray reef, Galapagos, sandbar and hammerhead varieties, or watch from onboard as they circle the boat!
- Early risers will enjoy the Diamond Head Crater Sunrise Small Group Adventure (from $28) led by a guide who provides an overview the crater's fascinating geology, history, archeology, flora and fauna overlooking the turquoise blue Pacific Ocean.
- Swimming with Dolphins at Sea Life Park Hawaii (from $96) in Waimanalo gets travelers up close and personal with dolphins. The Royal Swim includes a "foot push", the Swim Adventure offers a belly ride and the Encounter Program gives smaller children or those who want to stay in the shallow end the opportunity to interact as well.
THE BIG ISLAND
- Save $10 - Circle of Fire and Waterfalls Helicopter Tour (from $210) is a once-in-a-lifetime, 50-minute flight over lava flows, black sand beaches, tropical rain forests and waterfalls. There is no better way to experience the beauty and ferocity of Hawaii's active volcanoes than from the air.
- The Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu (from $241) gives travelers the opportunity to see the extraordinary volcanic landscape for themselves. This fully narrated adventure features a hike over lava flow and visits to Volcanoes National Park, the Jagger Museum, Volcano House and Kilauea Iki Crater.
- 5% off - Lava Legends and Legacies Luau on the Big Island (from $73) takes a journey through South Pacific legend and lore and includes an official lei greeting, a Pareo fashion show, the unearthing of the Jalua pua'a (roasted pork) and a spectacular all-you-can eat buffet and Polynesian spectacular.
- A true adventure - the Zip 'n Dip Expedition Kauai (from $145) lets travelers soar like birds on eight picturesque ziplines, cross a suspension bridge atop a waterfall, and spend an hour at an idyllic hidden swimming hole for lunch and fun.
- Na Pali and Ni' ihau "The Forbidden Island" Kauai Snorkel Cruise (from $190) aboard a 65 foot catamaran cruises along the majestic Napali coast en route to the "Forbidden Island" where snorkelers will enjoy some of the best underwater sites in all of Hawaii.
- Serious bicyclists can soak up the stunning scenery of the islands during the Maui Downhill Bike Ride (from $120). The nearly 30-mile ride that starts off with continental breakfast includes a ride down the slopes of Haleakala (the world's largest dormant volcano) all the way to the lush seaside plantation town of Paia.
- The ultimate full-day ocean adventure - Paddle, Snorkel and Learn to Surf - All in a Day on Maui (from $134) - includes paddling through Makena Bay, snorkeling over colorful reefs, and surfing Maui's ocean waves for two hours with a trained instructor.
For more information about these or any of Viator's more than 5,000 tours and activities around the world, visit Viator.com or for some travel inspiration, visit the Viator Travel Blog (travelblog.viator.com).
*Note - all prices are per person and are current at press time.
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