Overall the tour was very fun. I learned new information all while enjoying a tropical paradise. The weather was awesome the whole trip and our tour guide really connected with the students and helped make the trip a whole lot better. We had many picky eaters in our group and with a lot of shortened menu's for larger groups, some kids(15-17) were not satisfied. As for the hotels, they were great except for the small double beds and a bad breakfast and dinner at one of our hotels. During our tour, the volcano was active so we did not get to go to the Volcanoes National Park which was something that was looked forward to. In substitution we went on a few hikes which made up for it(almost).
Mels / Student traveler New York / Posted on August 05, 2018
To be concise, the hotels were great, the tour director was great, and the buses were of good quality. The flights were awful - we were booked on United where students were charged for checked bags, no complimentary food was provided on flights, and we had a too short layover that left us literally running through the airport. We were warned about the checked bag charge, we were not warned that there would be no food on the flight. The itinerary left much to be desired. Over the course of two days, students had eight hours of free time in Waikiki - far more than needed and far more than I, the chaperone, was comfortable with. Pearl Harbor and Polynesian Cultural Center days were great. Meals were acceptable. On the Waikiki Beach day, we did not want to go to the beach again because students already spent their free time there. We instead paid out of pocket to go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay - everyone's favorite part of the trip, but regrettably one that EF was not a part of. We did the Big Island extension. EF did their best to work around the volcano eruption and I have no complaints there. If you are looking to 'see' and get an overview of Hawaii, this works. If you are looking for a highly educational trip, this is not it.
RepeatLeader / Group leader Bethel, CT / Posted on July 27, 2018
Tour good, transportation messed up
I would recommend this tour with some reservations. The tour of Maui and the Polynesian Cultural Center were great. The tour guide was very informative and good-natured. That said, we had a pretty horrible experience in getting to Hawaii at all. Long story, but basically, one of our party was not assigned a seat and was instead placed on the "overbooked" list and ended up on a flight 5 hours behind the rest of our group. Our hotel room was not part of a block with the rest of our group, either. This being our fourth experience with EF Explore America, we were surprised and disappointed, especially when no one with the company seemed very concerned about this snafu.
Lark / Adult traveler San Antonio, TX / Posted on July 25, 2018
Loved pearl harbor very interesting .the Polynesian culture village wished we had more time there the breath of life show was amazing.enjoyed the whole experience but those were my favorite.our your guide was excellent
Vickey / Adult traveler Waldron,ark / Posted on July 12, 2018
Wonderful, breath taking and amazing
This was our first time to go to Hawaii. We had an amazing time! The tour guide was wonderful and knew his stuff! The sunsets was beautiful on the Waikiki beach. The deep emotions you felt when you stepped onto USS Arizona and the Diamond Head, brought to life all the history, we had taught. We had never seen so much shaking going on like to dancers at the Polynesian Cultural Center and the dinner cruise. Over all I would recommend this trip highly! IT WAS A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!!!!!!!!!!!
KKatt / Group leader Waldron, AR / Posted on July 11, 2018
I took this trip to spend time with my grandson and did not have high expectations, but to my surprise I found myself enjoying the trip. I felt it was a very good experience for myself and my grandson.
Headshrink / Adult traveler Alpine, Al / Posted on July 06, 2018
A Dazzling Experience
The Tour Director was wonderful. The trip was a terrific experience because our TD really knew his material and took the time to get to know the students individually.
DiamondHead / Group leader Columbus, Ohio / Posted on June 25, 2018
A Journey To An Adventure
The overall experience was great ! It was a relaxing trip. All the activities that we did was fun and historical. Our American tour was a nice person. I like him very much. Our tour guide was a funny person who show us many things. Not just that he/she knew what they were doing.
Marry / Student traveler Posted on June 19, 2018
From the greeting with Leis at the airport, with buses ready, a lovely hotel with Delicious breakfasts, to days of interesting, informative, beautiful and Fun sites, I couldn't have hoped for better!
Lizabelle / Adult traveler NYC / Posted on July 17, 2017
Flags for fallen
This was a great trip! Our tour guide "cousin Billy" was such a treat. He was very informative about the cultural experiences the kids & chaperones experienced during our stay. He really knows how to connect with the kids and engage them in their learning experience. This was my first trip to HI and I feel bless to have had the opportunity to experience it on this tour.
MPCF / Adult traveler Chippewa Falls, WI / Posted on July 07, 2017