TEEN ADVENTURE TRAVEL

DETAILS & HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION

14

DATES

July 7 – July 20, 2020 Available

July 23 – Aug 5, 2020 Available

ARRIVE / DEPART

Honolulu, HI

AGES

13 – 16

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Travel to Hawaii And Kauai
  • Hike The Pololū Valley
  • Get SCUBA Open Water Certified
  • Snorkel With Manta Rays
  • Surf Kauai’s North Shore
  • Paddle Traditional Outrigger Canoes
  • Hike The Na Pali Coast
  • Habitat Restoration Project
TUITION

$4,995

* All Inclusive

Hawaii . Kauai – 14 DAY

Over the course of our 14-day Hawaii teen tours, you will get SCUBA certified, learn how to surf, night snorkel with manta rays, hike the Na Pali Coast, and volunteer on a service project with a local non profit. You’ll also camp on Hawaii’s best beaches, swim at Hanakapiai falls, explore ancient Hawaiian temples, eat a lot of Hawaiian shave ice, and so much more! No experience required.

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Explore The Pololū Valley

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Explore The Pololū Valley

Off the beaten path we’ll hike into the picturesque Pololū Valley on the Big Island’s Northern coast. As we hike down the valley trail we’ll be treated to some of the best views of sheer cliffs and lush rolling valley hills. Once at the bottom we’ll cross the valley floor and passing by black sand beaches, waterfalls and wild tropical fruit trees.

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Explore The Pololū Valley

Explore The Pololū Valley

Off the beaten path we’ll hike into the picturesque Pololū Valley on the Big Island’s Northern coast. As we hike down the valley trail we’ll be treated to some of the best views of sheer cliffs and lush rolling valley hills. Once at the bottom we’ll cross the valley floor and passing by black sand beaches, waterfalls and wild tropical fruit trees.

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Padi Open Water Scuba Certification

Padi Open Water Scuba Certification

Get PADI open water SCUBA certified! This 4-day course starts with the basic principles of SCUBA diving and takes you step-by-step from the classroom to the dive pool to the ocean. Taking your first breaths underwater is an incredible experience and opens up a whole new world with manta rays, sea turtles, frogfish, and so much MORE! PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest diver training organization. This certification is valid all over the world. Once certified, you’re certified for life! Already certified? Awesome! You will get to explore even more of this amazing island with 2 days of boat dives. Everyone will dive together in the ocean for the 3rd and 4th day.  

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Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Manta Ray Night Snorkel

A late afternoon boat ride along the Kona coast takes you to the Manta Ray viewing site. Slip into the water with your snorkel guide and float above majestic manta rays as they somersault, glide, and pivot in the beam of your underwater light. Manta Rays are filter feeders and feed on plankton attracted to light. They have very large mouths, but no sharp teeth. Manta Rays do not have tail stingers. This truly is an unforgettable experience.

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Sea Kayak Hanalei Bay

Sea Kayak Hanalei Bay

Snorkel our favorite spot in all of Hawaii; Kealakekua Bay. This area was settled over a thousand years ago and the surrounding area contains many archeological and historical sites including religious temples. The bay is a marine life conservation district teeming with colorful fish and beautiful coral. We'll swim, snorkel, take awesome pictures, and learn about the history of this fascinating place!

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Surf Kauai’s North Shore

Surf Kauai’s North Shore

Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing, so there’s no better place to take some surf lessons and try your hand at the “sport of kings.” Our professional surf instructors teach ocean safety, technique, and surf communication. After 2 days of surfing YOU WILL be riding waves.

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Hike The Napali Coast

Hike The Napali Coast

Rated one of the top 15 hikes in the world. We will hike along the world renowned NaPali coast. This area is known for its dramatic landscape, with cliffs up to 3,000-feet tall, lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and sea caves below. We hike out to Hanakapiai beach for a rest stop and then up to Hanakapiai falls for lunch and an invigorating dip in its refreshing waters.

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Service Project

Service Project

As part of our commitment to responsible travel, Wild Traveler leaders and teens volunteer with a local non-profit, where we harvest taro in the lo’i (taro ponds) and learn how to prepare the traditional Hawaiian staple, poi. Participants also help with a watershed restoration project that The Wild Traveler has supported since 2010. We plant native trees, such as the endangered Koa, and remove invasive plant species throughout the watershed. During our service project we learn about Hawaiian culture and the history of the area. By the end of your teen tour you will have accumulated 8 hours of satisfying community service!

DAYS

ITINERARY

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01

And so the adventure begins

Our Hawaii teen trip begins at Honolulu International Airport, where trip leaders greet you right off the plane. We then take a quick 30-minute flight to The Big Island where our summer adventure officially begins. We pack the van, head to a nearby beachside campground, and enjoy our first dinner together as a group. We spend the rest of the evening going over trip rules, playing “get-to-know-you“ games, and becoming familiar with the group gear and camping equipment before setting up our tents and getting some well deserved rest.

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Exploring Pololū Valley

After breakfast, we load the van and drive to Pololū Valley. Along the way we stop at The Wild Traveler’s favorite Big Island beach park for lunch and a swim in Hawaii’s crystal clear waters. We’ll pack a lunch and hike into the picturesque Pololū Valley on the Big Island’s Northern coast. As we hike down the valley trail we’ll be treated to some of the best views of sheer cliffs and lush rolling valley hills. Once at the bottom we’ll cross the valley floor and passing by black sand beaches, waterfalls and wild tropical fruit trees.

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Big Island

Next, our teen adventure tour takes us to the historic town of Hilo for an authentic taste of The Big Island. We’ll have a chance to walk through the farmers’ market, bursting with freshly picked tropical fruits (dragon fruit, lychee, breadfruit, noni, durian, and more!) Have an adventurous palate? You’ll have a chance to try them all! After exploring Hilo we stop at some of Hawaii’s most important cultural landmarks, such as the Naha Stone, Pu’kohola Heiau (an ancient Hawaiian temple), and Puuhonua O Honaunau – Hawaii’s best-preserved City of Refuge. We stop along the way to visit Akaka Falls and to swim at beautiful Hapuna Beach. We set up camp at our beachside campground in time for a sunset dinner, and close the day with a SCUBA study session before the start of our SCUBA course tomorrow.

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TESTIMONIALS

The biggest thing i learned was how to co-exist with other people and work together.”

Russell, age 14

This trip definitely exceeded any of my expectations, although I had a different idea in my head on how it was gonna be it was way better than anything I could have imagined.”

Lexey, age 14

This trip exceeded my expectations it was much more beautiful and adventurous then I thought t would be and I LOVE that.”

Sophie, age 14

Seeing the lava flowing into the ocean is a memory I will never forget. Pictures will not help me remember it as much as my memory will.”

Daniel, age 14

I gained lifelong friends, a PADI SCUBA certification, and a new love for surfing. I had an amazing trip and wonderful time!”

Anne, age 14

The activities were so much fun and I truly enjoyed getting the opportunity to do such amazing things!”

Talia, age 14

I signed up for the trip just looking to spend some relaxing time in Hawaii and I got SO much more.”

Bruce, age 14

I definitely gained independence, confidence, and being able to be close with people I didn’t know before.”

Taegan, age 14

Getting SCUBA certified was AMAZING! It was definitely worth every second and Jack’s Diving Locker was perfect.”

Charlie, age 14

It was incredible taking my first breath underwater and it’s something I will keep with me forever. It was so fun and memorable and just amazing!”

Remi, age 14
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PACK LIST

Getting your gear together as you get ready for your trip can be exciting. All of the items listed in the PDF are important and will be used during our trip, so please pack everything on the list. With that in mind, please resist bringing additional items, because space is limited. You can find examples of items on our Gear Recommendations page.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding our Hawaii . Kauai teen adventure. Have additional questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

01.WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

You sleep in a tent each night on our teen tours. The group stays in national parks, county parks, and private beachside campgrounds. You will be with one or two other participants in a 3-person tent, with the option each night to sleep out on a tarp beneath the stars. Most of our sites are within a 30 second run (or a 1 minute walk) into the ocean. We camp in amazingly beautiful places – definitely a highlight of each trip. All campgrounds have full bathrooms with flush toilets, showers, sinks, running water, etc.

02.WHEN WILL I SHOWER?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

You have access to showers on all but one full day of our teen tours. All of our beachside campgrounds have running water, full bathrooms and showers available. Will you want to shower every day? Probably not, but you can if you want to! You’ll be in the ocean and freshwater pools often throughout your trip.

03.WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

You have access to showers on all but one full day of our teen tours. All of our beachside campgrounds have running water, full bathrooms and showers available. Will you want to shower every day? Probably not, but you can if you want to! You’ll be in the ocean and freshwater pools often throughout your trip.

04.WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

The Wild Traveler provides all of your gear for our teen trips except for a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and mask and snorkel. Check out your gear and clothing list specific to your trip. Please pack only the items on the list. Everything must be able to fit into your backpack and daypack. Space is limited.

05.WILL WE DO LAUNDRY DURING THE TRIP?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Yes. We will have access to washing machines during our trip.

06.WILL I BE ABLE TO CALL FAMILY DURING THE TEEN TOURS?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Yes. You have a chance to call your family as soon as you meet your Wild Traveler teen tour trip leaders at the arrival airport, again midway through your trip, and finally on departure day. You can also send and receive mail through the United States Postal Service throughout your trip. Your family can follow your adventure as it happens on our online travel log, updated every 2 to 3 days!

07.HOW IS THE FOOD?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Our food is great! Under the guidance of your leaders, cook groups made up of 3 or 4 participants choose meals from the Wild Traveler Cookbook or cook up a favorite recipe from home. You and your cook group shop at grocery stores and farmers markets. Our meals are nutritionally balanced, plentiful, tasty, and offer plenty of options. We will have snacks available throughout each day. We have no problem accommodating vegetarian diets. Any other dietary restrictions need to be approved by our office staff prior to your trip.

08.HOW DO WE TRAVEL?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

During the teen tour you will ride in mini vans with luggage racks. We consider driving the most dangerous activity, and therefore keep road time to a minimum. The Wild Traveler leaders have clean driving records and experience driving passenger vans. We also take three Hawaiian Airlines inter-island flights (ranging from 30 to 45 minutes each) together as a group. Traveling together is often a big highlight!

09.WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Teens leave our teen tours with some of the strongest friendships ever. Living in close quarters with fun, like minded individuals, while sharing the experience of a lifetime – Not only will you make new friends – these friends will last.

10.WHAT WILL GROUPS BE LIKE?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Our teen tours bring together 8-12 enthusiastic, positive, fun individuals (like yourself) ready for the experience of a lifetime. They come from all over the country, and other parts of the world as well. Our groups are created with attention to age and gender balance, in order to ensure the best possible individual and group experience. Your group is led by two or three experienced and knowledgeable Wild Travelers. (Learn more about us under the tab “our leaders“)

11.WHAT WILL OUR DAYS BE LIKE?
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

Each day of our teen tours are fully scheduled with a variety of fun and adventurous activities, including kayaking, hiking, SCUBA diving, community service projects, surfing, AND MORE. Check out the Hawaii trip page for trip highlights and a day-to-day itinerary.