This privately guided green adventure to the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island) will open your eyes to an tropical paradise of Hawaii while earning up to 30 CE Units! Our creative learning expeditions allow you to gain all of your CE credits while experiencing the best the island has to offer.
Activity Level: Challenging
Hi Fitness level is required. You should be able to jog for at least a 1 mile without stopping, and Balance on one leg for at least 60 seconds. There will be a fitness test before being allowed to join for a number of our adventures on this trip.
Altruism Index: 2
We will spend 1 to 2 hours working on a social project changing peoples lives and supporting the eco system.
Service Level: Upgraded
We stay in private Villa with all inclusive meals and drinks. Our chef creates hand crafted meals from scratch each day and we have private van transportation
Group Size: Min 6 pax, Max 11 pax
Our group size will remain intimate allowing us to move swiftly, have more interaction with your guide, and tailor experiences to your specific interests.
Travel Experiece: mixed bag
Gourmet dining with a private chef and lounging at beaches is complimented by adventurous hikes into wild waterfalls
Jud Yaski is an adventure veteran with over 22 years of international travel, extreme sports, and corporate hospitality under his belt. Jud has traveled through Cambodia for the last 10 years. His love for this country and its peoples, along with inside knowledge of this magical place are reflected in the extraordinary adventures he will be sharing with you.
Steve Juba has over 5 years of experience leading and escorting tours. Steve’s passion for travel, adventure, and his interest in the people he guides shines through on each journey. His attention to detail, kind demeanor, and ability to adapt to any situation make him an excellent travel planner and adventure leader.
Days 1-3. Gourmet meals, learn to sail along dolphins, harvest exotic fruits and give to charity . . all while earning your continuing education credits along the way. Amazing? We think so, too!
Kona, HI, USA
Arrive in Kona!
Kohala, HI, USA
Explore the North Kohala organic farms
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
After being escorted from the Kona Airport to the villas, you will be greeted in our luxury homes with a tropical welcome drink and our chef’s famous Papaya chicken salad! Once you are settled, you will be set up with our interactive CE course and you can breeze through the first 2 units in style. Get ready for your first amazing view of a Hawaiian sunset from our beautiful lanai (patio). Tonight we’ll have a delicious welcome dinner prepared with local Hawaiian ingredients. Drinks are on us!
In the morning we’ll have a hearty breakfast and then go over our itinerary for the week. After some interesting education and 4 more units completed as a group from the comfort of the couches in the living room, we will head off for an exciting morning of sailing. At the Sailing Regatta we’ll have the opportunity to learn to sail, and for those not interested in learning, enjoy a leisurely sail boat ride on a 30’ yacht. You very well may even see some spinner dolphins!
The costs of this service (included) will help support the local sailing program for Hawaiian children. After sailing, we will get any last minute shopping in, then head back to the villas to freshen up for our “Welcome to Hawaii BBQ!”, featuring local beef and fresh caught Tuna. (vegitarian options available too). Post dinner, we will have a brief 2 unit course and online testing, then to bed or evening conversations over a tropical drink.
Hike & Harvest
Today is going to be special. After a hearty breakfast and 3 units of group CE classes, we’ll head off to North Kohala to visit a nonprofit, bio-diverse, sustainable farm. During the ride there, you will bring your worksheet and your smartphone for our podcast program, and we will complete another easy 1 unit. Once we arrive, we will learn about farming practices that have the potential to literally save the earth while harvesting some amazing organic vegetables. After putting in a little time in garden, we will enjoy a locally sourced meal prepared with love from the volunteers at the farm. We will then take a short hike through this private reserve, witnessing a variety of flora and fauna. After this enriching experience we’ll head to a scenic lookout and beach that is truly incredible: Pololu Valley is a great place for stunning photography. As the day comes to an end we’ll polish off another 1 unit audio course on the drive back, arriving home just in time for a delicious dinner. For those who took a nap on the ride home there will be time to complete the course after dinner if needed.
Days 4-7. Swim with turtles, discover hidden beaches, sacred valleys, and view the sunset from atop the tallest mountain on earth!
Kīholo Bay, North Kona, HI, USA
Waipio Valley, Hawaii, USA
See the black sand beaches!
Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii, USA
We will get to explore lava tubes, thermal pools and Turtle beach.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA
We will get to hike the tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea.
After breakfast and a quick 2 unit group course, we’re off to Kiholo Bay this morning to explore this magical secluded lagoon filled with sea turtles. To get to the bay we will hike 1 mile along lava rocks and across a black sand beach. From here we will do a water safari 250 ft across the lagoon to the island filled with sea turtles. We can eat our lunch, relax, and snorkel with the turtles all afternoon. The lagoon area is also perfect for exploring by foot. Amazing photography opportunities here! At the end of the day, we will head back to the villas for a nap. Another interactive course and 4 more units checked off the list tonight! Amazing food will await us as we enjoy another spectacular sunset.
Today is an epic day! The morning begins with an interactive 3 unit course. Next, we will pack our smartphones and workbook with an on the go lesson (1 unit), as we travel to arguably the most beautiful place in all of Hawaii: Waipio Valley. Before we make it to this stunning valley, cut into the tropical Kohala Coast, we’ll stop in Honokaa. This quaint town has some wonderful art stores, antiques, and is a must stop on any Hawaii itinerary. Upon arrival at Waipio, we’ll take some awesome pictures, enjoy a hot, freshly prepared local style lunch and then embark down the windy road to the valley floor. From here the group can split up and will have the option of a short flat walk to the most beautiful black sand beach in all of Hawaii OR further into the lush, tropical valley. Enjoy another 2 unit course on the way back. Another tasty dinner awaits back in Kona for us.
Optional Tour: Get a full tour of the Valley with a local guide in an opened windowed 4x4 Van. He will tell you the lore of this ancient valley, feed you the in-season edible fruits and flowers in this valley, and take you deep into this magical land, driving through rivers and by tarot fields. It also offers the advantage of a ride down the very steep hill if your knees are not good or you prefer to limit the strain: $87 per person
Into the Crater!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After a fresh island breakfast we’ll make our packed lunches for the day from a sandwich bar that will be waiting for us, and head on our way to Volcano National park. On the way, you will have time to complete a one-unit podcast course. We’ll visit the Sweet Bread Bakery for a sampling of this delicious Big Island specialty. From here we go to one of the Big Island’s famous black sand beaches, known as Turtle Beach. The name says it all. We almost always see some beautiful sea turtles resting by the tides. Our next stop is Volcano National Park for a tasty picnic before embarking on the coolest hike in Hawaii. We’ll start on a short walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. This famous, very large lava cave formed when underground lava flows through the earth and into the ocean. After our warm-up lava tube walk, we’ll head on to the crater hike. This is an awesome 4-mile moderate trek down through a tropical jungle and across a massive volcanic crater. Great views and awesome picture ops throughout this dormant crater floor full of steam vents and lava bridges! If we have enough time on the hike we will top the day off in warm thermal pools overlooking the ocean! Dinner will be at a local restaurant on the way back to our villas.
Tropical Beaches & Top of the World
A trip to the Big Island isn’t complete without a one of kind beach hopping day. After our last 2 hour group course and 1 more hour for open study for those who might have missed a unit along the way, we’ll take you to the most famous & hidden beaches in Waikoloa, the warmest and sunniest area on the whole island. Fine, white sand beaches and awesome snorkeling await. In the afternoon, we’ll head on to Hawaii’s largest volcano to see the sunset. Mauna Kea is 14,000 feet tall and anyone who has seen the sunset here will tell you it’s an absolute must when coming to the Big Island. After lounging in 85 degree weather all day we may even get to see snow at the top of the volcano! The temperature at the top can range from 25-40 degrees Fahrenheit! Don’t forget your camera’s as you will certainly get some keepers up here. After the sun goes down we’ll do a little stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center before heading back to our accommodations for a delicious dinner.
Today we bid farewell to the magical island of Hawaii. Feel free to enjoy our wonderful home, eat and drink all you want and enjoy some farewell time with your new friends until it’s time for your flight. If you have an evening flight you could also grab a taxi to downtown Kona for shopping, dining, and more beaches. We’ll transfer you to the Kona airport, just 10 minutes from our luxury homes, for your departure flight home. Thank you for joining us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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“This was seriously was the best group I’ve ever had the privilege of traveling with. I can’t say enough good things about D:E. Looking for the right company? You’ve found it!”
I had a great time this past week and want to thank you for all the work you and Jud and Joe did in planning the adventure. Your willingness to change plans and be so accommodating made the trip extra special for me. And of course, the humor. What can I say? I felt like we were all part of a close family. I have told several people about Destination Earth and hope they will contact you. Thanks again, Kathy
Jud and Steve did a fabulous job on my recent tour with them to Myanmar and Sumatra. They really listen carefully to our desires and are open to making any adjustments in their planned itinerary to give everybody everything they want to experience. For example, the main reason I signed up for the trip was to photograph the ancient temples in Bagan. Well, following a less than stellar sunset shoot at the temples on our last night due to weather, even though we were flying out about 10 AM the next morning, they scrambled and put together a sunrise shoot that turned out to be mind blowing incredible! I’m so thankful for that 🙏🏻 and it remains as one of my top two memories of the trip. All along the way we stayed very comfortably in great hotels and ate wonderful local food. So, thanks guys, we’ll definitely do it again!