Hawaii Ski & Sun

Overview

Surf-washed beaches, balmy heat and world-class skiing, all on one holiday.

A tropical archipelago with golden sands, green peaks and simmering sunsets, Hawaii is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Here you can sunbathe and sip cocktails, try hula dancing and fire walking, or go jungle trekking and big wave surfing.

All our escapes are tailor-made to suit you, with a choice of several islands and ski resorts. Our most popular Ski & Sun combination is Whistler and Maui - you can travel here anytime but January or February are best for both the superb snow conditions and peak whale-watching season in Hawaii.

We’ll take care of all your holiday arrangements, from hotels and ski passes, to flights and transfers, putting everything together to create a seamless escape at the best price. Our specialist Andy has visited Hawaii several times and skied extensively in North America, so he’s full of advice and ideas.

To find out more, call Andy on 01273 224060 or email [email protected].

Maui

Maui

Romantic beaches and world-class watersports.

Hawaii’s second largest island, locals refer to Maui as 'no ka oi' meaning 'the best,’ and we’re inclined to agree. A true tropical paradise, it’s also the best island for watersports and outdoor adventures.

Simple pleasures like strolling hand in hand or watching the sun set become all the more romantic on Maui’s deserted sands and palm fringed coves. And you can laze all morning by the hotel pool or go hiking in bamboo forests, snorkelling with turtles or surfing on barrelling green waves. The island’s rich Polynesian culture is another highlight, and attending a traditional Hawaiian feast (a luau) is a must. If you visit in January or February, humpback whale sightings are almost always guaranteed.

Maui beach resorts - our pick

Maui’s oceanfront resorts are spread over four different areas. Each offers something unique, and has accommodation options for all budgets. For a truly unforgettable stay, ask us to book you an ocean view room, suite or cottage.

Kapalua - Near the island’s northwest tip, Kapula has a series of lava peninsulas, marine sanctuaries and quiet sandy coves.

Kaanapali - Maui’s largest resort area, with sweeping beaches as well as golf, shopping and restaurants/bars. Ideal if you want to be at the heart of it all.

Kihei - A relaxed and casual resort with six miles of beaches, plus good shops, galleries and lively nightlife.

Wailea - Charming and serene, with crescent-shaped beaches, Wailea has an excellent shopping and crafts centre, as well as upscale restaurants and the beautiful Four Seasons bar.

Activities in Maui

Surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing - From beginner waves and kitesurf spots, to some of the world’s most challenging breaks, Maui is world famous for watersports. Almost any sport is possible, at any level, so ask our team for advice. If you’re already an expert surfer, ‘Jaws’ on the north shore is the ultimate challenge, or a great place to watch the pros.

Sightseeing - Visit plantation towns, tour the historic district of Lahaina and see the biggest Buddha outside Asia. Stop at old Hawaiian churches, visit Maui's whaling museum, and marvel at the beautiful Lao Needle and West Maui Mountains.

Go to a luau - Attend a traditional Hawaiian feast with food, music, hula dancing and fire walking.

Drive the Hana Highway - Follow 56 miles of winding lava shoreline, passing beaches, plantation towns and waterfalls. Stop to dive into plunge pools and explore lush forests.

Swim and snorkel - Choose between more than 80 beaches along 120 miles of coastline. Each one different, the sands range from white and gold, to black and green, while snorkelling over the coral is simply stunning.

Whale watching - Gaze out from the shore or join a whale watching boat excursion. January and February are best for sightings.

Spas - Most hotels have superb spas, with treatments ranging from pedicures to full body massages in cabanas on the beach.

Eating out - All resort areas have an excellent range of restaurants and bars, whether you want fine dining or informal drinks and snacks. For a real treat, we particularly love Nick’s open air Fishmarket at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.

Oahu

Oahu

Culture, history and sun-drenched sands.

Oahu is Hawaii’s capital island and main tourist hub, with places like Honolulu and Waikiki made famous by the TV shows Magnum and Hawaii Five-O. You’d be right in thinking that this is the most commercialised island but it’s also one of the most diverse, with sheer cliffs and sweeping beaches, along with historic sites like Pearl Harbour.

The city of Honolulu buzzes with life, and Waikiki Beach (our favourite place for people-watching) is backed by high-rise hotels and framed by the volcanic ridge of Diamond Head. To escape the city, you could visit an offshore island, go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay, or brave the 15-foot waves at Waimea in the north. Superb public transport makes getting around easy, so it’s a great place to explore independently.

Oahu beach resorts - our pick

Most of Oahu’s accommodation is based in Honolulu and around Waikiki beach, though other options are available - just our team for more ideas and first-hand advice.

Honolulu - Hawaii’s capital is a fascinating place to soak up the local culture. There are lots of high-rise hotels with great city views, including a few good options by the beach.

Waikiki Beach - The heart of Honolulu’s tourist area, this is where most people stay when they come to Oahu. There’s a superb selection of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops, while the beach is great and the views from the high-rise hotels are stunning.

North Shore - A relaxed, remote and secluded part of the island, where big wave surfing championships are often hosted. Turtle Bay Resort is the best place to stay, with five miles of pristine beach.

Activities on Oahu

Sightseeing - Top of our list are: Pearl Harbour, the volcanic peak of Diamond Head and the former royal palace of Iolani.

Go to a luau - Attend a traditional Hawaiian feast with food, music, hula dancing and fire walking.

Swim & snorkel - Hanauma Bay has spectacular snorkelling, while Kailua and Lanikai are stunning beaches to swim off.

Whale watching - Gaze out from the shore or join a whale watching boat excursion. January and February are best for sightings.

Spas - Several high-end hotels have excellent spas. Our favourite treatment is a cabana massage; trust us, it’s good!

Surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing - You’ll find world-class wind and waves on a huge range of beaches, with options for all levels. If you’re an experienced surfer or wave sailor, head to the big breaks at Waimea Bay on the North Shore.

Eating out - From beach snacks to fine dining, Honolulu and Waikiki have a huge choice of restaurants and bars.

Whistler / Hawaii

Whistler / Hawaii

Combine the tropical island of Maui, Hawaii with the world class ski resort of Whistler and you have the perfect ingredients for a fantastic holiday.

Whistler couple January bluebird © Tourism Whistler Mike Crane

This sample itinerary is our suggestion of how you could combine skiing in North America with time in Hawaii. Flying in and out of Vancouver, it’s also an excellent opportunity to experience one of the world’s most liveable cities.

All our Ski & Sun holidays are completely customisable, and you can alter the itinerary to suit your preferences - whether that means skiing in a different resort, visiting a different Hawaiian island, or altering the balance of ski and sun. It’s completely your choice but, to get the most out of your trip, we recommend at least a week in each destination.

Whistler

Touch down in Vancouver and take the two hour transfer to Whistler. Spend a full week in Canada’s largest ski area, where the choice of accommodation ranges from luxurious landmark hotels to affordable rooms with mountain views. There are two fantastic mountains to ski, plus phenomenal heli-skiing and the best après scene in Canada, as well as a huge range of non-ski activities.

Maui, Hawaii

Fly with Air Canada from Vancouver to Kahului on the island of Maui. Hawaii’s most romantic island, Maui is perfect for a ski & sun honeymoon or a once in a lifetime holiday. Spend your time however you like, whether that means lazing on the private beaches, surfing some of the world’s best breaks or watching humpback whales breaching offshore.

Vancouver

The best flights home go back via Vancouver, and spending a couple of days here in a five star hotel is a wonderful way to end your trip. After relaxing with a craft beer in one of the city’s hip bars, you could stroll along the famous Seawall, go shopping on Robson Street, and explore historic Gastown. For day two, there’s everything from hiking and biking to mouth-watering local seafood to tick off - we’ve been coming here for more than two decades, so just ask our team for ideas.

Customer Testimonial

Customer Testimonial

"Whilst stranded in Vancouver due to the ash cloud in 2010 we contemplated jumping on a plane and heading to Hawaii for a few days - looking at the map it really did seem 'just around the corner'. Flights home resumed before we had a chance to put this plan into action but the seed had been sown and we resolved to add Hawaii to the itinerary for Easter 2011.

We are a family of 4 (Mum, Dad and 2 girls aged 8 and 10). We stayed at the Westin Whistler in a one bedroom suite for the first week of the trip. The Westin is a perfect hotel for a young family; much more convenient, in our opinion than the Chateau, although this too is a lovely hotel. The Westin is right in the centre of the village which means stepping out to restaurants in the evening or checking the kids in at ski school in the morning couldn't be easier.

After a fabulous week in incomparable Whistler we took a taxi back down to Vancouver and headed for the Honua Kai resort on Maui. We had a hire car waiting for us at the airport (a Huggy Bear Lincoln Continental) and drove the half hour or so to the hotel, just north of Lahaina. We had a studio at the Honua Kai which was fantastic but if we go back (sorry, when), we would go for a one bedroon unit. Fixtures, fittings, pool, service and restaurant were faultless. Some friends we made on the trip saw a couple of whales a few hundred metres off the beach from their balcony. The hire car, whilst not essential, proved very useful as we were able to drive to fantastic local restaurants almost every evening.

As a history buff, one of the main reasons for visiting Hawaii was to see the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour. However, Pearl Harbour is on Oahu, so we needed to book a flight from the small local airport (5 mins max by car). This was incredibly easy to arrange and cost about $100.00 each return (I think). The flight is about 30 mins each way. On landing in Honolulu we hailed a cab and within 10 mins we were at Pearl Harbour. After a simply amazing day we jumped back on the plane and were back in time for an incredible seafood dinner at Honua Kai. This was, without doubt, one of the best days I have ever had on a holiday anywhere in the world and if you go to Hawaii you simply must do it.

We also took a helicopter trip, departing from the main airport, over the West Maui mountains which was utterly breathtaking; beautiful Hawaiian music piped into the headphones adding to the experience. We went with Blue Hawaiian, a company a guy on a chairlift at Whistler had recommended and they were terrific. Very modern aircraft with a perfect view from every seat.

On leaving Hawaii we stopped over in San Francisco for 3 nights (one of our favourite cities) and this provided us with a memorable post script to the holiday. We visited Alcatraz with some friends who live in the city and ate each evening down on Fisherman's Wharf. We stayed at the Hilton on Fisherman's Wharf and this was our only mistake of the entire trip. I knew things were looking bleak when they handed out earplugs with our room key - I kid you not! Next time we'll stay a the St Regis.

Ski Safari were their usual efficient, reliable selves and we've already booked a trip with them for next year, although not to Hawaii. All in all this was the most memorable family holiday we have ever had, I simply do not know how we'll ever top it. Thanks Rupert and the team."

24/10/2011 Graham Ponting from Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire

Price Guide

Prices for a 16 night trip based on 2 adults including flights and airport transfers start from:

  • £2,375pp for 7 nights in 4* Summit Lodge, Whistler, 7 nights in 3* Maui Coast Hotel, Maui and 1 night in 5* Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver.
  • £2,995pp for 7 nights in 5* Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 7 nights in 4* Honua Kai, Maui and 1 night in 5* Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver.
  • £3,100pp for 7 nights in 5*+ Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, 7 nights in 5* Westin Ocean Resort Villas, Maui and 1 night in 5* Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver.

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