Rare orchids grow along cliff terraces in the swirling mist of cascading waterfalls, while waves lap at distant, pristine beaches. Hawai‘i offers unparalleled opportunities for blissful immersion. Lush rainforests, mountain grasslands and turquoise waters support a dazzling array of tropical flora and fauna for you to discover. Noted author and authority Doug Pratt will be your guide for this stunning naturalist’s tour of Maui, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i, dynamic landscapes shaped by volcanoes. Your group will also experience Hawai‘i’s distinctive Polynesian culture throughout your journey. Discussions about island biogeography and ecology will help you learn about the many conservation challenges Hawai‘i faces, as well as some inspiring success stories.
- Hike the Pihea Trail, which traverses a stronghold for rare species northeast of one of the wettest spots on Earth, Wai‘ale‘ale.
- Add tropical birds like the ‘elepaio and the ‘amakihi to your life list.
- Take in spectacular views of Waimea Canyon, what Mark Twain described as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
- Look for green sea turtles, humpback whales and other marine mammals on Kaua‘i’s picturesque North Shore.
- Explore the 10,023-foot-high summit of Haleakala, the giant volcano that formed East Maui.
- Visit the Waikamoi Preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and home to seven endangered bird species.
- Learn more about Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural wonders with an optional trip extension to Moloka‘i.
Dates: February 28-March 8, 2014 - Trip is Complete
Cost: From $4,890 double occupancy; $5765 single occupancy;
Optional Molokai extension: March 8 to 11 - $1295 double occupancy, $1590 single occupancy
Information & Reservations:
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The Conservancy in Hawai'i
To protect Kaua‘i’s critical habitats, The Nature Conservancy has joined forces with the Kaua‘i Watershed Alliance, a coalition of local stakeholders whose goal is to maintain the healthy, native ecosystems of the island. The Conservancy coordinates the implementation of a management strategy for more than 140,000 acres of partnership lands. Active projects on Kaua‘i include aerial weed mapping and the removal of exotic species from the Alaka`i region, a nearly mile-high plateau cradled between the mountains and the upper portions of Lumahai and Wainiha valleys. This wilderness region provides critical habitat for many rare native birds and plants. Working collaboratively, the Conservancy is helping to restore the ecological integrity of this large, critically important area.
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