Hawaii College Trip Overview
Spend your college break exploring the Hawaiian Islands! From vibrant Oahu to laid-back Maui, this program covers some of the best highlights of Hawaii including beautiful waterfalls, postcard-perfect beaches, and plenty of adventure!
Join fellow travelers your age while island hopping from Oahu to Maui. Catch the sunrise from the top of a volcanic crater, learn to surf, and more on this incredible journey to discover the best Hawaii has to offer!
- Centrally located accommodation on both islands
- Private walking tour of Honolulu
- Plenty of beach time and opportunities to swim and sunbathe or play beach volleyball
- Snorkel the colorful reefs all along the shore
- All breakfasts
- A traditional Luau feast
- Two TFT guides
- Surf lesson at famous Waikiki Beach where surfing originated
- A day trip to visit Pearl Harbor Memorial and hike through lava tunnels to the top of Diamond Head Crater
- A boat trip to Molokini Crater for incredible snorkeling
- Scuba Dive and explore the colorful reefs- options for both certified and non-certified
- Catch the sunrise from Haleakala Volcano and bike down through the clouds
DAYS 1-4: OAHU
Oahu is the best island for a little bit of adventure! Stay in the heart of iconic Waikiki just a short walk from the beach.
Waikiki is the perfect place to spend a few days, there is something for everyone! Take a surf lesson and learn to catch a wave where the sport first originated or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the sun.
Spend a day journeying through the past to pay respects at the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor Memorials. Accessible only by boat, this memorial is one of several sites in Hawaii commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor and honoring those who lost their lives and the few remaining survivors. After visiting Pearl Harbor hike through a lava tunnel to the top of the famous Diamond Head Crater for breathtaking views of the island.
DAYS 4-8: MAUI
Maui is the definition of paradise! Discover its soft white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, lush vegetation, and turquoise ocean. Stay in the heart of Lahaina and have easy access to everything the island has to offer! The town provides the perfect mix of charming shops to explore during the day and fun spots to enjoy the nightlife.
Choose to spend your days sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, or snorkeling. Adventurous travelers will have the option to go below the ocean’s surface while scuba diving or go far above the clouds to catch the sunrise from the top of Haleakala Volcano followed by an exhilarating bike ride back down to sea level!
For travelers looking for even more water activities opt to join a boat trip out to Molokini Crater and snorkel along reefs discover an abundance of marine life.
No trip to Hawaii would be complete without an authentic Hawaiian Luau! Join your fellow travelers for a final night to remember while feasting on traditional cuisine and hula dancing your way into the night!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can go on this program?
This program is open to adults ages 18-22 from around the world!
Where do we stay?
Most of our programs involve hotels which are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners. All of the hotels we use are clean, safe, and comfortable.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a program.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
What is included?
Tuition cost includes ground transportation; accommodation; some tours and activities, chaperones and guides; taxes and tips; all breakfasts and one special dinner.
Not included in cost (this is not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; lunches and dinners; visas and visa application fees; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions unless otherwise specified; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
What is the average group size?
The maximum group size is 30 participants. Most tours average between 10-30 participants. Please contact us for more information about this specific program.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
US citizens do not need passport or visa for this program, but a form of government-issued identification is needed for airport security.
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.