Archive for the ‘Hawaii Tours’ Category

Our 5 Wildest Zipline Options from Around the World

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour in Las Vegas

 

There’s more to Las Vegas than spectacular shows and brightly lit casinos-hotels. This zipline option is perfect for those who’d like to escape the mainstream and try something different in “sin city.” The Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour takes place at the base of Red Mountain and flies over the desert ecosystem of the area. There’s also an option with transportation from major hotels in the area.

Canyon Canopy Zipline Tour from Cabo San Lucas

If you’re planning a getaway to Los Cabos, Mexico soon, our neighbors to the south also host a wild zipline option. This spectacular eco-tour not only offers thrill seekers the unique opportunity to zip through canyons on a network of cables suspended high above the unspoiled landscape of Sierra National Park, but it is also jam-packed with other challenges and adventures that allow you to explore the Baja outdoors in a whole new way. (No previous experience necessary!)

Five Zipline Adventure in Makawao on Maui, Hawaii

There’s more to Maui than the beautiful beaches. The island is also blooming with forestation, and the five-zipline tour includes a glide through immense Eucalyptus forests. This premier tour includes 5 ziplines ranging in length from 480 feet to over 1/2 mile, for a total distance of 6,455 feet! The ultimate 2,800 foot zipline is the longest side-by-side zipline in the state. (more…)

New Goodies!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

New

Spring is on it’s way and will (hopefully) bring some warmer weather to our side of the world, soon. We’ve been busy preparing new tours and activities to add to our catalog, and some of them are now available for reservations. Check out some of our new options below.

Chicago Favorites Food Tasting & Walking Tour

This one goes out to all the food lovers out there. If you’re interested in exploring the city of Chicago while satisfying your palate, here is the perfect 3-hour stroll through the city. his tour operates outside as much as possible, but will make use of Chicago’s unique underground Pedway system in extremely cold weather. During the warmer days, you’ll enjoy the large promenades of the Loop.Along the way, you’ll try some of the foods Chicago is best known for doing right, including pizza, brownies, hot dogs, and a couple of local brews (more…)

Meet Tamesha – Best All Around Customer Service/Sweetest employee in the office

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc.

Tamesha looking fab in the reservations department

If you called us, you may have had a chance to speak with Ms. Tamesha. She is truly one of the sweetest employees here. My first week here, she said a friendly ‘hello’ and we chatted during lunch.

Recently, she was announced Best All Around Customer Service and we got to talk about her job, travel and Las Vegas.

K – What do you do?

T- I’m a Reservations Agent for the customer service department. I answer calls and they have questions about tours and activities we offer. Our job is to answer them to the best of our knowledge, and if we don’t know the answer, we call vendors and help them get their answer. I also do advise and assist which means that if in the off chance that a tour is no longer available, I’ll call them and we try to find something else they might like.

K- Which one do you like to do more?

T – I like them both because either way I’m interacting with the customers. =)

K – I figured you might like doing advise and assist more because you get to chat more and find different tours for people.

T – You do. You get to do a little more investigating because you go through the tours online and the city guides to help them figure out what they would want.

K – How long have you been working at Reserve 123?

T – It’s been 3 years.

K – What is your favorite part about your job?

T – Talking on the phone. Talking. I just like to talk! Haha You get to talk to really interesting people, and learn about their life stories, why they’re going on vacation. I like to get the feeling about why and where they are going.

K – So you get to know them a little bit more…

T – Yes, you’re not supposed to spend too much time on the phone (haha), but you know. It’s nice getting to know people, so they’re people and not just customers.

K – What does customer service means to you?

T – I just do my job to the best of my ability. I try to help the customer as much as I possibly can and making sure they are satisfied, and I always keep a positive attitude.

K – Have you had an exciting call that you remember?

T – It was for an Alcatraz tour, I don’t remember what his name was, but he was a Food Network celebrity. I like watching Food Network,  I didn’t know who he was. Kim knew of him though.

(Side note: I remember walking into the break room and Kim was watching Food Network, so I completely believe that Kim would know the host!)

K – What’s your favorite calls to get?

[Michelle walks in and gives Tamesha a hug. "I love this girl. This is like the sweetest girl in this place." Michelle and Tamesha talk about Michelle's pregnancy. By the way, Michelle is having a girl!]

T – I  have had one call with an elderly couple who joked around with each other. It was so sweet. When I get to that age, I want to be able to have as much fun as they do. =)

K – What’s your favorite destination and why?

T – I haven’t had the opportunity to travel as much as I’d like to,  but I recently went to Las Vegas and I really love it there. It’s probably because of all the bright lights and no one ever sleeps! I guess you can call me a night owl.

K – Besides the lights, what was one of your favorite things about Las Vegas?

T – I really loved the M&M factory! Hahaha They had all the different colors and types of M&Ms. They had pink M&Ms, cause you know you never see pink ones and I love pink! I also liked the cabaret show at Treasure Island. You always see that type of stuff on tv but being there and seeing it live is really cool.

K – What’s your favorite tour or what tour would you like to do?

T – I would love to go snorkeling in Oahu.

K – What’s your personal advice to travelers?

T – Bring lots and lots of money. Hahaha When you go somewhere, you always see something extra you want to do, so always have extra money on hand!

K – Where would you like to go on vacation?

T – Fiji! I love the beautiful, clear water. Love it.

K -Last question: what are three qualities you need for excellent customer service?

T – A positive attitude, a loving smile/voice, and being able to communicate effectively. :)

If you’d like to browse tours in Las Vegas, click here.

If you’d like to go do other things in Hawaii besides snorkeling (like stand up paddling!) You can see them here.

-Kris
http://reserve123.com/

Top Kauai

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc.
I need to give you these instructions before you can really enjoy this. First upload this video and pause it. Them proceed to this video:  Taking off from Kauai in a powered hang glider and mute it. Now play both videos, the former being the audio and the latter being the visual. This is Top Kauai.

Kauai is a beautiful Hawaiian Island, one of Hawaii’s fourth largest main islands in the archipelago. It’s also one of the oldest main islands being approximately six million years old.

Here are some fun facts that you can ‘wow’ you’re friends with at a bar

  • legendary home of the Menehune, a mythical race of very small people who were expert engineers. (huh…that is so weird, I feel like we should just stop the list here)
  • Kauai is the largest coffee plantation in the US (a big deal here because all we drink is coffee in the office)
  • Kauai grows more taro than any other island. (I love taro!)
  • the only island without the mongoose
  • Kilauea Lighthouse has the largest clamshell lens.
But back to the video, it’s Ryan (CEO of Reserve123) on a motorized hang glider. I don’t know if he’s in orange or blue, but he’s up there. He’s in orange. It looks so much fun, he may still be up there enjoying the sights.
- Kris

Sea & Sky Tours at the Magic Isle

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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Maui, nicknamed “The Magic Isle,” is certainly a gorgeous gem of the Hawaiian Islands. It seems most befitting that the flower of Maui is the Lokelani, meaning “heavenly rose.” Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, located approximately 21 degrees north of the equator in the most isolated land in the world. The nearest land mass to Hawaii is San Francisco, approximately 2,400 miles away. Of the total of more than 100 islands in Hawaii, only eight are considered major islands – Ni’ihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Lanai, Kaho’olawe, and the Big Island of Hawaii – and only seven of those islands are inhabited. Anytime of year is a good time to visit Maui. The average temperature is between 75˚-85˚ F throughout the year. Maui reaches from sea level to 10,023 feet, to the summit of a dormant volcano, Haleakalä. Sugar, pineapple, cattle, and agriculture are a few of Maui’s major industries, with tourism at the top of the list. Maui’s world-famous beauty attracts tons of recreation activities, including golfing, horseback riding, hiking, whale-watching, nautical adventures, and helicopter tours!

Legend has it that the island of Maui was named after the Native Hawaiian demigod Maui, who pulled up the Hawaiian islands from deep out of the ocean with a magic fishhook linked to the heavens. After the islands were pulled out, the chord broke from the heavens, and the magic fishhook sank down into the ocean, lost forever. There is no better way to explore the mysteries of the deep, see the underwater coral beauty of Maui, and meet a colorful array of marine life located only in Hawaii than to take an underwater voyage. Hawaii’s coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea,” are incredibly diverse ecological communities. With nothing more than a mask an a snorkel, you’ll be in a whole new world.

I’d like to invite you on the Molokini Snorkel & Turtle Town Morning Adventure from Maui, a perfect opportunity to discover the rich foundations of Maui’s birth and meet its tropical underwater locals. Climb aboard the Pride of Maui, a state-of-the-art 65 foot catamaran famous for her stability and comfort. Relax as you cruise in style to two beautiful diving destinations. The tour includes an Island-style continental breakfast, two snorkeling stops, a delicious lunch, snorkeling gear, and instructions. You’ll visit Molokini, a crescent shaped caldera that is a protected marine sanctuary. The waters are calm and clear, which is perfect for scuba diving, snuba diving, and snorkeling. You will also visit Turtle Town, known for its beautiful lava formations and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

If you’d like to dive even deeper, then take a once-in-a-lifetime undersea adventure on our Atlantis Submarine Tour! It is the world’s first and most technologically advanced passenger submarine. Journey into a spectacular blue world more than 130 feet below the surface in spacious air-conditioned comfort. You will see the majestic natural coral reefs and Hawaiian marine life. From December through May, you can enjoy whale watching during the ship-to-shore journey. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended for this popular tour!

The Island of Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into the mountains. Explore deep, meandering valleys set in the rainforest of the ancient West Maui Mountains. Knife-edged ridges with mist-shrouded peaks separate the spectacular valleys. Waterfalls cascade down from towering cliffs into the streams running along the rainforest floor. Take off on the Maui Spectacular Helicopter Tour to soar with a bird’s eye view to see the rainforests and waterfalls of the West Maui Mountains, Hana, and the Haleakala Crater. You’ll also enjoy a 20-minute landing and refreshments at Ulupalakua Ranch. Every West Maui Mountains tour is unique!

Discover the best of both worlds on our West Maui Island Deluxe Helicopter Tour & Submarine Adventure. Experience Maui under the sea as well as above it! Take in views from above, inaccessible by land and discover lush green rainforests, cascading waterfalls and a dormant volcano. Then, marvel at Hawaii’s unique underwater paradise aboard a high-tech 48-passenger submarine. View fascinating coral reefs and their inhabitants as you explore the ocean more than 100 feet below. Every dive is a new adventure!

From heavenly summit views to pristine beaches and thriving nautical life, there are plenty of reasons why Maui has been voted “Best Island” by travelers for years. Discover your own reasons to love Maui with Maui Tours. Feel free to call us at 888-321-3650 to answer your questions and help book your favorite tours. From breath-taking sunrises atop Haleakala Crater to the scenic Road to Hana, your adventures in Maui promise to be unforgettable. It’s no wonder why thousands of whales migrate directly to Maui year after year. One visit to the Magic Isle, and you might annually join them.

Eco Tours in the Aloha State

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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Aloha travel friends! Let me tell you a little secret… There’s no better way to celebrate the May flowers than donning a gorgeous, aromatic Lei in Honolulu. Now is the perfect time to beat the crowds and the rising temperatures with the ultimate tropical escape – that’s right, it could only be Hawaii. Summer is right around the bend, and there are TONS of exciting Eco tours from Honolulu for you to do! Get off the concrete and discover the gorgeous natural beauty of the Islands. You’ll be glad you did, and remember your adventures for years to come. From active volcanoes to hidden waterfalls, pristine beaches to incredible mountain views in the clouds, swimming with sea turtles to zip-lining through the rainforest, Honolulu really is an Eco Paradise.

The Hawaiian Islands, located at center of the Ring of Fire, are formed entirely of volcanoes, one of the most destructive natural forces on earth. Everyone knows how deadly volcanoes can be. But did you know the benefits of them? Many volcanic materials are very beneficial to nature and human life – lava that is continuously forming new landmasses and islands, diamonds and other precious gemstones, generating geothermal energy, volcanic rocks used for making roads, natural glass from lava (pumice), volcanic ash that is rich in nutrients and greatly improves soil fertility, and carbon dioxide and hydrogen released into the earth’s atmosphere that begin the processes of photosynthesis and the water cycle. Volcanoes have a delicate balance with nature – fire & water, death & life, ashes & lush vegitation. Hawaii is one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. See these marvels up-close for yourself on our Eco adventure tours!

My first recommendation has to be our Big Island Grand Circle Island Volcano Adventure from Honolulu. Not only will you see the magnificent ancient Banyan trees, coffee farms, and Orchid and Anthurium Nursery of Hilo, but you will also get to see the beautiful 80 foot tall and almost 100 foot wide Rainbow Falls. Then the highlight of the tour – a visit to the world famous Kilauea Volcano, which has been steadily erupting since the 1980′s. Your tour guide will entertain and educate as you explore the Volcano National Park, the Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Fern Tree Jungle, Kilauea Iki Crater, and more. Don’t forget your camera on this fantastic tour, or you might just cry. And then have to buy another one. Don’t miss this amazing adventure in Hawaii!

My second recommendation is our Mauka to Makai: Zipline, Kayak, Snorkel & Eco Hike with Lunch from Honolulu. See Oahu the way that you have always dreamed of during a thrilling Eco-adventure on the Windward coast of Oahu. Hiking through the rainforest of the Ko’olau Mountains, soaring above the trees of Oahu’s valley, and kayaking through the crystal clear waters of the Pacific are all included in this fun-filled day trip! Your expert ecologist is devoted to showing off the unique life that exists only in Hawaii’s climate. This popular tour sells out well in advance, so reserve early.

On our Ultimate Circle Island Eco Adventure with Lunch from Honolulu, you’ll get to see Hawaii’s wide variety of wildlife with stops at a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle basking grounds and bird watching at native Hawaiian wetlands. Your professional tour guide will share information about the many different plants, birds, and animals that call Hawaii home. Designed to both entertain and educate, this tour will expose you to Oahu’s raw natural beauty with stops off the beaten path. You will also visit Byodo-In Temple, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, see famous lookouts and beaches of Oahu, hike Waimea Valley and enjoy a refreshing waterfall swim!

No matter what you wish to do in Honolulu, Aloha Tours is proud to be your source for sightseeing tours and attractions on the Islands of Hawaii. We offer tours and activities on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, and Molokini. Indulge in some of the best foods in the world, take in some sun in this tropical climate, and enjoy a never ending array of things to see and do. Call us toll-free for assistance with booking your trip today. Ho’olu komo la kaua – please join us!

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Swim with the Sea Lions in Honolulu

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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So you’ve heard about swimming with the dolphins, but have you ever thought about taking a swim with the sea lions? If this sounds like an activity you might enjoy, sign up for the Sea Lion Discovery Swim at Sea Life Park, located near Honolulu, Hawaii.  Offered with or without transportation from your hotel, this is a once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with these friendly little critters.  After a brief orientation given by one of the trainers, you will hop in the water and become part of the action.  Watch the sea lions as they swim underwater and give them a little rub; they will surely return the affection.  They may even give you a show as they jump over hurdles and mimic their guests.

Visitors aged eight and above can enjoy this rare opportunity to get a peek at these friendly animals, and everyone will be thoroughly entertained during the special interactions with the sea lions.  These swims are very interactive, and you will learn a lot about how sea lions communicate, both by seeing it and through the informative commentary of the trainers.

Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, a towel, and a smile on the day of your park visit.  Safety vests areprovided at the time of the swim.  For more information on this activity and many more, visit www.honolulutours.net.

 

Choose Your Cruise

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

No matter where you are vacationing, there is bound to be a night where all you want to do is sit back and relax, and what better way to do so than on a dinner cruise? If you are anywhere in the US or Canada, Dinner Cruises can help you identify the best options for you and your traveling partners to make your trip truly special.

Not only do you get to enjoy a relaxing evening on the water, but you are also treated to a top-notch meal and quality entertainment throughout the night.  Your luxury cruise liner is fitted with the best equipment to optimize your comfort during your stay.  So whether you are visiting Nashville, spending time in Montreal, or taking a break in Hawaii, you are completely covered.

For those who are more interested in kicking back during the day, there are a number of more casual lunch cruises available.  This is a perfect opportunity to catch some rays while being guided around to see the fantastic scenery in your location of choice.  Sightseeing can get tiring, so this is your chance to let someone else do all the heavy lifting.

Take a look at www.dinnercruises.us today and let Dinner Cruises help you to find the best water activities and cruises to meet your needs.

Rest and Relaxation on the Beautiful Island of Lanai

Monday, January 5th, 2009

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Imagine kicking back and listening to the sounds of nature with the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the lush tropical rainforests as the perfect backdrop.  All of this is possible if you journey to Lanai.  Lanai is a beautiful Hawaiian island that is separated from Maui and Molokai by the Au’au Channel and the Kalohi Channel, respectively.  Known as the Pineapple Island, the main tourist activity in the area is rest and relaxation.

Once you arrive on the island, you can expect to be immediately taken aback by the tranquil atmosphere that is palpable virtually everywhere you turn.  Once you get acquainted with the island, whose only town is Lanai City, you may want to approach it from a different angle.  The Lanai Snorkel Trip is the perfect way to do just that.  You can choose from a full or half day outing depending on how much time you wish to spend underwater.

Should you choose from one of these options, you will visit anywhere from four to six snorkel sites where you can snorkel, swim, or just unwind on the boat as you enjoy the ever-present sunlight.  The 30-foot hard-bottom inflatable ocean raft is a perfect mode of transportation for this type of trip, as you will be able to benefit from comfortable seating and incredible views from the water.

Tours are designed for groups of 10 to 14, so bring a few friends along and join one of the groups that are forming right now.  The virgin coastline of Lanai will draw you in as you explore the hidden coves and sea cliffs that surround the island.  For more information, visit www.alohatours.us and reserve your tickets for a trip to remember!

Amazing Views in Beautiful Kauai

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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Hawaii has lots of beautiful islands to choose from, but if you can only visit one, choose Kauai.  The oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, the “Garden Isle” has been featured in many movies including the animated film “Lilo & Stitch” and the dinosaur flick “Jurassic Park.”  As you arrive on the island you are sure to be taken aback by the sheer magnificence of it all, and to be certain that you see everything there is to see it is suggested that you take a guided tour.

On one of the many helicopter tours available, you can marvel at the gorgeous scenery from above, which is an opportunity that you do not want to miss.  There is nothing quite like the high you will feel as you soar above the islands and experience them from all angles.  You will have the chance to see Nawiliwili Harbor, Waimea Canyon, and Menehune Fishpond, which is rumored to have been built by leprechauns entirely in one night.  You will also float over Kipu Kai and the Tunnel of Trees, as well as Olokele Canyon and Na Pali.

If you are looking to have your fun on the ground, consider taking an ATV tour and navigating your way through thick vegetation to the Kahili Mountain Range or to the Koloa Plantation, depending on which tour you choose.  With the latter, you may even get to see a spectacular whale show as you travel along the Poipu shoreline.  This typically happens from December through March.  The former features amazing views of a private waterfall which, if you are feeling adventurous, you can go cliff-jumping near later in the day.

Visit Kauai and you will be in for the experience of a lifetime.  Don’t forget to bring extra film for your camera since you will be snapping continuously from beginning to end, and keep an eye on www.kauaitours.net for more exciting options for your Hawaiian vacation.


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