Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Big Island

By Jessica Armstrong

How 'bout that boat ride in? We know Kauai sure made a huge impression, but we saved the biggest and best for last! What is a trip to Hawaii without visiting the grandest island of them all: The Big Island.

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Not only is the selection of glamping accommodations on the Big Island, well…big—and so are the adventures. A peek at your Big Island bucket list would likely reveal volcanoes, black sand beaches, Kona coffee, history, culture, and waterfalls, right? If so, then you’re in luck because we have handpicked these Big Island tours not only because will they show you the best the Big Island has to offer, they’ll do so in a way that makes your Hawaiian vacation simply spectacular.

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The Volcano Van: No trip to the Big Island would be complete without touring the volcanoes and surrounding areas, and that’s where The Volcano Van comes in. Tour the famous Kilauea (caldera, summit, and steaming bluffs), Thurston Lava Tube, Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots, Waimea Town, Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay, and so much more. They can even customize a tour just for your party. Plus, their knowledgeable guides are flexible, keep groups small (or private if you prefer), and focus on fun.

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Safari Helicopters: Do you want to easily tour the Big Island and enjoy the best seat in the house, too? Want to explore the volcanoes and lava in the safest way possible? Then an island tour with Safari Helicopters is the way to go. Their expert guides will have you zooming over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to spot bubbling lava lakes, craters, and lava tree forests. You’ll even see entire neighborhoods that have been consumed by the unforgiving lava. Then, “cool off” with views of waterfalls and the Hilo Bayfront if you’d like…ahhh!

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird-watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip-line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Hope you all enjoyed the best activities and adventures brought to you by Hawaii Guide!


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Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Kauai

By Jessica Armstrong

Hope you all enjoyed the last set of epic Maui activities, because Kauai's glamping guide is packed with even more to see and do.

This week's Hawaii Guide, brings us: Kauai. Glamping is meant to give us access to the great outdoors: its natural splendor, raw beauty, and fresh breezes. And where is the best place in Hawaii to find all of these, you ask? The Garden Isle, of course.

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From quaint beach cottages to lovely cabins for two, Kauai has the perfect glamping setting for you and your party. No matter which glamping accommodations you choose, rest assured that your surroundings will be nothing short of awe-inspiring, as nature rules supreme on the island. Deep valleys, lush rain forests, epic waterfalls, the NaPali Coast, and perhaps the best hiking in Hawaii await you. So grab your surfboards, hiking boots, and beach towels, because Kauai and these amazing activities to give a go are calling.

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Holo-Holo Charters: Explore the glorious NaPali Coast on a custom-built catamaran made for Kauai’s waters. You’ll enjoy snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles, endangered monk seals, and a rainbow of tropical fish. And there’s plenty to see above water, as well- sparkling waterfalls, lush valleys, and ancient sea caves are yours to admire. You even have the option to head to The Forbidden Island of Niihau and snorkel around Lehua Crater, home to Hawaii’s most remote and pristine snorkeling and native bird sanctuary. A delicious continental breakfast, deli-style lunch, and assorted beverages round out their epic adventures.

Kauai Hiking Adventures: If you’ve never hiked The Garden Isle with Kauai Hiking Adventures, you have no idea what you’re missing! KHA’s expert guides believe in exploring the land in a respectful way while discovering the island’s beauty. Their half-day and full-day hikes are great for all types of hikers and fitness levels; whether you’re looking for a leisurely rainforest or beach stroll or a challenging hike to the NaPali’s coastal ridge tops. Let Kauai Hiking Adventures help you find your perfect trail.

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Tread Lightly Kauai Tours: Perhaps no one knows Kauai better than the company’s owner and guide, Jay Dorrance. A Kauai explorer since the 1970’s, Jay’s love and respect for The Garden Isle shines through in his light hiking tours, and he will customize your private tour to meet your needs. Know exactly what you’d like to see? Jay will take you there. Not sure where to go but want to "go where the locals go?" No problem. Head to famous movie locations, lovely waterfalls, bamboo forests, charming old towns, ancient Hawaiian structures, and so much more. Enjoy all these adventures, as well as loads of information you’ll never find in any guidebook.

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Capt. Andy’s: First, choose your NaPali adventure: laid-back sailing or thrilling high-speed rafting. Second, decide when you’d like to tour. How about a relaxing sunset dinner and cruise? Or maybe a fun sunset sail with appetizers, drinks, and live Hawaiian music? You can even set sail in the morning and enjoy a big adventure, complete with continental breakfast, snorkeling and exploring galore, a BBQ lunch, and drinks. No matter what time of day it is, it’s always a good time to explore the NaPali Coast with Capt. Andy’s.

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Safari Helicopters: Much of Kauai is difficult to access by land, as the terrain is just too remote, harsh, or inaccessible. That’s why a helicopter tour is the easiest and fastest way to see the best sights The Garden Isle has to offer. Soar over waterfalls, including the famous “Jurassic Park Waterfall” and Wailua Falls from Fantasy Island. Gaze into Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Dip down into the Hanalei Valley’s tropical rain forest. Land at the Kauai Wildlife Refuge. There’s so much to explore and no other helicopter tour company brings it all to you like Safari Helicopters.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide shows us a killer time on the Big Island!


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Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Oahu

By Jessica Armstrong

Aloha Glampers! Did you enjoy taking a deep into the blue oasis that is Maui? Because Oahu is the next island on our list with a lot to offer.

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Whether you choose an eco-friendly cabin or a secluded tree house bungalow, you’ll surely love your Oahu glamping experience. Step out into the fresh breezes and get ready for everything "The Gathering Place" has to offer. From the iconic Diamond Head State Monument, world-renowned Waikiki Beach, hiking trails, water sports, and a plethora of historic sites (just to name a few!), Oahu is a great place to sample the best of Hawaii with these tours.

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Mahina Hawaii: Perhaps the most the unique company we have ever partnered with, Mahina Hawaii is centered around the owners’ passions for health and wellness, outdoor activities, yoga, and, most of all… fun! Owners Ryan and Becca Hailstones will help you plan the perfect Oahu experience based on your desires and fitness level. Mahina offers stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, yoga, sightseeing, and, frankly, the experience of a lifetime.

Aloha Trikke: Want to be a trendsetter? Then check out one of the newest ways to tour Oahu’s amazing sights: by trikke. People of all ages will love zipping around Oahu on a fun, safe, and easy-to-operate electric trikke. Best of all, Aloha Trikke keeps groups small, so you’ll have an intimate and personalized experience. Explore Diamond Head, Doris Duke’s Shangri-La Estate, Honolulu’s secret beaches, Magic Island, Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Chinatown, and more. Plus, you’ll get lots of fascinating history and stories along the way.

Now, where to stay? These glamping sites provide an excellent selection of fauna, flora, and all the fun!

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Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide brings us the glitz, glam, and adventure, that Kauai has to offer!


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Blogger Spotlight: Jeanette and James

By Jessica Armstrong

Grab your sweetie, and get glamping! That's exactly what Jeanette and James of Traveling Honeybird did this January when catching the last rays of summer in the vineyards of Victoria at some of Australia's most charming bell tents.

If you are still looking for a way to make your summer travels last, then Australia is the place to be! Get the scoop with these two travel extraordinaires from Down Under on how to make your travel goals happen.

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Where are your favorite spots to travel?

Oh, this is a tough question! It's almost like asking which one is your favorite child. There are so many different elements that make a spot special. I always love an area that's near water—mountain streams, rivers, or even the simplicity of the ocean. I'm not a great swimmer, but I love getting my toes wet, splashing around, and just enjoying the general beauty around water.

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What is important to you in choosing a travel destination?

I am always aware of who I'm traveling with when I'm choosing a travel destination. Not everyone shares our sense of adventure. I like to choose a travel destination that will keep all members entertained and hopefully happy! For James and I, well, we're an active couple. So for us, it's important that a destination has a lot of activity happening. It doesn't always need to be a big, huge, hustlin' bustlin' city. A place that has great food, wine and coffee is always a winner for us. Throw in some culture and maybe some outdoor adventures, and we are in!

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What types of accommodations do you think would make great summer spots?

I love areas that let you experience summer in all of its glory—the sun, the warm nights, and generally longer days to enjoy yourself. That's the joy of spending the night in a tent and off glamping. You get those little extra nice bits but still have an amazing adventure.

I love any type of accommodation that allows me some peace and quiet to read a book, which is probably why I dislike hotels. The thin flimsy walls and hearing your neighbors—it doesn't always end up with the most relaxing evening away.

How would you prefer to travel to your glamping destination?

Living in Australia, we pretty much have to drive anywhere and everywhere. Long road trips are a part of our regular travel routine. Though I wouldn't say no to arriving on horseback or yak...

What do you look for when choosing an accommodation?

Cleanliness! It really is next to Godliness. I really like to see bright photos that truly represent the accommodation on offer. Not everywhere is going to be five-star, and that's ok! It just needs to be a true representation of what's on offer.

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What blogs do you read, websites do you look at to find more information, or people you consult on your destination before booking?

I'm usually the travel directory reference for friends and family. I have to admit to being a bit of a Google fan. If I'm in the travel planning mood then I start to google areas and accommodation options. Throw in a few keywords like "experience" or "review," and you can get some really good blogs and websites to look at.

What is your favorite part about planning a trip?

ALL THE PLANNING. I love planning, plotting, and scheming. And then the final steps of booking everything. I think it's the wonderful dreams that you get to have along the way. I know we won't ever spend $1,000 a night on a hotel, but it doesn't hurt to look and dream.

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For someone who is planning a glamping trip for the first time, what would your main piece of advice for them be?

Don't be afraid. You can do all the research in the world, read all the books, and think you're prepared—only to turn up and discover you've forgotten socks, jocks, and your toothbrush. (True story: it's happened to me before.) In the end, it doesn't really matter. Just go out there and enjoy yourself. Life's too short for bad coffee and terrible travel.


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Founder of Glamping Hub Goes Glamping

By Jessica Armstrong

You have seen all the bungalows by the beach, dreamt while sleeping under the stars from a of one-of-a-kind tree house, and snuggled up by the fire outside your woodland yurt. Glamping Hub founder, David, also had the opportunity this summer to visit some of California's most unique glamping getaways.

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Glamping Hub founder, David

Four years after the launch of Glamping Hub and just months after launching Glamping Hub for Pets, David is still constantly striving to bring glampers and travelers alike the opportunity to connect with nature from the comfort of a luxurious accommodation.

After visiting a few glamping properties in California this summer with his family and friends, David gave us a little insight on his vision for the glamping industry and where his passion comes from everyday.

Check out an exclusive with David below.

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David's son and dog glamping at this safari tent near San Francisco

What are all the sites you have visited since launching Glamping Hub?

I have visited anything and everything from Airstreams in Northern California and bell tents in Panama to tree houses in Southern California and yurts in Tarifa, Spain.

What kind of accommodations would you like to visit in the near future?

There is a really unique tree house/bungalow structure in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, that provides a really cool way to connect with nature. This is a side of Mexico I would like to explore.

I want to visit more of the Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, there is a glass house property that I am hoping to visit.

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Luxurious Tree House Perched on the Mountains of Julian, California

What have been the highlights from your most recent glamping trips?

Having the chance to be with my family and grill on the barbecue right outside our safari tent in the Mendocino region or looking out at the millions of stars from the beautiful sky in Southern California while enjoying the hot tub on the patio of our tree house stay—these are the moments you know you are going to remember for the rest of your life, especially when surrounded by friends and family.

At one of the accommodations we visited in Southern California, the drive to get to the glamping site was incredibly scenic, around a lake, in an area that was really secluded and unlike anything else I had ever seen there before. It reminded me of something I would see in Southern Italy.

What are the trends in the glamping industry you most looking forward to?

One of the most beautiful things that the Internet has provided over the years is options. People now have the opportunity to choose the type of vacation that is most relevant to them. People saying "Yes, I want to connect to the outdoors, and yes, I want to be comfortable", but tying it into an activity, for examples yoga retreats and certain hiking and climbing spots, thus increasing the depth of their experience.

Glamping and the type of accommodations we provide allow people, for example climbers and extreme sport enthusiasts, to be close to the experience and setting. People being able to browse and choose specific activities and envision the type of experience they want is something that has taken travel and vacations to a whole new level.

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David at this luxury airstream site near San Francisco

If you were to build your own glamping site, what kind of accommodations would you have and why?

A tree house. My dad built a tree house for us when I was 11 years old. My dad was a MacGyver. I remember the excitement of the tree house, the height, and I felt really alive in those moments, so being able to recreate that would be really appealing to me and something to share and create for my son as he grows up. There is something magical about seeing the world from up in a tree house and creating something in your mind and imagination.

What are your glamping essentials?

I always bring this huge blanket that my cousin brought me as a gift from India. I bring it with me any time I'm going somewhere outdoors. I can set it up for my friends and relatives. I always bring my swimming goggles to be able to jump into any body of water—lake, river, ocean, you name it. And lastly, my camera, to capture the moments that will last a lifetime.

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David and our office pup, Brooklyn

To start searching for your own unique experience, check out Glamping Hub and Glamping Hub for Pets.