Enjoy three days of surfing on the legendary Kona Coast, as we learn from professional guides who take us to beaches perfect for beginners and more experienced surfers. After mastering Hawaii's favorite pastime, we snorkel, enjoy beach time and paddle board beside giant sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life. Topping it all, native Hawaiians teach us the ancient island sport of outrigger canoeing aboard authentic Polynesian sailboats! Experience all of Hawaii on Bold Earth's Hawaii Teen Trip!
SAIL WITH DOLPHINS & EXPLORE VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Our water adventures continue as we harness the winds of the Kohala Coast, sailing alongside spinner dolphins and stopping at incredible beaches and reefs to snorkel. In Volcanoes National Park, a night hike leads us to views of glowing lava, and we explore an amazing Green Sand beach at the southern point of the Island. We also work with Park Rangers to eradicate invasive species and give back to this incredible ecosystem. We then drive to an observatory atop the 13,000-foot Mauna Kea volcano! From above the clouds, we experience incredible star gazing through some of the world’s most powerful telescopes. A unique experience on Bold Earth's Hawaii Teen Camp.
WAIMANU VALLEY: BACKPACK & CULTURAL EXCHANGE
We head into the tropical valleys of Northwest Hawaii for the backpacking and cultural exchange section of Bold Earth's Hawaii summer camp. In the historic Waipio Valley, we stay with a native Hawaiian family on their beautiful Taro farm before loading up our packs for a 3 day trek on the lush Muliwai Trail. Our spectacular hike leads us through lush rain forests to secluded Waimanu Valley, ripe with mango trees, towering waterfalls and the island's longest black sand beach!
MARINE BIOLOGY SERVICE PROJECT: 2 DAYS
Beautiful Kahalu'u bay is our home for two days of experiential learning, marine biology, snorkeling, and community service. Kahalu'u is famous for spectacular coral reefs and exotic marine life, including an abundant sea turtle population. Working closely with experienced marine biologists, we spend our days in the water, collecting ocean data, snorkeling, and learning hands-on about reef ecology. By the end of our training, we are certified to educate visitors about human impacts on marine environments across the globe. Our last night brings us to Kona, where we celebrate our incredible journey and the amazing bonds we have formed!
- Learn to Surf - 5 Lessons
- Sail Abroad a 60-ft. Catamaran
- Snorkel in Colorful Coral Reefs
- Volunteer at a Marine Biology Center
- Polynesian Canoe Lessons & Volunteer in Volcanoes NP
- Backpackto Hidden Beaches in Waimanu Valley
- Cultural Exchange on a Waipio Valley Farm
sunset over the Pacific Ocean and then return to our campsite to eat a delicious dinner cooked by your trip leaders!
Next, we head to the beach for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, glass bottom boat rides and ocean biking in the gorgeous Anaeho'omalu Bay. Anaeho'omalu Bay is known for it's clear blue waters, sea turtles and ocean sports activities, and we enjoy it to the fullest!
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
ABSOLUTELY: Ultimate Hawaii is full of sun, sand and water!
• Beach Bonfires • Beach Volleyball • Beach Tan • Beach Camping • Sail with Dolphins • Snorkel with Sea Turtles • Marine Biology Service Project • Surf Lessons • Stand-Up Paddleboard • Life’s A Beach!
ALOHA HAWAII! 21 days of WOW on the Big Island of Hawaii. Need we say more?
Ultimate Hawaii has it all. A non-stop adventure program for campers interested in adventure, beaches, culture, friendship, challenge and marine biology. Ultimate Hawaii is Bold Earth’s most popular trip. Wondering Why?
IT’S A NO BRAINER! This trip has it all: • Camping on the Beach • Sailing with Dolphins • Epic Snorkeling • Marine Biology Service Project • World Class Surfing • Community Service • Native Hawaiian Culture • Awesome Backpacking Trip • Not much driving time • Volcanoes National Park • World-famous ‘Kona Coast’ • Lots of Beach Bonfires
In a nutshell, Bold Earth has spent the last 25 years building Ultimate Hawaii into an adventure which is HUGE FUN and incredibly meaningful. Campers leave Hawaii with a deep understanding of marine biology, Hawaiian culture and leadership. Campers return home loving adventure travel, leadership, independence and teamwork.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 20 Hours
Project #1: Marine Biology! The beautiful Kahalu’u bay is our home for two days of experiential learning, marine biology, snorkeling, and community service. Kahalu’u is famous for spectacular coral reefs and exotic marine life, including an abundant sea turtle population. Working closely with experienced marine biologists, we spend our days in the water, collecting ocean data, snorkeling, and learning hands-on about reef ecology. By the end of our training, we are certified to educate visitors about human impacts on marine environments across the globe (12 hours).
Project #2: Our second project takes us to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The past and present lava flows throughout the park creating a moonscape where the life cycle is forced to repeat itself time and again. We help the park regain its natural state by participating in environmental conservation projects such as collecting seeds, removing invasive species and planting indigenous trees (4 hours). To learn more about the park go to: Volcanoes National Park.
Project #3: Hawaiian Culture! In the spectacular Waipio Valley, we work and stay with a local family in the valley famous for its mystical beauty and the traditional lifestyle. During this cultural exchange, we gather ingredients, such as coconuts and Ti leaves, for our traditional Hawaiian feast of lau lau. We also plant coconut trees as a gesture of good will for future generations to enjoy. (4 hours)
Click to View: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
”Hawaii” is not only the name of the state, but also the name of the largest island in the archipelago, also know as, the “Big Island.” The Big Island is larger than all of the archipelago islands combined and is the largest island in the United States. The Big Island is approximately the size of Connecticut.
The southern most point in the 50 United States is ‘Ka Lae’, (South Point) on Hawaii. Mauna Kea – an active volcano we visit – from it’s base at the bottom of the ocean, is the world’s tallest mountain, taller than Mount Everest is above sea level.
Captain James Cook’s first documented visit to Hawaii was in 1778. During the 1780s and 1790s, the Hawaiian Islands were ruled by chiefs who often fought for power. After a series of battles that ended in 1795 and forced cession of the island of Kauaʻi in 1810, all inhabited islands came under a single ruler who became known as King Kamehameha the Great.
By 1893, Queen Liliʻuokalani was overthrown and replaced by a Provisional Government composed of members of the Committee of Safety. American lawyer Sanford B. Dole became President of the Republic in 1894 leading to the westernization of the Islands and statehood in 1959.
Hawaii’s overall population is 1.3 million. The state is 38.6% Asian, 24.7% White, 23.6% from Two or More Races, 10.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 8.9% Hispanic, 1.6% Black or African American. Hawaii is demographically unique because it has the highest percentage of Asian Americans and Multiracial Americans, as well as the lowest percentage of White Americans of any state.
Mostly on or within walking distance of the BEACH – Sweeeeeeet!
Most Ultimate Hawaii teenagers are looking for the quintessential summer at the beach. Ultimate Hawaii is our most popular trip because it is the perfect summer adventure. Why? Because we take you on an adventure which feels GREAT! Bold Earth provides tents and you will share with 2 or 3 other campers of your same gender– such a great way of getting to know each other! You are probably not exactly sure about camping but what about: • Sitting around a beach bonfire with a group of friends for life? • Hearing the waves crash as you fall asleep? • Counting shooting stars? • Yoga at sunset on the beach? • Taking a sunrise run? YES!
Bold Earth in Hawaii is a summer ON THE BEACH, fun and comfortable – PERIOD.
On Ultimate Hawaii campers stay at beautiful campgrounds that are carefully scouted by Bold Earth for safety, beauty and comfort. Campers pretty much always have access to toilets and shower.
Bold Earth is NOT a boring Hawaii teen tour. Whether camping on a farm outside of Kona, a black sand beach in Waimanu Valley, or under the stars in Volcanoes National Park, Ultimate Hawaii enjoys the best camping on the Big Island
Over the last 30 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Ultimate Hawaii Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable in Hawaii. Click to view: Ultimate Hawaii Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag and backpack. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Campers should either bring a credit card or enough cash to check their bags home.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor Team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
• Maximum of 13 Campers (grouped by age) • 2 Adult Trip Leaders
Small group size = SUCCESS! Especially on an adventure and community service style trip. Bold Earth campers are leaders who seek independence, responsibility and fun. We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success – especially on Ultimate Hawaii.
Who wants to travel with 50 other teens on a big bus??? LAME! Bonding and friendship are essential to the success of any summer program. Bold Earth leaders are carefully trained in group dynamics and leadership. Also, Bold Earth leaders are the MOST FUN PEOPLE EVER! Your two Trip Leaders will take a hands on approach for the success of every individual. Bold Earth campers make friendships that last a lifetime.
Each campers will be Leader of the Day (LOD) and will have the opportunity to step into a leadership role and help to run the trip! The challenges and rewards of Ultimate Hawaii bring the unity and bonding of the group together.
YES! Bold Earth is an authentic experience. This is so much more than a teen tour. Bold Earth is MORE fun, MORE interesting, MORE service, MORE adventure, MORE leadership, MORE friendship and MUCH MORE authentic than a teen tour. Campers who choose Bold Earth want real adventure; night snorkel with sea turtles, eat local food and have sand between their toes! With 20 years of experience in Hawaii, Bold Earth has scouted the coolest locations, hired the best leaders and found the sweetest host beaches. Bold Earth is the REAL DEAL!
We travel by 15 passenger vans, with a roof-rack for all of our personal gear. The van will be driven by your experienced and carefully screened leaders. All travel is carefully planned to minimize time spent in the van (we try to never drive for more than 2 hours) and optimize the trip experience for active adventure. Bold Earth does not waste time traveling to other islands..
The perfect summer weather! Weather in Hawaii is very consistent, with only minor changes in temperature throughout the year. There are really only 2 seasons in Hawaii: summer (called Kau in Hawaiian) from May to October and winter (Hooilo) from November to April. The average daytime summer temperature at sea level is 85º F. (29.4 C) while the average daytime winter temperature is 78º (25.6º C). Temperatures at night are approximately 10º F. lower. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
Good News: The wettest months are from November to March. While Hawaii is tropical and rain is not uncommon, it is not a factor on Ultimate Hawaii.
Hawaii’s water temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year. The average summer water temperature is 80º F. (26.7º C). This makes swimming very enjoyable 🙂
Sunscreen: It is VERY sunny in Hawaii. Therefore trip leaders ensure that campers are covered.
Bold Earth surf spots require permits, so the line-ups are uncrowded and we enjoy having room to surf. Our guides are literally professional surfers and will give you some epic pointers and show you the perfect spots. Trust us – the surfing is incredible.
The backpack into Waipio and Waimanu Valleys is often the highlight of the entire trip. Bold Earth has carefully crafted the start of our backpack: A private Taro farm in Waipio called, “Alberta’s.” Alberta’s is is an incredibly beautiful place, owned by a native Hawaiian family that has hosted Bold Earth for years. Their incredible Aloha spirit welcomes us and prepares us for an amazing hike into Waimanu Valley on the Muliwai Trail.
No experience required! The backpack from Waipio Valley to Waimanu will be the most beautiful hike of your life. We hike together, sing, play games and marvel at the scenery. We have ALL day to complete the hike – there is no hurry. Yes, the hike is the most physically challenging aspect of Ultimate Hawaii – but the reward is totally worth the effort! Your experienced Bold Earth Trip leaders will teach you all the fundamentals you will need for a successful and inspiring backpacking experience.
Yes! Ultimate Hawaii and all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined. If you are interested in combining Ultimate Hawaii with a particular trip, please contact our Colorado office at 303-526-0806 for more information! A Bold Earth Trip Advisor will handle all the arrangements to create an incredible summer for you!
DELICIOUS! Yes, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Campers and trip leaders plan and cook food together. Our trip leaders are incredible cooks and will teach campers all the tricks to the trade.
We learn to cook new meals, eat plenty of local Hawaiian food and truly enjoy the amazing fruits, fish, and varied cuisines in Hawaii. Yes, we will enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten free, kosher, allergies and most special diets.
Cooking on Ultimate Hawaii is a combination of planning, preparing, grocery shopping, cooking our own food and eating out. A few times during your trip you and three other campers will have the chance to make a meal for the group. Most campers find this to be incredible fun and rewarding! Your leaders help you as much or as little as necessary and of course everything is included. We eat out once a week to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy a night out between adventures.
GREAT! YES! SUPER! Some campers will vacation in Hawaii after the trip with their families. This is a great idea! Campers will know Hawaii and have wonderful stories to tell – but campers will be tired so don’t plan too much. Contact the Bold Earth office and we can arrange a drop off/pick up point with you and your family.
Ultimate Hawaii is a very authentic Hawaii teen adventure trip – specifically designed for high school students who want to enjoy Hawaii for 21 days. Campers experience a perfect blend of adventure, service, challenge, culture and water sports. Bold Earth’s Ultimate Hawaii program has been in operation for over 20 years and during that time it has become our most popular trip.
Bold Earth has deep connections in Hawaii, enabling us to provide an itinerary and camping experience unparalleled to any other teen travel company. A summer with Bold Earth Teen Adventures means travel in a different way – discovery through leadership, education, and FUN! Please view The Ultimate Hawaii Blogfor a students perspective of Ultimate Hawaii
WHEN THE DAY CAME TO LEAVE, I WAS SO SAD!
I had such an amazing time on Ultimate Hawaii! When the day came to leave, I was so sad. I couldn't have asked for better counselors or a better group, it was better than I even imagined! I learned so much about myself during my three weeks in Hawaii and got to live experiences I would have never been able to do without Bold Earth.
Ultimate Hawaii was amazing, I loved it!
Ultimate Hawaii was truly the best summer I have ever had and probably ever will. I loved the group I was with and everybody was super fun, nice, and had a great attitude. Our leaders were absolutely outstanding and made it possible to do so many fun activities like surfing, snorkeling, sailing, and hiking to waterfalls. I hope to come back next year to another extraordinary Bold Earth trip!
PARENTS, Danni & Dave: Nash has shown more self-initiative since his trip, so we will be fascinated to see if that sticks. He clearly enjoyed the experience. Thank you
I miss Hawaii every day, experiences I will never forget.
PARENTS, Lorraine & Ricardo: I wanted an adventure for Matthew that would take him out of his normal "adventures". This trip did exactly that, he loved it! He was able to do things that on a regular family vacation we would never have done. I believe it opened up a side of him he did not realize was there. I'm extremely happy that I found Bold Earth, I only wish I would have found it years before for my two older kids!!
MY SUMMER IN HAWAII WAS THE BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE!
My summer in Hawaii was the best summer of my life! The activities were all well organized and engaging. (Trip Leader) Hannah was always very enthusiastic and energetic. She always made sure everyone was having fun whilst being safe. She was also very responsible. Ryan was very friendly and out-going. He was able to balance being your friend but also your leader.
PARENTS, Nancy & Pierre: Emily had a great time and met some very nice friends from all over the world. We only communicated with one leader, Hannah. She was very nice and seemed genuinely concerned for Emily. Judging from what Emily said, Ryan seemed extremely competent. We were happily surprised by the experience and maturity they both seem to have.
I had an amazing time on Ultimate Hawaii. It was a fantastic summer, and I'm sure that I'll never experience anything quite like that again.
PARENTS, Kathleen: This is an amazing program - more than enough excitement and adventure for Billy, and and I had no qualms at any point about his safety or happiness. The Trip Leaders were great - Billy was comfortable with them immediately, and so was I. Thanks very much
Ultimate Hawaii... most unforgettable summer of my life!
PARENTS, Milet: Bold Earth changed my daughter's life. You can see her enthusiasm for the program when she speaks about her experiences. She's more appreciative of everything and it's great to see just how much she's transformed in only 21 days. Both leaders did a great job with communication and I had complete trust in them. Thank you
Ultimate Hawaii was so amazing and I would definitely do it again! (Trip Leader) Malia was an extremely nice and genuine person during the whole trip. She did an impeccable job keeping everyone safe and making everyone fell apart of the group. Malia also did a good job connecting with me and making me feel as if she was a more of a friend then a counselor. Ryan was such an amazing person to get to know. His sense of humor and ability to liven up the group really made everything we did much more special and fun. Ryan made it feel like he wasn’t just out there for the paycheck. He was there because he loved kids and loved seeing other people happy. Ryan was one of the main reasons Bold Earth Ultimate Hawaii was the most fun I’ve every had.
Ultimate Hawaii was an amazing experience I will never forget. (Trip Leader) Chris was very fun and sincerely interested in every camper. I loved Ally so much, she made me feel so at home and made the trip so much more fun.
Ultimate Hawaii for me was the best summer of my life, I've seen all what I want: Whale, dolphins. The campers with me were really cool and really funny. I think that Bold Earth is a good organization. Thanks Bold Earth!!!
Ultimate Hawaii was my one summer away from my normal overnight camp. This trip was absolutely spectacular. I don’t know how I could praise it more! I have gone to camp since I was going into the 4th grade, implying I have had many counselors. I can honestly say Malia has been my favorite she is the most amazing leader and friend! Ryan is the most upbeat counselor ever! He always makes sure we are having fun and joins in on the fun as much as he can. I couldn’t have asked for a better male staff!
PARENTS, Mindy & Max: Montana is still talking about Malia and Ryan and what an amazing impact they had on her.
Ultimate Hawaii was an amazing trip and I had an awesome time.
PARENTS, Anne & Davidson: Wow! What a great trip you guys put together for the kids! Every one from the home office to the leaders were top notch! As you know, working with a group of teens can be challenging but your staff knows what works. Ryan and Malia were the best role models and leaders! And they were fun! Our child returned home with a life-changing experience. Thank you for taking such great care of Vance. Also, we as parents truly appreciated the daily blogs. That was a great way to follow the group during the trip and see the smiling faces! Thank you again for providing Vance with this amazing opportunity!
Ultimate Hawaii was a fantastic trip. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I made great friends and made memories I will never forget. Chris was a really great counselor and knew what he was doing. I loved Ally’s energy and ability to adjust on the fly.
THE TRIP LEADERS WERE THE BEST!
PARENTS:, She really had a great time on Ultimate Hawaii and loved every minute of the trip. I hope she will stay in touch with everybody. Margaret thought the trip leaders were the best
PARENTS, Sherryl & Michael: Josh had a wonderful time n Ultimate Hawaii. He has been waiting for years to do this trip and it met or exceeded his expectations. He loved Hannah and Ryan. They were awesome trip leaders. Great job. He is even talking about applying for a trip leader position when he is older!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ENABLING HER TO DO THIS!
Ultimate Hawaii was the best experience of my life. I had so much fun making so many new best friends for life, and it exceeded all of my expectations. I saw some of the most amazing places ever and learned so much not only about Hawaii, but about myself. I feel like I am now stronger as a person and more independent and confident in myself. I have so many wonderful memories and miss Hawaii and the friends I made there so much, and just want to go back again!
PARENTS, Jeanette & Tony: Taylor had an amazing experience and is still talking non-stop about her trip, the friends she has made, the incredible beauty of The Big Island and I don't think she was very keen to come home... Thank you very much for enabling her to do this!
Timothée loved his Ultimate Hawaii trip and came back so happy. Leaders were excellent. Very helpful and available, I talked to them several times. Thanks to you and to all of your team.
Ultimate Hawaii was an unforgettable experience!
PARENTS, Oya & Tanju: Elif seemed to enjoy the "roughness" of it all. I was also amazed of the right amount of discipline the leaders were able to impose on the group. Not too tight to rebel, but not loose. Overall, we think it was money well spent. Thanks to all.
WONDERFUL, INSPIRATIONAL TRIP!
Ultimate Hawaii was everything I was expecting, and then some. I was looking for something to do during the summer where I could mentally take a break, but still learn new things, be around good people, and without ever feeling idle or bored. Hawaii was a great change of scenery coming from New York, and living a simplified lifestyle and feeling more connected to nature felt great. Every day's activities were stimulating, fun, and always worth looking forward to. This trip felt perfectly balanced and I have nothing but positive memories to take from it. Thank you Bold Earth!
PARENTS, Pamela & David: From a parents perspective, the experience for Emil was just what I hoped it would be. Spending time actively outdoors in a unique setting, being exposed to different culture, while in the company of a welcoming group was meaningful and enriching. Emil had only compliments for Chris and Ally. He had a wonderful, inspirational trip. I appreciated the introductory phone call and effort to get to know a bit about Emil before the trip. Thank you both and everyone who made this possible.
Ultimate Hawaii was amazing. We all had a lot of fun, we all had the opportunity to try new things all together. As a group we all got very close to each other and I'm sure that I’ll remember this summer for the rest of my life.
Bold Earth was the experience of a lifetime. I had an amazing summer in Hawaii learning about new places, meeting new friends, experiencing new cultures, and getting to know myself better! I am for sure coming back next year! Thank you so much for making this able to happen!
PARENTS, Patrick & Deborah: Great camp! I'll keep my kids going to it for as long as I can!
Chris was a great trip leader, made the trip awesome. Ally is a very caring leader and a lot of fun. Best summer yet!
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.