About This study abroad Program
Featuring some of the most spectacular beaches and other natural beauty spots in the Pacific, this stunning archipelago consists of more than 19 volcanic islands, offering visitors touristy urban wonderlands and remote jungle hideaways.
With its two massive mountains and the world’s tallest volcano, the Big Island, Hawaii, towers over the seas below. Home to 11 separate ecological zones, Hawaii is the perfect place to study diverse plant and animal species and climates, from the Green Sand Beach to the coffee plantations of Kona. Ascend to the top of the world’s tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, where the temperature drops and snowball fights can often be had! Following in the footsteps of great astronomers, students can study the moon, stars and planets on a stargazing excursion.
Maui, the second-largest island in the chain, offers visitors a plethora of sporting options, with over 30 beaches and bays to snorkel and surf. It’s also a great place to take in the unique culture of the islands, with gorgeous scenery; a historic whaling village; and Lahaina, a historic town transformed into a Maui hot spot, with dozens of art galleries and a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
Kauai, known as the Garden Island, dazzles with spectacular emerald mountains, endless beautiful beaches, and well-cared-for green spaces. The island’s beauty has attracted the eye of Hollywood, and has made over 70 appearances in movies and TV shows! Take advantage of Kauai’s many outdoor attractions, including a gorgeous coastal hike, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding in Hanalei Bay, as well as an authentic Hawaiian luau, the perfect way to say aloha to this amazing archipelago.
SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Hawaii has banned the use of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are known to bleach coral reef. When purchasing sunscreen, look for biodegradable creams that help protect the health and nutrients of the underwater ecosystem.
Included in your Program
Hiking on nature trails
Mauna Kea sunset
OTHER INCLUSIONS OF THIS PROGRAM:
- Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
- Group airport transfers at location
- Transportation for moves between cities with the group
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- Pre-departure briefing and materials
- Designated outings and activities
- City orientation tours
- Use of free Internet, where available*
- Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
- Access to Vidigami photo sharing
- And much more!
* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
*The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on in 2018, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!
Kona Coast Reef Snorkel
Come aboard our rigid-hulled zodiac as we go on a Kona coastline adventure to the secluded, pristine and stunningly beautiful Kealakekua Bay for some serious snorkelling fun! Kealakekua Bay is a marine sanctuary and home to the Captain Cook Monument. It is widely considered to be one of the top snorkelling destinations in the world. You will be amazed at all the beautiful and colourful life that lives just beneath the surface of these warm tropical waters including angelfish, lizard fish, butterfly fish and the State fish of Hawaii the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa! This excursion also usually includes encounters with wild pods of spinner dolphins who frequent the Kona waters. Our knowledgeable crew of marine biologists have spent years building trust and relationships with the local dolphin pods. Advocates of responsible tourism and dolphin conservation, our crew will guide us in how to respectfully observe, interact and swim with these majestic cetaceans and all the other marine life that we will encounter.
Signed waiver required.
Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kona
Kona Hawaii is the #1 place in the world to swim with manta rays! Manta rays are one of the largest fish in the ocean and can boast a wingspan of up to 20 feet wide! These gentle giants are completely harmless and unlike stingrays, do not possess stingers or barbs. They have no teeth and feed on plankton which just so happen to be attracted to our underwater lights!
After sunset we will take a short boat ride to a secluded bay where we will put on wetsuits, slip into the water and float on the surface holding onto inflatable noodles. Our custom-built board will shine spotlights across the bottom of the ocean. These lights attract the plankton, and the gentle, harmless manta rays soon follow. Observe these beautiful and ethereal creatures glide beneath you, performing somersaults and spins. Night swimming with manta rays is a mesmerizing, unique and unforgettable experience!
Na Pali Coast Zodiac & Snorkel in Kauai
Na Pali coast is the magical and uninhabited west coast of Kauai and home to the second highest sea cliffs in the world! Inaccessible by road, the most spectacular way to view the Na Pali coast is by boat. Locals say that if you do only one thing in Kauai, this is the activity to choose!
Come and view majestic sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls and lush valleys aboard our fast and fun rigid-hulled zodiac! Zip in and out of sea caves, past remote beaches and snorkel in pristine waters over remote reefs that are only accessible by boat. This zodiac excursion is an intimate, safe and thrilling way to explore this sacred wilderness. Our salty, windswept and thrilling 6-hour adventure starts early (at sunrise) and will be an absolutely unforgettable experience!
Zip line Adventure Tour in Kauai
Experience the thrill of flying like a bird over pristine Hawaiian rain forest! Feel the rush as you glide over deep valleys and lush tropical forests. With access to over 17,000 acres of former plantation lands, this is a unique opportunity to explore wilderness from above!
We will zoom down the mountainside and sail along a series of seven ziplines as we make our adventure fuelled way back down to the valley below. Our exhilarating adventure ends with snacks in a bamboo grove and a refreshing swim in a natural swimming hole.
Signed waiver required.
Secret Falls Kayak/Hike Tour in Kauai
Want to swim at a hidden waterfall? Join us on a 4-hour eco-adventure in search of the beautiful 120’ Uluwehi Falls, a.k.a. Secret Falls.
Our excursion starts with a leisurely 2-mile kayak up the scenic Wailua River and continues with a 1.5-mile hike through the rainforest. Wade through multiple streams and lush rainforest. See tree roots systems the size of an SUV(!) and traverse over muddy trails whilst learning about local flora and fauna from our knowledgeable local guides. Cool off by taking a dip at the stunning Secret Falls pool and then do it all over again in reverse! Muddy, wet and incredibly beautiful, this is island exploring at it’s most authentic!
Signed waiver required.
Kayaking & Cliff Jumping in Kauai
Spend a few hot tropical hours hanging out ‘island style’ and take to the cool waters of the beautiful Wailua River for a kayak to the King and Queen’s bath swimming hole for some swimming and cliff jumping!
We will then paddle to the Kamokila Hawaiian village – a four acre recreated traditional Hawaiian village to learn about the history, culture and natural habitats of the island.
Signed waiver required.
July 29th – August 20th, 2019*
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$600|
|Tuition & Supervision||$1,660|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Biology (SBI4U)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Kona: 4 days
- Maui: 2 days
- Kauai: 16 days
A final list of Accommodations for 2019 will be updated closer to the program date.
*All dates are subject to change.
**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $600 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.
***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.