Kauai is Calling!
May 12 – 19, 2018 | 8 days / 7 nights | $3,649
“Please join for the inaugural Living Big trip to the Hawaiian islands to explore Kauai’s remote beaches, take your morning coffee along the beach, hike through epic canyons, kayak to remote jungles, snorkel in areas only accessible by boat, beautiful sunsets from your ocean front villa, surf and lei making lessons, the sweet sound of the steel guitar and all the poke and shaved ice you can imagine.” Mary — Living Big Trip Host for this adventure. To learn more about Mary, click here.
Day 1 – May 12
By 3PM all travelers should arrive in Kauai. Your Trip Host will coordinate your transfer from the airport to the ocean front villa you’ll be staying at for the week. Over dinner you’ll meet the rest of the group and hear more about the week ahead. Arrival airport: Lihue Airport (airport code is LIH) Dinner included.
Day 2 – May 13
Today is all about easing into vacation and the Hawaiian pace of life. We’ll spend the majority of our day at the beach (which is about 10 steps from the villa) on the private lanai and by the pool relaxing, reading, sipping and snacking. In the evening we’ll gather for a lei making class so we have fresh flowers around all week, watch the sunset and enjoy a fresh poke dinner served poolside. All meals included.
Day 3 – May 14
Today we’re setting out early on an expedition along the Na Pali coast. We’ll board a 24′ raft and make stops throughout the day to swim, snorkel, hike to the ruins of an ancient village, explore sea caves and waterfalls and relax on secluded beaches. All meals included.
Day 4 – May 15
Today’s the day to learn how to surf from some of the best — the locals! Within a few hours time you’ll be surfing the waves like a pro. The rest of the day is your own to explore, relax, read or whatever your heart desires! We’ll gather again in the evening for a hands-on group dinner featuring local favorites. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 5 – May 16
Today’s adventure takes us first on a kayak trip through the jungle. Once we’ve made our way to the trailhead we’ll hike to two secluded waterfalls for a swim, picnic lunch and stretch. Later in the evening: island pizza to reward ourselves for all the days hard work! All meals included.
Day 6 – May 17
This day is completely your own: more R&R, a helicopter ride, a round of golf, day at the spa, more surfing practice? Whatever you’re needing and wanting to round out your vacation, your Trip Host will be there to get you pointed in the right direction. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 7 – May 18
Today we make our way to Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, which we’ll explore with a local guide to learn about the history, geology and traditions. We’ll hike our way throughout the massive park and discover some pretty epic viewpoints of the ‘Garden Island’ along the way. Before heading back to the villa we’ll make a stop in the small town of Hanepepe for dinner and their weekly Friday Night Art Walk. All meals included.
Day 9 – May 19
On this final day everyone will either start the journey home or the next leg of their personal vacations. If you’re heading to Lihue Airport, your Trip Host will arrange transportation. Departing Airport: Lihue Airport (airport code is LIH) Breakfast included.
Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is going on the trip?
This trip is made up of 10 women: 9 guests and your Trip Host. A major tenet of Living Big is to make travel more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.
Can I join the trip solo? Or can I invite a few of my friends to join me on the trip?
Yes and yes to both questions! Some women join Living Big trips on their own; there to make friends and see the world, and others join Living Big trips because they want to share the experience with their friends, sisters, mothers or daughters and don’t want to do any of the planning!
You’ll find that the trips are structured in a way that you’ll have a good amount of group time, but also a fair amount of independent time to explore on your own, with new friends you met in the group, or with the friends joining you on the trip.
Who is the Trip Host? And what is her role?
On this trip your Trip Host is Mary. To learn more about Mary, click here.
The role of the Trip Host is to be there to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, even when the inevitable travel bumps come our way – such as an unexpected rainy afternoon, traffic, missing luggage, etc. But more importantly, to be a resource that will give you the space you need to really enjoy the experience. So if throughout the trip there is something your Trip Host can do to support you in this regard – please let her know. For example, if you’re not feeling well, having trouble sleeping, not getting along with someone, not satisfied with something, etc. please please share these concerns. No one needs a ‘Mother’ on this trip – that’s not our intention, but if there are small adjustments that can be made to create more space for you to enjoy the experience —- the Trip Host will see what she can do!
How much does the trip cost? And what is included/excluded in this price?
The total price per person is $3,649. This includes the following:
- Planning: all trip logistics, including pre-trip negotiations with all accomodations and vendors, onsite coordination, useful information leading up to your trip such as advice on what to pack, how much to budget for spending money, flights, etc.
- Hotels: 7 nights accommodation based on shared rooms.
- Meals: see the daily itinerary for meals included each day. On some days, you’ll be on your own for a meal. Some alcohol, water and snacks are also included.
- Transport: all ground transportation, including airport transfers and hired ground transportation, are included.
- Activities: all activities, unless specified in the itinerary, are included.
- Gratuities for all local guides.
The following expenses are not included in the total trip price:
- Round-trip airfare is not included, but gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles or to extend your trip as you wish. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities. You will be required to share flight details at least 8 weeks before the adventure commences.
- A set amount of wine and beer will be purchased with each hosted dinner, but each guest will be responsible for alcoholic beverages beyond this amount.
- While not required, each guest is encouraged to consult their existing insurance policy to determine what is covered while on the trip, and if needed, secure an individual insurance policy for the trip.
- Any additional activities you want to book along the way or outside of the coordinated group trip: spa visits, private tours, etc.
- Spending money and excess luggage fees.
- Additional tips for the Trip Host.
What are the health and physical fitness requirements to join on the trip?
Guests should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate in all group trip activities, such as hiking on uneven surfaces for durations up to 4 hours and sometimes at high elevations, climbing up and down up to 500 steps, riding in mini-vans for up to four hours at one time and on steep/windy/bumpy roads, walking on uneven surfaces, carrying luggage, getting on/off various modes of public transportation, soaking in hot water, surfing, snorkeling and riding in a raft through water that can at times be choppy. The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.
NOTE: the tour operator for the boat trip along the Na Pali coastline cannot accommodate women who are pregnant, anyone with back, neck, hip or spine problems, medical conditions or recent surgeries.
Is there a minimum/maximum age to participate?
Women over the age of 21, that are physically able to participate in the trip itinerary, are welcome to join for this adventure. Please see the detailed itinerary and FAQ on minimum physical fitness requirements to learn more.
What should I do to secure my spot on the trip?
The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online (click here.) Once you reserve your spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big, etc. If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver. Please note: registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is airfare included in the trip fee?
Round-trip airfare is not included in the trip fee, but this gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles, to extend your trip any way you like, and to select the routes and airlines you prefer. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities. You will be required to share flight details at least 8 weeks before the adventure commences.
What do I need to know before I book my flight?
Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities. You will be required to share flight details at least 8 weeks before the adventure commences.
- Inbound flights should arrive by 3PM on May 12 into Kauai’s Lihue International Airport (airport code is LIH.)
- Outbound flights and can depart anytime on May 19 from Kauai’s Lihue International Airport (airport code is LIH.)
Can you tell me about the type of accommodations we'll be staying at?
You betcha! We’ll be staying in an ocean front villa just steps from the ocean! The home has a private pool, direct access to Baby Beach, a beautiful lanai and high-end features.
Will I be sharing a room? Can I choose my roommate?
Yes, everyone will be sharing a room with at least one other person. You can request a roommate preference on pre-trip forms you’ll fill out 8-12 weeks before the adventure begins.
We’ll be staying in an ocean front villa that is steps from the sand! While most guests will have a private bed in a shared room, there are two rooms that each have a King beds that will need to be shared by two women. Living Big will offer a $250 discount on the trip fee to the three women willing to share a King bed with one other woman (your Trip Host, Mary, will share one of the King beds.) If you are willing to share a King bed, in exchange for a $250 discount on the trip registration fee, please indicate this preference on your registration form and we’ll be in touch with additional details on how the credit will be applied.
What kind of ground transportation will we use?
We will be traveling around the island in a large 12 passenger van. We’ll primarily be on paved roads, traveling on trips that could include up to 2-3 hours of drive time, but don’t worry – we’ll make plenty of stops!
What should I pack?
Prior to the trip, you’ll receive a packing checklist and advised on what type of clothes and supplies you’ll need.
Do I need to carry my luggage?
Yes, plan on carrying your bags to/from the airport, on/off buses and vans and in/out of accommodations.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in mid-May is generally pretty warm, between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit, and very comfortable. But it’s important to note that the island doesn’t get its “Garden Island” nickname without reason —it’s fairly common to have short bouts of rain each day, even in the warmest months.
What if I don't need every hotel/activity/etc. on my trip?
Unfortunately, refunds aren’t possible for unused hotel rooms, meals or activities. The total trip price is a package deal; credits are not given for services not used. Please contact Living Big (click here) if you have questions or concerns about any trip activities due to a physical condition. If there is a reasonable alternative, we can explore it.
How do I communicate information like allergies, injuries, etc?
About 12 weeks before we begin our adventure, you’ll receive your Trip Packet. It includes forms, questionnaires and waivers that you’ll need to submit no later than 8 weeks before the trip begins. The forms in the Trip Packet allow you to share these important details. Living Big will provide meals as outlined in the official trip itinerary and will work with you to try and accommodate special dietary requirements; however, Living Big is not required to provide such meals, supplements and/or any special requests beyond what is outlined in official trip itinerary.
Do I have to pay for the entire trip up front or can I make payments?
No, you do not need to pay for the entire trip up front. (Although you can, if you prefer.) Check out the Trip Pricing tab (click here) for payment details.
What if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide you need to cancel your trip the following refund schedule applies upon written notice of your cancellation:
- Cancellations made on or before January 12, 2018:
- Your trip deposit is nonrefundable. If you paid in full for the trip the deposit is $500.
- You will be reimbursed 50% of what you have paid to date, less the nonrefundable deposit.
- As an example, if you made a $500 deposit, then made two additional payments each for $250 (total paid = $1,000) then the amount you would receive back is $250.
- Cancellations made on or after January 13, 2018:
- All payments made to date are nonrefundable.
Travel insurance helps protect against last-minute cancellation, trip interruption, and to cover medical treatment or emergency medical evacuation during your trip. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance in advance of your trip. To learn about travel insurance, click here for a quick lesson!
What if the trip doesn't fill up or is cancelled?
The trip requires a minimum number of participants in order to take place at the stated price, since it takes into account group discounts, shared accommodations and other factors that create cost efficiencies. Once an adequate number of participants sign up for the trip, you will be notified. If a trip does not have enough participants, or if someone unexpectedly cancels, you will be refunded your deposit or you will be given the option to pay a trip supplement to continue the trip with fewer participants. Should additional participants sign-up after you have paid the trip supplement, this fee will be refunded. Your air travel itinerary is yours to decide, and we recommend you purchase flight cancellation insurance. Living Big is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip including non-refundable air tickets, gear, medical equipment or travelers insurance.
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What if I can't make payments according to the payment schedule?
If unusual circumstances arise and you can’t make payments on time please contact Living Big (click here) to discuss. Generally speaking, failure to make payments according to the schedule may result in losing your spot on the trip.
Oh no! The trip is sold out -- but I really want to go to Kauai!
Because all Living Big adventures are kept to small groups, it’s highly likely that the trips will sell out. If we had our way everyone would be able to join (but we can’t grow that fast!) Be sure to sign-up to receive Living Big trip announcements by email (click here to sign-up) to hear about future trips to Kauai. Alternatively, you can work with Living Big to plan your own trip to Kauai that mirrors the Living Big trip, or make any modifications you like! To learn more about Living Big’s custom travel design services, click here.
Trip Pricing + Payment Options
See below for key details and next steps to save your spot!
This trip is nearly all-inclusive of meals, a week stay at an ocean front villa, all ground transportation, and all activities outlined in the trip details tab (click here), all the planning and booking (so you don’t have to do ANY work but show up!) and advice on what to pack, travel tips and a go-to resource who is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the trip, and on the trip, to help ensure that you have an amazing experience!
If you’re interested in reserving a spot on this trip please make note of the following booking process and payment terms:
- The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online (click here.) Once you request your spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big, etc. provided there are spots available on the trip.
- If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver.
There are two options for payment:
- Pay the full amount by credit card or by check.
- Break your payments into equal monthly installments. Make a deposit of $500 to formally register for your spot, and then on the first of each month (following the month you made your deposit payment) your credit card will be automatically charged a set amount, so that the final payment is applied on February 1, 2018. If you decide to make monthly installment payments, you will receive a payment schedule based on when you register.