One way to manage several Hawaiian Islands on the same trip is to take a guided tour that includes all your travel arrangements in the Islands, including hotels, interisland transfers, and some sightseeing.
Globus has three Hawaii itineraries that include Oahu, one of which is an escorted cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America that includes four days on the island. Tauck and Trafalgar offer several land-based Hawaii itineraries that include nights on Oahu. Both companies offer similar itineraries with visits to the USS Arizona Memorial National Park and plenty of free time to explore the island. Tauck offers an 11-night "Best of Hawaii" itinerary. Highlights of the Oahu portion of the trip include a Waikiki outrigger canoe trip and a private dinner at Iolani Palace. Trafalgar has 7- to 12-night multi-island tours.
Atlas Cruises & Tours, sells more than a dozen Hawaii trips ranging from 8 to 13 days, operated by various guided tour companies including Globus, Tauck, and Trafalgar.
Atlas Cruises & Tours (800/942–3301. www.atlastravelweb.com.)
Globus (866/755–8581. www.globusjourneys.com.)
Tauck Travel (800/788–7885. www.tauck.com.)
Trafalgar (866/544–4434. www.trafalgar.com.)
More than 150 species of birds live in the Hawaiian Islands. For about $4,575 per person double-occupancy, Field Guides has a three-island (Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island), 10-day, guided bird-watching trip that includes accommodations, meals, ground transportation, and interisland air.
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, the largest company in the world specializing in birding tours, has two nine-day "Fall Hawaii" and "Spring Hawaii" trips to Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island that cost around $3,895 and include accommodations, meals, interisland air, ground transportation, and guided excursions.
Field Guides (800/728–4953. www.fieldguides.com.)
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (800/328–8368. www.ventbird.com.)
Elderhostel, a nonprofit educational travel organization running tours under the name Road Scholar, offers several guided Hawaii tours for adults 50 and over that provide in-depth looks into the culture, history, and beauty of the Islands.
Road Scholar (800/454–5768. www.roadscholar.org.)
Sierra Club Hawaii offers regular guided hiking tours, outings, botanical gardens visits, and cleanup and community service efforts on Oahu that you can join in on during your visit.
Sierra Club Outings (808/538–6616. www.sierraclubhawaii.com.)