At Science Getaways, our mission is to offer vacations full of relaxation, exploration, and education. This September we’re going on a Getaway that promises ridiculous amounts of all three. Science Luau 2015 will be held September 14-20 on the Big Island of Hawaii at the gorgeous Fairmont Orchid Hotel, on the beautiful Kohala Coast. On this side of the Big Island it’s almost always sunny and dry. In fact, the Kohala coast is where the ancient Hawaiian royals used to spend their vacations!
Visit the Registration Information page for complete details on how to join us on this fantastic fall Getaway.
Our week on the Big Island will be packed with everything that makes Hawaii so great – amazing beaches, mountains, volcanoes, surfing, snorkeling, tropical drinks, fantastic food, and the warmest, friendliest people in the Hawaiian Islands. Besides tourism, Hawaii boasts the University of Hawaii in Hilo, which means some world class scientists work here. They also grow crops like coffee, pineapple, and macadamia nuts that are exported around the world, and you can try them all fresh from the fields. We’ll have special guest scientists teaching us about the ecology and geology of the Big Island. And of course, your personal astronomer, Phil Plait, will always be around to point out interesting objects in the night sky.
We’re not just going to learn about Hawaii though: We’re going to experience it! We’ll visit a very special place that is trying to keep seahorses from becoming extinct (this will be a a highlight of the week, believe us!) We’ll snorkel with sea turtles and lots of other sea creatures, then, after a barbecue dinner on the boat, we’ll night snorkel with manta rays! We’ll take a trip to the Kilauea volcano on a chartered bus with our own tour guide who will show us some of the most amazing parts of Volcano National Park. On the way, we’ll tour a family-owned coffee farm and stop at a black sand beach for lunch. And for those of you who really like to explore, there will be an optional trip up Mauna Kea to watch the sun set from the top of the mountain and gaze at the stars with our own astronomer in tow.
If you’re wondering when the relaxing part of this vacation happens, don’t worry. With its gorgeous gardens, beautiful beach, fantastic food and superior service, you’ll feel pampered every minute you spend at the hotel. We’ve worked in enough down time for you to while away a few hours in your own personal beach cabana, float in the sheltered cove, lounge by the pool, or have a massage next to a waterfall.
The best part of any Science Getaway is the people you’ll meet and spend time with. Science Getawayers are smart, interesting, and fun people who like to go outside and play! Over the years many lasting friendships have formed on Science Getaways and the fact that so many people keep coming back testifies to what a great time they had.
Whether you’re single and looking to share an amazing week with like-minded geeks, or want to bring your whole family on an amazing vacation filled with exploration and learning, you will always remember your Science Getaway as one of the best vacations you’ve ever had.
Click here for complete registration information and descriptions of the week’s activities. We hope to see you in September on the Big Island for Science Luau 2015.