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Hiking, snorkeling, sailing...adventure tours in Hawaii.

Hiking, snorkeling, sailing . . . adventure tours in Hawaii

Dreams of tropical beaches and exotic blooms bring vacationers to Hawaii each year. Many act out their fantasies by lounging in the sun, playing a round of golf, and shopping for aloha shirts. But those who crave a bit of adventure and a look at some of the Islands' more remote treasures will find a number of tours to choose from.

On a trip to several islands, you could take an exhilarating plunge into Maui's Seven Pools one day and pitch a tent on little-visited Lanai the next. Another itinerary might include a walk across Molokai's ancient bog, where miniature trees contrast with 3-foot-tall violets.

We list Hawaii-based outfitters offering guided tours featuring hiking, snorkeling, sailing, camping. Some focus on a single activity on one island. Others provide a range of experiences throughout the state. Most outfitters provide necessary equipment. To go on these tours, you should be in good health, but no special skills or athletic prowess is necessary.

All require reservations, but it's often worth checking for openings at the last minute. Area code is 808.

Where to find Hawaiian adventure

Friends of Foster Garden, 50 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu 96817; 537-1708.

Naturalist leads excursions on neighbor islands for members (annual fee is $10 individual, $15 family). Two Maui trips remain on 1986 schedule: October 10 to 13, hiking and touring on east Maui; November 8 to 11, hiking the southwest slopes of Haleakala. Each trip costs about $200, and includes lodging, interisland transportation, meals. Groups limited to 20 participants.

Hike Maui, Box 10506, Lahaina 96761; 879-5270. A naturalist leads groups of four to six on custom backpacking trips on Maui. Average cost of $100 per person per day includes equipment, meals, and ground transportation. To stay in country inns instead of camping, add about $25 a day. Fifty different half- to full-day hiking and snorkeling excursions take you into wilderness areas. Rates of $50 to $90 per person cover equipment, meals, and transportation.

Local Boy Tours, Box 3324, Lihue 96766; 822-7919. Two- to four-day hiking and camping expeditions on Kauai cost $200 to $500 per person. Half- to full-day excursions are $40 to $90 for adults, $20 to $50 for ages 10 to 15. Groups, limited to six, are accompanied by two guides knowledgeable about Hawaii's culture and natural history. Outfitter provides day packs and canteens for short hikes, tents, sleeping bags, and meals on overnight trips. Make camping reservations two weeks in advance since permits are required.

Pacific Quest, Inc., Box 205, Haleiwa 96712; 638-8338. Four-island, 14-day adventures include hiking, snorkeling, sailing. You stay in tents or national park cabins. Groups limited to 16. Cost of $1,125 includes lodging, ground and local or interisland air transportation, major camping equipment, meals. Portions of itinerary can be taken as shorter trips; cost is prorated.

Paradise Isles Adventures, 501 Lilikoi Lane, Haiku, Maui 96708; 572-0952. Four-day excursions on Hawaii, Kauai, or Maui feature hiking, snorkeling, swimming. A guide provides background on Hawaiian history, geology, and plant life. Groups are limited to 14. Day-hikes on Maui cost $65 to $90. A four-day trek starts at $285 and includes equipment, lodging, meals, and local transportation. To explore more than one island, consecutive treks can be booked.

The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Suite 201, 1116 Smith St., Honolulu 96817; 537-4508. Helicopter touring, hiking, and reef exploring provide a look at majestic scenery and unique plant and animal life in some rarely visited areas on three islands. Four- and seven-day tours begin in Honolulu Sundays from October 5 through November 9 and are limited to eight people. Cost of $1,500 includes picnic lunches, ground and interisland air transport, deluxe hotels.

Photo: Lush vegetation shades hikers on route to lava pools at Maui's Waianapanapa park

Photo: Clear water of Hulopoe Bay on Lanai allows good views of coral reef and its inhabitants

Photo: Pitching a tent at Hulopoe Bay is light work when eight hands help out

Photo: "It's line, not rope,' captain advises crew learning how to rig sail
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