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Hawaii Outdoor Spring Break


Trip Overview:

Spend your spring break with Outdoor Adventures on our very first trip to Hawai'i! Students will discover the beauty, culture and multiple outdoor activties during our 7-day stay. During our time on the Big Island, we will take part in a service project near Hilo, swim with manta rays in Honokōhau, zipline through the Hakalau Forest, and much more! Students will also learn outdoor ethics, Leave No Trace principles, cooking, group dynamics, and environmental stewardship.

This week-long excursion is open to all current CSUSM students, but we are requiring them to apply in order to ensure equal opportunity to participate. 
Students MUST have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible
Trip Schedule & Overview

Sat. 03/18

Sun. 03/19

Mon. 03/20

Tues. 03/21

Wed. 03/22

Thurs. 03/23

Fri. 03/24

Sat. 03/25

Activty Highlights


Meet @ SD Airport

Fly into Hilo, HI

Pick up Vans

Get Settled

Hike Volcano Nt. Park

Lava Tubes

Kilaua Volcanoe Summit

SUP Boarding

Free Time

Service Project



Kolekole waterfall hike


Akaka waterfall hike

Stargazining at Mauna Kea

Hike in Kauluoa

Free Time

Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Horseback Ride

Free Time

Luau Dinner

Check out of Air BnB

Return Vans

Go to Hilo Airport

Fly back to SD

Loding Tent Camping Tent Camping Tent Camping Tent Camping Air BnB Air BnB Air BnB N/A

Breakfast Incuded

No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Lunch Included No Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Dinner Included Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes N/A

Saturday, March 18th - Saturday, March 25th, 2023

The deadline to apply is November 28th, 2022, by 12:00pm. Applicants will be emailed for group interviews on November 29th. Once the interviews conclude, students will be selected and notified around December 14th.

Info Session

Thursday, November 17th at 5:00pm - Extended Learning Building, Room 372

Trip Cost: $1,250.00 per Student

Payment will be collected in three segments

    1. $250.00 - Non-refundable deposit due by December 16th
    2. $500.00 - Due by January 27th 
    3. $500.00 - Due by February 24th 

We will have three mandatory group meetings before the trip departs to review travel details, expectations, what-to-bring items, and to get to know each other through teambuilding activities.

If you have any questions about this Outdoor Adventure, please email the OA team: 

Apply Online
      • Applications Open: Monday, November 14th, 2022 (ONLINE ONLY)
      • Applications Close: Monday, November 28th, 2022. 

Trip Cost Comparison
Cost of going w/ REC vs. On Your Own Meals              (five breakfasts, three lunches, and six dinners) Transportation (RT flights, rental vehicles on the island)

Lodging (tent camping and AirBnB stay)

Entrance Fees Ziplining Snorkeling with manta rays Luau Horseback Riding Surfing Total Cost 
Campus Recreation  Included Included Included Included Included Included Included Included Included $1,250.00
On Your Own  $350.00 $900.00 $700.00 $100.00 $180.00 $130.00 $180.00 $150.00 $99.00 $2,789.00

Our goal is to provide students with affordable opportunities to experience the outdoors in a variety of ways. We sudsidize trip costs by 30%-55%. See above for cost-savings; some of these categories are estimated if we do not have actual cost (ex: gas cost).

Note that activities are subject to change based on weather, vendor cancellations, or other unforseen circumstances. 

Cancellation Policy 

The $250.00 deposit is non-refundable. After Feburary 29th, 2023, students will NOT be eligible for a refund. 

All University programs require student participants to follow standards of the CSUSM Student Code of Conduct in order to ensure a safe, respectful learning environment.  As the Policy states, “The University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each member of the campus community should choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and contribute positively to student and university life.” 


Failure to abide by these standards could result in becoming ineligible to participate in Outdoor Adventure programs indefinitely and a referral to the Dean of Students Office."