- Safari Explorer
- Motor Yacht
- 36 Capacity
- 8 Days
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Summary : Explore the Hawaiian Islands with the first cruise line to offer unstructured inter-island yacht cruising in Hawaii, where the next “port” may not be a port at all, but instead a secluded sandy beach or a quiet cove to explore. Activites include snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, diving, golfing and more. During tours ashore your transport is always exclusive, reserved for you and fellow yacht mates. The cruise route and timing is provided as a general guideline. Flexible scheduling also leads to the best whale watching and other wildlife encounters as well as taking advantage of currents and changes in weather. Some of the departures are Photography Sailings; see end of page for details.
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Activities : Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling
Family Departure Savings: Children 12 years and under save 25% off the regular Master stateroom rate (3/9/2013 and 3/30/2013 only).
$999,999,999 to $0
Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to a hospitality suite in Lahaina for a warm aloha from your Expedition Leader. Following an introduction to your weeklong adventure, a ferry carries you to Lanai to the awaiting Safari Explorer. Search for marine life during a sunset cruise before dropping anchor for the evening.
On Lanai, find coves lined by steep rock faces, white-sand beaches, and ancient volcanic plugs sitting both above and below the water surface. Gear up for a day of play. Activities may include hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and skiff exploration; or enjoy time on your own for exploring town or optional golf or diving. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary—located between Lanai, Molokai, and Maui—provides front-row seats in these productive marine breeding grounds.
From Kaunakakai Harbor, meet the people of Moloka’i and experience their land and traditions as few visitors ever do. Get some sand between your toes on one of Hawaii’s longest beaches. Hands-on activities await in the picture book Halawa Valley. Discover the history and culture of this ancient homeland at a local museum; learn to make lei’s at a plumeria farm; and treat your taste buds with a stop for coffee at a plantation and a visit to an organic macadamia nut farm. Spend leisure time in the charming paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Kaunakakai. “Talk story” with locals and enjoy an evening pa’ina (feast), complete with a home-style Hawaiian music “jam” session.
In ancient times, Olowalu was considered a place of refuge. Today, you’ll have a treat of snorkeling among black rock and coral gardens teaming with underwater life. Later you’ll be underway in an authentic hand-carved voyaging canoe sailing as the early Polynesian warriors did. The Safari Explorer turns towards Hawaii, the Big Island, this evening for two days of exploring along its leeward coast.
Head to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook perished in 1779, for some of the island’s best snorkeling. At Kailua-Kona, rendezvous for a guided walking tour of the historic town of Kailua. This evening anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Great Pacific Manta rays.
Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers a morning of snorkeling, paddle boarding, sailing, and kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sea turtles, sponges, and tropical fishes. And to fill out your last day of ultimate relaxation, more skiff tours and kayaking await in Opihihali—an area known to be favored by marine mammals.
As the Safari Explorer docks at Kawaihae Harbor, transfer to the Kona Airport or to a hotel to begin a post-cruise extension.
Reverse Itinerary: 3/30/2013, 4/13/2013 (Kona, Big Island to Maalaea, Maui)
Family Departures: 3/30/2013
Departures designed for families with children under the age of 12. Far from the typical family vacation getaway, a yacht cruise provides kids a fun way to learn about nature and other cultures. With one crewmember for every two guests, kids and adults alike are accompanied on a variety of personal-choice excursions while the yacht is at anchor in your destinations. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family will meet and interact with local residents of remote island communities. At the end of a week of up-close adventure, the crew will present each family member with a photo disc of several hundred images to share and reminisce for years to come. Each child under 12 will receive other mementos of their various explorations.
Photography Sailing: 4/6/2013
Explore with professional photographers and receive hands-on photo sessions. Whether a novice with a point-and-shoot camera or a professional photographer, you will benefit from tips and techniques geared toward capturing the stunning landscape, sea life, and plant life. A professional photographer will accompany you on excursions and offer one-on-one help throughout the cruise. Families with kids ages 12 and under are encouraged to sail on this Kids in Nature photography cruise to combine kid-friendly activities with photography tips. Young photographers will enjoy learning how to take memorable vacation photos.
Accommodations aboard yacht; meet/greet services and transfers; exclusive shore excursions; all meals aboard the yacht; premium wine, beer and liquor; all of the equipment for kayaking, snorkeling, and small-boat exploration; onboard professional naturalist or guide; all taxes, port charges and fees.
Airfare to and from your home city; optional activities, such as golf and helicopter flights; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.