• 8 days/7 nights
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  • From Starting at $4, 695 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

DELIGHT IN THIS LUXURY HAWAIIAN CRUISE!

Hawaii is a tropical destination synonymous with paradise. What better way to hop among the islands than by small cruise ship? Watch for whales, “talk story” with locals, explore a sacred valley, and find plenty of time for play – paddle, hike, and snorkel. Immerse yourself in aloha and experience the islands from a different perspective. This adventure runs from Moloka‘i to Hawai‘i or in reverse from Hawai‘i to Moloka‘i depending on the week! (Please call your adventure travel consultant for more details).

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  • New Trips of 2019!
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • North America Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Swimming
  • Safari/Wildlife
  • Small Ship

Activity Level: Easy (1)

About
This Tour
The Hawaiian Islands have one of the most diverse land and seascapes in the world. It’s the kind of place where you can find yourself snorkeling with sea turtles in the morning, and then gaze out over lush, rainforest-covered pali—or cliffs rippling one after another almost endlessly. Natural features like lava tubes or sea stacks always seem to be just a short walk down the trail. Hawaii is also all about authentic local culture and “aloha” spirit. You’ll have the opportunity to “talk story” with the locals, and maybe take in a jam session with Hawaiian musicians. Learn the islands’ history while touring Halawa’s Cathedral Valley and make and taste traditional poi. Watch the spectacular island landscapes drift by as you relax aboard the ship and sail to your next adventure. This carefully-planned cruise offers one of the best ways to get the most out of the islands, and enjoy the ride along the way.
  • Snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays. AT NIGHT.
  • Stroll with your significant other to Sweetheart Rock, a sea stack that towers 80 feet over the waves.
  • Spend time with the locals “talking story”, and experiencing their unique perspectives on the islands and life.
  • Watch for humpback whales, dolphins, and seals in the Humpback Whale Marine Reserve—one of the world’s most important whale habitats, thousands of humpbacks migrate here each winter
  • Unwind from a day of exploring with a complimentary massage or with the cocktail-du-jour from the top deck
Hawaii Cruise
Photo: Hawaii Cruise

"A well organized and thoroughly enjoyable trip."

Cora B. Karrinyup, WA

"We had a wonderful trip that really was better than we could have imagined."

Boris V. Madison, NJ

"We had such a great time! Super adventures, great guides, saw things I would not have known about!"

Ginger W. Arlington, VA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Moloka‘i (MKK) or Kailua-Kona (KOA)

Day 1: MOLOKA‘I OR HAWAI‘I, THE BIG ISLAND – EMBARK
Hawaii Cruise paddle board
Meals Included:  D
Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to the hospitality area to gather with fellow travelers and meet with your expedition leader. Later the captain and crew greet you with smiles and champagne as you board the awaiting Safari Explorer. This evening, settle in and enjoy dinner aboard the 36-guest ship, before a presentation about your week ahead.

About Safari Explorer Vessel

This high-end SUV of a ship is nimble, strong, and loving. The Safari Explorer has what mariners call “feet” that take her into wild areas most other ships aren’t certified to visit. Her performance-built rugged construction means access to faraway regions. But it’s what’s on the inside that makes this yacht the prize of the fleet. And with only 36 guests on board, the feel is decidedly exclusive. Lovingly called “the Bulldog,” she’s poised, her interior is a pearl, and the general mood is down-to-earth. For about half the year, she bops around the islands of Hawaii soaking up the laid-back aloha spirit. The other half she spends in Alaska sowing her wild oats. A protective spirit infused in every part of the ship, and within the crew. She’s made for adventures after all and with them comes inevitable fun and folly.
Day 2-7: EXPLORATION OF MOLOKA‘I, LANA‘I, MAUI, AND HAWAI‘I, THE BIG ISLAND
EXPLORATION OF MOLOKA‘I, LANA‘I, MAUI, AND HAWAI‘I, THE BIG ISLAND
Meals Included:  B, L, D
You’ll be spending your days cruising from either Moloka‘i to Hawai‘i or Hawai‘i to Moloka‘i (depending on the week) discovering island history, scanning the open waters for marine life, and hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean waters. Honomalino Bay, Kealakekua Bay, Kailua-Kona, Lāna‘i, Olowalu, West Maui are just a few of the places you’ll explore (see below for further explanations on each). Moloka‘i A warm Aloha spirit gives you a sense of Hawaii long ago. No stop lights, no high-rises, just a welcome slower pace “talk story” with locals and experience their land and traditions as few visitors ever do. You’ll hear legends and lore, then take in a cultural lesson in taro patches and poi making, or hike to a towering waterfall in Halawa’s cathedral valley—one of the island’s most historic places. At the Molokaʻi Museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening paʻina (feast), complete with a homestyle Hawaiian jam session. Lana‘i Gear up for a day of play on the “Private Island.” Thousand foot sea cliffs line the shore and ancient volcanic plugs sit both above and below the water's surface as host to a wide diversity of marine life. Snorkel, paddle board, kayak, explore by skiff, or stretch your legs on a hike—whichever activities suit your fancy. Take a stroll to Sweetheart Rock, a sea stack jutting 80 feet above the crashing surf, and discover the legend of the princess Puu Pehe. Learn about the islands’ plantation days with a visit to the quaint Lanaʻi Culture and Heritage Center. Olowalu / West Maui In ancient times, Olowalu was considered a place of refuge. Today, it delivers a treat of snorkeling among coral gardens teeming with underwater life and a known sea turtle habitat. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary—located between Lanaʻi, Molokaʻi, and Maui—provides front-row seats as you cruise through these productive marine breeding grounds searching for dolphins, whales, and other marine life. Honomalino Bay The search is on as you set sail through an area known to be favored by marine mammals. Lava tubes, skiff tours, and kayaking are in store for a day of ultimate adventure. Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers opportunities for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and more kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges, and tropical fishes. This evening you’ll anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays. Kealakekua Bay / Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i, the Big Island  Skiff to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook was slain in 1779, for some of the island’s best snorkeling. Stroll through Kailua-Kona at your own pace. A fun and quaint seaside town, Kailua-Kona has the souvenir shops and open-air restaurants you’d expect in a small tourist hub, plus a surprising number of historic sites.
Day 8: HAWAI‘I OR MOLOKA‘I – DISEMBARK
Hawaii Cruise waterfall
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Hawai’i or Moloka’i for disembarkation. A transfer will be provided to the airport or your hotel. * This trip is operated by UnCruise Adventures in partnership with Austin Adventures.  ** Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters.  Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From Starting at $4, 695 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival and Departure

This trip runs from either Moloka‘i to Hawai‘i or in reverse from Hawai‘i to Moloka‘i depending on the week so please plan accordingly. We suggest that you book your flight to the Big Island (Kailua-Kona) or Moloka‘i at least one day prior to your trip departure. You may arrive on day of embarkation as long as your flight arrives no later than 2:30 pm. If you are arriving on the day of embarkation, your airport transfer is included to the hospitality area in Moloka‘i or Kailua-Kona (dependent upon your embarkation city). If you arrive independently prior to embarkation day, you will need to check into the hospitality suite no later than 3:00 pm with your luggage. You will have time relax on the beach or walk through town before arriving back no later than 4:30 pm to meet your expedition leader, followed by a 4:45 pm transfer to the boat for your embarkation. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the airport or our recommended hotels in Moloka‘i or Kailua-Kona (dependent upon disembarkation city). Please schedule departing flights for after 12:00 pm.

Activities

Hiking: Difficulty varies depending on group, no experience necessary. Kayaking: Coves, inlets, open water,  no experience necessary. Boating: Interpretive small ship wildlife cruise with captain and crew. Paddle boarding: Stand up paddle boarding, no experience necessary. Snorkeling: Snorkeling in protected bays, no experience necessary. Optional night snorkel. Skiff excursions: Inflatable skiff explorations with guides and crew, no experience necessary. Wildlife Viewing: No experience necessary but come prepared to look and listen. * Note: Daily itinerary is kept purposefully flexible to maximize wildlife sightings and natural encounters. Discovery: Get a sense of Hawaii long ago. Talk story and be enticed by Hawaiian legend and the hula’s rhythm. During a week of kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and cultural visits, the history of this ancient homeland unfolds. With no stop lights and no high rises, you’ll welcome leisure time in the paniolo town of Kaunakakai, the scent of plumeria, and Moloka‘i’s slow pace. Gear up for water play at Lana‘i and hike to the island’s spatter and cinder cone. And if you’re lucky, paddle an outrigger from a Maui beach and linger under Lahaina’s giant Banyan tree (with tuneful Myna’s perched limb-to-limb).The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary provides front-row seats as you cruise these marine breeding grounds keeping watch for dolphins, whales and other marine life. By skiff, explore shores lined with lava tubes and coconut palm-fringed bays. Discover coral gardens full of underwater life, snorkel in a known sea turtle habitat by day, and at night, with Giant Pacific Manta rays. Skiff into Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook was slain in 1779 – for some of the island of Hawai’i’s best snorkeling. This is just the beginning – discover for yourself this place they call The Islands of Aloha.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals aboard the ship: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages are included in the trip price of this cruise. Included in the Trip Price
  • All meals aboard ship.
  • Double occupancy cabins with private baths.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • All “from-the-ship” adventure activities and equipment.
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Wellness amenities: fitness equipment, yoga mats and a complimentary massage.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves.
Not Included in the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to UnCruise Adventures captain and crew.
  • Port taxes and fees ($375 per person).
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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Testimonials
Testimonials
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
Wow is all I can say, Amazing trip amazing guides. ” Ben R., Seattle, WA
Best choice I've made could have just gone to Hawaii but I wanted to make it something memorable, glad I chose Austin Adventures. ” Tina L., Sacramento, CA
Great trip very fun. ” Josh K., Hamilton, NY
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Hawaii has one of the largest elevation changes in the world, starting at sea level and topping out at almost 14,000 feet. Seeing the volcanoes soar overhead is even more spectacular when out to sea.
  • 2. Halawa’s cathedral valley on Moloka‘i isn’t just a lush green valley with towering waterfalls, but a site of great historic importance to the Hawaiians. This secluded valley holds several ancient heiau, or places of worship.
  • 3. Wander through lava tubes formed when hot magma snaked its way from the volcano to the sea.
  • 4. Listen to whale song with the ship’s hydrophone.
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