Big Island, Maui, Lanai, and Molokai aboard the Safari Explorer

Overview

Hop among islands on an inclusive exploration—watch for whales; “talk story” with locals; explore a sacred valley; and enjoy time at play—paddle, hike, and snorkel. Then relax on deck, mingle in the lounge, or chat up the captain on the bridge. Many of the crew are from Hawaii, so they keep it authentic. Immerse yourself in aloha, and experience the islands from a different perspective.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Molokai / Embarkation

Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to the hospitality area on Molokaʻi. Later, you will be transferred to the Safari Explorer, where the Captain and crew greet you with smiles and champagne as you board. This evening, settle in and enjoy dinner aboard the yacht, before a presentation about your week ahead.

Day 2
Molokai

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 home-style Hawaiian jam session.

Day 3
Lanai

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 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 Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

Day 4
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 Lanai, Molokai, and Maui—provides front-row seats as you cruise through these productive marine breeding grounds searching for dolphins, whales, and other marine life.

Day 5
Captain’s Choice Exploration

Leave it to your Captain and crew to seek out and unveil the best opportunities the islands hold in store today. Dramatic volcanic backdrops, marine life sightings, and chances for snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all possible!

Day 6
Honomalino Bay

Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers a morning of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges, and tropical fishes. Lava tubes, kayaking, and skiff tours fill out your day of adventure—in an area known to be favored by marine mammals. This evening you’ll anchor at an offshore location for a thrilling night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays.

Day 7
Kailua-Kona

Skiff to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook was slain in 1779, for some of the island’s best snorkeling. At Kailua-Kona, stroll through town at your own pace, and uncover the charm of this historic town. This evening, celebrate with the Captain’s Dinner and photographic recap of your adventure.

Day 8
Hawaii, the Big Island / Disembark

As the Safari Explorer docks at Kawaihae Harbor, you'll be transferred to the Kona Airport or to your extended UnCruise hotel stay.

Itinerary-in-Brief

Day 1 Arriva Kona / Embarkation
Day 2 Hanomalino Bay
Day 3 Kealakekua Bay / Kailua-Kona
Day 4 Captain’s Choice Exploration
Day 5 Lanai
Day 6 Olowalu / West Maui
Day 7 Molokai
Day 8 Molokai / Disembark

Highlights

Highlights

Night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays
Marine life search in the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary
Evening pa’ina (feast) and Hawaiian jam session with Moloka’i locals
Snorkel among coral gardens and at a sea turtle habitat
Visit Moloka’i’s ancient Halawa Valley
Discover island history at the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center
Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff exploration
Exclusive yacht getaway—unforgettable for honeymoons

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $3795  
Arrive: Molokai, Hawaii (or reverse)
Depart: Kona, Hawaii (or reverse)
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a small ship vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours, snorkeling