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Highlights
  • 8 days Hawaii cruise
  • Watch for whales off Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii
  • You will have opportunities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking and other activities
  • Explore Molokai Museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy

Discover Hawaii’s old traditions in a new way via this small yacht adventure in America's very own paradise, the Hawaiian Islands. This unique four-island Hawaiian Seascapes itinerary allows you to authentically discover Hawaii's rich traditions and spectacular natural wonders.

From your base aboard the 39-guest Safari Explorer, watch for whales off Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Explore the naturally pristine areas of Hawaii that can only be accessed by sea. Experience traditional Hawaiian history and culture as you explore the islands with an intimate group of like-minded travelers.

Trip Description

This active itinerary includes time for snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, touring local farms and museums, and even night snorkeling. Each evening, slip into a different sheltered harbor or inlet for exploration. Plus enjoy a splendid dinner on board, as the sun sets, a fragrant breeze emerges and the coconut palms sway on the nearby shore.

 
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark Moloka’i

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to a hospitality suite on Moloka'i for a warm aloha. 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 yacht, before a presentation about your week ahead.

Day 2 - Moloka'i

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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 lessons 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 Moloka’i Museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening pa’ina (feast), complete with a home-style Hawaiian jam session.

Day 3 - Lana'i

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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 surface as host to a wide diversity of marine life. Snorkel, paddleboard, kayak and explore by skiff. Enjoy a short hike to the island’s spatter and cinder cone. Learn about the islands plantation days with a visit to the quaint Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center.

Day 4 - Olowalu & West Maui

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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 Lana’i, Moloka’i, 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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 paddleboarding are all possible!

Day 6 - Honomalino Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers a morning of snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges and tropical fish. Lava tubes, kayaking and skiff tours fill out your last day of ultimate adventure in an area known to be favored by marine mammals. This evening anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Giant Pacific Mantas.

Day 7 - Kailua-Kona

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

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 - Disembark Hawaii, the Big Island

Meals: Breakfast

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

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 3,795

Price Per Day:

$ 474 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 750
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Safari Explorer

Ship Stats

Safari Explorer

  • 36 guests
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Renovated: 2008
  • 14-15 crew members
  • Length: 145 feet
  • Beam: 36 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 10 knots

The luxury motor yacht Safari Explorer embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. Her crew of 16 takes care of passengers’ every need. The Safari Explorer cruises Alaska waters in the summer and the Hawaiian Islands in the winter.

Ship Description

The Safari Explorer is the Goldilocks of small ships.  She is not too big, not too small, but just the right size. She offers the space and ammenities of a larger small ship but maintians the intimacy and efficiency of a smaller yacht.  She continually receives rave reviews from AdventureSmith Explorations staff and our clients. While the cabins and common areas are very nice it is her service, programs and cuisine that stand out the most.  Choose the Safari Explorer if you are seeking a small ship that feels like a yacht.  Expect as much activity as you wish with the luxury you would expect from a much larger ship.

In this detailed review of the Safari Explorer, find the complete small ship description with deck plans and a photo gallery. After reading through our Safari Explorer review above and detailed ship description below, contact our Alaska cruise experts for more information and to compare this ship with other Alaska and Hawaii small ships and yachts.

Trip Includes
  • All on-board meals
  • Premium spirits, wine, and beer
  • Exclusive roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat
  • Taxes and port fees
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • Sauna, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare to Hawaii
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Super premium wine, beer and liquor
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew - typically 10-15% of fare
  • Insurance of any kind.
Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum Number of People in Group: 36
Start City
Moloka'i
End City
Kona
Cancellation Policy:

A deposit of $750 per person is required to secure a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

91 days or more - 50% of initial deposit

90 to 61 days - Forfeiture of full deposit

60 to 46 days - 50% of gross fare

45 to 31 days - 75% of gross fare

30 to 0 days - 100% of gross fare

Age Notes

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 13, with the exception of holiday departures. Charters are also available, and perfect for families or small groups. Call for charter rates and details.

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance:

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions

Trip Level- 1:

Our level one trips are designed for travelers interested in lodge and hotel accommodations combined with mild activities, plenty of flexibility and options for more rigorous activity. Expect two to four hours of activity each day over straightforward terrain. Travelers should be comfortable hiking or walking 3-5 miles per day. Other level one activities include snorkeling or sea kayaking sheltered waters and river rafting class I-II water. Expedition Cruising aboard small ships and yachts is level one and may include fun and easy activities such as hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. Enjoying a relaxed pace with a focus on nature, culture and history is often a priority for those who choose this trip level.

Claims and Complaints:

If a client has a complaint against AdventureSmith Explorations or the third party supplier, the client must first inform the tour leader or company representative while on the tour in order that the tour leader or representative can attempt to rectify the matter. Any further complaint must be put in writing to the company within 30 days of the end of the tour.

Severability:

If any provision of this agreement shall be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render the agreement unenforceable or invalid as a whole. Such unenforceable provision will be replaced with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the extent possible, the original objectives and intent of the original provision.

Applicable Law and Binding Arbitration:

I agree that any dispute concerning, relating, or referring to this agreement, AdventureSmith Explorations tour brochures or any other materials that concern my tour, the tour itself, or any claim for damages due to property injury, bodily injury or death which occurs during or in connection with my tour, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration. The binding arbitration shall take place in San Diego County, California, USA, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) California law. The arbitrator and not any federal, state or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any of this contract is void or voidable.

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