Hawaii Seascapes - Small Ship Cruise


This sample itinerary is only a guideline; variations may occur to maximize your experience.

Day 1 – Molokai, Hawaii* – Embark

Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to our hospitality area on Molokai. 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 – 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 Molokai Museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening paina (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 for your return flight home.

*For trips departing from Hawaii, the Big Island to Molokai, the itinerary will be in reverse.

Flexible, Fun & Full!

Your days will be filled from the moment you wake until you retire to your cabin with opportunities for group meals, off-ship outings, and presentations in the evening. You can choose to participate in the activities and presentations each day or sit them out, but one thing is for sure, this cruise will keep you moving!

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Your trip will begin in either Kaunakakai, Hawaii on the island of Molokai where you will fly into the regional Molokai Airport or in Kawaihae Harbor on Hawaii, the Big Island where you will fly into the Kona International Airport. The first day of your trip, you will meet your fellow travelers in the outfitter’s hospitality area before enjoying your first dinner aboard the yacht.


The last night on the ship, you will have a special farewell dinner, and the next morning after breakfast, you will disembark in Kawaihae Harbor on Hawaii, the Big Island or Kaunakakai, Hawaii on the island of Molokai for your return flight home.

Price Includes

All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, and beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all adventure activities and equipment from the boat. Your vessel also has wellness offerings such as fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.


The weather in Hawaii can vary depending on which island you visit, but typically Hawaii’s average daytime high temperatures November – April range from 75ºF – 85ºF. Evening temperatures usually dip a little to
60ºF – 70ºF. This time of year is also the rainy season, but most of the rainfall is overnight and most showers are short-lived.

Hawaiian Islands

Made up of the exposed peaks of a great undersea mountain range formed by volcanic activity, the Hawaiian Islands are known for their natural beauty and tranquil culture. This yacht trip is more than just taking in the scenery; you will learn about the rich traditions of native Hawaiians; paddleboard or kayak near thousand-foot sea cliffs; and snorkel among coral gardens and sea turtle habitat. Experience the spirit of Aloha woven throughout all your travels.

Group Size

This is a small-scale cruise and your vessel will have a maximum number of 36 guests and a generous guest to guide ratio of 2 guests for each crew member. This means that you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the landscape, ecology, and culture of the area, as well as have expert instruction for all your adventure activities.

The Boat

Meet the Safari Explorer – a spacious boutique yacht with 18 guest cabins that offers ample vantage points for taking in the sights and relaxing. The ship carries all the adventure equipment for guests including kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, and snorkel equipment. All cabins are equipped with a TV and DVD, iPod docking station, private bath, view windows, and generous closet space. Your vessel includes an intimate wine library, salon, and inviting dining room to sit back and relax. The vessel also comes equipped with fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage for you to enjoy.


You can look forward to a delicious daily menu filled with meals designed to reflect the flavors of Hawaii including locally sourced ingredients when possible. For breakfast – you can choose from an early riser breakfast with fresh baked pastries and fruit or a full breakfast with hot, cold, and specialty dishes. For lunch – you will find a range of salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. For happy hour – enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge. For dinner – choose from several entrées including fresh, local seafood and meats or a vegetarian dish with a chef-selected wine pairing and be sure to leave room for an indulgent dessert, such as tiramisu.

Length: 7 nights
Price: $3,995 – $8,245 per person; $300 for port taxes & fees;  Kids ages 8 to 13 save $500 per child
Season: November – April
Min. Age: 8 years
Activity: Expedition Cruise
Adventure Level: Mild

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