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Hawaiian Seascapes - Hawaii to Lana'i

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in the Big Island
Day 2 : Opihihali / Honomalino Bay
Day 3 : Kailua Kona
Day 4 : Olowalu / West Maui
Days 5-6 : Moloka’i / Halawa Valley
Day 7 : Lana’i
Day 8 : Lana’i – Disembark


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Experience the culture and meet the locals on Maui Snorkel with a wide array of fascinating sealife Visits Maui's Black Sand Beach Visit secluded inlets Plenty of opportunity to snorkel

Day 1 Arrive in the Big Island

Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll receive a warm aloha from your Expedition Leader at the hospitality suite at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort. Following an introduction to your weeklong adventure, a private transfer takes you to the Safari Explorer awaiting dockside at Kawaihae Harbor. Enjoy a sunset cruise before dropping anchor for the evening.

Day 2 Opihihali / Honomalino Bay

The search is on this morning as you set sail for Opihihali—an area known to be favored by marine mammals. A day of ultimate relaxation, skiff tours, and kayaking is in store. Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers snorkeling, paddle boarding, sailing, and another chance for kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sea turtles, sponges, and tropical fishes.

Day 3 Kailua Kona

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. Anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Great Pacific Manta rays before setting sail this evening.

Day 4 Olowalu / West Maui

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 handcarved voyaging canoe sailing as the early Polynesian warriors did.

Day 5-6 Moloka’i / Halawa Valley

From Kaunakakai Harbor, you’ll 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.

Day 7 Lana’i

On Lana’i, you’ll 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. Water activities include snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, and skiff exploration. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary—located between Lana’i, Moloka’i, and Maui—provides front-row seats in these productive marine breeding grounds.

Day 8 Lana’i – Disembark

Gather for breakfast before the Safari Explorer docks on Lana’i, where you’ll be transferred to the Lana’i Airport or to the ferry dock for your continued journey home.

Safari Explorer

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Safari Explorer's Single Cabin.
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B6. Twin bed, view window, windowed door, private bath with shower.
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Explorer.
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B3, B7-14. Queen or twin beds, view window, windowed door, private bath with shower.
Safari Explorer Commander Stateroom
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B15, B16. King or twin beds, view window, windowed door, private bath with shower.
Safari Explorer's Captain Stateroom
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B2. King or twin beds, view window, windowed door, private bath with Jacuzzi & shower.
Safari Explorer' Admiral Stateroom
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B1, C1, C2. King or twin beds, windows, private bath with Jacuzzi & shower.
Safari Explorer's Commodore Suite
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A1, A2. Separate sitting area, king or twin beds, private bath with Jacuzzi & shower, window and sliding door with balcony.


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- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, transfers, taxes, port charges and fees.
- Children ages 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Included in cruise fare:
- All-inclusive of taxes & port fees
- Roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days
- Wine, beer, and premium spirits served onboard
- Accommodations in luxury staterooms with heated tile floors in every bathroom, Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses, flat screen DVD/TV, iPod docking stations, a hot tub and more
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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