From November through April, Hawaii-bound travellers can explore four Hawaiian Islands – Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai – by yacht on a week-long cruise with small ship cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures.
Cruises sail one way between Hawaii, the Big Island and Molokai or reverse aboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer.
With an aft swim step and a full complement of water sports equipment, guests aboard the Explorer can enjoy the freedom of water exploration. Kayak through a lava tube or nearby volcanic cliffs. Jump in a skiff to look for whales or other marine life. Watch dolphins off the bow. Snorkel among tropical fish, green sea turtles and dolphins. Swim, sail or paddle board nearby the yacht. Expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.
Highlights include a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays and snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook was slain in 1779. Hike along a beach up to a scenic, rocky overlook for sweeping views of neighbouring bays on Lanai. Visit Lanai City and the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center. Explore the old town of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. In the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, expedition cruising allows time for searching out marine life – humpback whales, dolphins, green sea turtles and other marine life. Tour the historic town of Lahaina, Maui and take a turn paddling a traditional outrigger canoe.
Embarking or disembarking at Molokai allows time for an evening and full day of cultural activities on the less-visited isle.