Island of Hawaii (Big Island)
During this week-long Hawaii yacht cruise, you will see and experience the Maui County group of islands (Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i) and the Big Island from a different perspective than that of a high-end resort or a big cruise ship. Explore remote coves and shoreline by foot, kayak, paddle boarding, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch. The warm, shallow waters provide one of the world’s most important habitats for humpback whales — two-thirds of the North Pacific population migrate to Hawaii each winter for breeding, calving and nursing.
This flexible itinerary focuses on dipping into hideaway coves and inlets, mostly staying on the leeward side of the eastern-most Hawaiian Islands chain (sheltered from the northerly winds and waves). Along the way, experience traditional Hawaiian culture with opportunities to meet the locals on their land and in their homes. Each evening, the yacht sets anchor in a different sheltered harbor or inlet. Our itineraries and small guest contingent have little impact on the islands, and the all-American crew includes Hawaii residents, especially Captains and Expedition Leaders/Naturalists who have personal knowledge of the islands.
All transfers and baggage transfers on the cruise are included as indicated, all port fees and entry fees to parks and preserves. All meals, premium wine, beer and spirits are included throughout the cruise.
Cruise Departure Dates (Big Island - Moloka'i):
(2013) Nov 2,16,30, Dec 14,28 / (2014) Jan 11,25, Feb 8,22, Mar 8,22, Apr 5
Cruise Departure Dates (Moloka'i - Big Island):
(2013) Nov 9,23, Dec 7,21 / (2014) Jan 4,18, Feb 1,15, Mar 1,15,29, Apr 12
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
With a dramatic oceanfront setting that overlooks picturesque Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort stands within walking distance of the quaint fishing village of Kailua-Kona with its many fine restaurants, shops, historical sites and activities. Captain Cook Monument is a 30-minute drive from the resort and Parker Ranch, a working Hawaiian ranch that offers outdoor adventures, is located less than two miles from the property.
Experience the scenic beauty and volcanic excitement of Hawaii on a full-day Big Island Grand Circle group tour! The Grand Circle Island Adventure takes you to lush tropical rain forests & Volcanoes National Park on a big day trip round the Big Island. Travel in comfort aboard a spacious, "big window" coach, and enjoy expert narration on this Hawaii Big Island day trip.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to the village of Kailua-Kona. Dinner onboard the Safari Explorer. Enjoy a sunset cruise before dropping anchor for the evening.
The 150' motor yacht Safari Explorer offers passengers a luxurious and relaxing stay while on board, featuring a well-equipped spa area with hot tub and sauna, massages, wine library and many other equisite touches, while cruising along at a steady 10 knots. The vessel sleeps up to 36 passengers in elegant staterooms, and carries a professional crew of 16.
You'll skiff to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook perished 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 you’ll anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays.
The search is on as you set sail for Opihihali—an area known to be favored by marine mammals. Lava tubes, skiff tours, and kayaking are in store for a day of ultimate adventure. Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers opportunities for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and more kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges, and tropical fishes.
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!
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.
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, paddle board, 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. Cap off the day and celebrate this evening with the Captain’s Dinner.
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.
You'll disembark from your ship this morning, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates. A complimentary group transfer concludes your cruise journey.
Take a flight from Molokai to Honolul. The flight takes about 35 minutes and it is fully non-refundable once booked.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Honolulu International Airport.
Situated steps from the Waikiki Beach, the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel (4*) offers luxury and comfort on the Island of Oahu. The hotel has 601 guestrooms and the interiors include exotic woods and Hawaiian-print accents, 42-inch plasma HDTV multimedia monitors, premium mattresses and bedding. Facilities include complimentary access to the hotel's fully equipped Precor® by Hilton fitness center, a spacious sundeck which includes a pool bar, Jacuzzi, and heated outdoor swimming pool. High-speed Internet in guestrooms is available for a small fee and complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby, public areas & pool deck.
Enjoy a full day shared tour in the company of a professional Guide as you are taken around the island by coach to see the many places of interest. Enjoy the scenic drive along the slopes of famous Diamond Head Crater. See O’ahu’s prestigious Kahala residential area. Marvel at the views from the lookout over Hanauma Bay (closed Tuesdays), see the Halona Blowhole, the legendary body surfing spots at Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Lighthouse Point. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture one of O’ahu’s most scenic vistas over Windward O’ahu at Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. Visit Byodo-In Temple (admission included) set amidst a picturesque mountain backdrop (admission included). Visit the Kualoa ranch to learn about its history and legends where you will take a scenic tram ride and drive into the Ko’olau Mountains to a spectacular lookout overlooking Chinaman’s Hat and Kaneohe Bay. See the world famous North Shore surfing beaches of Sunset, Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay. At day's end, visit Dole Plantation villages and discover the history of Hawaii’s pineapple industry before taking a stroll through the Plantation Gardens to see hundreds of varieties of pineapples and plants (admission included). Then sit back and relax on the return journey back to your hotel in Waikiki.
You will be met at the hotel for your private transfer to Honolulu International Airport.
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