Building on its history of adventure cruising in the Hawaiian Islands, UnCruise Adventures announces its first foray into summer island cruising with the addition of six departures in July and August 2019. The weeklong small ship cruises sail roundtrip Moloka'i and explore Lana'i, the Big Island of Hawai'i, and sea turtle rich waters off West Maui.
UnCruise Adventures' 36-guest Safari Explorer has operated Hawaii cruises from November through April since 2011. A new weeklong summer itinerary visits four islands with included activities exploring land and sea—kayaking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, wildlife searches and skiff excursions. Cultural heritage is a key component of the UnCruise experience in the islands.
"We've had our eye on operating in Hawaii during the summer, and with current demand, the time is right," said UnCruise Adventures' owner and CEO Dan Blanchard. "Hawaii is a popular vacation destination all year, and now summer travelers can take advantage of the convenience of traveling between islands by yacht."
The new Aloha Hawaii Adventure Cruise sails roundtrip Moloka'i, a lesser visited island with an authentic Hawaii culture and vibe. A local Halawa Valley family with ancient Hawaiian lineage invites guests to their home to "talk story" about island lore and learn how to make poi from taro root. A hike guided by locals meanders past taro patches and ends at a waterfall where those inclined can take a dip. An evening pa'ina feast in town is a true Hawaiian celebration with traditional local cuisine, music and dancing.
On the island of Lana'i, hike to Sweetheart Rock for sweeping views and visit the Lana'i Culture and Heritage Center. Snorkel off West Maui at a turtle cleaning station—where turtles visit for shell cleaning by small fish—and find yourself swimming with green sea turtles and other colorful fish. An evening snorkel in Honomalino Bay draws Giant Pacific Manta ray's up close in a feeding area. Kayak through lava tubes off the Big Island of Hawai'i and stroll through historic Kailua. Marine life abounds with sightings of colorful reef fish, turtles, whales, dolphins, reef sharks and manta rays.
Meals on board are fresh and innovative with produce and meat sourced on Moloka'i. Sustainable seafood is sourced from local fishermen at the Honolulu fish market.
Cruises start at $5,195 per person based on double occupancy and are inclusive of meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities and transfers day of cruise. Port taxes and fees are additional.
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