May 26, 2012
American Safari Cruises (also known as InnerSea Discovery) the Un-cruise cruise experience is built on the fact nature is not set to a time clock and the animals don’t wear watches. This flexibility allows the Guests onboard the yacht to experience an active adventure while cruising in luxury style not available on large cruise ships. See and experience the islands from a different perspective. Explore remote coves, bays and shoreline by foot, kayak, sailboat, paddle board, snorkel, and skiff.
The company’s signature cruising style is built on flexibility, which allows the yachts to follow whales and dolphins or dodge unpleasant weather. “We’ve built our reputation on spontaneity,” says Captain Dan Blanchard, who has explored the islands extensively by private boat. “Our style makes it possible to explore Hawaii without having to be at a specific port at a specific time. We can gunkhole, stop in out-of-the-way bays and coves, and be ready for whatever experiences may come along.”
The interisland trips include the islands of Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Below is a sample itinerary, call for more details as well as special pricing:
|Lana’i - Embarkation
Welcome to Hawaii! You’ll be transferred to our hospitality suite on Lana’i for a warm aloha. Later, the Captain and crew greet you with smiles and champagne as you board the awaiting Safari Explorer. Search for marine life during a sunset cruise before dropping anchor for the evening.
On Lana’i, steep rock faces line the coves and ancient volcanic plugs sit both above and below the water surface. Gear up for a day of play. Morning activities include snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and skiffing; and in the afternoon, explore town or stroll through an orchid garden and along an island trail. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary-located between Lana’i, Moloka’i, and Maui-provides front-row seats as you cruise through these productive marine breeding grounds.
Enjoy leisure time in the charming paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Kaunakakai and live as the locals do today-learn to make lei’s at a plumeria farm, treat your taste buds with a stop for coffee at a plantation, and visit an organic macadamia nut farm. Get some sand between your toes on one of Hawaii’s longest beaches. And at a local museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening pa’ina (feast), complete with a home-style Hawaiian “jam” session.
|Moloka’i - Halawa Valley
Hands-on activities await you in the picture book Halawa Valley. “Talk story” with locals and experience their land and traditions as few visitors ever do. Take in a cultural lesson in taro patches, poi making, and legends and lore or a hike to a towering waterfall in Halawa’s cathedral valley-one of the island’s most historic areas.
|Olowalu / West Maui
In ancient times, Olowalu was considered a place of refuge. Today, it delivers a treat of snorkeling among black rock and coral gardens teaming with underwater life. Later you’ll be underway in an authentic hand-carved voyaging canoe sailing as the early Polynesian warriors did.
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. This evening you’ll anchor at an offshore location to search for and night snorkel with Great Pacific Manta rays.
|Honomalino Bay / Opihihali
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 last day of ultimate adventure in Opihihali-an area known to be favored by marine mammals.
|Hawaii, the Big Island - Disembark
As the Safari Explorer docks at Kawaihae Harbor, we’ll transfer you to the Kona Airport or to your American Safari Cruises hotel to begin your post-cruise extension.
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
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December 12, 2008
This is the 2nd article on how to visit Hawaii on a budget. Although we are going to look at the island of Oahu today, the one quality that every island has in abundance is its scenery and the easy accessibility to the scenery via a rental car. Self exploration by automobile is one of the most exciting and least expensive ways to enjoy the islands.
BTW Oahu is the busiest of all the islands in Hawaii. It is also where you will find famous Waikiki Beach as well as Pearl Harbor. I suggest renting a car and driving North, get outta town and funny thing happens, you’ll end up on country roads, traveling thru small towns and laid back communities.
Almost every activity below is either free or costs less than $10.00 per person. Even better, these are only a small sampling of the free or low costs activities available.
Oahu is a favorite of those in the know looking for a combination of the terrific water and beach life Hawaii offers as well as the cosmopolitan landscape of Honolulu. Many flights from the continental United States land in Oahu, so it is often the first island visitors see.
• Rent a car and drive Oahu. This island takes a back seat to none of its sister islands. Oahu is absolutely gorgeous and easy to explore on your own. There are many waysides to visit, small villages to drive through and easily walked trails and hikes, not to mention the beaches!
• The Royal Hawaiian Band performs at Iolani Palace on Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m. and at Kapiolani Park on Sundays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United States and served as Hawaii’s capitol until 1969. Admission to the grounds is free.
• Visit the USS Arizona Memorial. Sunken by the Japanese during the bombing of Pearls Harbor, over 1,000 navy soldiers perished aboard. Free tours offered daily on a first come basis.
• Walk to the top of Diamond Head crater. A moderate walk, it is well worth the effort. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers amazing views of Waikiki. The hike up is only slightly more than .7 miles and will take about an hour for slow walkers.
• The North Shore - here is some of the most famous surf and the biggest waves in the world. Dotted with quaint villages, a drive along the north shore is great entertainment for little more than the cost of a gallon of gas and lunch!
• Visit the International Marketplace, and take in the crafts and wares of the island’s local merchants.
• Visit the Father Damien Museum and learn about the amazing history of Kalaupapa, Molokai where the Catholic priest worked with those suffering from leprosy.
• Visit the Waikiki Aquarium and learn about the amazing marine life inhabiting the waters surrounding Hawaii.
• Near the Polynesian Cultural Centre, wade over to Goat Island to explore the tidal pools in the surrounding area. Wear suitable shoes to protect from the sharp coral. If you have children, don’t miss this opportunity!
• There is a free nightly hula dance and the Halekulani Hotel as well as other hotels along Waikiki Beach.
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