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Hawaiian Seascapes Aboard the Safari Explorer. 8 Days.

On an unusual journey around our 50th state, you can look forward to exhilarating days kayaking at the face of a cliff or through a lava hole, watching marine life gracefully leap or skirt around your skiff, and engaging (and learning from) the warm-hearted locals. Aboard the Safari Explorer, explore remote shorelines, mostly staying on the leeward side of the eastern-most Hawaiian Islands chain—Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island among them. There’s ample time for relaxing on the upper deck and in the lounge, or chatting up the captain on the bridge.

United States of America

Type:Custom Journeys/Ocean Cruising



Come join R. Crusoe as we cruise the gorgeous eastern-most islands of Hawaii—Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island among them. We do so aboard the 36-passenger Safari Explorer, a yacht we love.  

Please note: On this journey, R. Crusoe & Son partners with Un-Cruise Adventures, and Crusoe travelers who do not charter the yacht share the Safari Explorer with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Hawaiian Seascapes Aboard the Safari Explorer. 8 Days.

Please note: This journey operates in both directions between Molokai and the Big Island. Departures in February, March, & April 2020.

Day 1: Molokai Island, Hawaii
• Embark the yacht, tour briefing.
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 2: Molokai
• "Talking story" with locals, taro and poi lessons or Halawa Valley hike, Molokai Museum.
• Pa'ina
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 3: Lanai Island
• Snorkel, paddle-board, kayak, or skiff around island including to volcanic spatter and cinder cones.
• Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 4: Olowalu, Maui Island
• Snorkel Olowalu coral gardens.
• Humpback National Marine Sanctuary.
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 5: Captain's Choice
• Follow the wildlife based on the captain's up-to-the-minute local information.
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 6: Honomalino Bay, Big Island
• Snorkel, paddle-board, kayak, or skiff around Honomalino Bay coral reefs and lava tubes.
• Night snorkel with giant manta rays.
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 7: Kealakekua Bay, Kailua-Kona
• Skiff to Kealakekua Bay.
• Kailua-Kona old town.
• Captain's dinner and photo recap.
Overnight aboard Safari Explorer

Day 8: Kawaihae Harbor; Home City
• Disembark in Kawaihae Harbor.
• Fly home, or continue on in Hawaii with R. Crusoe & Son.

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Per person sharing cabin from $5,595 for this eight-day itinerary.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Ship.

Yachting in Hawaii makes perfect sense. The Safari Explorer, a lovely 36-passenger yacht, allows for small-group travel. Her shallow draft and maneuverability gives travelers unparalleled access to Hawaii’s many wonders. Bypassing busy ports of call, we maximize wildlife adventures aboard the yacht, coming close not only to animals, but also to scenic wonders like quiet beaches and pristine coastline.

     Our itineraries are flexible enough that the captain can change course when whales are spotted or a perfect bay beckons. Perhaps all the guests want to spend time kayaking in a particularly gorgeous spot? By all means—it’s your journey.

Safari Explorer.

The Safari Explorer is exquisitely appointed with a wine library, a spa area including a large on-deck hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and complimentary massage. All staterooms feature heated tile floors in the bathroom,  memory foam mattresses, flat-screen TV/DVD, an iPod docking station, and view windows (no portholes). Amenities: exercise equipment, large-screen TVs/DVDs in both salon and dining room, a wine library, full-beam swim-step, sea kayaks and skiffs, DVD and book library, complimentary bar stocked with premium spirits, fine wines, and micro-brews. Carries 36 passengers, 14-15 crewmembers. Length: 145 feet. Beam: 36 feet. Cruise speed: 10 knots.

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Hawaiian Lava: An Introduction.

The Hawaiian Islands are a chain of undersea volcanic cones that began spewing their lava about 28 million years ago. The Big Island, the biggest and youngest link in the chain, was built by five volcanoes. Mauna Loa, which covers about half the island, is the largest shield volcano on Earth.

     On any visit to the Hawaiian Islands, you are sure to see several types of lava. When lava is underground in its molten state, it is called magma; when it reaches the surface and hits the air, it is called lava. Once lava begins to harden, it can do so in a variety of shapes and colors. The color— black, red, gray, brown and tan, metallic sliver, pink, or green— depends on the temperature of the flow as well as the chemical composition of the molten rock. Some lava contains peridot, olive-green semi-precious crystals that, once they weather and break apart, are responsible for Hawaii’s gorgeous green-sand beaches.

     When lava cools, it forms myriad shapes. There are three main types: pahoehoe (pronounced pa-hoy-hoy), a'a (ah ah), and pillow lava. Pahoehoe lava presents as smooth and dense shapes but can also ooze out as large flat expanses or smooth bumps. Pahoehoe lava typically reaches 2,010 to 2,190 ° F. A'a, on the other hand, forms individual rocks that are porous and jagged. A’a typically erupts at temperatures of 1,830 to 2,010 ° F. Pillow lava forms only underwater when molten rock enters the ocean where water pressure pushes against the lava to form rounded, pillow-like shapes.

     Pahoehoe flows as a thick liquid that can travel uphill as well as downhill. One of the more interesting shapes it takes is ropey pahoehoe, which resembles a series of twisted ropes. As the lava flows, it usually encounters a barrier that slows up the front of the flow. As the front is slowed down, faster flow behind it pushes forward and creates a small ridge, which it pushes up and over the barrier. That ridge begins to cool and creates the next barrier, which in turn creates the next.

     Another pahoehoe formation is called a quiet flow. Normally, when you walk on pahoehoe lava, it sounds like Styrofoam being crushed. But quiet flow breaking beneath your feet sounds more like Christmas tree ornaments breaking—a light tinkling of glass.

     Black flow lava is especially dark pahoehoe with a rougher feel to it. Black flow tends to create large, uneven mounds.

     A'a lava looks completely different than pahoehoe. Whereas pahoehoe lava flows smoothly like water or molasses, a'a tumbles in the form of small rocks with irregular, sharp edges. A’a rocks are lightweight and tend to pile up, with a lava front sometimes growing to 40 or 50 feet in height. Below the surface, a'a flows are extremely dense, producing some of Earth’s hardest rock.

     Two forms of lava do not fall in to the above categories: Pele’s hair and Pele’s tears, both named after Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess. Pele's hair looks like long strands of greenish-gold locks, perfectly straight and as fine as human hair. It is created when molten lava is ejected into the air and a strong wind is present to sculpt the lava into strands. Pele's tears, loosely related, begin as small molten bits of lava sent hurtling into the air due to an explosion or, more often, lava fountain. However, if the wind is not strong enough to form the lava into strands, the pieces of lava tumble back to Earth and form round, oval, or tear shapes about ¼- to ½- inch in size.

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