Sunday, July 8, 2012

Expedition Cruising Coming to Hawaii in 2013

There’s a lot to see and do in Hawaii that involves water and an option for tourists in the fall of 2013 will include InnerSea Discoveries’ Wilderness Explorer. That’s when the 76-guest expedition vessel begins active adventure cruising among the Hawaiian Islands, joining the line’s 36-guest upscale yacht Safari Explorer to offer island explorations from the sea.

From Nov 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail 7-night Adventure Bound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka’ena Point State Park, Wai’anae Harbor, Maui, Lana’i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising and searching for whales and dolphins in the wildlife-rich Humpback National Marine Sanctuary.

Highlights of the new itinerary include snorkeling at Molokini’s undersea volcanic crater, a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, watching whales and dolphins and guided hikes exploring scenic areas on all four islands. Expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.

Wilderness Explorer has a swim platform for easy access to water sports equipment and entry into the water. A specially built kayak launch platform comfortably launches four kayaks at once. Guests enjoy included water sports activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, skiff explorations and swimming. Guests may also take a spin on the innovative human-powered watercraft powered by two peddlers and up to six paddlers. On board, innovative meals are served buffet style to accommodate a flexible schedule of adventure activities. A wellness program includes a sauna, fitness equipment, complimentary yoga on deck, and massages for a fee. Cabins feature a flatscreen TV/DVD player, iPod dock, and eco-friendly bath amenities. In the lounge, guests will find a selection of games and a library of books and DVDs.

“We are sending the Wilderness Explorer to Hawaii to add another option for travelers seeking an active island adventure at a moderate price.” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s a tremendous value when you add in all the included activities and the ability to explore multiple scenic islands.”

For luxury adventures in the Hawaiian Islands this season, the line’s 36-guest Safari Explorer sails 7-night cruises between Hawaii, the Big Island and Lana’i with two days of activities on Moloka’i. Guests making a new reservation on the yacht by Sept 30, 2012 receive a $500 travel credit per couple for cruises Nov 2012-April 2013.

Image Courtesy of InnerSea Discoveries

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