YAY! One of my favorite small ship adventure cruise companies adds action packed exploration in Maui, Moloka’i, Molokini, Lana’i and Hawaii to their itineraries. Read on for details…

American Safari Cruises (www.americansafaricruises.com), best known for offering compelling yachting adventures in Alaska and Mexico’s Baja, introduces “authenticHawaii,” fall 2011.  Choose from the 7-night Hawaiian Seascapes and the 10-night Hawaii’s Traditional Shores, both boasting active adventures and cultural exchanges designed to thoroughly engage guests’ senses and take full advantage of the islands attributes as no other cruise can do.

Hawaii is a natural extension to the 13-year-old company’s existing product line-up given the rich marine mammal environment and opportunities to kayak, hike, snorkel, sail, bike, stand-up paddle board and more.  American Safari Cruises is the first operator to offer unstructured inter-island yacht cruising inHawaii, where the next port may not be a port at all, but a magical passage rich with wildlife, a secluded and inviting beach or a quiet cove that beckons to be explored.  After a day of action, adventurers can ease tired muscles in the sauna or soak in the on-deck hot tub aboard the elegant 36-guest Safari Explorer.

Paradise shows its true colors via genuine and rewarding experiences that would be virtually impossible to do on one’s own.  Both the 7- and 10-night itineraries cruise from LahainaMaui to Kona, Hawaii or reverse and feature whale viewing; exploring cliff-lined bays and beaches around the private island of Lana’i; visiting ancient Hawaiian homelands of Moloka’i to enjoy a private Hawaiian Pa’ina (feast); hiking on the Laparuse Trail to view ancient ruins and seizing the rare opportunity to night snorkel in the marine rich environment of Molokini; and strolling on Black Sand Beach near the southernmost tip of the United StatesKa LaeHawaii.  In addition, optional activities such as scuba diving, helicopter tours, mule ride and golfing are available at select locales.  

The 10-night Hawaii’s Traditional Shores also includes three days of island exploration on Hawaii, allowing for ample time to explore this volcanic landmass by foot and small water craft, finesse kayaking skills, seek out Green Sea Turtles and other sea life or lounge on a quiet secluded beach to soak up the fine Hawaiian sunshine.

The 36-guest Safari Explorer (http://americansafaricruises.com/yacht/) offers an on-deck hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, two-person kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sail boats, snorkeling equipment and motorized shore boats for close-up exploration, a wine library, and a large-screen TV in the main salon.  Exceptional cuisine is prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and the complimentary bar offers premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews.  All staterooms offer Tempur-pedic mattresses, flat screen TV/DVD players and iPod docks.  The guest-crew ratio is 2 to 1, with an all-American crew that includes two professional naturalists, masseuse and Captain – some who hail from the Hawaiian islands.

The inaugural Hawaiian cruise departs October 26, 2011 with weekly departures through mid-May 2012.  

Inclusive prices start at $4,995 for 7-night cruises and $6,495 for 10-nights. To book a Hawaiian yachting adventure or to request additional information, contact American Safari Cruises at 888-862-8881 or emailsales@americansafaricruises.com.

About InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises

Seattle-based American Safari Cruises (www.americansafaricruises.com) pioneered yacht cruising inAlaska 13 years ago and has expanded into Mexico’s Baja, Columbia & Snake Rivers and Hawaii. The company has introduced a second brand, InnerSea Discoveries (www.InnerSeaDiscoveries.com), which offers moderately priced adventure cruises in Alaska starting May 2011.  For more information call 888-862-8881.

Captain Dan Blanchard transformed a love of adventure and the sea into American Safari Cruises, one of the world’s top luxury small-ship cruiselines. Tune in as Captain Dan Blanchard and I chat about the exciting new opportunities for travelers on the horizon at both American Safari Cruises and InnerSea Discoveries in a recent Travel Talk with Ellen Barone episode.


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".