Hawaiian Islands Experience Guide
The first Polynesians discovered these isolated, volcanic Hawaiian Islands sometime between 300 and 800AD. Over centuries, the lives of Native Hawaiians became essentially linked to the life-giving land, and the spirit of aloha ‘aina—love of the land—is still strong today.
Lush valleys where residents first settled are still inhabited by Hawaiians who continue traditional taro farming and celebrate their culture through old customs and storytelling. This diverse landscape creates an ecosystem of biological riches—Flowering plants, fruit-bearing trees, and banyans provide perches for chattering birds; sunbaked lava rock offers hiding spots for geckos and lizards; and marine life flit along reefs and in the largest marine sanctuary in the world.
Unpack only once, then relax, and explore on an island-hopping adventure cruise. A new aloha awaits!
Whether its November to March’s wet (or “green”) season or April to October’s dry season, we like to think there’s no such thing as bad weather in Hawaii.
The green season brings back humpback whales and the Hawaii state bird, the Nene, while you may see more Giant Pacific Manta rays darting about from February through April. Dolphin, whale shark, and green sea turtle sightings are possible all year round.
Hawaii by Boutique Yacht vs. 5-star Resorts
Mark Twain commented that Hawaii was, to him, “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.”
And there are many options for exploring this beautiful slice of paradise. You might be wondering what, exactly, makes a 7-night cruise aboard a boutique yacht any better than a week in 5-star resorts? We’re confident there’s no better way to experience multiple islands than from aboard a yacht.
To help you see the nuts-and-bolts of why, we’ve put together this helpful dollar-for-dollar, opportunity-to-opportunity, amenity-to-amenity comparison.
Hawaiian Islands Slideshow
Whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and rays. Deep, lush valleys; sweeping volcanic vistas; and rugged, palm-lined coasts. The Hawaiian Islands are spectacular, especially when witnessed from the vantage of our boutique yacht. Click the image at left to get a peek at your experience.
Hawaiian Islands Travel FAQS
ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
Q. Do you have specific arrival and departure guidelines I should follow when making my travel plans?
ACTIVITIES / GEAR
Q. Are there wetsuits on board for snorkeling?
We will not have wetsuits on board. The average ocean temperatures are typically mid-70’s to 80’s during the fall/winter months, however you are welcome to bring your own. Wetsuits are provided by a local vendor for our night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays.
Q. While cruising the coast of the Big Island, will we see lava flows?
Pele, the revered goddess of fire, has an unpredictable and impulsive nature. Her changing temperament makes it is impossible to guarantee, but it is unlikely we will see lava flowing in the areas where we cruise.
Q. What is the attire in Hawaii? Can we wear our bathing suits in the dining room? Should we pack anything formal for the special cultural events?
The attire is very casual throughout the entire cruise. As there will be a variety of water sports available throughout the cruise, it will be fine to wear your swim suits in the dining room with an appropriate cover-up. No formal wear is required at any time.
Q. I have a very sensitive stomach and am prone to seasickness. How rough will the cruise be?
We will be cruising on the leeward side of the islands where it is generally calmer (trade winds and rougher water tends to be on the windward—east and north—sides of each island). Seasickness medication is kept on board all of our boats, however, it is not recommended for children. If you are prone to seasickness or traveling with children, you should consult your physician prior to your departure. The captain will update you when there might be extra motion so you can take the medication in enough time to be effective.
Q. I am extending my vacation and staying a couple days before and after the cruise. Will you pick me up from the airport and transfer me to and from my hotels?
If your pre-/post-cruise hotel stopovers have been arranged through UnCruise Adventures, yes, airport transfers are included. Otherwise, airport transfers are on your own and we ask that you please meet us at our hospitality suite on the day of embarkation.
Q. Will we encounter mosquitoes while on the cruise?
Mosquitoes can be more prevalent during the wet, winter months in dense, wooded areas. It won’t be a problem while on the boat. However, insect repellent is recommended prior to hiking on some of the islands.