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Downwind Run Cruises - Hawaii's Wild Frontier

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
Howard ThurmanPrincess Kalea surveys her ocean domain

Intense natural beauty, remote anchorages, offshore odysseys, giving back...

A 1000 years before adventure travel was a trend, ancient Hawaiians - intrepid seafarers nd island explorers - had already invented it. Fly into Maui and ferry over to Lanai or Molokai and embrace the spirit of aloha aina ("love of the land") and malama ke kai ("to care for the sea") - the cornerstones of island tradition. We'll pick you up at the dock of the island of your choice, explore offbeat shores, unique wildlife, and indigenous habitats - and then take the downwind run to our home port in Waikiki, Oahu.

Pack your six senses for the north shore or "back side" of Molokai. View skyscraping seacliffs (3600 ft.) and dip in jungle waterfalls. Fin and Sei whales were recently recorded in the deeper waters slightly offshore - also known routes of the endemic Hawaiian False Killer Whales.

If the weather is not conducive for the backside run, we'll romp through the highly productive Penguin Banks - an offshore odyssey, a prime area for an abundance of marine wildlife. You fish? We do! And this is the place for it, best fishing grounds in the main Hawaiian islands. There's a reason it's e hotspot for wildlife, there's plenty of good eating at this ocean oasis!

Helping to monitor the health of the coral reefs we visit is not only a way to give back to local communities, but a chance to expereincereefs that are untouched by urbanization. At your leisure, easy REEF surveys can be conducted, precluded by engaging and entertaining onboard training. Likewise all marine mammals encountered will be photographed and cataloged for conservation efforts. Lanai has one of the largest spinner dolphin pods in the four-island region. Spinner dolphins are known to be comfortable about snorkelers!

A minimum three day cruise ($1195 per person, four person minimum, six person maximum). including time to get to your departure area, or back to our home dock in Waikiki/Honolulu. Inquire for about longer trips.

  • $1195 per person for three days / two nights
  • $1500 per person for 4 days / three night "cruises with a porpoise"!

Best times to go? Besides the calmer days of spring, summer and fall, here are some special events to work into your multi-island adventure:

1st week of Oct, "Aloha Week" in Moloka'i includes a parade followed by a block party and the Molokai Mule Drag, The small town of Kaunakakai on is filled with spectators for the laugh-filled event in which teams drag their mules - or the mules drag them - from one end of town to the other.

;Each May, "Molokai Ka Hula Pi ko" — a hula festival celebrating the island's distinctive title as the birthplace of hula — is held in Papohaku Beach Park. Join Molokai and the rest of Hawaii at Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai.
Admission is free! There will be a variety of entertainment, Hawaiian food and hand made crafts by the people of Molokai.  A series of lectures will be presented by Halau Hula O Kukunaokala.  For additional event information, click here.

 




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