The islands of Hawaii present diverse opportunities to experience the wonders of Hawaii’s bountiful sea life, rich historical heritage and the warm hospitality of its people. Whether you want to snorkel with curious sea turtles in the sunken crater of Molokini off Maui, enjoy 100-foot visibility in the pristine waters of the Captain Cook Monument in Kona or tool around in a vintage amphibious watercraft off Honolulu on Oahu, choices of Hawaii day cruises abound.
Day cruises in Hawaii offer coastline sights like this.
As an underwater state park and protected marine sanctuary, Kealakekua Bay in South Kona has crystalline visibility, often exceeding 100 feet, combined with extensive historical significance. On February 14, 1776, British seafarer Captain James Cook was killed here, and the site is marked by a monument, built on British soil, testifying to his wide-ranging explorations of the South Pacific. The Fair Wind is one of two charters that have access to this area. Enjoy a morning or afternoon snorkeling trip, complete with barbecue lunch (vegetarian choices available), snorkeling instruction, gear and 15-foot water slides. Pods of spinner dolphins and humpback whales, the latter in the winter season only, frequent the bay.
Keauhou Bay Office
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hawaii Duck Tours
Ride in a World War II-vintage restored amphibious vessel (DUKW) known as a Duck. This family-friendly Hawaii day cruise is a fun and entertaining way to view famous Oahu landmarks from the sea. Among the sights are the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Honolulu Harbor and Hanauma Bay. Tours accommodate children of all ages as well as one or two wheelchairs. The boat is fitted with comfortable cushions and stabilizers to ward off seasickness. Accommodating 30 guests, the Duck Tour runs all day. These 2.5-ton, six-wheel vehicles were used during the invasion of Normandy, for example at Omaha Beach.
803 Waimanu St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Pride of Maui Molokini Snorkel
Visitors to Maui should add an excursion to the spectacular sunken Molokini crater to their itinerary. One of three submerged volcanic calderas in the world, Molokini has coral reefs that support hundreds of species of colorful reef dwellers, including the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle), yellow tangs, convict tangs, triggerfish, eels, parrotfish, spotted boxfish, angelfish and grasse, to name just a few. Molokini’s visibility often exceeds 150 feet. This snorkel day trip also takes you to nearby Turtle Town, inhabited by numerous honu (a protected and endangered species you may not touch, feed, chase or harass). The double-decked snorkel boat serves a barbecue lunch and employs knowledgeable and helpful guides who take pride in educating guests about Maui’s delicate ecosystems and sharing their passion for its ocean life.
Pride of Maui
Maalaea Harbor Main Loading Dock
101 Maalaea Road
Wailuku, HI 96793
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