The 36-passenger Safari Explorer began its winter season with in-depth cultural immersion in Halawa Valley on the island of Molokai.
No big ships until 2022
Big ship lines have had to defer Hawaii cruises until 2022.
UnCruise received permission to operate in Hawaii's ports and after its safety and operations team worked with state and county management, including coordinating closely with the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. The company requires 100% COVID-19 vaccination and testing for crew and passengers.
UnCruise is now marking 12 years of operations in Hawaii with its seven-night 'Hawaiian Seascape' adventures from Molokai to the Kona Coast and reverse.
'After almost two years of very limited travel, we are celebrating the permissions granted to us, and our ability to share an immersive exploration of the Hawaiian Islands, including the less-traveled island of Molokai, whose people and culture have become a part of the UnCruise Adventures family,' UnCruise owner Capt. Dan Blanchard said.
He added the line continues to work with the counties of Maui and Hawaii on operational details.
Community, culture and connection
UnCruise travelers can immerse themselves in the heritage and culture of the locals while sailing from Molokai to Maui, Lanai and the Big Island of Hawaii with multiple adventures each day. The itinerary highlights community, culture and connection.
The 'Hawaiian Seascapes' itinerary includes four islands in one week and with focal points such as Halawa Valley, Hualalai Volcano and Kealakekua Bay.
'We have worked diligently to ensure that Hawaii’s residents are safe and confident in our operations,' Blanchard said. 'The support shown by Hawaii government officials has been invaluable in routing a path for our guests to experience these beautiful islands. It is humbling to be granted permission to operate.'