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Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaiian Islands Cruise with Richard Dawkins and New Scientist


Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Richard Dawkins 1

Richard Dawkins

Travel in conjunction with New Scientist and evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins.

Safari Explorer boat 2

Private yacht charter

Travel aboard the exclusively chartered, high-end yacht, Safari Explorer.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA 3

Remote islands, coves and shorelines

Visit local Hawaiian communities and snorkel waters rich with marine life.

Manta Ray, Maldives 4

Night Time Snorkelling

Enjoy a thrilling night-time snorkelling adventure with giant manta rays.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1 - 4
    Big Island
  • Day 5
    Big Island Hawaii - Maui
  • Day 6
    Maui - Lanai
  • Day 7
    Lanai - Maui
  • Day 8
    Maui - Molokai
  • Day 9
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is probably the best known evolutionary biologist in the world today. Professor Dawkins will be talking about the evolutionary principles that volcanic island chains illustrate. The evolutionary story in Hawaii is similar to the Galapagos – both young, volcanic archipelagos – except that Hawaii has been more impacted up by human colonisation.
Na Pali Coast, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA
Na Pali Coast, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA

New Scientist is an English-language magazine that covers all aspects of science and technology. In 2019, they launched a range of new amazing science-inspired New Scientist Discovery Tours across the globe. With experts on board and in the company of fellow travellers who enjoy the discovery of science. Steppes are pleased to support this partnership and have some great tours with New Scientist to India, Madagascar, Hawaii, Galapagos, and Japan.

Kayaking, Hawaii, USA
Kayaking, Hawaii, USA

You will be able to snorkel, paddleboard and kayak amongst the myriad of sea life that is native to the volcanic shores, or simply relax on deck and observe dolphins and green sea turtles from this unique vantage point.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Richard Dawkins on board the Safari Explorer
  • One night's accommodation in Kona
  • Seven nights accommodation on board the Safari Explorer
  • Night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays
  • Island history at the Lana‘i Culture and Heritage Center
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff exploration
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals whilst on board the Safari Explorer
  • Port fees
  • Drink onboard

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities for onboard crew


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Safari Explorer £££££

A nimble 36-passenger yacht that cuts through the gentle surf of the Pacific Ocean at a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots, the 145-foot-long Safari Explorer is capable of navigating the wildest edges of both Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands. Guests can lounge on the sundeck and soak up the laid-back aloha spirit as the yacht plots a course around the Hawaiian Islands or venture out in kayaks and on paddle boards to explore the dynamic ocean below. Snorkelling gear and wet suits are provided, as are hiking poles for the excursions, and guests will also find an array of fitness equipment, a book library and a wine library on board.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Like-minded travellers

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people; interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours, usually consisting of eight to ten travellers, aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

4.Peace of mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

3.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

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Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
22/10/209 Days £8,495 ex. flightsRichard Dawkins32 FULL

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