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Sea Turtle in the Reef, Hawaiian Islands

Cruise the Hawaiian Islands with Richard Dawkins and New Scientist

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02/12/22 10/12/22 9 days £8,495 ex. flights £3,950 Richard Dawkins 32 Max LIMITED Reserve place

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.

Sea cliffs of Molokai, Hawaii 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.

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


Days 1 - 4

Big Island

Polulu Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Discover Hawaii’s rich traditions and be entranced by spectacular natural wonders.

Day 5

Big Island Hawaii - Maui

Humpback Whale, Maui, Hawaii, USA

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

Day 6

Maui - Lanai

Lanai, Hawaiian Islands, USA

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

Day 7

Lanai - Maui

Day 8

Maui - Molokai

Day 9


Halawa Valley, Molokai, Hawaii

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

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Safari Explorer boat
Safari Explorer
Safari Explorer 3, Alaska, USA
Alaska, USA
Safari Explorer 4 Hawaii USA
Hawaii USA

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.

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 is 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.

Expert-Led Cruise FAQs

Why travel with Steppes Travel and New Scientist to Hawaii?

This voyage is well-suited to those who aspire to experience the more remote areas of the Hawaiian Islands and partake in a more authentic tour of the archipelago. A small boat is carried onboard the Safari Explorer enabling you to navigate even closer to the dramatic coast of Lana’i.

Accompanied by British evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, who will – in his own charming and insightful way – show you the earth’s youngest island chain and its rare geological makeup.

Who are New Scientist Discovery Tours?

New Scientist is an English-language magazine that covers all aspects of science and technology. They are based in London, where they publish editions in the UK, the United States, and Australia. In 2019, they launched a range of new amazing science-inspired tours across the globe. With experts on board and in the company of fellow travellers who enjoy the discovery of science.

Steppes Travel are pleased to support this partnership and have some great tours with New Scientist to India, Madagascar, Hawaii, Galapagos, and Japan.

What happens on a typical day on this Hawaii cruise?

Wake up for breakfast at around 07:00 am. There may then be a morning land-based excursion. This may include a short hike, a historic site visit, or searching for local wildlife. Return to your boat for lunch. Afterwards, there will be some time at leisure before your water-based excursion. This could include a small boat cruise, or a chance to see the marine life from the water with a snorkel trip. Return to the boat for pre-dinner drinks and a short briefing on the plan for the following day. After dinner, enjoy a talk by one of your onboard crew or Richard.

What activities are available during this cruise?

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.

Can I extend my time in Hawaii?

It is possible to add additional nights before and/or after the boat journey to allow for further exploration of the inland areas. Please speak to one of our experts to discuss further possibilities, which include discovering the volcanoes of Big Island or taking in the drama of Kauai.

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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, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. 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
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with

What is excluded

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

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.

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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.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 880 980

Start date End date Days
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02/12/22 10/12/22 9 days £8,495 ex. flights £3,950 Richard Dawkins 32 Max LIMITED Reserve place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

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