34 of us set sail on 2/23 to explore the marine world around the western side of four islands. The Explorer was filled with an engaging and inclusive group of passengers, who were just the nicest group of people imaginable.(you can ask the crew). Highlights include the night snorkel with manta rays. There were more opportunities to snorkel in Kealakekua Bay. I really enjoyed swimming off the back of the boat. Some passengers went paddle boarding and kayaking. One of the other highlights was the dinner served at the museum on Molokai. It was very genuine and very lovely.
Whales were abundant. We saw great numbers of spouts, breeches, and flukes. There were moms and babies. There were gentlemen suitors following some of the females. We saw 3 types of dolphins, and of course, sea turtles.
This ship had the best food of any boat I have sailed. Every meal was freshly and individually prepared. The deserts and pastries were heavenly.
Cabins on small ship are small. Our was large enough to comfortably hold 2 twin beds, a chair, a wardrobe, a small desk and our luggage. The bathroom seemed very spacious and had a bathtub. There was a large window and the door has a large glass insert. The AC worked well and was quiet. There was instant hot water in the bathroom. There was some storage under the bed.