We're heading out on an expedition sailing with UnCruise Adventures in Hawaii. This is a summer sailing with a weeklong roundtrip itinerary from the remote island of Molokai.
The voyage on 36-passenger Safari Explorer will take us to the small island of Lanai, the "Big Islandâ Hawaii and transcendent Maui, as well as offering "Captain's Choice" days during which we'll find an intimate off-the-map spot for a day of adventures.
Hawaii is a marvelous spot for adventure (d'uh!), and we'll being trying night snorkeling with Giant Pacific manta rays, spying whales in dolphins in marine sanctuaries and taking part in feasts, dancing and music with resident islanders.
Of course, there will also be numerous opportunities to swim, hike, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard in paradise.
To get ready, UnCruise Adventures has provided a recommended packing list for Hawaii. I'll share it with you here so you'll be ready when you go.
HAWAII EXPEDITION CRUISE PACKING GUIDE
Wick It Good
Always expect humidity and rain in Hawaii's lush, tropical climate. Clothes made of quick-drying, wicking materials, as opposed to cotton, are your friend. And because it can be sunny one moment -- or on one side of an island -- and raining the next, we suggest being prepared with a waterproof rain jacket.
Layer It On
You'll love the layers. Temperatures in Hawaii hover around 80 to 85 degrees, dropping only about 10 degrees at night. Think shorts or convertible hiking pants paired with tank tops, T-shirts, and breathable long-sleeve shirts. Light, long-sleeve shirts are also excellent for providing sun protection. Don't forget a brimmed sun hat and sunscreen. For cool nights on the ship, we recommend a jacket, fleece or sweater. For snorkeling, consider a wear long-sleeve shirt, a rash guard or dive skin.
Bring casual shoes and footwear appropriate for plenty of hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and relaxing in comfort. For these activities, it's best to pack hiking boots or your favorite sturdy walking shoes with a good tread, water socks for snorkeling, water sandals for the hiking in wet conditions and comfortable shoes for relaxing onboard. Don't forget lots of quick-drying socks.
Keep It Casual
You can plan to pack lightly. Cabins are equipped with an umbrella, hair dryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner and body wash. Refillable water bottles are available onboard for your use, too. So, you can choose to leave these items (and your formal wear) at home. UnCruise Adventures is unfussy and easygoing.
Also, be sure to pack your sense of adventure, and you'll be good to go.
Thanks for reading,