As a client of the agency, I had the opportunity to take a “rehearsal sail” on the highly anticipated Hawaii Superferry named “Alakai” (Ocean Path in Hawaiian) and boy did it deliver. Set to begin service on August 28 from Oahu to Maui and Kauai, the ship is a massive 350-foot long vessel that can carry up to 866 passengers and 282 subcompact cars. More realistically, Superferry officials expect an anticipated load average of 400 passengers and 110 vehicles.
A mere three hours between the islands, the Hawaii Superferry will transform the way locals and visitors will be able to travel interisland. Aside from being able to take your car with you, there are tons of amenities on board including three lounge areas, three snack bars, a gift shop, more flat screen TVs than Circuit City, Wi-Fi Internet access, a children’s play area, and comfortable chairs to relax in and enjoy the ride. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to enjoy:
From left: Cars check in at a security check point. The air conditioned holding area before boarding the ship. Passengers making their way up the steps to the top deck.
From left: Regular seating in the main cabin and various photos from inside The Hahalua Lounge ($20 upgrade to sit here).
Various views from the inside looking out during the cruise as we sailed along Oahu’s south shore, over to the west side, and back into port at Honolulu Harbor.
In all, a very fun day out at sea and something I can definitely see our family using in the future. In case you’re wondering, fares start at $44 for adults and $33 for children, seniors, and retired military. If you’re planning to bring a vehicle along, rates start at $59 for cars/SUVs/mini vans up to 17 feet long, $94 for large pickups/vans, and $34 for motorcycles.
Visit HawaiiSuperferry.com for reservations and more information.