On Sunday, the “Alakai”, Hawaii’s first ever Superferry arrived in Honolulu Harbor, completing a long 7,600 mile voyage from Mobile, Alabama. The Superferry is a catamaran style watercraft, 349 feet long, and designed to carry passengers and cars between Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. It has 4 jet engines and can travel at 35 knots.
It can carry 866 people and 282 cars per trip. In 2009, another Superferry will be added to the fleet, and will travel between Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Service is scheduled to begin on September 5, 2007, although service may begin sooner than that. Service originates from Honolulu Harbor at Pier 19.
One way fares range between $44 and $62 for passengers and between $59 and $104 for cars through large vans. Travel from Oahu to Kauai, or Oahu to Maui takes about 3 hours. Travel from Oahu to the Big Island of Hawaii (beginning 2009) will take about 4 1/4 hours.
The Ferry includes dining areas, reclining seats, a “premium” forward deck area with leather seating ($20 upgrade), TV and movie viewing areas, a small gift shop, and a children’s play area. Cell Phone and Wi-Fi service is also available (subject to possible interruption during certain portions of the trip).
Reservations can be made at www.HawaiiSuperferry.com, or by calling toll free at 877-443-3779.