Dec 02, 2016
Sail Under the Black Flag with Hawaii Pirate Ship
It's a picture-perfect afternoon in Honolulu.
It's the kind of day that the rest of the world dreams about. The sun lazily hangs over the Waikiki horizon and there's a touch of salt in the warm air. Out to sea, a handful of tour boats lazily cruise down the coast. But of the many ships trekking down the reef, one, a pirate ship, seems to be having the most fun.
Sailing underneath the black flag, the crew aboard the Treasure Seeker, operated by Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures, are adorned in full pirate garb. Laughter churns off the boat in waves as the crew entertains their patrons. They swash. They buckle. And they revel in their roles as pirates, hamming up their performances to the delight of the visitors on board. The crew isn't the only throwback, either. The Treasure Seeker, in all its masted glory, completely looks the part of an 18th-century vessel.
On board the Treasure Seeker, guests are given a tour of Honolulu's storied shoreline, reefs, and have an opportunity to get up close with the sea life that run from Kewalo Harbor to Waikiki. They're also part of an interactive pirate show that sees sword fights, water cannons, and even the occasional arm-wrestling bout take place.
This is the most unique opportunity many people have to see Waikiki from the sea. There's nothing like this experience anywhere else on the island. It's a show, and it's interactive, and it's…pirate-themed. You hit all those bases in an hour and a half and everyone has a great time.
The idea to create a pirate-themed tour of Waikiki and Kewalo Harbor came from the mind of Greg Longnecker, who'd been operating other maritime adventure boats out of Kewalo Harbor for years. In 2013, Longnecker found the perfect ship for his venture in San Diego. The boat, which was originally a 65-foot salmon commercial-fishing vessel, would be sailed more than 2,000 miles from Southern California to Honolulu. Once docked, it would take two years of extensive renovations to transform the salmon boat into the Treasure Seeker. But when the work was eventually finished, an entirely new and ridiculously fun way to spend a day in Honolulu was born.
Since first setting sail on their maiden voyage from their home port in Kewalo Harbor three years ago, the business has seen steady growth. "We've been very pleased with the turnout; people seem to have a really good time. To hire the crew, we interviewed more than 30 people to get our four fantastic actors," says Longnecker. "Currently, the Treasure Seeker runs a myriad of cruises, including daytime family cruses, private cruises, fireworks cruises and even a 21+ Pirate Dance boat. "People really love what we do. We've had a lot of charters and we've even had a wedding on board. So please come out and see us, you'll have a great time and an experience you'll never forget."
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