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The Hawaii Superferry. I ride it.

Hawaii_Superferry_ride_itI took a trip on the Hawaii Superferry recently to do some work on Maui.

I could, of course, have hopped an increasingly-expensive 20-minute interisland flight. But I had been curious about the much-talked-about Superferry.

Though I was born and raised in Hawaii, the thought of cruising from island to island seemed weird and unnatural. As I boarded the ferry before sunrise, many questions ran through my mind: Would there be rough waters ahead? Would I be seasick? What the heck would I do for the three hours it took to get from Honolulu to Kahului?

As it turns out, I did little beyond sitting back and taking in the view of Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui from the ocean. Not a bad thing at all.

The sun began to peek through the clouds as the Alakai left Honolulu Harbor. In the distance I could see morning break across Diamond Head and Waikiki.

From the first-class lounge at front of the boat, I could feel the motion of the water—a complaint registered by more than a few Superferry travelers. My stomach and the ocean churned with equal dismay.

Hawaii_Superferry_ride_itSo I got up and walked around—something you could never do at leisure on an airplane. That helped. A bit. I took to the outer decks, soaking in the ocean’s salty spray and snapping pictures whenever I could.

How were the views, you ask? Let’s just say that I saw panoramas you couldn’t see from an interisland flight.

I’ll give you more of the down low on my Hawaii Superferry travels in the upcoming September/October 2008 issue of HAWAII, on newsstands and online next month. Until then, check out a slideshow of my photos below (click on the slideshow to enlarge the photos).

Traveled on the Hawaii Superferry yet? Share your experience with other readers and leave a comment below.

Photos by Chris Bailey

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