Boating & Sailing on Oahu

One of the very first images that come to mind when Hawaii is mentioned is warm, crystal blue water. And there’s just no better way to experience these open seas than by boat. Compiled below are the top boat tours on Oahu. All aboard!

Whether you are staying in town near Waikiki, heading up to the North Shore, spending a day on the eastern shores, or enjoying the waters of the west side, there is an Oahu boat tour available within a short drive. For those wanting a Waikiki boat tour, the Spirit of Aloha is a modern catamaran that offers visitors lunchtime sails, snorkel sails and delicious dinner sails departing from the Hilton Resort in Waikiki, including its most popular Friday night Sunset Fireworks Dinner Cruise (average tour is 2.5 hours in length). Also popular is Atlantis Submarine, a unique boat tour that takes you below the surface to see Hawaii’s underwater world. The tour departs from the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
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Launching from the Sheraton Waikiki is the Mai Tai Catamaran boat tour. This booze cruise offers a smooth, enjoyable ride and some of the best drinks and cocktails. Visitor favorites are sunset and moonlight boat tours, where guests are whisked away to enjoy the open seas off of Waikiki on a sleek catamaran cruiser. Sail beneath the stars and enjoy Oahu’s evening skies, while taking in the city’s gorgeous skyline and twinkling lights.For those guests who are staying in Waikiki, yet who also want to see the west side of the island, there are Honolulu boat tours available which will pick you up in Waikiki, then transport you to the Waianae coast. Ocean Joy Cruises has epic 5.5-6.5 hour boat tour adventures (choose the sunset or morning snorkel, or the dolphin watch tour), where you will have the chance to experience some of Hawaii’s most secluded snorkeling spots, watch dolphins at play, view stunning scenery, and even see a romantic sunset. And not to be overlooked, a Navatek Cruise, which launches from the Aloha Tower area, is considered to be one of the smoothest and most enjoyable Honolulu boat tours.Kualoa Ranch is the most popular site for those seeking an Oahu boat tour on the east side of the island. Guests will join the staff for a 90 minute tour sailing across its ancient Hawaiian fishpond, or opt for a 2.5 hour trip to Secret Island Beach for a fun-filled time of kayaking, canoe riding, standup paddle boarding, beach volleyball, table tennis, horseshoes or a ride on the ranch’s unique glass bottom boat.

From sunset excursions to underwater adventures, and spanning the island in every direction, there is no shortage of exciting boat tours on Oahu. Simply select your favorite locale or desired type of boat tour, and the rest is literally smooth sailing.

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Jumping from the Ko Nau Lani. Photo: Hawaii Nautical.

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