Waikiki Sunset Cruise & Dinner Cruise Options
Shove off in the late afternoon and enjoy the gentle rocking of the ocean aboard a sunset sail or dinner cruise along the Waikiki coastline. Get wet sitting out on the nets or stay dry and drink up the Mai Tais.
Enjoy light pupus, feast on a Polynesian buffet with locally grown ingredients, or indulge in a steak and lobster dinner – all while gliding along the glistening turquoise waters.
What We Love:
- Cocktail sail? You didn’t even have to rhyme to make that sound appealing.
- Pupus – or bite-sized appetizers.
- Sunsets Waikiki boats have appeared in movies and television shows, including The Descendants with George Clooney, two seasons of Hawaii 5-0 and Lost.
On a recent Sunsets Waikiki boating excursion to Diamond Head for a chance to surf and stand-up paddleboard, a group of afternoon cruisers trying to get up on their boards were greeted by a pod of 40 bottlenose dolphins. Interaction with a very friendly group of mammals is no guarantee, but says owner Robbie Santanello, fun and sun are. His 50-foot Veneti and 61-foot Beneteau boats fit a capacity of 12 passengers for dinner cruises ranging from pupus to a French multi-course meal, snorkeling trips, and trips to Electric Beach. Santanello’s most popular cruise is the trip departing at sunset. The retired NBA, NFL and major league baseball cameraman captures some breathtaking images for his clients.
For a lovely way to end a day in paradise, board the 140–foot high-tech Atlantis Navatek, a vessel with SWATH technology to ensure a smooth ride, get your photo taken at boarding time and sail out past Diamond Head over to the Kahala coastline. The lights of Honolulu and the Hawaiian breeze combine to make this cruise memorable.
For a unique view of marine life, book a spot on the Atlantis XIV, the world’s largest high-tech 64-passenger submarine with large viewports. You'll descend 100 feet below, to visit with Hawaiian fishes, coral, turtles, reef life, and even sunken shipwrecks.
Star of Honolulu
The sunset over Oahu never ceases to amaze. You’ll feel the spirit of Aloha as you take in the dockside entertainment before boarding Hawaii’s largest 1,500-passenger four-deck tour vessel. The journey begins with a drink at the Captain’s welcome reception and is followed by your choice of nightly packages, including sunset dinner and jazz, sunset dinner and show, buffet and show and Waikiki fireworks every Friday night.
If you’re on board for the My Hawaii – Beyond the Reef® revue, the largest cast on island waters performs from pierside to disembarkation, with fun moments of audience participation.
“ If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves ”
IN SHORT / WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- Sailing at sunset is generally calmer than sailing during mid-day.
- Oahu’s most famous tourists, the humpback whales, usually migrate from Alaska to Hawaii in the winter months. Best viewing occurs in February and March.
Address: 1739C Ala Moana Blvd., Slip 448, Honolulu
Web Address: www.sunsetwaikiki.com
Distance/Drive: 0.8 miles, 4 minutes
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU:Head SE on Ala Moana Boulevard and make a U-turn at Ena Road. Turn right onto Holomoana Street and slight right onto Ala Moana Boulevard.
Check-in: Guests must check-in at the Hilton Pier.
Web Address: www.atlantisadventures.com
Distance/Drive Time from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Cruise includes round-trip transportation from select Waikiki hotels.
Star of Honolulu
Transportation: $12/person motorcoach pickup from various Waikiki hotels, including the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village
Address: Departs from Aloha Tower Marketplace
Phone #: 800-334-6191
Web Address: www.starofhonolulu.com