A Quick Guide to Sailing in Hawaii (Part 1)


Hawaii is a great place to vacation and lounge away the days, but it’s also a place for athletes of all types. Some of Hawaii’s favorite sports are surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking and sailing. Sailing is a tradition in Hawaii, as witnessed at SEAFEST, the annual fundraiser for the Hawaii Sailing Foundation. This is where members of the Waikiki Yacht Club and other sailors compete for a charitable cause. To get into the sailing spirit during you trip to Hawaii, choose from one of many tours. Visit DiscoverHawaiiTours.com to see your options. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Try a snorkel and sail adventure. You’ll get round trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel and board a state-of-the-art catamaran. Sail around Oahu to two snorkel sites. You’ll get coffee, muffins and tea to give you energy for the morning. Beer, wine and a full bar is also available onboard. Snorkel gear and instruction is provided and the day ends with a Hawaiian style lunch. This is a great way to snorkel with tropical sea life and see the island from a different point of view.
  2.  Another tour to try is a sailing tour of Oahu’s North Shore. This tour is Coast Guard Certified and will depart from Haleiwa Harbor. You’ll see Oahu’s famous North Shore beaches and snorkel at hidden locations along the way. You’ll sail on a 22-foot Radon Boat and learn about everything from marine life to reef ecosystems and the geography of the Hawaiian islands.
  3. Finally, if you want just a taste of sailing, maybe a sunset cruise is for you. You can choose between a 90 minute sunset cruise with a bar available or a sunset dinner cruise. Either option is great for couples or for doing more sightseeing with the family. You’ll get a glimpse of beautiful vistas along Oahu’s coast all on a 45-foot catamaran.
Hawaii has some amazing opportunities whether you’re a seasoned sailor or completely new to the sport. Seeing the islands from the water and swimming with the sea life is an awesome opportunity you don’t want to pass up. Visit DiscoverHawaiiTours.com today to book your tour before you go! You won’t regret the snorkeling or sunset cruise. It’s a beautiful way to experience Hawaii. Read part two of this guide to consider the gear you’ll need and what to wear on your tour. You want you and your family to be well prepared for your day of sailing—so be sure to read part two before you go!

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