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Hawaii is famous for its colorful and romantic sunsets, and there’s no better way to experience one than on an evening cruise at sea. Oahu’s harbors offer many options—from itineraries serving seafood feasts to laid-back cruises alongside breaching humpback whales—and all ensure an evening you won’t soon forget. Here are your options.
Sunset Dinner Cruises
Most Oahu sunset dinner sailings depart from Honolulu and range from mini-ships showcasing luaus at sea—with live entertainment and a traditional Hawaiian-style buffet dinner—to luxurious mini-yachts with live jazz entertainment, plus prime rib and seafood. Choose a Friday night departure and enjoy unobstructed views of the weekly Waikiki beach fireworks display with Diamond Head in the distance, or opt for a combo tour that couples the experience with popular daytime activities such as a sea life tour by submarine or a helicopter tour that soars above the verdant valleys behind downtown Honolulu.
Sunset Sailing Tours
Smaller boats offering sunset sailing tours skip the dinner service and put the focus on the Pacific coastline. Departures from Oahu’s west side, the North Shore, and Waikiki allow for more diverse scenery than full-service dinner sailings that are mostly limited to the waters around Honolulu. Lounge aboard an intimate sailboat or catamaran, Mai Tai in hand, and, if possible, book your sunset cruise during humpback whale season (November to March) to get a two-for-one: whale watching as the sun goes down.
10 Oahu Sunset Cruises
Plan your vacation ahead of time by purchasing tickets for this 2-hour cruise from Oahu. Dine on a crab and steak dinner while watching live Hawaiian entertainment, a show called '60 Years of Aloha' and enjoying vistas over the Oahu coast.
Nature and Wildlife
View the Hawaiian sunset from the deck of a luxury catamaran during this 1.5-hour cruise from Oahu. Glide along the coastline from Waikiki towards Diamond Head while enjoying the vibrant colors of the island sunset, appetizers, two alcoholic drinks and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Round-trip transportation from select Waikiki hotels is included.
Hop aboard Hawaii’s newest yacht cruise, 'The Majestic', admire the setting sun and enjoy a relaxing evening dinner cruise on the waters off Waikiki Beach. Take in unobstructed views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki skyline while enjoying an Island Style Buffet or Appetizer Menu options. Hit the dance floor with live entertainment in the open seating lounge. Pick-up and drop-off from selected Waikiki hotels available. Book on a Friday to enjoy an amazing fireworks display off Waikiki beach.
Spend a relaxing two hours on an evening catamaran cruise from Waikiki. With maximum 25 passengers on board, you can enjoy the city without the hustle and bustle. Relax and watch the sunset from the deck and see Waikiki as it begins to light up for the evening. Your journey is further enhanced with provided drinks and snacks.
Kamoauli is a locally owned, all-wood, double-hulled, traditional Polynesian canoe (wa’a kaulua) offering a one-of-a-kind native Hawaiian cultural and educational experience. Come sail along the beautiful Waikiki coastline and become immersed in the stories and history of place (Mo‘olelo) reflected through the land (ʻāina) and ocean (moana) aboard a classroom on the sea. Our cultural practitioner and crew involve guests in hands on activities, using native materials to make food, clothing, tools, and other traditional items. Ask questions, explore the deck, nets and hulls, take part in poi (taro) pounding or just relax and enjoy. 'Ukulele music and traditional chants ('oli) with locally-sourced traditional food and drinks are all part of this unique experience.
If you’re looking for a unique, luxurious way to experience a Honolulu sunset, this Oahu sunset dinner and jazz cruise offers an unforgettable evening. While seated at a comfortable, private table, dine on seven different signature courses while sipping on super premium beverages, all while enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz as performed by live entertainment. For an even more unique experience, book on a Friday and enjoy an extra hour to view the Friday aerial Fireworks show!
Cruise down the West coast of Oahu during sunset on this 2-hour tour Wai'anae. Meet your experienced captain and crew on board the ship, then set off in search of the best spot to watch the sunset. Snack on 'pupus' and sip 2 complimentary alcoholic beverages while relaxing on the boat's deck and watching the sky fill with orange, pink, purple and red. Learn from your guides about Hawaii’s seafaring history, which includes fishing, the invention of surfing and the Hawaiian art of way-finding. A shuttle from select West Oahu resorts and hotels is available.
Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary during this sunset cruise in Maunalua Bay. With a crew dedicated to your comfort and safety, you'll sail around the bay at sunset, jumping into the water whenever you like to explore the underwater world using the provided snorkel equipment. Snack and bottled water are provided, and the crew will tailor your experience to your group's interests.
Private Sightseeing Tours
A short boat ride with some incredible views of Waikiki at night. In addition to the beauty of the open water, the famous Waikiki Skyline, and a breathtaking sunset. Also keep on the lookout for spinner dolphins and Hawaiian green sea turtles as they are frequent visitors. Also on Friday nights, we will go out to see the beautiful Waikiki fireworks display if conditions allow. The Hilton's firework display is something we all look forward to every Friday evening! Even the children are inspired from this vantage point from sea.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the best Sunset Cruises in Oahu?
The best Sunset Cruises in Oahu according to Viator travelers are:
- Star Casual Sunset & Show Cruise
- Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise
- Majestic Sunset Dinner and Cocktail Cruise with Live Entertainment
- Sunset And city light tour on a forty foot catamaran, Snorkel tours daily
- Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show
What tours in Oahu are taking additional safety precautions?
What tours in Oahu are good for avoiding crowds?
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