North Shore Catamaran - Sunset Cruise

Tour Date

Online reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your
tour departure. within 48 hours, please call us at (808) 371-0432


Child (0-11)

Transportation R/T from Waikiki Hotels

Hotel Name

Tour 083

Tour #083: North Shore Catamaran - Sunset Cruise

Per Person Charges Special Online Price
Adult $69.30 USD
Child (0-11) $48.30 USD
Transportation R/T from Waikiki Hotels $55.00 USD


About Your Tour

Operates:  Daily, Seasonal, May16 - Dec 6, Tour departs: 5:00AM / Return: 7:00PM

Location: Oahu, North Shore, Duration: 2 hours, Departs from: Haleiwa Boat Harbor - North Shore

North Shore sunsets are the best and there is no better place to watch them than from the deck of the Ho'o Nanea. The sunset hours are a magical time to be out on the water. With the winds calm, the sun turns golden and paints the sky in a palette of hues and colors that seem almost unreal. There is no way you cannot be taken by it. The clean ocean air, vast sky and unbelievable sunset colors swill connect you with nature and give you a feeling of relaxation and happiness that most people don't get to experience anymore. A sunset sail will help you calm your mind and let you breath again. So come join us and reset your senses!

The North Shore Catamaran Sunset Sail is a casual and down-to-earth occasion. The Ho'o Nanea is a very safe and stable sailing catamaran that lets you relax and stay dry, without sacrificing the feeling of being close to the ocean. This is not a fancy dinner cruise--no dress code, no hula dancers, no tiki torches and umbrella topped daquiries being crammed down your throat--just the typical understated North Shore atmosphere of friends getting together to enjoy an evening out on the ocean.

Additional Info

Transportation Available: R/T from Waikiki Hotels - $55.00

(advance reservation necessary)

Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages are included.  You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages.  The crew and captain will check the identification of individuals with alcoholic beverages.

All children ages 4 and under must wear life jackets and be held at all times. Accompanying adults must also wear life jackets.

Vessel: Sleek 40' catamaran the "HO'O NANEA"...( Maximum of 16 pax )

The Ho'O Nanea

 Even tied to the dock our 40 foot catamaran the Ho'o Nanea looks sleek and fast. Ho'o Nanea means "to pass the time in ease and comfort." This is a perfect name for our vessel as she is a dream to sail. The ancient Hawaiians sailed to Hawaii from Tahiti on catamarans and ever since these multihulled boats have proven to be perfect for Hawaiian waters. 

 Our brisk Hawaiian tradewinds keep the sailing exciting! Just because our boat is comfortable doesn't mean she is boring. Depending on how much fun you want to have, you can either ride up forward on the net for a wet and wild time, or move back to the deck, where you can stay dry but still feel the wind in your hair as we ride the waves.  

 On the days when the wind doesn't blow we use our very quiet and efficient motors to propel us across the ocean. It is not the same thrill of being driven by the wind but it gets the job done and there is no such thing as a bad day on the water with us!

Our crew

Captain Don is the full time captain on the Ho'o Nanea. Finding some one who loves their job more than Don just might be impossible! Don came to the North Shore from Huntington Beach, California in 1977 and, as he puts it, "is still on his two week vacation!" This is one guy who does not watch the clock or count the days till his day off. In fact most of the time he seems to be having just as much fun as his guests. 

Don is the perfect guide and loves to share his knowledge of the North Shore, the ocean, and what lives in the ocean. During his 30 years in Hawaii Don has been surfing, diving, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, and anything else that seems fun on the ocean. After all these years on the North Shore Don has some great stories and all though they may be a bit exaggerated, they are all mostly true! Captain Don puts his guests first and on these personal tours he really goes the extra mile.

Real Hawaiian Style

Some of our crew play the Ukulele, but only if the guests enjoy it and request it! No audience participation required! On our cruise you can enjoy nature with your friends and the very friendly crew, or be left in peace to take in the evening glow with your partner.

Please note:  All sails are weather permitting. Whale watching and dolphin spotting are seasonal activities and cannot be guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you sail from and where do you go?

We operate out of Haleiwa Harbor, on the North Shore of Oahu. We sail along the North Shore and out into the deeper waters. We do not circumnavigate Oahu or sail around to the West Side. This would be a very long sail with rough upwind sailing on the way home.

How far is Haleiwa from Waikiki?

 It’s about 1 hour driving time from Waikiki, via H1 and H2. Please see our Directions for more information

What time of year can I expect to see whales in Hawaii?

The humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from December to May every year. Whale watching tours in Hawaii are during these months. Exact start and finish of the season varies each year, depending on when the whales make their migration.

How close do we get to the whales? 

You will see breaches blows anywhere from miles away to a hundred yards off the side of the boat. Sometimes even closer, but that would be only if the whales move in on their own for a closer look. We always do our best to provide you with a great vantage point for observation without harassment to the whales, as the coast surrounding the Hawaiian Islands is supposed to be their peaceful winter sanctuary. And being chased and herded by motor boats is not the whales idea of fun. 

Do you have Hawaii snorkeling tours all year round? 

No, we do not have Hawaii snorkeling tours year round. The snorkeling Hawaii tours are during the summer months (June-Sept) , and the whale watching Hawaii tours are during whale season, which is December to May. The whale watching tours do not include snorkeling.

What kind of experience do I need for a snorkeling or whale watching tour?

None! The only things you need to enjoy our sailing trips are a sense of adventure and an appreciation for the ocean. We will provide all snorkeling gear and safety instructions. 

Do you always see dolphins?

We often see dolphins, but not every day. Like all wild animals, it is up to them when they want to be seen. On lucky days they will come right up to the boat and play.

Is Hawaii sailing on a catamaran different than traditional sailing?

Catamarans are smoother riding than single hulled vessels. Our 40′ catamaran, the Ho’o Nanea, is the perfect size for a Hawaii sailing adventure. The sailing catamaran is Coast Guard certified for 21 passengers, and all of our tours are a max passenger count of 19. With this intimate group, we are able to give all of our passengers customized service.

What sort of marine life can I expect to see while snorkeling or sailing?

There is never a lack of Hawaii marine life on our sailing trips. During whale season, it is almost certain we will see the majestic humpback whales as they frolic in our warm Hawaiian waters. We often find the spinner dolphins, and nearly every day the Honu, or Hawaiian sea turtle, stops by for a visit. On our Hawaii snorkeling tours, we see a myriad of diverse reef ecology beneath the surface as well as sea turtles.

Can I bring my children with me on my sailing trip?

Of course! We have special rates for children. Whale watching in Hawaii is a wonderful family adventure. It is also a great educational experience for all members of the family.

 Why is there an age restriction?

We do not have an age restriction. Our boat is friendly to all ages, but we do require children to wear a life jacket. And infants to be held at all times by a life jacket wearing adult. We provide all life jackets on board.

Do you provide lunch and beverages?

All of our tours include complementary beverages. Our 4 hr. morning snorkel tour includes a complete deli lunch.

What should I bring on my Hawaii sailing, whale watching or snorkeling tour?

Be prepared for lots of fun! You should be prepared for the warm Hawaiian sun, and the occasional passing shower. Please bring a light jacket, your camera, sunscreen, a hat and your bathing suit.

Can I get seasick during your sailing trips?

Our catamaran is very stable and few people get seasick. However, if you are prone to sea sickness, or have never been on a boat, it would be wise to take a sea sickness preventative at least one hour before the trip.

 How far in advance should I book my tour?

The earlier you book your Hawaii whale watching or Hawaii snorkeling tour, the better! Especially if you have a larger group. Sometimes there is space available on very short notice, so make sure you check with us no matter when you have the idea to book. If you are inquiring for dates that are within the next week, it would be best to call direct for availability, instead of booking vie email.

Can I charter the whole boat?

Of course. We have special charter and group prices. Contact us for cost and availability.

 How do I make a reservation?

You can book online or call us directly at (808) 371-0432 and we will book your tour and answer all you questions.

How do I get there?

See our directions page for a map and driving directions. Most people rent a car for the day and explore the North Shore and Haleiwa after their Sailing tour.

Is there anything else to do in the area for those in my party that are not going on the boat?

Absolutely. The harbor is surrounded by beautiful public beaches. The harbor is located within walking distance of lots of great shops, eateries and site seeing in Haleiwa town.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the day of service and will result in a 10% credit card service charge. Cancellations made in a shorter period of time (less than 24 hours prior to the day of service) will result in a 100% charge being incurred/No refund. No shows will incur full charges/NO REFUND.

Tours and activity prices, departure times, departure locations, descriptions and other information on Hawaii Tour Adventures website are subject to change at any time without prior notice

Transportation: Your own vehicle

Driving Directions

located in the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. The check-in will be in front of the two story grey building pictured below. For GPS, we recommend using Haleiwa Joe’s Seafood Grill. 66-011 Kamehameha Highway. Haleiwa, HI 96712.

If you get lost call: (808) 351.9371
From the Kailua side, take H-3 to H-1.

From Honolulu:

Take the H1 freeway west from Honolulu to the H2 freeway north. Stay on H2 until freeway ends (8 miles) and becomes Route 99. After freeway ends, go straight through 4 stoplights then turn right at the sign indicating “North Shore”.

Follow the signs towards North Shore / Haleiwa, staying on Route 99. As you come down the hill with the ocean in view, you will reach a traffic signal where you will turn left to enter Haleiwa Town.

Go through “Historic” Haleiwa Town (1 mile) then turn left immediately after the 76 gas station on left side of road. (If you pass through a narrow bridge you missed your turn at the Gas Station).

On your right is the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Turn right at the sign into the harbor. Stay to the right and follow the road as it curves out to the big two story building in the middle of the harbor. Park next to our sign. The catamaran will be moored at the loading dock or on her way!

From Turtle Bay:
When you leave Turtle Bay Hotel, turn right (north) on 83 to the North Shore and Haleiwa town. It’s about a half hour drive (can take longer if there is a surf contest going on on the North Shore!).

There will be a traffic signal and a sign pointing you into “Historic” Haleiwa Town. Turn right and follow the road over the white, narrow bridge. Immediately after, turn right again before the 76 gas station (right after Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant)

On your right will be the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Turn right at the sign into the harbor. Stay to the right and follow the road as it curves around and out to the big two story building in the middle of the harbor. Park next to our sign. The catamaran will be moored at the loading dock or on her way!



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