An Oahu sunset cruise is a great way to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and Waikiki skyline after a day of hanging out. It's very relaxing and I highly recommend it as a way to get those classic "I was on vacation in Hawaii" photos.
With Diamond Head in the background as well as the pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel there will be no denying that you were here.
There are many different types of sunset cruises and the one that is best for you depends on your personality and what you're in the mood for.
There are on average 3-5 boats parked on the beach in Waikiki but there are other options as well.
I will be referring to those sunset cruises that do not include dinner and are just cocktails and/or maybe a light appetizer too.
The "booze cruise" refers to those that are generally all you can drink and have more of a party atmosphere.
On these boats people jump up and dance and the music varies from relaxing reggae in the beginning to upbeat dance music in the end.
These tend to be the cheapest and the boats are smaller sailing catamarans. They are definitely very laid back.
I went on the Waikiki Rigger with my boyfriend and it was in the $30 range. I shot a short video that you can check out below. It's docked on the beach in front of the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel.
No bathrooms or food. Good for singles, friends, couples, whoever. I probably wouldn't recommend it to my mom.
Another boat that might fit into this category is the Mai'tai Catamaran. They are parked just down the beach in front of the Sheraton Waikiki. The boat is bigger than the Island Magic.
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I say the "adult" cruise because most of the people on these types of boats are older and more mellow.
The atmosphere is not spring break like and there tends to be more couples sitting, lounging or walking about while enjoying a cocktail.
As I'm writing this I'm thinking of the Hilton Sunset Cruise. It's parked in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel and leaves from the pier where the Atlantis Submarine is parked.
They had meatballs, chicken wings, raw veggies, chips, dip and the like when I was on there. You get 2 drinks and there are bathrooms on board.
There's an actual bar, tables, benches, and room to walk around and lounge. It's a large catamaran that's quite comfortable to be on.
My boyfriend and I were the youngest on board but it was more our speed in the sense that we didn't want to get up and "party" on the Island Catamaran.
We had fun on both though. This boat was more romantic.
If you are the type of person who likes to drink a lot I don't recommend this boat to you because you won't be happy with the 2 drinks for the price. We don't drink so we didn't care and got non-alcoholic offerings instead.
Another boat that kind of fits into this category is the Makani Catamaran. It's actually the boat where my boyfriend and I hung out for the first time. He was new in town and I met him through my neighbor.
I happened to have an extra ticket for the Friday night fireworks cruise that they do and well...the rest is history.
Not located in Waikiki but just outside of it about 10 minutes at Kewalo Basin. This is also a large catamaran with bathrooms, a bar, benches and tables.
I feel it's a good deal for the money especially considering there's light snacks.
The appetizers were wraps that were cut in smaller pieces, potato salad and similar items. They also had really good cookies. It was nothing fancy but was fine.
I would say the Hilton boat had a more upscale feel to it than this one but I liked it just the same. There was a variety of people on board including friends, couples and families.
They have transportation available and it's a 10-15 minute cab ride outside of Waikiki that should cost you less than $15.
It's just past Ala Moana Shopping Center by about 1.5-2 blocks.
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