Sailing in Honolulu


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One hundred feet beneath the surface of Maunalua Bay, the Corsair⎯a World War II airplane—rests on a sandy floor. Its massive shell and magnetism for schools of soldier fish lures deep-sea explorers to the site every year. As divers propel themselves alongside the plane's wing and fuselage, they get an up-close look at the wreck's current residents, which range from colorful goatfish to reclusive moray eels. With more than 30 years of experience, the scuba instructors at Waikiki Diving Center lead daily dives for certified divers to submerged sites such as the Cosair wreck. Earning a five-star Instructor Development Center designation from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the center's team coordinates parties of 12–14 people and takes them out on one of two customized dive boats—The Submariner or Snoopy V—for adventures ranging from snuggling sea turtles to earning PADI open-water certifications. To enhance visitors' experiences, Waikiki Diving Center's crew arranges complimentary shuttle service to and from Waikiki hotels.
424 Nahua St
Honolulu,
HI
US
From surfing at secluded locations to hiking a private trail to a waterfall at the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains, the team at Hawaii Water Sports Center designs excursions so visitors can experience thrills and explore Koko Marina’s pristine waters. USCG captains pilot a Ski Nautique that pulls along bumper tubes and six-person Banana Boats, and professional instructors help visitors master the skills of wakeboarding or water skiing through a six-ball course. Their snorkeling trips take place in Hanauma Bay’s reef-filled waters, and their Maunalua Bay scuba excursions are overseen by PADI-certified instructors and trained master divers. On these trips, they guide students along and point out colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and retired goldfish.
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu,
HI
US
With its pink sails filling with ocean breezes, the Island Magic Catamaran carries passengers out to sea in search of painted sunsets, playful humpbacks, and salty sprays. During sails, the crew carefully handles the 30-passenger vessel, allowing it to float lazily on glassy water or race against the island's fast-flowing swells. In addition to cruises, the team leads snorkeling adventures near Turtle Canyon, where sightseers can splash among green sea turtles before they finish hatching into boring, shell-less lizards. Sunset cruises depart 1.5 hours before the sun dips below the horizon, allowing passengers to admire the waves as they catch the last few bits of sunlight.
1025 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu,
HI
US
Aboard a 170'x50' catamaran, dinner cruisers with Ali'i Kai taste piquant Polynesian dishes while watching traditional tribal dance in front of a stunning ocean sunset. During the two-hour dinner cruise (up to a $79/person value), complete with a lei and an additional alcoholic beverage (a $12 value), palates can experience new island flavors with buffet items such as the spicy pipikaula salad, pulehu cilantro-lime-marinated beef, or the mango-pineapple-teriyaki-glazed chicken. Vegetarians who call or skywrite their preferences in ahead of time can nibble on a specially made meat-free meal.
1 Aloha Tower Dr
Honolulu,
HI
US
South Pacific Watersports' expert captains send patrons on thrilling aquatic excursions, promoting both watery amusement and the conservation of Hawaii's delicate oceanic life. Adventurers cling to a rollicking bumper tube with up to three other guests as it skims the wake of Koko Marina tethered to a zooming motorboat or a benevolent plesiosaur's neck. Up to five folks can then clamber aboard a boat to Maunalua Bay, where knowledgeable instructors lead a 20-minute course imparting the basics of standup paddleboarding before turning pupils loose on the tide. Perched atop provided boards, students draw lengthy paddles through the surf while soaking in views of the ocean floor's inhabitants and mermaid sock hops through the bay's crystal-clear waters. The 90-minute outing also doubles as a full-body workout as paddlers buff up arms against rippling waters and clench abs and quads to stabilize their balance.
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu,
HI
US
Hawaiian Parasail has more than three decades of experience hoisting Honolulans and visitors to the heavens from a boat-drawn parachute. Flight-fanciers ages 5 and older can savor views of Diamond Head and Waikiki that are normally reserved for migratory birds and the liberated ghosts of cane toads. Once passengers step from the boarding dock onto the parasail boat, the staff will prep them for their 8–10 minutes of air time by elucidating proper floatation-jacket and harness attire, by briefing them on sailing safety, and by demonstrating hand signals that can be used for communication with the boat team or for making shadow puppets on the bellies of shore-bound sunbathers. When the boat has passed through the harbor channel into the open ocean, the parachute will be unfurled and passengers will be securely clipped into their air carriage.
1085 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US
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