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Finding the Premier Catamaran in Waikiki
February 03 ,2020

Breathtaking Prince Waikiki hugs the eastern edge of serene Ala Wai Harbor, Hawaii’s largest marina. It’s certainly not uncommon to spot a group or family of kamaainas docking their yacht within a stone’s throw from 100 Sails Restaurant & Lounge amid a well-deserved staycation. However, most guests are unable to sail a vessel to Waikiki. Thus, hundreds of thousands of people, from all across the globe, eagerly search for the top-rated catamaran in Waikiki upon arrival. A catamaran is the vessel of choice for those aiming to relax at sea, snorkel with sea turtles (or dolphins), and observe a genuinely heart-stopping sunset.

The Best Catamaran in Waikiki: Holokai

Selecting the very best catamaran in Waikiki wasn’t overly burdensome as Holokai Catamaran is the only option within the city limits that boasts a five-star rating across all online platforms. That being said, several other local companies deserve a shout-out, especially if Holokai is fully booked. In fact, these five catamarans collectively offer some of the most desirable Oahu boat tours.

1. Holokai Catamaran

Not only does Holokai Catamaran have the sturdiest ship in the city, but their team offers three distinct adventures every day: the twice-daily Turtle Canyon Snorkel Sail, Tradewind Sail, and all-inclusive Sunset Cruise. On Fridays, for only $50 per person, travelers can also hop aboard the all-inclusive Friday Fireworks Cruise. Please book well in advance to successfully reserve a spot with Holokai.

2. Maita’i Catamaran

It’s worth noting that each catamaran in Waikiki is docked within 1.4 miles of Prince Waikiki, including Maita’i Catamaran, a jet black ship with vibrant turquoise sails. The 90-minute Friday evening Mahina Moonlight Sail is a stellar way to observe this active, colorful city after dark. Maita’i is the most affordable option among competing Oahu sailing tours, so expect crowds during peak seasons.

3. Makani Catamaran

Makani Catamaran keeps things pretty simple; they offer a reasonably basic yet thrilling Fun in the Sun Sail as well as a Friday Night Fireworks Sail and perhaps the premier sunset cruise in Waikiki. The Honolulu City Lights Sunset Dinner Sail features an island-style dinner buffet, one complimentary drink, and, of course, some of the prettiest skyline views in North America.

4. Kepoikai II

Kepoikai II, “Crest of the Wave,” remains the longest-running catamaran in Waikiki. Travelers can hop aboard the Kepoikai II right from Waikiki Beach’s pristine sand, which is an added perk for those already hoping to sunbathe, snorkel, and swim beforehand. Kepoikai II is known for its $25 one-hour sails and $2 drinks, as seen in this beautifully-shot video.

5. Na Hoku II

Na Hoku II, otherwise known as the “big yellow catamaran in Waikiki,” flanks this handy list. The 90-minute Diamond Head Sail remains their most popular option as it features free adult beverages and spectacular, up-close views of Hawaii’s premier state monument.

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