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Day Cruise in Hawaii

Updated on September 5, 2016

There are a few day cruises you can take when you are on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Perhaps you live on the island and just want a short getaway from the hectic pace of work and traffic. Or you may be visiting from another island or the US mainland. Visitors from all over the world come to Hawaii and take a day cruise on Oahu.

Navatek Dinner Cruise

My husband and I went on the Navatek Dinner Cruise for our 35th anniversary. The Navatek is a state-of-the-art vessel that has received awards for ship design. It has been hailed as being the most comfortable and most stable ride in all of Hawaii according to Forbes Magazine.

We boarded the ship early evening and had a buffet of delicious tropical foods they call the surf 'n turf in the Blue Hawaii Room.

Afterward you could either enjoy the live entertainment, walk up on the deck and enjoy the sunset, or just watch the Honolulu lights on the shore.

If you are fortunate, you may be able to spot a whale or some dolphins. The cruise is very affordable, takes about two hours and travels down past Diamond Head to see where some of the rich and famous of Hawaii live around the Kahala coastline.

A markerAtlantic submarines to book Navatek -
1600 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
get directions


For a more cozy and personal experience, you can take a morning or afternoon cruise on a catamaran. You will be able to see any sealife right up close including dolphins and sea turtles. The cruise lasts about two hours long and snacks are available as well as a full-service bar. The cruise starts near Waikiki Beach at the Kewalo Basin. There is room for about thirty people.

A markerCatamaran Waikiki -
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
get directions

(808) 922-2210

There are other day cruises available, but by far the most exciting during whale season in Hawaii is the Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise.

Whales like to come to Hawaii during the months of December through May. The cruise offers naturalist experts who share their knowledge about the beautiful mammals. You can also hear the underwater whale songs on a hydrophone.

During the off season when the whales are traveling elsewhere, the cruise offers other activities like ukulele playing, hula dancing, and lei making. The cruise takes between two hours and two and a half hours.

For more information about the day cruises from Oahu, see or

A markerStar of Honolulu -
1540 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
get directions

(808) 983-STAR(7827)


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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sure LianaK. I'm sure you would enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    Would love to do this the next time we come to Hawaii! Thanks for the great info!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Great festersporling1, come on down!! Hope you enjoy your adventure on the cruise. Aloha!

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    Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    This is at the top of my list!! I have been doing a lot of work related travel so as soon as I can take some time to head out there, I certainly plan on it!

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    Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

    I wish I could! Great enticing hub, elayne!

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago

    Great idea for a hub. Happy 35th!! Our 35th is coming up in a few weeks.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    You are lucky. Thank you for a wonderful hub and a lovely video.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you came by msorensson. Come on over to Hawaii. Aloha!

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    msorensson 7 years ago

    A great idea for tourists, Elayne 001. Thanks