When friends of ours come down and visit Hawaii for the first time, there are a few things we typically like to do/recommend when we show them around Oahu. Usually there’s at least one hike involved (Lanikai Pillboxes is our favorite), we try to give a sampling of some of the best local food (Shave Ice! Acai Bowls! Poke!), and often we include the infamous Na Hoku II booze cruise.
The Na Hoku II has always been our go-to for a guaranteed night of fun with friends. While they offer multiple sail times, we recommend the popular sunset sail that leaves at 5:30pm. Not only are you in for unlimited mixed drinks, but you’re also treated to gorgeous views of Waikiki and Diamond Head during golden hour. It’s honestly worth the price for the views alone – the endless maitais are a bonus 🙂
The Na Hoku II is a 45-foot catamaran that takes you on a 90-minute ride a few miles past Diamond Head. It docks on the beach right in front of Duke’s Waikiki and the Moana Surfrider. It usually sells out – so call ahead to put in a reservation. You pay when you arrive – cash only – and make sure you arrive on time as the catamaran waits for no one!
You can bring your own food if you wish, but most just enjoy the unlimited drinks that are offered as soon as you step on the boat. You can walk around during the ride, take a ton of pictures, and even climb up to the top of the deck for an even better view. Just make sure to hold on to your stuff – items often go overboard, so make sure you have a tight grip on your phone, sunglasses, etc. (I’ve dropped both – don’t be like me!)
The crew is always welcoming and friendly, and of course if you tip, you’ll most likely get an extra shot in your drink. The bartenders already have a heavy hand though – almost everyone who drinks on board usually stumbles their way off the boat, so definitely be cautious and don’t over do it!
The Na Hoku II is a perfect way to experience beautiful Waikiki, and it’s a great activity for almost everyone to enjoy. We’ve probably gone 5+ times now, and everyone enjoys the mini excursion whether they downed a couple maitais or just enjoyed the views. We highly recommend it!
Na Hoku II Catamaran Cruises