With calm seas, a steady breeze and the sun on your face, there’s no fairer way to explore the island of Hawaii than by sailboat. Hawaii’s famed trade winds create nearly perfect sailing conditions year-round, particularly on the island of Hawaii’s western coast, where you can board a share-boat tour or charter your own vessel for a day of nautical exploration, from the pristine Kohala Coast to the sacred temples and historic sites of Kealakekua Bay.
Some sailing companies offer tours that combine sailing and snorkeling, allowing you to get a closer view of the rainbow-colored reef fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) and manta rays that are abundant in this part of the Hawaiian Islands. You can also spot dolphins and whales (depending on the season) and visit some of the island’s best beaches – some accessible only by boat. Or, kick back on a romantic sunset sail with refreshing cocktails, authentic pupus (Hawaiian appetizers) and the gentle strum of a ukulele.