Hawaii Sail & Snorkel Tours
Enjoy a morning of sailing and snorkeling in Kohala's pristine waters!
Fill your sails and explore the Kohala Coast during an afternoon of pure sailing. Watch for whales, dolphins and other marine life.
Hawai‘i Sailing & Whale Watching - Kawaihae
Enjoy the best sailing and snorkeling in Hawai‘i waters on an intimate sailboat charter with the experienced captain and crew of Kohala Sail & Sea. We offer fun and exciting sail & snorkel trips,dolphin watching and idyllic sunset cruises year-round, plus humpback whale watching during winter months at 8:30am 1:00 pm and 4:30pm and special times by request.
Our super eco-friendly sailing charters depart from the newest harbor in Hawai‘i, Kawaihae Harbor South, conveniently located directly below Pu‘ukoholā National Historical Site and adjacent to Pua Ka Ilima o Kawaihae Cultural Surf Park. Kawaihae is only 10-15 minutes from the all the major Waikoloa resorts of the beautiful Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i, the Big Island. Kona visitors can enjoy a scenic drive along the coast of about 50 minutes; we are a perfect addition to a Kohala day-trip from Kona.
Our classic 34-foot Islander sloop Riva was designed and built for the open ocean, she is sturdy and comfortable and has plenty of room for six passengers. Opt to book a private charter tailored to your group, or make new friends on any of our sail & snorkel trips. Enjoy the ocean breeze and learn about Hawaii from your crew as you take in the sights of the Kohala coast. All our sailing tours include light refreshments .
Sailing with Capt. Steve Turner on Riva is the perfect vessel to get the most of your humpback whale watch.
Why perfect? Four reasons:
Wide open photo ops
We take six passengers max, so you won’t have to navigate around someone else’s body for that awesome shot -- that means more great photos.
Hear them exhale
Riva is super quiet under sail, and with the engine off, you can hear the humpbacks exhale or “blow. ” You can sometimes even hear their inhalation and the water roll off their tail flukes when they dive. We'll listen to their famous singing with our hydrophone and sometimes we hear their song through the hull of the vessel! This isn’t typical on most boats; quiet is a very important factor for an excellent whale watch. On vessel RIVA You'll never have to endure loud motors or a blasting PA System on your special whale watch.
Our 34-foot sailboat Riva harnesses the wind whenever possible during our whale watch. When we do use the engine, we burn less fuel than any other boat: only a ¼ gallon an hour.
Kohala Sail & Sea is also a proud supporter of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.org.
A portion of all fares go to to support direct action conservation,thank you for booking with us and making a difference.
Capt. Steve has more than 26 years’ experience as a professional whale watch captain in Hawaii, and he has taken thousands of passengers off shore to observe these mighty marine mammals and their mesmerizing behaviors. He has mastered the techniques to provide you the best whale watch possible without disturbing the natural behavior of the whales. Our naturalist/interpreter will share all you want to know about humpback whales, and interpret the behaviors we see.
Sail and Snorkel in Kohala's Pristine Waters
The warm, clear waters off the Kohala Coast are home to a diverse array of marine life, including spinner dolphins, manta rays, and the other gentle giants, whale sharks. It’s possible we’ll encounter any of these majestic creatures on your sail. Our snorkel trips take you to amazing rock formations and coral reefs that provide habitat for a rainbow of reef fish, Hawaiian green sea turtles and other creatures, including yellow tang, parrotfish,eels,octopus,rays and all kinds of butterflyfish. Hawaii has a high rate of endemism, meaning that many of these species are found nowhere else on earth.
First time snorkeling? Our experienced crew is in the water with you, and will ensure that you are comfortable and have a wonderful experience.