Sunset Sail

Experience the stunning hues of the Kawaihae sunset as it sinks into the deep blue Pacific Ocean, and casts its magical glow on the surrounding mountains of Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualālai. Maybe we'll get lucky and witness the legendary green flash as its last sliver slips into the horizon. The Sunset Sail aboard Riva is one of the most romantic, soulful ways to mark the end of an amazing day on Hawai'i, the Big Island. This Sunset sail includes fresh island pineapple,Maui-style chips, soft drinks,cups and ice.

Please feel free to bring anything else you would like onboard for your sail including your favorite alcoholic beverages.


Sailing with Capt. Steve Turner on Riva is the perfect vessel to get the most of your humpback whale watch.
Why perfect? Four reasons:


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.

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 even hear 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. No load Motors or PA system blasting on RIVA








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

A portion of all fares go to to support direct action conservation,thank you for booking with us and making a difference.


Depart: 4:30 pm.
Return: 6:45 pm.
Duration: 2-1/4 hours
Price: $106 *per person

*Private Charters For up to 6 passengers.

**Due to the operating cost involved, currently 4  fares is required for us to run this sunset sail . We will make all efforts to book the 6 seats on this sunset sail prior to your departure date. Example: If you're a booked party of only 2 passengers and we are unable to book any other passengers by your sail date, we will contact you within 48 hrs of your sail, and at that time you will have the option to pay the additional $212. to make the charter run. (A great private charter price!) Or, you can reschedule or cancel your sail and receive a full refund. Refunds may not be provided if you cancel inside of 48hrs. of your departure time.
*Fare price does NOT include Hawaii excise tax @4% and Hawaii harbor use fee @3% and online booking convenience fee (if applicable)

Sunset Sailing Tour

2-1/4 hours | 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm

$106 per person*

Private Charters for up to 6 passengers.