From magical sunset dinner cruises and daytime ocean voyages to snorkeling tours and submarine rides, there are few activities more Hawaiian than a cruise on the beautiful Pacific Ocean. These 11 cruises will allow both locals and visitors alike to see the islands from an entirely new perspective, while having the experience of a lifetime.
1. Star of Honolulu Sunset Dinner Cruise
Perfect for a romantic date night or a celebration of any kind, hop aboard the Star of Honolulu for a sunset dinner cruise. Watch the sun set over the Pacific while you dine, and experience live entertainment right on board.
2. Captain Andy’s Na Pali Day Expedition
A trip to Kauai isn't complete without a tour of the fabled Na Pali Coast, and one of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of this area is to hop on a boat tour.
3. Manta Ray Night Dive Charter
For a wild adventure, head to Honokohau Harbor to embark on a night time scuba dive cruise with Big Island Divers. Opt for the two tank charters, where you will enjoy a twilight reef dive before watching the sunset and taking to the water again - where the boat's dive lights will attract plankton and feeding manta rays.
4. Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures
Ideal for families - or anyone who always wanted to be a pirate - Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures offers several unique cruise options, including day cruises and whale watching tours perfect for the whole family, as well as adult-only dance party cruises.
5. Molokini Crater Snorkeling Tour
For some of the best snorkeling in the world, head to Molokini, a crescent-shaped volcanic crater off the coast of Maui. Kai Kanani Sailing Charters' two-or-four-hour Molokini snorkeling cruises cannot be beat.
6. Atlantis Submarine Tour
To experience the beautiful Pacific from below the surface, head to Atlantis Submarines Waikiki for an absolutely unforgettable sub tour.
7. Pride of America Hawaiian Cruise
What would a list of Hawaiian cruises be without at least one real cruise experience? Leaving from Honolulu, Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America travels to Kaui, Maui and the Big Island before returning to Oahu.
8. Waikoloa Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
If snorkeling isn't really your thing, consider stepping aboard Hawaii Ocean Sport's glass bottom boat tour instead. You will still be able to experience the Pacific's beauty - but without actually putting your face in the water.
9. Kualoa Ranch’s Ocean Voyage Tour
For a fun, easy adventure from Oahu's windward coast, head to Kuala Ranch and check out their Ocean Voyage Catamaran Tour. This is the perfect activity to compliment any of Kualoa's other popular activities, like horseback riding, ziplining, or an ATV movie set tour.
10. Kealakekua Bay Sunset Dinner Cruise
For a history lesson and sunset cruise combined, consider booking a few seats aboard Body Glove Hawaii's Kealakekua Bay Sunset Dinner Cruise. The three hour tour will take you 12 miles down the Kona coast while a local historian points out historical sites and points of interest before making it to the bay, where you will enjoy a buffet dinner and prime sunset viewing.
11. Dolphin Excursions Hawaii
For the opportunity to snorkel with spinner dolphins, head to Waianae Boat Harbor - on Oahu's leeward coast - in the early morning for an experience you will never forget. Snorkel tours depart at 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Have you been on any of these incredible cruises? What is your favorite Hawaiian boat tour or cruise?