Hot Hawaiian Nights - Sunset Cruises with a Twist (of a dolphins tail)
All but "Special Event" sunset cruises are discontinued through 2012
Romance and Culture, Stargazing, Full Moons, Sunsets and Meteor Showers
Not your typical Waikiki sunset cruise, this one departs from Oahu rural West Coast near Ko Olina - and focuses on nature connections, such as narrated stargazing or watching spinner dolphins return to their night time feeding grounds. Relax and get on island time with our buffet style homemade dinner - feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.
On the ocean, Hawaii's night skies are prime viewing grounds for stargazing, with no light, air pollution, fog or frost! Guests enjoy these phenomena on the open sea with the breeze in their face and the sound of water lapping on the hull.
Click here to view photos from our sunset cruises.
Full Moon Voyages 2010
We feel that the full moon's shining path on the ocean is definitely one of planet earth's greatest gifts.
The moon gives information very important to the survival of Hawaiians. She is not an astral object projected into the sky long ago as a result of a catastrophic event. The moon, Mahina, is family. She gave us the cycle of birth, life,
death and rebirth each month—without fail.
Setting sail an hour before sunset will give us time to look for the lingering marine wildlife common to the coastline. We can then kick-back and enjoy the cosmic process painting the Hawaiian sky.
Sometimes, we'll see the colors darken and fade to velvet black and experience a period of skies lit only by the extravagance of thousands of stars (you can actually see them twinkle). Before long, the full moon will be rearing her majestic head over the mountain range lighting the waters around us enough to see our shadows! Other nights, the moon may be rising in tandem with the setting sun.
During our 2 1/2 hour voyage, we are happy to share our knowledge with you on topics including ancient Polynesian voyaging and celestial navigation, astronomy, whale and dolphin behavior, sea lore and local legends.
STAR TREKS - New Moon Stargazing Sails 2010
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
"Sea of Love"
April 11 - 25
Moms Day Sail May 9th
May 15th - Southern Cross!
New moon and Southern Cross!
|4th of July Fireworks
July 10, 11
Persieds Meteor Shower
|Sep. 5, 26
||Oct. 3, 31
On dark (moonless) nights, Mother Nature blesses us with her boundless beauty. She puts on a show for the leeward shore that includes views of constellations, the Milky Way, other galaxies, planets, and seasonal meteor showers. There is nothing more tranquil and romantic than a west Oahu sunset. On our Ko Olina sunset cruise, enjoy the soft symphony of hues painting a Hawaii sunset. Unwind, re-invigorate, and catch a kiss or two on the Pacific.
During spring and summer the Southern Cross, Eta Carinae Nebula, Venus, Mars are visible. The galactic center of the Milky Way is in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius where vast swarms of distant stars are visible on clear summer nights.
In winter the big names are Jupiter, Saturn, and the great Andromeda Galaxy. All can be seen with the naked eye as the huge sky over the Hawaii's ocean is among the clearest, driest, and darkest on the planet.
There are "shooting stars" all summer long....
Sailing into the multicolored sunsets the Hawaiian Islands are famous for, we'll first cruise past Kuilioloa Heiau. Significant for many cultural reasons (some believe it to be the true third point of the Polynesian triangle), it is also the sacred teaching grounds of ancient Polynesian navigation.
As the sunset dissolves into starlit night, we will aim for Oahu's prime location for stargazing (buffet dinner on the way). If game, we have a laser beam onboard to point out constellations or other interesting night-sky sights. However if you just want to relax and do your own romantic star dreaming, that's fine too! Feel free to bring a bottle of wine or champagne with you to celebrate the special person in your life.
Once at sea, we may encounter feeding dolphins playfully riding the bow. Or, if we are real fortunate, we might enjoy a visit from seasonal whales attracted to our mutually intelligent company. However, if its whale or dolphin watching you particularly desire, please look into our daytime charters, as the night charters are, well... dark for part for part of the time anyhow!
Whale's Tails and Sunset Sails (Mid. Dec - April)
return shortly after sunset, $95
Hawaiian "winter" is humpback whale season, and dolphins grace us with their presence year around. If the spirits cooperate, we may have the opportunity to be visited by one or both of these Hawaiian marine species commonly found in the Ko Olina area.
For these cruises, the boat departs a an hour and a half before sunset for added daylight hours and longer whale watching. Romantic and serene on private 42 ft. catamaran, limited seats (6 -16 passengers) and wholesome dinner included. Early bookings are recommended.
Important Trip Information
General Tips and Guidelines for Sailing with Stars Charters
Stargazing cruise departs one hour before sunset; Sunset Whale Cruise depart an hour and half before sunset
For night charters, we recommend light jackets and maybe long pants, socks and a favorite blankie. The night temperature averages in the mid '70s, but it may get chilly out on the water.
Dinner is provided: Dinner menus are subject to change depending on the amount of people onboard. Typically, we serve a chicken/shrimp stir-fry, a mix of rice, tossed baby green salad, and gourmet bread. It all depends on the cook's mood and what's in the pantry!
BYOB wine or other beverages to enjoy under the stars
For $95 per person, we will put you on a 2 1/2 hour semi-private sailing charter. Click Here for secure online order form
Notice: Wild Side (complete terms and agreements) reserves the right to substitute vessels, and to seasonally modify departure and arrival times. Due to our popularity and limited group sizes, cancellations with less than 10 day notice and "No Shows" are subject to full charge. Prices quoted do not include state tax, harbor fees or fuel surcharge.
Although our sighting rates are at 90+% we cannot guarantee sightings, interaction with wild dolphins whales, snorkeling, nor ideal weather conditions. We reserve the right to not facilitate in-water OR shipboard encounters which we feel may compromise the well-being of our guests or ocean wildlife. All passengers are required to wear flotation devices.
Reservation Office hours: 8-4 (Hawaii Standard TIme)