10 Best cruises on the Garden Island offer a rainbow of options

One of the most adventurous ways to explore Kaua`i is via boat cruise, and there is plenty of options to choose from. Dinner cruises around the south side, snorkeling ventures along the Na Pali Coast, angling in the open ocean, or a BBQ cruise at sunset, Kaua`i has it all. What's nice about it is that the cruise options on Kaua`i all take place on small vessels, a 45 foot Radan, a 22 foot catamaran, no huge cruise ships here. Just you and the family or fiance enjoying Kaua`i from the sea.

If you're looking for a romantic sunset dinner cruise, then look no further because Blue Dolphin Charters offers a dinner and cocktail sunset cruise on the south side of the island. On this, as well as all other boat cruises, you may see whales from November to March, and it's highly likely at all times of the year to see dolphins and the Hawaiian green sea turtle. To enjoy Kaua`i from in the water, Holo Holo Charters offers a snorkeling sail along the Na Pali Coast, which allows you to get under the ocean with the rainbow of sea life that can only be seen along the coast. And the list goes on, you can fish, dive, snorkel, BBQ and visit a forbidden island on a boat cruise.

The options are big, so 10 Best has put together this list of the ten best boat cruises on Kaua`i to guide you along the way.

Na Pali Explorer
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Na Pali Explorer does just that, they explore the Na Pali Coast but they are based out of the west side in Waimea. Their tours are offered on a 26 foot RIB, a 48 foot RIB, or a 46 foot inflatable hull RIB. Exploring the ocean and Na Pali Coast...  Read More



As a Hawaiian owned, 22 year old our company offering whale watching, Na Pali Coast swimming and snorkeling, and sunset dinner tours. They provide guests with a peak into Hawaiian culture through their craft demonstrations including basket...  Read More

Captain Andy's Sailing Adventures
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Based out of the west side of Kauai below Hanapepe, Captain Andy's offers special children's rates and offers a variety of cruises around the island. They will take you out on a 55 foot catamaran for either a snorkeling cruise or a dinner...  Read More



For an amazing two hour sunset sail around Kauai's South Side, hop aboard with Blue Dolphin Charters. With the established company you will sail along the coast of beautiful Poipu enjoying food, cocktails, and romantic sunsets. While cruising...  Read More

Na Pali Sportfishing
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Although they leave from the Kikiaola Boat Harbor on the west side of Kauai, just outside of Waimea, Na Pali Sportfishing focuses on the Na Pali Coast along the North Shore. They say that serious anglers fish at the crack of dawn, and that's why...  Read More

Hawaiian Style Fishing


With Hawaiian Style Fishing you will explore the Pacific around Kauai on a 25 foot radon. They offer sport and bottom fishing, and say they can handle any type of fishing. Since most fisherman are quite attached to their favorite pole, you are...  Read More



Reservations are required to tour the ocean with Lahela Sportfishing. Leaving out of the Nawiliwili Harbor in Lihue, Lahela takes guests out on the 34 foot Lahela, which is the only fishing boat on Kauai certifies by the Kauai Coast Guard and...  Read More

Kai Bear Sportfishing Charters
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Kai Bear Sportfishing Charters offers a variety of private and shared charters. They cater to a range of interests and budgets, and go out on either of their two boats, the 38-foot Kai Bear or the 42 foot Grander. On each boat you'll find at...  Read More

Holo Holo Charters
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A great Na Pali snorkeling boat tour that leaves from the west side, Holo Holo charters will give you a wonderful day on the water. They offer the Na Pali snorkeling sail, ranging from $99 to $139. Here you'll wind along the coast seeing the...  Read More



Anglers will have a lot of fun with C-Lure Charters. They go out on the Mele Kai, a custom built 41-foot Noosa cat boasting Shimano tackle, depth sounders, and a GPS. Six people can sit in the shade and there is also a fighting chair. They don't...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade