Is this the best way to watch the sun set in Honolulu, Hawaii?

With clear views of the sunset over the horizon of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, it’s hard to argue there’s any bad place to watch the sun set here. But on my recent visit to the iconic tourist destination, I may have found the best way to watch it – Holokai Catamaran Company’s nightly Sunset Sail.

Holokai have their brick and mortar establishment within the fabulous Outrigger Reef resort – of which you can my full review HERE.

From there, their Sunset Sail runs most nights (but not all nights – check their website for their full schedule) from 5:00pm – 6:30pm (Oct – Feb) and 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Mar – Sept).

The cruise retails for most guests for US$80, and has you meet at the Outrigger Reef hotel, before walking along the Waikiki Beach Walk to board the vessel, boarding straight off the beach. The experience includes drinks, and you’ll enjoy Kona beers, a take on the Mai Tai as their on board cocktail, and they have soft drinks and White Claws too.

About 50 people set sail with us on this beautiful experience, where I caught the sun make its infamous “green flash” as it disappeared over the horizon. Sadly, we didn’t see too much wildlife, but the night before there was a Humpback Whale who stopped by – so there’s every chance you’ll get something special like that as well.

The experience as a whole was relaxed, and they provided plenty of time for you to lazy about in the catamaran, on comfortable chairs, as well as on mesh that hung over the front of the vessel. Just be careful not to doze off after the sun sets.

Drinks were plentiful throughout, the staff wonderful, and they placed themselves well to watch a perfect panoramic sunset. And you returned to shore just in time for dinner (and perhaps a few more drinks). Can you ask for anything more?

Head to for more details about their services and to make a booking.

All photos by the author, who enjoyed this cruise as a guest of Holokai Catamaran, and stayed as a guest of the Outrigger Reef Hotel. 

Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.