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Maitai Catamaran

Come aboard the Maitai Catamaran for an ocean adventure unlike any other. Sailing daily along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's beautiful south shore, this is a fun sightseeing cruise and party all in one! Enjoy spectacular photo opportunities with views of Honolulu, Waikiki and Diamond Head. Relax on the spacious sundeck while sipping a refreshing beverage of your choice (e.g. beer, tropical cocktail, wine, juice or soft drink). Go snorkeling if you wish or kick back and listen to island rhythms from the CD sound system. 

The Maitai is a state-of-the-art 44-foot catamaran that seats 47 passengers comfortably. It is United States Coast Guard inspected and certified. Choose from the following four Oahu sailing adventures.

Underwater Adventure Sail

Looking for a fun snorkeling adventure? The Maitai Underwater Adventure Sail takes you to the best diving spots off Waikiki Beach. Swim, snorkel and explore the reef and make some new friends (mostly of the gilled variety!). Find yourself surrounded by tons of colorful tropical fish, including parrotfish, butterflyfish and the humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Hawaii's state fish. Also, keep an eye out for green sea turtles. After your fun snorkeling adventure enjoy a delicious lunch on board. Then kick back, relax in the sun and listen to some tunes on the way back to shore.

Tradewinds Sail

Experience a classic sailing adventure along Waikiki Beach. This tradewinds sail shows you what the modern and ultra-sleek Maitai catamaran can do! The wind and waves rush by while you enjoy the spectacular views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Unwind with a tropical drink, enjoy the ocean breeze and look out for marine life, including turtles and humpback whales during the winter whale watch season.

Sunset Sail

Looking for something a bit more romantic? Then come aboard for Maitai Catamaran's sunset sail. Leave your shoes behind, barefoot board right on Waikiki Beach, sail out through the surf line and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Sit back and enjoy the island's beauty and watch the sun dip below the horizon coloring the ocean and sky in a rainbow of colors. Sip a beer, wine or tropical cocktail while marveling at Oahu's scenic south shore.

Moonlight Sail

Sail by the light of the moon while the stars guide your way on this romantic evening sail along Waikiki Beach.  Enjoy the views of the city night lights in the distance as you glide across the deep blue sea with Mahina (Hawaiian for "moon"). It's a feeling unlike any other! This sail comes complete with the usual beverages, but with the magical night sky as the backdrop. With this tour running only on Fridays (and other special nights), it's the perfect way to watch Waikiki's Friday night fireworks.

Transpac Racing

by Howery
April 3rd, 2015

The Transpacific Yacht Race, also known as just Transpac, is an offshore yacht race that occurs every year. The race is organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club. The Transpac starts off in San Pedro, California at the Pt. Fermin buoy, and ends at a buoy just off of Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii. The total distance traveled by crews are approximately 2,225 nautical miles (2,560 mi). The races started in 1906 as one of yachting's premier offshore races.

The race was originally the vision of King Kalakaua as a way to build the islands' ties with the mainland U.S. Since its beginning in 1906, the Transpac has become the oldest and longest enduring ocean race in the world. The Transpac is held on odd numbered years. There are crews, sailors, and entrants from all over the world. The race is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker with the trade winds giving boats full propulsion on the high seas. Sailing the Transpac has been known to stir a variety of emotions and lifelong memories for anyone who enters. For some it's the rush of danger on the open ocean. But for others it is a beautiful adventure and connects you with nature and the sea.

Here is a list of notable records set in the Transpac. (1) A fully crewed multihull known as the Explorer, an 86 foot catamaran, won the race with a time of 5 days, 9 hours, and 18 minutes in 1997. (2) A fully crewed monohull yacht named the Alfa Romeo II has the record a 5 days, 14 hours, and 36 minutes in 2009. Now at (3) a fully crewed monohull yacht dubbed the Dorade (originally built in 1929) won first place in 2013, making it the oldest boat to win the race twice having won the Transpac in 1936. Check out news here for the upcoming Transpac starting out on July 13th.

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