Big Island of Hawaii Sailing Charters
Big Island of Hawaii sailing charters often offer snorkeling as well as a sail.
Many of the Big Island of Hawaii snorkeling cruises that take snorkel trips to various Big Island of Hawaii snorkeling spots also have the capability to sail as well and hence offer a special double bonus for Big Island of Hawaii sailing enthusiasts.
Sailing conditions on the Big Island of Hawaii are generally determined by the existing wind patterns. Generally speaking, the majority of the time the "trade winds" blow consistently from the north-east. These winds provide excellent sailing conditions and are the best conditions for Big Island of Hawaii sailing charters. Although the trade winds blow most of the time there is no question that some times of the year are better than others. In the months of May through September the average percentage of days that blow from the "trades" averages about 90% of the time. In the winter months the average falls to about 60% of the time and in the month of January the percentage actually falls to about 40%.
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The time of day also has an effect on the amount of wind that blows and obviously effects the quality of sailing Hawaii's sailing charters can provide their clients. Mornings are generally fairly calm but as late morning comes the trade winds will pick up. By mid afternoon the winds are usually at their strongest and these are the best times to catch a real stiff sail. As sunset approaches the winds usually decrease and settle down to a gentle breeze which is ideal for a romantic sunset sail.
Tom's Tips - Big Island of Hawaii Sailing Charters
- Some of the best locations for sailing on the Big Island of Hawaii are the Kohala Coastline, Kealakekua Bay and Pawai Bay.
- Your primary reason for going on a boat trip may be to snorkel but if you do a snorkel tour on a sail boat you'll probably get the sailing experience as well.
- Sunset sails generally involve light sailing because of the decreased winds.
Kamanu Charters is one of the original sailing vessels on the Big Island and has been sailing off the Kona Coastline since 1972. The Kamanu is a sailing catamaran, plain and simple. They leave from the Honokohau Marina daily on a sail to beautiful Pawai Bay. Secluded Pawai Bay is north of the harbor and is an underwater marine reserve with incredible coral formations and plenty of fish. There is limited access to this beach from the land and thus it is relatively private on a daily basis. In fact the entire sailing charter aboard the Kamanu is very private in the sense that they limit the tour to a maximum of only ten couples. The sailing portion of the trip on the Kamanu usually occurs on the return from snorkeling at Pawai Bay as the Kamanu makes use of the prevailing trade winds. While at Pawai Bay however you will enjoy the exquisite snorkeling and underwater scenery. The bay is filled with shallow shelves, ledges, caves, steep drop-offs and exotic lava formations. In addition to the hundreds of tropical fish to be seen your sail will likely include viewing some spotted eagle rays and green sea turtles. Dolphins usually become a part of your day at some point and of course whales are visible during whale season which usually runs from Christmas through Easter. The visibility at Pawai Bay is remarkable as well and is generally over one-hundred feet of crystal clear viewing.
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Sailing is one component of the sail and snorkel offered most mornings on the fifty-foot sailing catamaran "Winona" of the Mauna Lani Sea Adventures on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Sailing can be brisk as the trade winds pick up after a mornings snorkel and although the boat is Coast Guard approved to hold as many as forty-nine passengers only six passengers are needed to confirm a charter and hence personal attention from the crew is often the case on these morning sails with Mauna Lani Sea Cruises.
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Sea Paradise offers sail and snorkel tours to famous Kealakakua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii on their beautiful fifty-foot sailing catamaran, the Hokuhele. This graceful sailing vessel will sail for about forty-five minutes on available winds from their departure point at Keauhou Bay to Kealakekua. Once at the bay you'll be able to snorkel at one of the most beautiful locations in all of Hawaii with spectacular reef life and an abundance of colorful tropical fish. Your trip to and from the bay is not without marine life enjoyment either as you may often be accompanied by dolphins, sea turtles and of course during the winter month the famous Humpback whales.
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Big Island of Hawaii Sailing Charters - As you are certainly aware, the Hawaiian Islands are surrounded by ocean. In fact they’re surrounded by a lot of ocean, essentially 2000 miles worth in every direction. It’s no surprise then that the earliest Polynesian peoples to arrive here in Hawaii from the “South Seas” came to the islands on sailing ships or catamarans. Since those early days “sailing” has been an integral part of the Hawaiian experience. These days we still have sailing vessels that ply the waters off the coast of the Big Island. Many sail in conjunction with other marine endeavors such as snorkeling or whale watching and the ones that include a sail with snorkeling off Kealakekua Bay are perhaps my favorite.