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Travel Blog #144 - Ali'i Kai Dinner Cruise


Aside from a luau I think the most classic nighttime activity that we offer is a sunset dinner cruise in the waters in front of Waikiki. These trips, with the classic view of Diamond Head and the skyline of Honolulu are something that I would recommend every visitor on Oahu to experience at least once. Tonight we opted to go on a boat called the Ali'i Kai Catamaran. This boat is modeled after an ancient Hawaiian double hulled canoe, but on a much larger scale.

We were picked up at our hotel by the Ali'i Kai's bus and taken down to the harbor where we met the boat. As we got off the bus we could see the large heavily ornamented Ali'i Kai waiting for us next to the pier. We all filed onto the boat and were shown to our seats by the hostesses that were waiting at the end of the gangplank.

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Within a few minutes of being on the boat we had already been seated, and brought our first round of cocktails. Our seats were right by the window which made for excellent views throughout the entire experience. It was not long before the large vessel made it around the break wall of the harbor and out into the open ocean. Once we had made it a mile or two out to sea the views really opened up and we could see all the way down the skyline of Honolulu to the peak of Diamond Head. Our hostess had time to bring us one more round of cocktails before we were called up to the buffet. The buffet on the Ali'i Kai was fairly extravagant. I tried to take a small sampling of everything and by the time I had made it to the end of the buffet line I had a mountain of food on my plate that was much more then I could possibly eat in one sitting. It wasn't long after we were done eating that the entertainment started.

Just as the sun had just made it over the horizon the drums of the show began to start playing. I was impressed by the Polynesian themed show. Judging from how everyone else on board was reacting, I think they did too. However, the fun didn't really start until the end of the show when the dancers asked for the audience to get up and dance too. Within minutes the entire audience was on their feet clapping their hands, smiling and having a good time........ We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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