Call Sail Blue Hawaii for your private whale watching cruise. While whales are not guaranteed, this is the season for a whale sail. “Kaikiwi” sails from Oahu’s south (protected) shore, not far from Waikiki, past beautiful coastline in the cobalt blue blue waters of our Pacific. Wildlife such as green sea turtles, “honu”, dolphins, “nai’a”, humpback whales, “kohola” (in winter season only), and flying fish, “malolo” are some of the critters we may see as we sail. Beautiful views of Oahu, Diamond Head and, on clear days, far in the distance, Molokai and Lanai can sometimes be seen. Please understand this is not “destination” sailing. “Destination” is sailing.
What type of whales do we see?
In winter, humpbacks are Hawaii’s most famous tourists, making their annual 3,500 mile trip from Alaska to the islands each December through April. We’ll set sail and hope to find these gentle leviathans. They swim all the way to Hawaii to have their babies in the gentle warm waters. Can you imagine?
Honolulu sunset sailing; a beautiful time of day to be on the water. What can be more romantic than sunset aboard a sailboat in the pacific ocean. You’ll want to experience a sunset cruise on your vacation in Honolulu. Here is my recommendation on the 5 best Hawaii sunset cruise ideas.
Honolulu’s best sunset cruise
Have you ever seen the green flash? On your private sunset sail, this may well be what captures your joy the most. There are theories about what makes the green flash. Check them out online. I have seen more than my share of this delicious phenomena on numerous sunset sails.
The other evening my charterer pulled off an especially perfect surprise sunset cruise for his girlfriend. She had no idea she was about to go sailing and had always expressed a desire to be on a private sail boat/ a private boat tour. It was with teary eyes she climbed on board.
Of course, saying “I do” is particularly romantic at sunset. A private yacht, just the two of you and the captain. YES, this is the perfect reason to choose a sunset cruise with Sail Blue Hawaii.
A life celebration/ ash scattering is particularly special in the easy sunset hours. A sunset sail with family and friends will stay in your mind forever as you remember and celebrate your loved one.
Of course, you need no reason at all to choose a Hawaii sunset cruise. It is the best time of a day. Sail out there and enjoy all that Hawaii’s beauty has to offer.
Call Sail Blue Hawaii today and sign up for your own private sunset cruise. If you are especially lucky, because of the time of year, your private sunset cruise may well turn into whale watching! It could well be the highlight of ANY vacation.
Recently, a grieving family called me to see if it was a possibility to scatter their loved ones ashes at sea in Hawaii. YES, this is a wonderful way to memorialise your special person. There is nothing more healing than being out on the ocean to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Life Memorial at sea, Oahu, Hawaii.
Not only were we blessed with a beautiful water day, a mum and calf humpback whale showed up to give an extra blessing. An unexpected whale watching cruise absorbed the sadness of the occasion and the family on board felt truly blessed:
“Dear Capt Gaelyn,
We have all said that his farewell could not have been more perfect even if we had scripted the event. It was so peaceful and perfect for each of us to have our intimate moments with him then let him go. I know that he is now exactly where he wanted to be. That is a huge comfort. We are all re-charging our Aloha spirit for our return to the mainland. You will never know how very much we appreciate how perfectly you aided our final farewell to our Bill. Thank you is inadequate but all we can offer.”
’tis the season to GIVE a Hawaii private sailing charter. Gift certificates are a terrific and unique way to say “LOVE” and “appreciation”.
5 best Reasons to buy a Honolulu Private Sailing Charter gift certificate
It’s Christmas and the gift of a private sailing charter will be the highlight of the season and perhaps the best gift ever.
It’s whale season. Humpbacks swim all the way to Hawaii to berth their calves and to entertain us :-). There is nothing more magical than to see these huge mammals up close on your own private sailing charter, cutely called a “whale sail”.
It’s a loved one’s birthday. The “WOW” of opening a gift certificate revealing the gift of a private sailing charter will be remembered forever and could create the best birthday ever.
A private sunset cruise is for romantics. You will feel the romance of Hawaii the minute your plane lands. Buy your loved one a gift certificate to say “I love you”.
There needs no reason to buy a gift certificate for a Hawaii private sailing charter.
Call/ text/email Sail Blue Hawaii NOW to give the best gift ever: a Hawaii private sailing charter.
‘Tis the season to sail with whales off the waters of Waikiki on your own private whale watch. A whale sail in winter months can be truly astonishing. Humpbacks are Hawaii’s most famous tourists, making their annual 3,500 mile trip from Alaska to the islands each December through April. We’ll set sail and hope to find these gentle leviathans.
FACTS ABOUT HUMPBACK WHALES.
• The humpback whale is one of Hawaii’s most iconic creatures (it was once the state mammal) and can be found in the waters of all the main islands during winter season. They come to Hawaiian to give birth. That calf stays with mum for the next 12 months.
• The humpback whale is the fifth largest of the great whales.
• When preparing for a deep dive, humpbacks arch their back and raise their tail flukes above the water. The whale’s arched back appears above the water as it dives. It is this arching that has earned the humpback whale its common name.
• A humpback’s pectoral (side) fins can be up to 15 feet long, and are one third its body length.
• Adult female humpbacks can be up to 45 feet long. Males are generally 42 feet long.
• A mature humpback can weigh up to 45 tons (90,000 lbs).
• Baby humpbacks (calves) are generally 10 to 15 feet long and average 2,000 pounds at birth. They gain 100 pounds a day on their mothers rich milk.
• Humpbacks swim tremendous distances during their migrations: up to 7,000 miles round-trip between their summer feeding areas of the North Pacific and their winter breeding grounds in Hawaii.
• Humpback whales can live up to 95 years, eat anywhere from 2,000 to 9,000 pounds of fish and krill each day. Have you ever seen the bumper sticker: “SAVE THE KRILL” :-).
• While in Hawaiian waters humpbacks do not eat! Can you imagine spending that much time and energy without so much as a snack?
• Most humpbacks remain in Hawaii for 6-8 weeks, with some extending their “vacation” to late May or early June.
• It’s not uncommon for curious humpback whales to come up alongside the boat, or even swim beneath it. Captains nicknamed these events “whale muggings” because legally they cannot move the boat until the whale has departed!
• Male Humpbacks have been witnessed using glancing rostrum blows, lateral fluke swipes, bubble streaming, head lunging, and various vocalizations during mating challenges. These competitions can range in size from three whales to two dozen and are an amazing sight to witness.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary supports management, research, education and long-term monitoring for the endangered humpback whale. Check out their website for more facts and ways you can contribute to whale welfare.
Give Sail Blue Hawaii a call today and sign up for your own private Waikiki whale watch