How to Charter a Private Yacht in Hawaii

One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to the Islands of Aloha is to book a private yacht charter in Hawaii.

There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty boats that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy a vacation in paradise.

Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes. Once the exclusive domain of the super rich, luxury boats can now be rented by the hour for a lot less money than you might think.

There is a large range of yachts available for charter ranging from luxury sail boats to vintage motor yachts. A yacht charter broker can help you find the perfect boat to meet your needs, based on the size of your group, your budget and what you would like to do. Some luxury boats book months in advance, so don’t wait until you are in Hawaii to book your charter or your boat may alreaddy be booked. Typically, one half of the total charter price is required to reserve a yacht charter.

When you book a private yacht charter, you’re the boss. The departure time and itinerary are completely up to you. Plan your own sightseeing charters, Hawaii sunset cruise or even luxury dinner cruises with a private chef. Most boats have a two hour charter minimum, which is about the right amount of time for most people. If you are a seasoned sailor or want to enjoy a more leisurely dinner cruise, book your boat for a three hour charter. With a little imagination you can create an adventure that will be one of the most memorable highlights of your vacation in Hawaii.

For a real adventure you can book a an inter-island cruise. The tradewinds in Hawaii generally blow from east to west, so this is the preferred direction to travel for the smoothest sailing. As a rule of thumb, it takes about 12 hours to travel between neighboring islands; from Big Island to Maui, Maui to Oahu, and Oahu to Kauai. The Maui to Oahu journey is the best, as it is smooth sailing and can travel (upon your specification) down the dramatic north shore of Molokai. This unpopulated shoreline features the tallest sea cliffs in the world, with lush valleys and waterfalls flowing into the sea. A true unspoiled paradise.

Hawaii Yacht Charters have also become increasingly popular in Hawaii as locations for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions and corporate events. A private charter provides an unforgettable alternative to the hotel banquet room routine, and the largest boats can accomodate up to eighty passengers. The shared experience of being together on a unique, private charter is a great way for people to bond with each other away from the tourist crowds, traffic and towering hotels.

Vacations are all about creating lasting memories. For a little extra money and imagination you can experience the beautiful waters of Hawaii away from the crowds and have another great story to tell when you get back home.