Hawaii Sunset Dinner Cruises

Cocktails, pupus (appetizers), and Hawaiian entertainment on a sunset dinner cruise.

The views are just one reason why dinner cruises are such a popular activity in Hawaii. From sumptuous cuisine to stellar entertainment, a lavish dinner cruise can provide a memorable way to culminate your Hawaiian stay.

Dinner cruise on Southern Star, Hawaii
Southern Star represents the fine dining of dinner cruises, complete with a master chef.

Some cruises offer gourmet meals worthy of Hawaii’s finest restaurants. Of course, with a dinner cruise, the focus isn’t really on the food; you’re paying for the overall experience. Similarly, the onboard entertainment is a highlight for some visitors and practically ignored by others. (Understandably, even the best performers may find it difficult to compete with the scenic views from the deck.) Some boats are large enough to provide dance floors.


For Oahu visitors, few sights are more beautiful or romantic than a Waikiki sunset—and being on the water only adds to the experience. Most Oahu dinner cruises set sail from Honolulu Harbor and glide along the waters off Waikiki and Diamond Head. As the sun dips below the horizon, the Honolulu skyline comes alive with millions of sparkling lights—it’s a spectacle that can only be seen from offshore.


The island of Kauai also offers a good number of dinner cruises. Sailing adventures from Poipu, for example, take visitors on a scenic trip along the Garden Isle’s southern coast. Or enjoy a sail from Port Allen Small Boat Harbor on Kauai’s west side, with Makena Ridge serving as a glorious backdrop.


Maui dinner cruises depart from either Lahaina in West Maui or Maalaea in South Maui. Excursions along the island’s south coast offer Mount Haleakala as a backdrop, while Lahaina cruises spotlight the West Maui mountains and the brilliant lights of lively Lahaina Town.

Big Island

On the Big Island of Hawaii, few dining adventures are more spectacular than a sunset sail along the Kona coastline, with 13,679-foot Mauna Loa volcano providing a majestic backdrop.