August 2020: We're OPEN for charters!

Reef Snorkel & Sail

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Set sail along the Kohala Coast and enjoy spectacular views, clear waters and a vast array of Hawaii's marine life. Experience the unbridled joy & wonder of close interactions with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins as they showcase their intelligence and curiosity flipping through the air or riding the wake of our hulls. From January thru March, watch in awe as the migrating Humpback Whales put their incredible power and size on display.

Items to bring aboard

Wear a swimsuit if you wish to swim, or clothing you don't mind getting wet from errant spray. Bring a camera for epic whale & dolphin photos- we have dry storage in the cabin to keep things safe. If you are prone to seasickness, we recommend taking Bonine antiemetic before your charter.

Included with your charter

We provide light snacks & refreshments on every charter. Catering or special orders can be facilitated upon request. We keep snorkel gear, reef safe sunscreen, lotion, shampoo & conditioner on board.

Scheduled times

We sail daily! Join us in the morning from 9am - 12pm, or after lunch from 12:30 - 3:30pm.


Private charter starting at $795. A note on tipping your crew.

whale hello

Our seasonal humpback whales put on an incredible display from November to May. Peak humpback whale activity is usually between January & March. Our sailing catamaran is the ideal place to watch these majestic animals.

The Kohala Coast of the Big Island is outstanding for whale watching. Why are they here? During winter months they prefer to avoid cold water and predators- they take a break and go on vacation, just like you!

Our History

About The Big Island Shaka

40' sailing catamaran | Woody Brown fiberglass-over-wood design

USCG 6 passenger vessel | freshwater shower | seating lounge | covered cabin | trampoline nets

See Our Sailing Catamaran

How should I tip my crew?

Tipping is common in the sailing and yachting world. Gratuities in appreciation for excellent service are greatly appreciated. The general recommended amount is 20% of your charter fee.