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Over 40 Years of Experience

With over 40 years of sailing experience under his weathered belt, Captain Ralph (the heart and soul of the business) and his skilled crew are experienced in hosting both day trips along the beautiful North Western coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i, as well as overnight sailing adventures within the Hawaiian archipelago.

Our main mission is to share the wondrous experience of sailing with future generations, our keiki (Hawaiian word for children). We feel it is crucial, in their formative years, that kids are exposed to the powerful magnificence of the ocean. We hope to inspire by example that life closely connected with the sea, whether it be as a career or a personal passion, can be very rewarding, filled with opportunity, healing and fun. We are delighted to offer a FREE KEIKI SAILING PROGRAM to the youth of the Big Island. By choosing to sail with us, you are contributing to the continuation of our free educational sailing trips for local kids who otherwise may not have the chance for such an experience.












Aboard our beautiful 42ft sailboat Pua we have hosted not just private day time and overnight live-aboard charters, but we have also accommodated many ecologically-oriented groups. Most recently we partnered with Cornell University for Humpback Whale Research. Identifying and annotating their behavior while they are here for the winter breeding and birthing. 

We have been featured on a CNN travel show as first-rate activity to-do whilst visiting the island of Hawai’i due to the overall unique experience we offer once aboard our vessel; prioritizing interactive sailing, sharing culture and the history of Hawai’i and our Captain/crew's ability to provide an epic day of ocean exploration, relaxation and adventure!  We pride ourselves on keeping our pristine environment, pristine! From reef-safe sunscreen to no single use plastic’s aboard - we adhere to, and encourage sustainable practices amongst our crew and guests at all times. ​


The Charters

Aboard Pua, guests with a desire to experience ground-level sailing in a relaxed atmosphere among good people can choose between two booking options: individual or a private group. Up to 6 guests total are allowed on our voyages. 

- Book 1-2 weeks in advance at minimum

- BYO Food + Drinks and don't be shy about sharing with your Captain!

- We strive to be a MINIMAL WASTE vessel  so we encourage you to bring reusable water bottles and reusable tupperwares for food.


Groups and individuals will meet at South Kawaihae Harbor (Slip 2, Gate 13), then set sail along the North Western coast of Hawai'i. Crew will share points of interest along the way, as well as sharing the cultural history of Hawai'i. Guest may partake in ground-level sailing learning if they wish. About half-way through our sail we hook up to a mooring, enjoy a breathtaking snorkel and eat some lunch. Before hoisting the sails and heading back to harbor.

Please note that Humpback Whale watching season is mid-Dec to mid-March with the best months being Jan and Feb.

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Days of Operation

*weather permitting*

We operate 7 days a week

 (Dependent on Captain & crew availability) 


Trips are 4 hours from 10:30am - 2:30pm but we are flexible to start earlier or later dependent on your wishes.


Call us to discuss any special requirements. If we can accommodate, we most absolutely will!  


At least 48 hours notice for guaranteed refund. Should weather interfere, full refund guaranteed if reschedule does not occur.

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