Private Boat Rental/Charter

Overview & Activity Comparison


Whether you're interested in snorkeling, wildlife viewing, scuba diving, fishing, a sunset sail, or just relaxing while enjoying the coastal views, you can personalize your perfect experience out on the water on your own exclusive boat. As a couple looking to create your own adventure, a family wanting the privacy of an entire boat at a similar price of having to pay per person on a normal cruise, or a large group (family reunion, corporate retreat, wedding) planning a key event, you can be in control of the journey and destination and create the once-in-a-lifetime experience unique to you.
Guidebook Reviews

Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

Top 10 Adventure

Seeing the area with your own motor boat is a real hoot. It’s a great way to scuba, snorkel, or fish where and how you want.

Fodor's Guidebook:

For old salts and novice sailors alike, there's nothing like a cruise on the Kona or Kohala Coast. Calm waters, serene shores, and the superb scenery of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai, the Big Island's primary volcanic peaks, make for a great sailing adventure. You can drop a line over the side and try your luck at catching dinner, or grab some snorkel gear and explore when the boat drops anchor in one of the quiet coves and bays. A cruise may well be the most relaxing and adventurous part of a Big Island visit.

Activity Comparison

The key differences between our two main options are outlined in the table below. Additional details and booking options can be found by visiting the individual pages.
Activity 1
Motor Boat Rental
Activity 2
Private Catamaran Charter
Size (length of boat /max passengers) 21-23' / 6 people per boat* 50-65' / 1-76 people each boat (up to 166 total)
Departure Locations North Kona North Kona, Waikoloa, Kawaihae
Duration 4-6 hours 2-4+ hours
Captain/Crew Optional Required
Fishing Included Yes (optional) Extra cost upon request
Sunset and Sailing Available No Yes
Food & Drink Provided No
Built-in cooler on boat
Open bar & apps/meals
Indoor Cabin & Restroom No Yes
Transportation Available No Yes (included)
Price $350 - $575 per boat
Captain (optional): $35/hour
Fuel: ~$15/hour
8.4% Taxes
$5,330 - $11,400 per boat
Captain, Fuel, & Taxes Included
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