3 Best Sunset Dinner Cruises in Kauai for a Fun Night Out
Are you planning a trip to Kauai? Want to experience the best sunset dinner cruise the island has to offer? Look no further!
As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, casting the sky in a warm orange glow, there’s no better way to take in the beauty of Kauai than from the deck of a Napali sunset dinner cruise.
With the majestic Napali Coast as a backdrop, these cruises offer a unique and unforgettable dining experience that combines delicious food, breathtaking views, and the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or want to soak up the beauty of Kauai’s coastline, a Napali sunset dinner cruise is the perfect way.
In this post, we’ll highlight the best sunset dinner cruises in Kauai, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
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Don’t have time to read about all the tours on this list? No worries — We have shortlisted the best dinner sunset cruise in Kauai below to make things easy for you.
Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Cruise
Prepare for the perfect evening on a comfortable and sporty catamaran, with quality food and breathtaking views of Kauai’s northwest coast. Guests may also encounter ocean wildlife and hear about the island’s history and legends from the crew. The tour is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy happy hour, dinner, and a gorgeous sunset in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Note About Sunset Dinner Cruises on Kauai
The tours in this article depart from Port Allen Marina Center, on Kauai’s South Shore, about an 18-minute drive from Poipu.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many tours that leave from Princeville or Hanalei. Holo Holo Charters used to offer tours from the north shore, but they recently told us that they sold their vessel to Hanalei Charters.
Unfortunately, Hanalei Charters do not offer a dinner sunset cruise, but they have a Na Pali Snorkel Adventure if you are interested.
Sunset Cruises Close to Poipu
(1) Na Pali Sunset & Sightsee Cruise
⭐ RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Price: $242.16 | View on Viator.com
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (Approximately)
Departure: Port Allen Marina Center
The Na Pali Sunset Cruise is the perfect way to experience the beauty of Kauai’s Napali Coast.
This sunset cruise offers a comfortable and sporty catamaran where guests can enjoy quality food and drinks while witnessing the breathtaking views of Kauai’s northwest coast.
The food and beverage menus are refreshing, delicious, and Hawaii-inspired, and the meals are prepared using whole ingredients by local caterers.
The namesake vessel, Holoholo, was designed and built on Kauai and boasts stability and comfort for a smooth ride.
During the tour, guests may encounter ocean wildlife such as spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, and Humpback Whales (December- March) while the crew narrates the island’s history and legends.
We went on this tour in February and were lucky enough to spot the majestic Humpback Whales and a pod of spinner dolphins! If you are visiting in the winter and are also looking for a whale-watching tour, this is an excellent option as you get two for the price of one.
The Napali Sunset Cruise is ideal for anyone seeking to level up their happy hour/dinner/sunset plans in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
We have been on many boat tours with Holo Holo Charters in Kauai and have many good things to say about them! We highly recommend them to anyone looking to enjoy some time out on the open ocean and witness Kauai’s stunning beauty.
The baby humpback whale breaching was pretty fun. Good food and even better service from the crew! They were awesome!
— Justin (TOUR REVIEW)
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(2) Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour
⭐ RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Price: $206.65 | View on Viator.com
Duration: 5 Hours 30 Minutes (Approximately)
Departure: Port Allen Marina Center
Sail the Na Pali coast on the Lucky Lady, a 60-foot sailing catamaran, and enjoy gourmet food and breathtaking views of Kauai’s coastline.
This tour offers something for everyone, from families looking to take in the beauty of Kauai’s coast to adventurous travelers seeking an unforgettable experience.
There are various seating areas with an upper and lower deck and a cabin for comfort and safety.
During the tour, your friendly skipper will narrate the trip with authentic stories and facts about Kauai’s history and geology.
The tour offers spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast, including spinner dolphins, sea turtles, humpback whales (December-March), sea caves, waterfalls, peaks, and valleys.
The tour also includes a light casual Hawaiian-inspired dinner, a light dessert, and an open bar with beer, wine, Mai-Tai’s, water, and nonalcoholic beverages.
This tour is offered by Kauai Sea Tours, one of our favorite boat tour companies in Kauai. Their boats are comfortable, and their crew is friendly and knowledgeable, so we highly recommend them!
We also went whale watching and snorkeling with them, and every experience was excellent!
One of the absolute best boat tours I have done. It was so spectacular. I highly recommend this tour.
— Patrick (TOUR REVIEW)
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(3) Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail
⭐ RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Price: $242.16 |View on Viator.com
Duration: 4 Hours 30 Minutes (Approximately)
Departure: Port Allen Marina Center
The Leila Kauai’s Napali Sunset Sail is another unique experience Holo Holo Charters offers.
Sail the Napali coast on a 50-foot-long motorized catamaran named Leila. This tour takes you through the stunning Napali Coastline of Kauai, offering scenic views of the gorgeous cliffs, valleys, beaches, waterfalls, sea caves, and Honopu Arch.
Guests will enjoy a delicious stir fry dinner on board prepared by local caterers, Rose & Bros, with a variety of drinks.
You’ll also be able to spot rare ocean wildlife, such as Hawaiian spinner dolphins and humpback whales (seasonal), flying fish, green sea turtles, and pelagic sea birds.
What better way to end your evening than with a spectacular sunset and a sparkling wine toast enjoying stunning views of the Na Pali coast?
We had a wonderful time on our Dinner Sail. Saw two pods of six or more dolphins and two humpback whales on our trip to the coast. Kevin entertained everyone with stories and traditions of the Kauai natives. Very enjoyable and educational.
— Glenda (TOUR REVIEW)
Things to Keep in Mind When Booking a Sunset Cruise in Kauai
- While these tours are sunset cruises, the tour companies cannot guarantee that you will see a perfect sunset due to weather conditions that are out of their control. After all, Mother Nature is unpredictable! We have been on sunset cruises multiple times in Kauai and only had this issue twice. We were still glad to see some dolphins and whales to compensate.
- Be sure to arrive early for check-in. These tours depart on time!
- If you are prone to motion sickness, take the necessary medication prior. Always ask the crew for help if needed. The crew will also tell you the best place to sit if you are prone to motion sickness. Learn from my mistakes; I recently went on a whale-watching tour in Kauai and forgot to take/ bring my motion sick medication. Let’s just say the tour started fun, but the last hour was brutal. Don’t be like me; bring your medication or purchase some while you check-in. Most tour companies will sell some.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Should You Wear on a Sunset Cruise in Kauai?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing. Most boat tours are barefoot (unless you have a medical condition), so wear shoes that can be easily removed.
We also recommend bringing reef safe-sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection from the sun.
Are There Restrooms Onboard?
Yes, all boats are equipped with restrooms.
Kauai’s sunset dinner cruises are a great way to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or a romantic evening, these boat tours offer something for everyone!
We hope this article has helped you find the right tour for your next Kauai vacation.
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