Hawai‘i Sailing & Whale Watching Tours Kohala Blue Kawaihae, Hawai‘i

Sail the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i with Kohala Blue. Enjoy private or share-boat whale-watching, sailing and sunset cruises aboard Riva, our 34-foot Islander sloop. We specialize in small group sailing tours for up to 6 passengers. We are conveniently located in Kawaihae South Harbor, and operate in the protected waters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. We are mere minutes from the Kohala Coast resorts and Waikoloa, and an enjoyable scenic drive from Kailua-Kona. 

The  Humpback whale watching season is over for this year


It was an awesome season with what seemed to be more animals than last season.


We are currently only offering two daily sailing trips on the weekends for private charter only,The Morning Sail and the Sunset Sail.Custom departure and trip duration times are available for these trips.



Big Island Sailboat Charters

We can accommodate groups of up to six people. We cater to your preferences, from romantic sunset sails for two, family-friendly snorkel trips, or a “she-worthy” girls’ getaway. We know how to float your boat and are guaranteed to provide an experience on the water that puts a smile on your face, and Hawaiian vacation memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

Contact us to book a charter.

Feel the the power of the wind and the wonder of the ocean with Kohala Blue . Enjoy pure sailing and marine life watching aboard Riva, our comfortable proven bluewater cruising sailboat.

Cruise the serene Kohala coastline while you watch for whales, dolphins and other marine life. The Big Island's Kohala Coast offers some of the best sailing and dolphin watching in the Pacific Ocean with its breezy tradewinds and gentle seas. Experience what it’s like to be transported by nothing but Mother Nature’s wind energy, and feel your spirit soar as we glide along the water.

Image credits: Riva under sail courtesy of Ethan Tweedie Photography; whale breaching with Riva in background courtesy of Pamela Walton, green sea turtle with yellow tang courtesy of John Coney; whale breaching courtesy of  Michael Faughn.Video courtesy of Arnaud Miller

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