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Charter a Boat in Hawaii!

Chartering a boat in Hawaii shouldn’t be a difficult process, but with the increase in tour companies and everything seemingly returning to normal post COVID… it seems to have become a muddied process!

In general, private charter yacht experiences can offer a more personalized and exclusive experience than some other types of boat tours. We cover the main differences between a Shared & Private Charter in depth, but some benefits of private charter yacht tours may include the ability to customize the itinerary, choose the departure time, and have a more intimate group size. Additionally, private charter yachts often come equipped with a variety of amenities, such as comfortable seating, private bathrooms, and catering options, which may not be available on all boat tours.

When considering between a boat tour and a private charter yacht experience, it would be best to research and compare the various options available to you in order to determine which company may be the best fit for your needs and preferences. Some factors you may want to consider when comparing private charter yacht companies include the size and amenities of the yacht, the reputation of the company, the flexibility and customization of the tour, and the price.


Here are a few best practices to charter the right boat in Hawaii!

  1. Determine your budget and the type of experience you are looking for: A boat to yourself? Or a boat with 70 other people? Consider how much you are willing to spend and what type of experience you want to have (e.g., sightseeing, fishing, snorkeling). This will help narrow down your options and make it easier to find a charter that fits your needs.
  2. Research and compare different charter companies: Look for companies that operate in the area you are interested in and that offer the type of experience you are looking for. Read reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or locals to help find a reputable company.
  3. Contact the charter company to inquire about availability, food choices, and pricing: Once you have identified a few companies that you are interested in, contact them to ask about availability and pricing for the dates you are considering. Be sure to ask about any additional fees or costs that may not be included in the initial quote.
  4. Review the terms and conditions of the charter: Before booking, make sure to review the terms and conditions of the charter, including the cancellation policy and any requirements or restrictions that may apply.
  5. Book the charter: Once you have found a charter that meets your needs and you are comfortable with the terms and conditions, you can proceed with booking the charter. It is generally a good idea to book in advance to ensure that you get the dates you want.

Keep in mind that the specific process for chartering a boat in Hawaii may vary depending on the company you choose. It is always a good idea to do your research and ask any questions you may have before booking to ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable experience!



MANA Cruises offers fully customizable private charters out of Ko Olina or Waikiki – learn more about our prepackaged experiences! Book Online now or give us a call with any questions!


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