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For old salts and novice sailors alike, there's nothing like a cruise on the Kona or Kohala coasts of the Big Island. 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.
Boats and Charters
Maile Charters. Private sailing charters for two to six passengers are available on the Maile, a 50-foot GulfStar sloop. You choose the itinerary, whether it's watching for dolphins and whales, snorkeling around coral reefs, or enjoying appetizers as the sun sinks below the horizon. Prices start at $997 for a sunset sail; morning snorkel trips cost $1,297. You can also book day-long jaunts or overnight trips. Snorkeling equipment is provided, and food can be catered. Kawaihae Harbor, Hwy. 270, Kawaihae, HI, 96743. PHONE: 808/960-9744. www.adventuresailing.com.