There is not enough space to describe the sunset cruises I took on this boat, and I took them every night I was there. Cost: $25, with unlimited drinks, and not just mai tais, but beer, bourbon, scotch, rum, and others I can't even remember (I stuck to the mai tais). The captain is John John, and he's been running the Na Hoku II for an endless amount of years. You can't miss him. He's big, loud, strong, and tan, with a long ponytail. You will find the boat docked every 2 hours outside of Duke's on the beach, and you can't miss it--it's bright yellow. I recommend signing up for the sunset sail early in the day and then get to the site about 15 minutes before they tell you to.
Once the day-sail people have departed, you are led onto the boat and the drinks start coming immediately and constantly. After a half-hour waiting for the last-minute people, you are on your way. John John starts the music: some reggae, some rock, everything you know the words to. The best spot on the boat is right above John John. A couple of textured pads keep you from slipping as you start dancing with drink in hand. Get your sea legs fast because you'll want to dance here. You are taken around Diamond Head, away from everything, to watch the sun close in on the day. Depending on the season, you may see humpback or killer whales, as we did on my first night: whales on one side, sunset on the other, drink in hand, fun people, amazing crew, and nonstop dancing (until you've had too many mai tais). Each night I went on this boat, I made friends and had the most incredible time. Even on John John's night off, the new crew was friendly and generous and took music requests. If you need the bathroom, there are two. Just remember that you still need to duck your head going in and coming out. You'll have it down the second time around! News is that John John is getting a new boat soon, and as far as I am concerned, that just means more room to dance!
Hermosa Beach, California
February 10, 2006
From journal Party Time in Waikiki, HI