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Honolulu lends its waters to boaters for exploration. Located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, Honolulu is one of the U.S. most adored coasts. Whether you’re from Honolulu or have it as a bucket list trip, this city is paradise on earth for boaters. Boaters enjoy dining at a waterfront restaurant, learn from highly skilled fishmen, views of exotic aquatic life, and more!
The dry climate year round (and the scenic shoreline) drives people to the water. While you’ll have many opportunities to get out on the water, if you see a boat at a good price, book it immediately. Like that crab cake dish at your favorite restaurant, boat rates depend on market price.
Still the best way to save on unique outdoor adventures in Honolulu is on the water. You’re at the right place!
Boating License/Education Rules: Valid Boating Safety Certificate issued by a state-approved boating safety course (Effective November 10, 2014). Vessel operators in Hawaii ocean waters are required to carry a hardcopy of their boating safety education certification on board while operating the vessel.
Life Jacket Requirements: 12 and under must wear a PFD.
For more information, visit Hawaii's Department of Natural Resources.
Where to dock your boat, or meet your rental:
He'eia Kea Harbor
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This city sees an average of 90 rainy days a year. In the Summer, Honolulu is hot an dry; while in the Winter, it is relatively comfortable but humid. Most days welcome locals and visitors alike with open and clear skies. The best time of year to get in the water in Honolulu is from mid May to mid October.
Avg. Temperature High: Peaks around 88.9°F in August/September
Avg. Temperature Low: Dips as low as 65.4°F in February
Avg. Water Temperatures in Honolulu, during the Summer:
78°F in May
79°F in June
80°F in July
80°F in August
Between mid May and mid September, Honolulu’s turquoise waters are perfect to cool off and have fun. When planning your next Honolulu boat rental trip, be sure to add these popular activities and locations to your itinerary.Search Boats
Snorkeling brings you up close to Hawaii’s colorful marine life. As you glide along shoreline, you may see dolphins and sea birds. A deep dive at a turtle canyon will bring you close to majestic sea turtles.
Moorage: Many turtle snorkeling tours and rentals leave out of Kewalo Basin Harbor.
Wake zone: Yes in some areas.
Pro Tips: Locals of Oahu are passionate about land and ocean conservation, be respectful of the incredible ecosystem, and feel free to participate by booking electric boats.
Hours: Any time between sunrise and sunset
Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall. During Winter avoid the North Shore.
Lat/Long: 21.2920° N, 157.8581° W
Maybe you’re a diehard angler. Fortunately, Honolulu is the home of the best fishermen in the world. You can book a boat rental with a captain who’s chock full of local knowledge. Ready to tell memorable fishing tales?
Moorage: Many deep sea fishing adventure tours and rentals leave out of Kewalo Basin Harbor.
Wake zone: Yes, in some areas.
Type of fish: Record-sized blue marlin, mahi-mahi, ono, ahi (yellowfin tuna), and fun fish!
Pro Tips: Hawaiians are known for being masters at fishing. Renting a boat in Honolulu with an experienced captain is a great way to learn from the masters.
Seasonality: June to August is peak time to catch 100-pound ahi fish! It is also the best time to fish for blue marlin, ono, and mahi-mahi.
Lat/Long: 21.2920° N, 157.8581° W
Want to catch views of Honolulu’s skyline while floating gracefully on a catamaran? Sailing Honolulu can be an adverturous or relaxing experience. With so many popular beaches at reach — Prince Kuhio, Royal Hawaiian, Queen Kapiolani, and more — a full day sailing might be the best way to explore every inch of Honolulu’s golden coast.
Moorage: Kewalo Basin Harbor or Ala Wai Boat Harbor
Wake zone: Yes, in some areas.
Pro Tips: For beginners, it’s best to set sail in Honolulu on a boat rental with a licensed captain.
Seasonality: Hawaii has a great climate for boating year-round; sailing can be an enjoyable experiecne almost any time of year.
Waikiki Beach is a must when in Honolulu. This famous beach was once the hangout spot for Hawaiian royalty. In fact, waterman legend Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing here! Besides snorkeling, paddle boarding, and sailing, you’ll have amazing food, fashion, and entertainment at Waikiki’s main strip — Kalakaua Avenue.
Moorage: Ala Wai Boat Harbor or Kewalo Basin Harbor
Wake zone: No
Pro Tips: Uber, Lyft, or carEpooling is strongly recommended due to limited parking.
Hours: Visit club site for hours.
Lat/Long: 21.2793° N, 157.8292° W;21.2920° N, 157.8581° W
In the adjacent Mamala Bay, you can cruise just outside the boundaries of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This sprawling United States Navy installation is still an operational military facility. Therefore, you should stay at a safe distance while you explore this area.
Moorage: Kapilina Marina
Pro Tips: Kapilina has showers, restrooms, and vehicle parking available.
Hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Lat/Long: 21.2921° N, 157.9583° W
Magic Island is a manmade peninsula located in East Ala Moana Beach Park. Families with children will enjoy the serene yet playful environment here. While water sports lovers can enjoy too! Activities include surfing, bodyboarding, fishing, scuba diving, swimming, and more.
Moorage: South Shore (part of Ala Moana Beach Park)
Wake zone: Yes in some areas
Pro Tips: This lagoon’s conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. Visit HIOCEANSAFETY.COM for beach condition reporting from Hawaiian public safety officials.
Hours: Times vary by attraction.
Lat/Long: 21.2844° N, 157.8465° W
Frequently asked questions
The cost to rent a boat in Honolulu starts at $100 per hour, depending on the amount of time that you would like to use the boat.
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