Upscale Power Catamaran for Whale Watching & More

65 ft
Boat length
Up to 49
This boat is rented with a captain
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The boat

Escape to the coast for a 5-star experience!

Hoku Nai’a is a fast and stable 65-foot power catamaran with attractive décor throughout the vessel that celebrates Dana Point’s famous surfing culture and recognition as the World’s Whale Capital®.

Give your guests a space to relax, unwind, and connect with an unforgettable experience. This vessel is superb for events both small and large!

There are many customizable itineraries including:

• Anniversary Party

• Ash Scattering at Sea

• Birthday Celebration

• Catalina Island Adventure

• Christmas Gathering

• Corporate Team Building

• Dinner Cruise

• Dolphin & Whale Watching

• Family Reunion

• Harbor Tour

• Live Music Excursion

• Sightseeing Coastal Cruise

• Sunset Safari

• Wedding

• Wine/Beer Tasting

• And More

Hoku Nai'a is Dana Point's largest luxury vessel!

The main deck has wide windows on both sides that offer plenty of viewing opportunities and is fully enclosed for climate control. Three couches provide a cozy spot to unwind and converse.

Also on the main deck, for those who would like to have refreshments, a large buffet and bench seats with surfboard tables are ideal.

There are two restrooms on the first floor.

A custom-built salad bar buffet inside the main cabin offers a wide variety of options for displaying and serving refreshments during your charter.

Two stainless steel professional-grade barbeques onboard offer fresh cuisine with a wide range of flavors.

Adjacent to the grills on the main deck is an outdoor bar featuring a stainless steel sink and a backlit countertop. This is yet another excellent location for refreshments!

On the second floor, the partially covered observation deck has an illuminated bar, a dance floor, area for a band or DJ, and even a foosball table.

Hoku Nai'a can host live music performances by a band or DJ. Live music provides a captivating and dynamic form of entertainment that can engage your event's guests and create a memorable atmosphere.

A multi-color backlit bar top adds a visually appealing style and a fun atmosphere to any event. Our bar serves a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Whether you want an open bar, hosted bar, or cash bar, your charter coordinator will help you make all the arrangements.

The observation deck also has cushioned bench seating with custom wildlife artwork and is partially covered for sun protection. This deck provides an excellent elevated platform for viewing whales and dolphins.

Hoku Nai'a is operated by our professional Captain and crew. 

Gratuity (required), food and bar (optional) are paid separate before the charter.

Dana Point, CA, is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® and the first Whale Heritage Site in the Americas. Experience year-round whales and dolphins including blue whales (May – Oct.), gray whales (Dec. - May), fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and more, plus 5 species of dolphins that can number in herds up to 10,000! Rare dolphins like orcas and pilot whales can be seen at any time. You could also see sea lions and seals, pelagic birds, and various species of fish, including sharks.

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65 ft.
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Boat owner
I am a Coast Guard licensed captain, and for over 25 years I've had the privilege of taking passengers out to see the magnificent whales and huge pods of dolphins that live year-round off the coast of Southern California. I'm a certified Responsible Whale Watching partner with the World Cetacean Alliance. When I’m not on the water showing passengers amazing sea life, I’m actively involved with whale disentanglement. I founded and organized Orange County's first whale rescue group. I'm also an award-winning filmmaker and author who has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, and have had my film footage in theatrical films including in the Academy Award nominated film, Racing Extinction.
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Things to know

Allowed on boat

kids under 12

  • Free cancellations until 30 days before the booking start time.
  • 50% refund for cancellations between 15-30 days before the booking start time.
  • Cancellations within 14 days of the booking start time are non-refundable.
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This boat belongs to a Commercial Owner, an independent boat rental company. A Commercial Owner is an independent, Boatsetter-approved boat rental company who provides their own insurance to their guests.

A security deposit hold (not a charge) will be placed on your credit card 48 hours before your booking starts to cover any incidental damage that may occur during your rental. This hold is released 48 hours after the booking is complete, if no claims are made. The security deposit amount for the boat you are booking will be outlined during the check-out process.

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If requested, the owner can provide a list of available captains for bareboat charter or the renter can use their own qualified captain. If the boat is being time chartered, the owner will provide the Captain.