Capt. Andy's Southern Star Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail in Ele'ele, HI

Capt. Andy's Sailing, Inc.4353 Waialo Road, Ste. 1A-2AEle'ele, Kauai, HI 96705
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Offered by Capt. Andy’s Sailing Adventures, the Southern Star Na Pali Dinner Sunset Sail features four hours of unforgettable sailing aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran, complete with a delicious dinner and stunning views of the coastline from Haena to Milolii. Guests can enjoy cocktails, sodas, and water included with the cruise, as well as a breathtaking sunset in the distance.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Ele'ele, Kauai Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 4 hours.
  • Check-in 45 minutes prior to tour time.
  • New York steak dinner served with unlimited beverages and open bar.
  • Premier "dinner with a view" experience.

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Marjie T.

Best way to view the Na Pali Coast if you're not up to snorkeling or rafting. Amazing views of the coast at sunset and includes a delicious dinner.

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from Capt. Andy's Southern Star Na Pali Dinner Sunset Sail
The Na Pali Dinner Sunset Sail is our premier “dinner with a view” experience. Sunsets at sea, viewed from Southern Star, are spectacular. Passengers will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire coastline from Haena to Milolii, with the “forbidden” island of Ni’ihau in the distance. Each day is unique, as the light reacts with clouds and landscapes. Rainbows frequently add color to the distant mountains.

The sail starts with a short briefing and introduction as we depart from Port Allen and head West, then North and upwind on the Na Pali (depending on the conditions).

Meanwhile, our team of onboard chefs will get busy preparing the fresh meal. Unlike other charter boats, Southern Star is equipped with a full galley (kitchen) and bar. This means that the meal can be prepared fresh onboard instead of the standard practice of pre-cooking food.

On most days the Hawaiian tradewinds are blowing from the East, which makes for a perfect downwind sail once we reach our turnaround point. The crew’s objective on this sail is to position the boat for a calm, downwind sail during dinner service. Once we reach our turnaround, the crew will power down Southern’s twin diesels and hoist the massive mainsail and jib. Now you’re set up for some sailing, relaxing and yummy food.

We time the sail to pull in at Port Allen near dusk, our goal is to return you to shore safe, happy and full.

Salad Options
  • Na Pali Grill Caesar salad - Romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan

  • Kauai mixed green salad - Locally grown greens and lilikoi vinaigrette dressing

Main Course
  • Grilled New York Steak - Choice American beef grilled with Hawaiian salt and ‘secret spices’

  • Barbecue Jumbo Shrimp with a Sambal Aioli

  • Vegetarian option upon request - Portobello Mushroom with tamarind glaze

  • Roasted Potato Medley

  • Seasonal Vegetable

  • Fresh Baked Dessert: Chef’s choice

  • Drinks: Cocktails (beer, wine and “sneaky tikis”) soft drinks and water included.

Attire and Facilities: Our passengers enjoy large shaded cabin areas, comfortable cushioned seating, and clean restrooms. We suggest bringing layers, you can always change onboard. There is no snorkeling on this trip.

Departure Location: Port Allen Marina Center office.

No Children under 3 years of age and women over 26 weeks pregnant allowed.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

Marjie T.
Saint Louis, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing views of Na Pali coast"
June, 2016
A sail around the Na Pali coast is a must-do while in Kauai. And if you don't want to do a snorkel or kayak tour (like me!) then the sunset sail is perfect. The captain was super friendly and told stories and some history as we sailed out. Going out the boat motor is on so we go at a pretty fast clip. You will get splashed if you're sitting at the front. Definitely bring a jacket. It probably took about two hours to get out to the turnaround point. During that time you can get non-alcoholic beverages and some snacks (fruit & pretzels). About two hours in the captain shut off the motor and we sailed while dinner was served. The bar opens right before the meal (which the chef is cooking during the ride out). Dinner was steak and shrimp, salad, asparagus and potatoes. With cheesecake for dessert. It was pretty good.

But the reason to go is for the amazing views of the Na Pali coast. It was truly amazing. After dinner the boat heads back in but stops again for the sunset so there's opportunity for pictures.

Before you board you are required to take off your shoes and leave them on the dock (in a locked box). Unless you have a medical condition. And be prepared to tip all the crew.
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Tip: You have to take your shoes off before you board

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Spectacular day- take your Dramamine"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
It’s an early start to the day and if your lucky like we were to have relatively calm seas you’ll see amazing things. We started with a snorkel stop where we saw sea turtles and tons of beautiful fish. En route to Na Pali we saw dolphins and whales. The coast itself. Amazing. The crew was great. Food on board was better than anticipated. I wouldn’t recommend for small kids. It’s not a smooth relaxing ride. There was one small child on the boat and she sat in the corner the whole ride. If you are prone to sea sickness take something- even if you’ve never been sick before. Better safe than barfing off the back of the boat. Which we saw at least 2 people doing.
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Peoria, Arizona
"Spectacular cruise with stunning views and 5-star dining"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
Captain Andy's Na' Pali Dinner Sunset Sail is a thrilling and most-memorable experience! As the 65' Star-class catamaran sails along, you are treated to sweeping views of gorgeous beaches and towering cliffs. If you love thrilling rides and don't mind getting wet, grab a spot at the front of the bow. It's quite a rush to feel the wind and salt spray as the catamaran bounces across waves. If you prefer a more gentle ride, there is plenty of space at the stern. Of course, the views of the shore as well as any passing pods of spinner dolphins are great from any part of the boat. As the boat reaches the Na' Pali Coast, the captain will cut the engine and the crew hoists the sails. This time of silent-running is perfect for making sure you have plenty of snapshots of Kauai's magnificent Kalalau Valley. By the way... Crew members are always available and most willing to snap photos for you. After the photos have been snapped, the captain turns the catamaran and begins heading back. This is when dinner is served. Don't want to lose your spot at the bow? No worries. Crew members are delighted to bring your food. Both types of salads are fresh and very tasty. Throughout the first half of the cruise, the chef was preparing the grilled shrimp and filet mignon entree. Both were shear taste perfection. The steak was prepared perfectly and was so tender that it melted in my mouth. This delightful meal is then topped off with Key Lime Surprise cheesecake for dessert. Beverages available included mai tais, sneaky tikis, wine, beer, sodas, water and coffee. As sunset approaches, the captain once again cuts the engine. This is perhaps the most memorable part of the cruise. Watching the sun sink below the horizon after such an amazing meal is the perfect way to end the day. Life doesn't get much better than this.
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tom r
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
"Top Notch Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
We booked the Na Pali Snorkel BBQ Sail on Captain Andy's 65' Southern Star catamaran and had a great time. The captain and crew were engaging, friendly and informative during our six hour cruise. The sights along Kauai's Na Pali coast were nothing short of spectacular! We saw pods of spinner dolphins, sea turtles and flying fish. We had a very good BBQ lunch and any beverages we desired on our return run. We snorkeled for over an hour near Polihale State Park Beach. I would highly recommend Captain Andy's cruises.
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"Nice boat, good crew & nice sites from boat but VERY rough water & 1/3 people sick!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
Did the snorkel tour. The catamaran, crew and view of sea life from the boat was great! However, the water was so rough that at least 1/3 of the people were sea sick filling up vomit bags, which ruined the trip! After the trip I was told that the water there is typically rough, which I wish I would have known ahead of time. The trip should be renamed a "boat tour" as there was not much to see snorkeling because the water was too cloudy to see. The best part of the trip was seeing a whale & spinner dolphins during the boat ride back from snorkeling.
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Newark, Ohio
"Top notch adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Crew was very attentive and efficient. The meal itself was excellent with the filet being served medium to medium rare which is always a challenge when serving a crowd. Yummy tropical lime cheesecake to finish it off. Drinks seemed popular but I didn’t have one to keep my stomach calm when the waters got a little choppy. The Na’apali coast itself is awesome!
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Capt. Andy's Southern Star Na Pali Dinner Sunset Sail is located at Capt. Andy's Sailing, Inc.4353 Waialo Road, Ste. 1A-2AEle'ele, Kauai, HI 96705
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Frequently Asked Questions about Capt. Andy's Southern Star Na Pali Dinner Sunset Sail

How long is the experience?
The sail is approximately 4 hours long.

What type of boat do we sail on?
The Southern Star is a fully custom 65’ luxury sailing catamaran.

I have a food allergy or restriction? Can I eat dinner on the Southern Star?
Yes. If provided advanced notice, we can accommodate food restrictions. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free meals are available. Please make your request for one of these meals when purchasing your reservation.

What should I wear?
We recommend that guests bring layers as the winds can get chilly at times. Guests may change onboard.

Where does the sail depart from?
The experience departs from Port Allen Harbor in Ele`ele.

Can I bring a camera?
Absolutely. You will have plenty of photo opportunities throughout the trip. Please be aware that cameras are brought onboard at your own discretion. Splashing can occur.

Can children come on the tour?
Of course. Children must be a minimum of 3 years old to join the tour.

Are wheelchairs allowed onboard?
No. However, we are available to assist handicapped individuals who want to participate in the tour. Canes and crutches are allowed on the boat.

What safety measures are in place?
In addition to our highly trained and certified captain, staff, and crew, the boat is equipped with adult and child-size life vests.