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

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.

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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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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.

Menu
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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hydro231
Burlington, North Carolina
"What an experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 25, 2018 NEW
We booked 27 people on the sunset dinner cruise for our wedding reception and had a fantastic time! You enjoy the cruise during the first half where an appetizer and non-alcoholic drinks are served. The scenery is beautiful but when we got the tradewinds, the ride did get a little rough. I loved it but some of our party did not fare well. There were also little kids (maybe ages 4-6) from another party that did not adjust to the ride as well. After we turned around, we had much smoother sailing and the bar opened. Dinner was served and the steak and shrimp were amazing! Everyone who ate, raved about how good the meal was. (If your stomach cannot handle food at that time, they are kind enough to box it up for you to enjoy later.) Despite the slightly choppy ride, all guests enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the attentive staff, and the overall experience. I would highly recommend this dinner cruise for any adult!
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NZMoyer
Warminster, Pennsylvania
"Morning Snorkel with barbecue lunch"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2018 NEW
We were a bit frustrated. If the snorkel part gets cancelled due to unfavorable surf ( which I get) then there should be some kind of discount or money returned. The boat ride was super fun but we did not get our moneys worth. The barbecue was mediocre compared to a very similar experience we had on the big island. You had to pre order and you got just the one item, rather than your pick of several. So, a hamburger, baked beans and a pasta salad. That is it. Disappointing. “Breakfast” was mediocre at best. I am not sure why folks raved about the food. It was not great. They DID have free flowing bar which included wine and beer but not until later in the cruise. After comparing notes with someone that took their sunset cruise, they got all the fun, Napoli coast, and phenomenal dinner for less than what we paid for the snorkel cruise. And it was only an hour less time wise. This is big -FYI - don’t take your kids on this. It is better for those over 21. Mostly couples. There was a couple on board that had a 3 or 4 year old - just a guess- but it was so inappropriate. Most everyone on board gets soaking wet. And the trip can get super bumpy. It’s just NOT a good cruise for people with kids. I would say the minimum age should be 12. Even that is pushing it.
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Matthew K
"Super Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2018 NEW
The boat (Northern Star) is top of the line with good food and drinks. Nice helpful crew. The scenery is world class. The time flies by. Snorkeling was enjoyable. I would definitely do this again one of the best activities I have ever done anywhere. The only way someone wouldn't enjoy this experience is boat sickness or really poor weather. I had neither :)
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Sara B
"Best Day!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2018 NEW
Today we did the Na Pali coast morning cruise on the Northern Star. We had captain Mike, Chef Dylan, crew members Heather and Jaqui. This was such a fantastic trip. Mike as a native Hawaiian is so informative and passionate about his homeland and his job which is so great to see. The catamaran was in perfect and clean condition with so many fantastic viewing spots so everyone can see the sights. We were fortunate enough to see sea turtles, spinner dolphins, bottle nose dolphins lots of fish as well as a mother whale with her calf. We saw waterfalls and caves also. The seas weren’t suitable for snorkelling which was no bother to us as we weren’t planning on doing it. The food was cooked fresh to order and the there were heaps of drink options all inclusive. The girls were such great energy on the boat always checking that we were all having fun and helping wherever needed. Clearly this crew get along really well!! I’d recommend Captain Andy’s for anyone who wants a fun and memorable a tour of the Na Pali coast and Kauai.
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Thomas F
"We did a NaPali coast snorkeling cruise with Captain Casey and his excellent crew. Experienced boaters on the Great Lak"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2018 NEW
We did a Na Pali coast snorkeling cruise with Captain Casey and his excellent crew. Experienced boaters on the Great Lakes, we were very impressed with the skills, the attention to passenger safety and comfort, and the hospitality offered by the crew. Everything was perfect: the food was excellent, the sightings were great - a large pod of spinning dolphins, sea turtles, three humpback whales. Everyone seemed as delighted as were we. Six stars!
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Capt. Andy's Southern Star Na Pali Dinner Sunset Sail is located at 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.