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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DohBoyBill
San Jose, CA
"Sunset Dinner Cruise - Stunning Views and a Great Crew"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2018 NEW
Captain Andy has two cruises that leave within minutes of each other for the Na Pali Coast Sunset Dinner Cruise. We chose the Star Dinner Cruise that sailed aboard the Southern Star. It's a slightly more upscale catamaran and the dinner was a bit fancier but you'll get a special ride, no matter which one you choose. The boat is shoeless, so be sure to wear easy on/off shoes. You leave them in a locker on the dock and pick them up when you return. Now, one word of warning. If you are the polite type, you might miss out on some good seating. That is the one drawback of this boat. It carries about 50 people, but there really are about 30 or so good seats. There is a row of great seats across the back. There are some pretty good seats inside, but the last 10 or 12 folks might get stuck across the front. The seats aren't bad, but there is no shade and you can get wet if the waves are splashing across the bow. The views of the coastline are incredible. You see pictures and people tell you it's spectacular, but you have to see the Napali coast in order to feel it. Towering cliffs that fall into the water will take your breath away. Capt. Andy's crew was fantastic. Safety was their primary concern, but passenger comfort was not far behind. Drinks and appetizers were served as dinner was cooked on the grill at the back of the boat. When we reached the end of the cliffs, the motor was turned off, the sail was raised and dinner was served as we sailed back south along the cliffs. As we neared our return to Port Allen, we paused as the sun set into the West. Unfortunately, there was a cloud right where the sun touched the water so we didn't get to see the green flash, but it was still a special way to end the day. We highly recommend Capt Andy's and you can't go wrong with any of their boats.
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Matt W
Kuna, Idaho
"Great Way to See the Napali Coast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2018 NEW
We ran our trip plans by some friends who are both from Kauai, and they agreed that the catamaran tour of the coast was a must do. Having completed a tour with Captain Andy's, I agree. We were with Captain Tony (from the video on their website), and the trip was interesting and well-executed from start to finish. Everything ran smoothly from their end. The views are the highlight of the trip--the coast is flat-out stunning. I couldn't stop taking pictures and just staring at the sea cliffs. I had seen many pictures and even see the coast via chopper, but this was the best way to take it all in. We took the morning tour, which I'd do again, as I prefer the calmer seas. Even so, I'd highly advise taking dramamine or something beforehand, as we had a couple people who got sea sick. There were some light foods waiting when we boarded; the actual lunch-time meal wasn't fancy, but it hit the spot. If there's a downside, the snorkeling isn't great--not a lot of fish. Still, it felt good to get in the water, and I wasn't expecting anything particularly different regarding this part of the trip. Tony made sure to find some dolphins, and we spent several minutes watching them. This was towards the end of the tour and was a very fun way to start to wind things up. Captain Andy's is a well-run outfit that offers a great experience taking in some of the most stunning scenery I've witnessed.
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Kathy G
Arlington Heights, Illinois
"Great Birthday !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2018 NEW
Awesome staff, clean and well kept boat, food was great, views of the Coast were stunning and while the trip back was a bit rough, overall a great day on the water with excellent service.
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Jaffame
London, United Kingdom
"A really great morning with a professional crew"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2018 NEW
Book a tour with this company - you won't be disappointed. Special care and attention was given to those who had motion sickness or those who felt less confident in the water. Absolutely amazing crew - friendly, professional, safe and fun!
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Duncan1789
Chicago, Illinois
"Well-designed tourist experience with great staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2018 NEW
We did Captain Andy's sunset dinner cruise with Captain Kyler and Soren, and it was a lovely part of our Hawaiian vacation. The narration as we went up the coast was just the right amount of information, the vibe was relaxed and pleasant, and the return trip was just beautiful. I appreciated the well-planned meal (no cutting required!) and I liked that free drinks didn't turn the outing into a drunken party boat - people enjoyed themselves but everything was nice and mellow. Would definitely do again!
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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.