In Tahitian, Maita‘i means “excellence,” but for most of us it conjures up thoughts of a particular cocktail. And truth be told, you can have both when you board the immaculate Maitai 44-foot catamaran.
Leaving from the beach in front of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and the Halekulani Hotel, you can go for a daytime or sunset sail. Regular daytime sails (Tradewind Sails) run at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 each day, lasting a total of 90-minutes. If you’d actually like to jump off the boat and swim while out at sea, sign up for their Underwater Adventure Sail, which allows you to snorkel at some of the Island’s best dive sites (2 hours). Another option would be to see O‘ahu by night on the Mahina Moonlight Sail – 2 hours of Tuesdays and Fridays – which also takes you down near the Hilton Hawaiian Village to watch the Friday Night Fireworks.
However, the most popular of all their options is the Sunset Mai Ta‘i Sail, which is how this boat got its nickname amongst locals for being a booze cruise. Enjoy beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, while watching the sun dip below the horizon from the blue waters of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Drinks included in the price are: Mai Tais, Bud, Bud Light, wine, juices, soft drinks and water.
Be sure to read through their website for more detailed information on pricing and what each sail entails.
Note: The address listed is for the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and is just a guide since the boat leaves from the beach in front of it. Please speak with Maita‘i to discuss parking and specific location for boarding the boat (in case of changes).