Nestled on the grounds of Ko Olina Resort, tucked behind the last lagoon and behind the protective breakwaters lies the Ko Olina Marina. Featuring boat ramps, 330 slips, and all the services and amenities you need for a day on the water, the marina was designed as the first in Hawai`i to accommodate luxury mega-yachts. Voted “Marina of the Year” in 2008, you don’t need your own boat to appreciate all the facilities these Oahu marinas have to offer. Conveniently adjacent to your lodgings at Beach Villas Hawai`i, the marina offers catamaran cruises, whale watching tours, dinner voyages, and snorkeling adventures.
The deep blue waters of the Waianae coast are rich with vibrant snorkeling sites, and the Ko Olina Marina offers a variety of snorkeling tours from two fabulous outfits, Ocean Joy Cruises and Ko Olina Ocean Adventures. Whether you set out to search for migrating humpback whales, frolic with playful dolphins in their natural habitat, or sample the tastes of the islands on a sunset dinner cruise, many packages include a snorkeling stop, with rental equipment and inside tips on the secret spots only the captains know included. Float with green sea turtles and marvel at the diversity of our coral reefs and the colorful fish who call them home. Then dry off, relax, and take in the fabulous scenery as you return to port.
Sport Fishing of Kings
Just 10 minutes out from the marina is some of the best sport fishing around. Five charter companies call Ko Olina Marina home, and all offer you the chance to brave the elements and test your skills against some of the fastest (and definitely the tastiest) fish in the ocean. Feel the wind in your hair and the exhilaration in your soul as you battle aku (skipjack tuna), ahi (yellow fin tuna), ono (wahoo), marlin, mahi mahi, and swordfish against the backdrop of the lush mountains and white sandy shores.
Cruising at the Ko Olina Marina
These Oahu marinas offers a variety of cruises, for everyone from early birds to those seeking a romantic sunset. The unspoiled Leeward Coast is relatively undeveloped and is a haven for nesting seabirds like albatross, as well as the native Hawaiian monk seal, and is best seen from the sea. Waters of the deepest blue teem with spinner dolphins and humpback whales, and green sea turtles are commonly see logging in the waves and sipping the cool Hawaiian air before diving to the reef in search of food – or a nap.
Whether you are your own captain or are looking for the perfect ocean charter, Ko Olina Marina has everything you need to enjoy a day – or your entire stay – on the water. Check out their website for a full listing of activities, prices, and availability, then get ready: you’re going to have a great time out there!