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Address: Hanalei Bay, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 808-826-5585

Family operated Na Pali Sailing Catamaran Company. Offering North Shore...

Family operated Na Pali Sailing Catamaran Company. Offering North Shore departures from Hanalei Pier Beach. Enjoy white sandy beaches, ancient volcanic cliffs, waterfalls and pristine blue ocean waters.

Captain Sundown welcomes you aboard 40' Catamaran Ku'uipo for 360 degree views of Na Pali cliffs and personalized (15-17 passenger) Na Pali Snorkel tour (Nu'alolo Kai) or romantic Bali Hai Sunset Sail in Hanalei Bay. Seating choices include: fully shaded cushioned cabin seating or wrap-around open deck seating. For more fun, try our wet and splashy trampoline nets for a wet and wild adventure ride. Come face to face with marine life including Bottle-nose Dolphins, Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Honu the Green Sea Turtles, Flying Fish and Rare Marine Birds.

Troll Fishing lines for Tuna, Mahi Mahi or Ono. Let the young ones hand line in Papio, Rainbow Runners and Aku!

Snorkel Sail inc: Snorkel gear, deli meal and bottled water, sodas.

Sunset Sail inc: Light Snacks and bottled water, sodas


Established in 1971.

Born and reared in Hawaii, Capt. Sundown honed his ocean skills as a young man surfing and sailing Hawaiian waters. His passions include his faith in God, love of family and spirit of Aloha. Sailing on deck with a small group of people is the core principal of this company. Returning passengers who share our love of sailing off the beaten path, are the epicenter of our success. From your first telephone call until we shuttle you back to your car from your sailing adventure, you will always be in the tender care of a Capt. Sundown family member. We love people and it shows in every aspect of our jobs.

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Fun sail. Friendly staff. Stunning Scenery.

The only downer, beyond their control, is that rough conditions on the Na Pali coast caused a relocation of the snorkeling leg to the south shore, where the coral seemed half... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 21, 2016
Pierre D

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Early June of this year, I scheduled a trip with Captain Sundown for an October sailing. I picked the Thursday that best fit my schedule. Shortly after, Captain S wrote back asking us to pick Monday, as that Thursday won't be good weather I complied, and rescheduled all other activities. Oct comes and we are now in Kauai. On the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

The only downer, beyond their control, is that rough conditions on the Na Pali coast caused a relocation of the snorkeling leg to the south shore, where the coral seemed half dead, but there were plentiful fish. All the other tour boats of different companies seemed to do the same relocating. The narration was good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

The Na Pali coast is a must sea when visiting Kauai. Seeing by boat is a great way to do it and Captain Sundown provided a great experience. The boat is a large catamaran with plenty of room. It leaves right from Hanalei Bay and takes you down the coast to a great snorkeling spot. We even spotted a good... More 

1 Thank Megan H
Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

The trip with Captain Sundown was amazing. Gorgeous views of the stunning NaPali coastline and incredible snorkeling. The captain was great and his first mate, Nick, shared lots of interesting information about the history of the area. They made sure everyone had an enjoyable, relaxing experience. Huge thumbs up for Captain Sundown!

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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

We took off from the Hanalei Bay which was very convenient for us since we stayed at the Princeville Westin. I really appreciated there were only 15 passengers so it wasn't too crowded. The ride was breathtaking and the snorkeling was outstanding. The trip out to the Na Pali Coast was breezy and picturesque. First Mate Nick was full of... More 

2 Thank Texan_Diner
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

No matter which catamaran operator you use, do not eat breakfast. If you tend to get seasick, forget the NaPoli coast.by any kind of boat. Do not have your heart set on snorkeling. I am not sure they take small children, but I would not. Captain was very experienced and his deckhand was knowledgable and attentive to customer needs. The... More 

3 Thank 2JRo
Kapaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

A day with Captain Bob and his crew will linger for a lifetime! This veteran Vietnam Nam marine is a salty, bearded sailor who appears to be more comfortable on the sea than land! He navigates his beautifully handmade craft with skill and confidence while making everyone on board feel comfortable as they take in one of the most beautiful... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

We did many things during our week in Hawaii, and our day on Captain Bob's catamaran was by far the highlight. Bob and Nick are great hosts, and keep things simple. The snorkeling location was amazing, as well as the Napali Coast. Snacks, lunch and beverages provided. Snorkeling gear providing. Lots of historical information about the island which made the... More 

Thank Paul W
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

There were 16 of us from all over the world who met on Kauai North Shore for a wedding. Midweek we took an incredibly over-the-top catamaran sail boat ride starting with dolphins who followed us out! White caps on the water made for a exciting sail! Capt. Jack knows his waters! We were not able to stop for snorkeling due... More 

1 Thank Ivy B
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

Captain Sundown took care of us from the start. They have very friendly crew who are easy to talk to and are very knowledgeable. I love that we left out of Hanalei and got right to the good stuff from the start. On our tour we saw Humpback Whales, Sea Turtles(swam with them too) and much more. The NaPali coast... More 

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