The Captain's Log

The Best Boat Charter in Hawaii – How To Choose

Now you’re wondering: Which Private Yacht Charter should I choose? Here, Captain Jake will share with you 3 essential tips on choosing the right Private Yacht Charter for you. Enjoy our video above or take a look at the transcript below!

So you’re ready to charter! Here’s three tips to make sure you choose the right charter:

Number 1 – Always ask what’s included in the price. Whether it be food, fuel, drinks, even your captain and crew! Always be clear with what’s included in the price. It’ll be an easier process for you and the charterer.

Number 2 – Beware of bareboat charter agreements! Bareboat charters sometimes mislead you. And in bareboat charter situations – you may be liable for insurance, you may be liable for the passengers aboard, you may even be liable for the boat and Captain! So be sure to be aware of bareboat charter agreements and read through them thoroughly.

Number 3 – Verify your Charterer! Always make sure – your charterer is insured, ensure they’re accredited with some type of Better Business Bureau or TripAdvisor. So protect yourself and make sure your charterers accredited.

We hope this video has helped you understand a little bit more about private charting –  whether it be here in Hawaii or out on in the world!

If you have any questions email us at or check out our website

Best Oahu Beaches

Oahu Private Yacht Charter

Looking for the best beaches on Oahu? Oahu’s west side is a lesser visited, no fluff, take it or leave it kind of place. But don’t let that stop you from checking out what it has to offer, because the beaches here are always less crowded, more pristine and easier to access. Due to the nature of its reefs and beaches, there are so many hidden spots that offer amazing places to snorkel, surf, or truly kick back and relax away from the hustle and bustle. We’ve listed our top five beach spots out West.

  1. Tracks

The best spot to snorkel. Easy access to the beach from the car, as you practically park right on the beach! With an average depth of 10-15 up to 50 yards off shore, you can comfortably snorkel up and down the area without straying too far from the car. During certain times a year, waves are common here so if the area is full of surfers, avoid the snorkel and appreciate the swells instead.

  1. Maili Beach Park

Long expansive beach park. Full of parking, grassy areas, trees for shades and white sandy beach. The perfect spot for family picnics, beach BBQ’s, an all-day trip west side. This beach is comfortable, has good facilities and will fulfill the request of any family member.

  1. Makaha

World-renowned for its surf, Rell Sunn, and the Keaulana family. This is THE picturesque coconut tree lined Hawaii beach. Snug between houses and a residential condo with the best views ever, this beach boasts huge golden sandy dunes, met with glistening vivid blue waters. Careful though, this beauty can maintain a pretty powerful shore break and quick undercurrents. It is also a beautiful spot for snorkeling on calm days, with frequent turtle sightings!

  1. Makua

If you can find this beach you’ll probably be one of very few people there, which is awesome when you look at the crowds you fight in Waikiki and Ala Moana. Frequented only by locals this hidden gem is the spot to check out some tide pools, cruise in the crystal-clear waters, or even catch some waves.

  1. Yokohama

AKA Ka’ena Point. Massive beach at the end of the road. The crowning jewel on the drive out west. It’s so big there’s names for numerous different surf breaks- first dip, second dip, and third dip. Once you’re there, you’ll know what those names mean, but you won’t know until you go. Bring shade, pack food and possibly go for a hike around the trail to reach the North Shore! We’re a little bias as we think west side is best side. But if the plans call for a trip around the island, don’t take the short cut up central O’ahu, make the trip out to the end of the road at Ka’ena Point. You won’t be disappointed by the beaches, the view or the drive. So, venture a little, and get out of the Waikiki comfort zone.

Yacht Chartering Hawaii | Better Than A Boat Tour

Aloha all! Wanting to know more about Private Charters and why they may be the best option for you and your family? Check out our informational video above or transcription below to learn a little more about why we operate Private Charter style and how it stands apart from your usual boat tour.



Hey guys – Captain Jake here from MANA Cruises. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about Private Chartering. We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from clients and visitors as to what Private Chartering offers and why it may be better than taking a normal tour that you may see online. So let’s talk about Private Chartering.


So what is Private Chartering? Private Charters is when you have the ability to use and rent a boat and really be able to command it. Meaning – you’re able to customize it from your menus, to what you drink, where you travel, even what you do on the boat! And that’s where things get really fun! Why do clients oftentimes choose to Private Charter? Private Chartering a lot of times is used when there’s a couple or a small family and you really just want to be able to do anything that you wish. Whatever it is – Private Chartering allows you the access to a boat, normally a captain and crew, and pretty much anything you may ever want to do.


So another question that we get asked often is how are we different from your normal cruise or tour that you see online or offered at your hotel? What we do differently is we create something a little bit more customized around you. We don’t have a cookie cutter snorkel spot or a cookie cutter time or a cookie cutter this or that – that allows us to stay within limits. What we’re able to do here is really offer exactly what you want. Whether it be that special lunch, whether it be snorkeling for four hours, or whether it be fishing for the whole time – we’re really able to customize around what you want to do most. So, what’s most important to you and your family.


To my second point – family. A lot of times we get asked this question: How does this benefit my family? Whether you are a family of three or a family of six, we’re really able to provide you that customization that allows you to keep everyone happy!


We hope this video has helped you understand a little bit more about Private Charting – whether it be here in Hawaii or out in the world.


If you have any questions: email us at or visit our website