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Old 04-08-2021, 08:35   #1
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Sailing to Hawaii - marinas

Any recommendations for a marina friendly to blue water sailors? Apparently one is either a Hawaii resident, a non-resident or a 'transient'. I'm assuming the latter has no similarity to the meth heads populating the streets of Los Angeles, and instead refers to someone arriving by boat. The idea is, sail to Hawaii and then hang out for a few months, and hop to other islands.
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Get reservations early, slips are scarce, and safe anchorages not near as numerous as one would expect from an island paradise!
The State owns most of the harbors, and they love serving up bad news to transients that have few options.
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Considering the islands are volcanoes I wouldn’t expect anything other than deep water around them
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I can’t say that Hawaii is the most friendly place we’ve found for cruisers, but we’ve been over 4 or 5 times and enjoyed all of them.

The OP doesn’t say what kind of boat, I can tell you that transient slips for a 50’ cat are nearly non-existent, a 35’ monohull might have much better luck.

You can’t go wrong starting with Noodle’s Notes, Bill has put together a fantastic document that will tell you far more than random posts on CF. A very good place to start.
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Almost all of the marinas in Hawaii are run by the state. They are the most awfully managed marinas we have ever seen--anywhere, by a very long margin. I could go on for hours (almost!). Customer service is just not in the socialist manifesto. But... it is paradise so you put up with the BS, or sail on.

Just on the Big Island: If you want to stay in a place where you do not need a car to do shopping and other routine tasks pretty much the only choice I know of is Ala Wai Yacht Harbor in Waikiki. Very urban, which is good... and bad. If you prefer a private marina Ko Olina is a bit out of the way, but well managed and run. A long bus ride to anything.
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Re: Sailing to Hawaii - marinas

It's been years since I was there but when I was in Hilo (not on a boat) I thought Reed's Bay (inside the harbor at Hilo) looked interesting. It's not a marina; I saw a few boats anchored out there, and I know it's all solid lava there, but it might be an option for you to check.

edit... I see Noodle's Notes does not even mention Reed's Bay and I don't know why... need to check on that.

...edit, well, according to this site it looks ok
https://www.reedsbay.com/

We have members here living on the Big Island, maybe they'll chime in.
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I just brought my boat back to Canada after 2 years in Hawaii...I leased a slip at Ko Olina Marina....it costs a bit more but is very nice compared to the sh_t holes that call themselves a marina. There were a few open slips when I left...call ahead.
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On the leeward side of all islands, you can find anchorages. Most will be in places with no nearby services or supplies.
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The OP doesn’t say what kind of boat, I can tell you that transient slips for a 50’ cat are nearly non-existent, a 35’ monohull might have much better luck.

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You can’t go wrong starting with Noodle’s Notes, Bill has put together a fantastic document that will tell you far more than random posts on CF. A very good place to start.

What a fantastic document, thank you for posting!
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Re: Sailing to Hawaii - marinas

I just got back from Hawaii yesterday. I was surprised to see a BUNCH of yachts, including catamarans anchored off Waikiki. Never noticed that before.

Not what the OP asked about, was just wondering what the deal is. Maybe marinas full?
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Some weird responses here. Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu is almost 7 miles long and between one mile and a half mile wide. Its deepest depth is 52 feet. You could probably anchor 10,000 boats here and not be closer that 200 feet apart. There are many coral heads and sand bars but the main channels are well marked and lighted. the secondary channels, coral heads and sand bars have mostly been marked by local fishermen and sailors and are easily visible in day light if your lookouts and competent.
Yes, offshore it gets very deep very fast...7,000ft. plus.
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Just on the Big Island: If you want to stay in a place where you do not need a car to do shopping and other routine tasks pretty much the only choice I know of is Ala Wai Yacht Harbor in Waikiki. Very urban, which is good... and bad. If you prefer a private marina Ko Olina is a bit out of the way, but well managed and run. A long bus ride to anything.
One clarification here. Waikiki (Honolulu) is on Oahu, not the Big Island.
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Noodles Notes is the only source of info about Hawaii. Plan your Landfall to Hilo( Farthest upwind anchorage). Sail the leeward coast to the Kona Marina, anchoring along the way. (Get a flopper stopper) Follow Noodles Notes to Hanalei Bay Kauai, where you choose between the west coast and S Pacific. I've lived here 40 years, there's some spectacular cruising to be had but few facilities.
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Any recommendations for a marina friendly to blue water sailors?
Whether you're a 'blue water' sailor or not doesn't have any relevance here. Either you're renting the slip long term (seasonally, monthly, quarterly, yearly) or you're a transient. Transient is typically a stay that is a day to a few weeks long. Whether you are a state resident or not sounds like there is priority, or pricing differences for residents. Since some posts indicate they are state run, my guess is that the state is granting preferential admission, rates or terms over out of state.

So it sounds like your a non-resident looking for a long term stay.
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