Boating in Hawai’i is quite different than on the mainland. We’re an island state thousands of miles in the middle of the ocean and the things that make Hawaii special can also make it challenging. We have some serious sea conditions here and the infrastructure and resources available to boaters are lacking compared to the mainland. But don’t even compare, this not the mainland. Hawaii is truly a special kind of paradise that has risen from the depths of the middle of the Pacific Ocean where vibrant natural life and human civilization has managed to find a home despite a wide expanse of ocean all around. Boaters in Hawaii share in the heritage of the ancient voyagers who first found these islands and the many intrepid explorers from around the world who followed in their footstep. Today, most people sail through the sky to find Hawaii but once here and out on the water you can’t help but float in awe of these magnificent islands and their surrounding beautiful waters.

Hawaii Afloat was created out of the need to tell the story of boating in Hawaii and to provide an information resource for local and visiting boaters alike. Hawaii Afloat aims to provide a complete and current reference for everything related to the recreational boating scene, answering all your questions about what it’s like to own and operate a boat, where you can safely and legally drop anchor, get your boat repaired, learn to sail and also get involved in the Hawaii boating community. Hawaii Afloat is a media project of Venture Afloat LLC with contributions from all members of the boating community on the Hawaii Afloat Facebook group. We want to make boating in Hawaii fun, safe and accessible to everyone who lives or visits our beautiful island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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