7 Tips for Choosing The Best Hawaii Booze Cruise

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Waikiki Booze Cruise

So you made it to the rainbow state, and now you’re looking for the best Hawaii booze cruise. We don’t blame you! What’s better than floating over a turquoise ocean, sipping a refreshing drink and watching the sun dip over the horizon? Pretty much nothing.


But you’ll soon find that there are tons of choices for booze cruises in Hawaii to choose from. Some have pirates, some have wristbands, some have entertainment and some are just a boat. It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to find a boat and a party in one.

So while you’re searching for your perfect Lonely Island “I’m on a Boat” moment, make sure you consider these 7 factors.

1. Location, Location, Location…

Cruising past Diamond Head in Waikiki

Whether you’re on Oahu or one of the neighboring islands, location will have a big impact on your experience.

Consider what you will see in different locations. In Waikiki, you have views of the beautiful and famous Diamond Head monument and the glittering city skyline. On the north shore, swell and weather can have a big impact during the winter months.

If you have a particular selfie shot in mind, make sure you go on the boat that will get you that view.

2. Beats or No Beats


Picture this: you put on your freshest outfit, grab a six-pack from the ABC store and board the boat with your crew only to find that you can hardly hear the music over the roar of the engine, they’re playing Pandora radio with ads and the playlist is a mix of Jimmy Buffet and alt-rock.

Don’t let this happen to you! Choose a booze cruise that plays beats you can get down to. Choose a booze cruise with surround sound and a live DJ. Oh wait, there’s only one like that… choose Ocean and You!

3. Squad Up

Travelers on the best hawaii booze cruise

When you’re thumbing through your contact list considering who to invite on your booze cruise, choose wisely.

You’ll want to make sure you’re picking friends who will save the drama for their mammas. No bad vibes allowed.

But you also want to choose friends who will come ready to party! And check to make sure no one you’re bringing is prone to motion sickness.

4. BYOB or Pay to Drink


When you’re already paying to get on the boat, paying extra for drinks isn’t always fun. Luckily Hawaii has lots of BYOB options!

Most BYOB options offer cooler storage, recycling bins and snacks, but be sure to double-check that you’ll have somewhere to keep your beverages cold.

5. Stay Hydrated

Visitors drink beer on a BYOB Waikiki boat tour

No, we’re not just talking about your beer. During the day you’ll be in the sun and at night you’ll be dancing to the DJ, which can dehydrate you very quickly.

Drink the water that is on board, or better yet, bring your own water bottle.

Set yourself up for success. Make sure to eat something before your booze cruise so that you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. Don’t be “that guy” feeding the fish off the side of the boat because you didn’t eat enough.

6. Know Your Limits


On that note, let’s get real for a second. Protect yourself and those around you by knowing your alcohol limits and sticking to them. Not just legal limits – but personal limits too.

Track your drinks to show others that you can drink responsibly and still have a good time. Set yourself up for success by eating beforehand.

If you know you’re going out drinking, make plans to safely get home before you start drinking. Take turns as the designated driver with your buddies or set up a rideshare app on your phone

Also, if you are under 21, know that you will not be allowed on board. Every booze cruise in Hawaii checks IDs.

7. The Vibe is Everything

Surround sound and mood lighting on an Ocean and You boat tour

At Ocean and You, we know the vibe is everything when you’re choosing the best Hawaii booze cruise.

We have a live DJ, top-of-the-line surround sound and mood lighting, two decks and a titanic-style bow to explore and the best crew in the islands.

Choose Ocean and You for your booze cruise. Learn more or book now!

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