waikiki, hawaii


as some of you know, i use to live in waikiki. the birthplace of surfing on o'ahu, hawaii's south shore. even though i left my heart there, i thought my dear friend nova rizzo, founder of the 96815 could do a much better job giving you the most luxury day in waikiki than i could... she's much fancier than i - i sleep in a hammock half the time i'm in hawaii! 


There are many luxurious ways to spend the day in Waikiki. Hawaii's playground is brimming with gorgeous hotels, world-class spas and five-star restaurants in which to indulge, rest, relax, dine and unwind in style. Yet, no experience can quite compare to that of idle days spent just off this famous stretch of coastline on the spacious sundecks of Vanessa, a stunning, Bruce Farr designed, sixty-two foot sailing yacht.  Vanessa's beautifully maintained wooden decks are superb for lazy days spent thrumming through the waters just off Diamond Head. The expertly trained staff keeps this floating mini-playground stocked with all of the essentials for a complete experience at sea. Fishing and snorkeling gear, water toys, delectable provisions, tasty libations and even a drone to capture your experience, can all be easily arranged.  


My favorite days on Vanessa are relatively simple: anchored just off Diamond Head with friends, good tunes, sun, tasty snacks, and one too many bottles of Rose. Good times, endless views of Waikiki and the shimmering Pacific Ocean in every direction, Hawaiian sea turtles, tropical fish and, in the right season, a whale spotting or two, highlight a day on the water in Waikiki. It is salty, sun-drenched days like this that make me pinch myself; how lucky am I to call this home? 

Vanessa is available for private charter adventures including snorkeling and sunbathing at Turtle Canyon in Waikiki, sunset cruising Oahu's south shore, and, if you've got the time, exploring the magnificent Hawaiian Islands for a multi-night stay in her well-appointed quarters. For more information, contact the Captain and crew at www.charter-hawaii.com. - Nova at The 96815