Go Sea Breeze Sail­ing

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

One of the best ways to fully ex­pe­ri­ence the fa­bled at­tributes of sail­ing the Kona Coast is to book a tour on a cata­ma­ran or sail­boat. It is a fine place to sail, pro­tected as it is from the blus­tery east-north­east trade winds by the vol­canic moun­tain slopes. The moun­tains cre­ate a wind shadow, or lee, along the west side of the is­land that pro­vides sail­boats and fish­ing boats with pro­tected, smooth-sur­face con­di­tions. The heat­ing of the land­mass by the sun causes warm air to rise, pulling the “Kona Breeze” off the ocean and pro­vid­ing gen­tle winds.

There isn’t much “white-knuckle” sail­ing on the Kona Coast, nor do you have to be an ac­com­plished swim­mer or diver to en­joy the trip. And if you’d rather pilot your own craft, some com­pa­nies rent small sail­boats and pon­toon boats for sight­see­ing, fish­ing and snor­kel­ing. • Fair Wind Cruises (808) 345-0244 • Kona Boat Rentals (808) 326-9155

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