The Alaka‘i Nalu - Leaders of the Waves - Hualalai Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

To the Polynesian voyager, the ocean was a source of life. It brought recreation, food, discovery, knowledge and unspeakable joy. The voyager learned from the ocean and regarded its gods with appreciation and respect. The Alaka‘i Nalu of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai live these values and perpetuate them daily as stewards of the ocean.


Ocean Activities & Programs

Ribcraft Boat Adventure

Explore secluded beaches and secret snorkel spots, swim with playful spinner dolphins, watch a manta ray glide through the water or you might even come face to face with a green sea turtle.

Trip duration 2 hours
Maximum passengers 14
Cost: Adult $150; 11 and under $125

Private trips also available for $800/hour with a 2 hour minimum.

Add On activities for the private Ribcraft trip:

  • Scooters-additional fee applies
  • Subwings-water wing pulled behind boat for “flying” underwater-additional fee applies
  • Banana Bus-tube pulled behind boat/holds 10 passengers-additional fee applies

Whale Watch

Watch as humpback whales migrate to the warm Hawaiian waters. They come here each winter to have their babies and play. Hear their calls while on your adventure.
1.5 hours, 14 passengers maximum.
Season runs from January to March.

Price: $150 per adult / $125 per child (Seasonal)

For more information about whales and whale watching, please visit

1-Person and 2-Person Outrigger Canoe

Our Alaka’i will teach you the basics of paddling and steering a small outrigger canoe.  Once you are comfortable you enjoy unlimited access (during operation hours) during your stay.

Lessons duration: 30-45 minutes
Cost: $150 per person; includes unlimited use during your stay
Minimum age: 12

Also available is one hour guided 1 on 1 training paddles with our Alaka’i. $300 per hour.

4-Person and 6-Person Outrigger Canoe

Our Alaka’i steersman will lead you on a signature Hualalai experience. Explore the Kaupulehu coast just as Hawaiian Alii (chiefs) did in ancient times.  Great adventure for the family.

Cost: $300 per hour per canoe

Keiki Canoe


Spend time in a 4-man outrigger canoe with the Alaka‘i Nalu and learn or improve your paddling skill. The outrigger canoe which traditionally was used for transportation and a means to fish is now used for canoe racing and pleasure.
Please contact Kids for All Seasons at ext. 8800 to book.

Scooter Snorkel

One of our most popular guided morning activities.  Skim the surface or effortlessly free dive to view the marine life and reef up close.  Two types of scooters available.  

Trip duration: 1 hour
Cost $150 per person / $300 per person depending on scooter type
Minimum age: 12


Take advantage of our complimentary snorkel gear, including prescription masks, to explore the world just waiting under the surface of the water. Hover above vibrant coral and a kaleidoscope of fish just a short swim from the shore.  Ideal snorkel conditions from 7:00-10:00am.

Cost: Complimentary


New at Hualālai Resort with the Alaka‘i Nalu is a new innovative way to see the ocean called subwinging. Here you will glide like a dolphin or spin underwater while holding on to a carbon fiber dual wing connected with a rotatable swivel that allows you to hold on with one hand on each wing as you are under the water or on the surface. You can easily maneuver the subwing by tilting both wings downward to dive and upward to resurface. Once you try this you’ll be hooked…

Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

This sport is still considered fairly new but continues to gain in popularity. Come SUP paddle in the morning hours and glide over the sea life below.  Dolphins swim by the resort daily and it’s common for encounters in the bay during the morning hours. Lessons provided if needed at no additional cost. Beginner to Advanced boards available

Cost: $150 per person and includes unlimited use during your stay
Minimum age: 12