Going into the new year, we wrote about why you should “spend on experiences, not things“. With the help of Private Yacht Charter by CAPTAIN BRUCE, they helped us fulfill Dr. Gilovich research that concluded spending time with loved ones doing new adventures has a more meaningful impact than material things does in the long run. Thanks for having us aboard Captain Bruce!
Our first adventure of the year was one for the books. While it was not our first time going to the Sandbar, it was the first time for our son, Landon. Experiencing the Sandbar with him felt like it was our first time too as the conditions of the day made it more engaging!
Captain Bruce specializes in private charter tours throughout the island of Oahu such as Ko’olina, Waikiki, and Kaneohe. They offer activities like swimming, snorkeling, day charters (sunrise and sunset), fireworks viewing, star gazing, turtle watching, and private tours to the sandbar.
For our private tour, we chose the sandbar location! It’s a gorgeous sandbar where you’re able to do many water activities, fitting for most ages or just to chill out and take in the breathtaking views. Captain Bruce company offers Waikiki pick-up for visitors. Since we live here, we met with the crew at Heeia Boat Harbor. If you plan on doing the same, be mindful of traffic, coming from Ewa Beach took us about 45minutes on a Saturday with minor traffic. Coming from Waikiki would be around a 30-40 minute drive. For parking and their meeting station, see the photo below for reference.
Once we met up with the captain and crew member, they walked us over to their pontoon boat and where we signed waivers once boarding. For the private tour, the max capacity is 6 passengers on board. It’s from $1,200 to rent privately for a 3 hour charter in the morning or afternoon. This comes with water activities and a ‘light’ lunch at the sandbar. Also, you’re able to bring your own alcoholic beverage on board for no additional fee.
ACTIVITIES AT THE SANDBAR
It took about 15 minutes to get to the sandbar from Heeia Pier. At the sandbar, they anchored near a barge with all of their water toys for us to play with such as SUP (stand-up paddle-board), Snorkels, Floaties, our Floating Carpet and many more! When we went snorkeling, we saw two honu (turtles) and lots of fish!
FOOD ON BOARD
During the tour, we were kept full and satisfied! While heading to the sandbar, we had a local favorite, warm malasadas as a snack. Then while at the sandbar, we had an awesome lunch laid out after doing some activities. The food spread included a variety of musubis, vegetable platter, kalbi, bbq chicken, chips, brownies, and cookies! If there are any specific dietary restrictions, they can accommodate during booking the private tour! As mentioned, it’s a BYOB.
We had an incredible time at the sandbar and would love to go again with the rest of our family! This is a great way to have private time with the family and enjoy the sandbar, boat ride, and lunch to yourselves. Definitely, great activity and it’s a must visit the sandbar while on Oahu!
If you’re interested in doing a private tour to the sandbar, inquire with Captain Bruce, here.
Disclosure: Wanderlustyle was invited to experience the private tour with Captain Bruce. All of our opinions are honest. Mahalo!