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Lahaina, Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

1. Lahaina, Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Departing from Pier One in Lahaina Harbor, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a delicious Hawaiian meal, listen to island-style music and watch the sun go down while cruising the waves on a state-of-the-art catamaran. Once aboard, explore both decks and take your time to find just the right spot in sun or shade. After you’ve settled in, follow your nose to the delicious appetizers and pick up a tasty soda or tropical juice. Your dinner cruise includes two free drinks, once the catamaran has motored out of the harbor, you can order alcoholic beverages. For the main meal, depending on the option selected, enjoy a sumptuous selection of Hawaiian classics like mahi-mahi, a pan-seared white fish with fresh mango salsa, or prime rib dinner (prepared medium/medium-well done). Each is served with authentic side dishes traditional Hawaiian sweet rolls, and a chocolate brownie. Relax as the sun sets behind the distant Maui mountains, and keep an eye out for humpback whales while you enjoy your delicious dinner cruise.

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Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

2. Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

Depart from the Ma’alaea Harbor and set off into the waves on a deluxe, 3-story catamaran. After exiting the harbor, enjoy a complimentary drink before the dinner service kicks off. Explore the alcoves of the boat, gaze out over the ocean, and snap photos. While soaking up the tropical views, listen to island-style music. For dinner, chef Keoni will serve the succulent Hawaiian prime rib, Mahi Mahi, teriyaki chicken, ribs, steamed vegetables, white rice with soy sauce, and more. As you dine, take in views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai in the distance, as well as the top snorkeling location, Molokini Crater. Gaze out at the Kahalawai Mountains of Maui extending toward the sky. You are likely to see humpback whales visiting the islands from Alaska along with other marine mammals.

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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Cruise

3. From Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Cruise

After boarding your whale watching cruise, your onboard naturalist, captain, and crew will be just as excited as you are to see humpbacks. These 45-foot cetaceans inspire awe, delight, and excitement with their very existence. As soon as the boat leaves Ma’alaea Harbor, keep your eyes peeled for any big motion on the surface, especially large clouds of misty spray in the distance (that’s how a whale exhales). No matter what is going on out there, the whale watch naturalist will give you an exciting play-by-play on the whale's “swimming commentary". Some of the more popular moves that whales engage in are the tail slap, the pec slap, the peduncle throw, the spy hop, and the ever hoped for "launch-of-an-entire-whale-from-the-water" full breach. Whenever the boat is stopped for a while, you can go down to the underwater viewing room. If the whales choose to swim beneath the vessel, you’ll be able to see them through the glass panels in the bottom of the hull. This is one of the most unique things about whale watching on this triple-decker catamaran, as it is rare for a whale-watching vessel to have a glass-bottomed seating area. From December to April, you can climb aboard the boat and make your way to the top. This is Maui’s only catamaran with three decks, so you simply cannot go higher on this island. All of the 360-degree ocean views are fantastic, even when you go inside for a bit to take a break from the sun. The first and second decks have spacious cabins with tinted windows, and these windows make for excellent viewing through the water’s surface, regardless of the sun’s glare. Comfortable seating throughout this stable vessel ensures a relaxing time on the water, while you look for these incredible marine mammals. Make sure to take advantage of the bar and snack area while you check out the boat, the crew will be happy to mix up whatever you feel like.

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What people are saying about Maui

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 115 reviews

We loved our time on the whale watching excursion. It was a windy afternoon but the crew was able to find a walm area and we spotted a brand new baby whale along with the mama whale! The crew was lovely as well!

Had a fantastic time. So fun to sit outside and enjoy the wind trying to blow us away. The music was perfect, the crew was funny and helpful, but the food was amazing. Perfect ending to our vacation.

Other than the rain (which we both enjoyed) the trip was amazing. Romantic if it’s for a special occasion. We enjoyed the dinner and the dessert. We wished maybe it was a little longer.

This was a great trip. The dinner was very good. The staff was the best!!

very nice crew! dinner was good. kept the entertainment flowing.