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There’s a reason this Maui hotspot is known as the Relentless Sun: beaches, luaus, feasts, and sunsets await.

Our most recommended things to do in Lahaina

Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

1. Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Board the comfortable and spacious double-deck power catamaran from Ma'alaea Harbor and cruise the Maui coastline to see the humpback whales, who return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Get up close to these amazing animals to view their spectacular whale behaviors in their native environment Keep your eyes peeled for massive splashes across the horizon from whales slapping the surface with their fins and tails. See them spy-hop, when humpback whales come high out of the water to have a look around at the world above. See the majesty of a breaching whale, if you are lucky. This is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take memorable photos from the shade of a spacious cabin.

South Maui: Snorkel at Molokini and Turtle Town with Meals

2. South Maui: Snorkel at Molokini and Turtle Town with Meals

See Maui from a new perspective as you swim and snorkel alongside its marine life at Molokini and Turtle Town. Cruise to these famous snorkeling destinations by catamaran, and enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard. Meet your captain and crew near Maalaea Harbor for your check-in. Board the comfortable catamaran and enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juice, soda, and water as you head towards Molokini. Arrive at Molokini and admire the scenery of the extinct volcanic cone, home to around 250 different local species. Jump into the water and snorkel with native wildlife such as black triggerfish, yellow tang, and parrotfish. Continue onto Turtle Town, where you’ll swim with protected Hawaiian green sea turtles among the underwater lava formations. Rest assured a lifeguard will be in the water at all times as you snorkel around the beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy a deli lunch with turkey and ham Hawaiian sweet roll sliders with Mediterranean pasta salad, soft drinks, juice, and water. Choose to purchase beers or a Mai Tai, and relax in the shade of the cabin. Or top up your tan on the bow of the boat as you return to Ma'alaea Harbor.

South Maui: Eco Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour

3. South Maui: Eco Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

From Ma'alaea: Turtle Town Snorkel Aboard the Quicksilver

4. From Ma'alaea: Turtle Town Snorkel Aboard the Quicksilver

Spot Hawaii's native marine life in its natural habitat on a snorkel cruise to Turtle Town from Ma'alaea Harbor. Swim past green sea turtles, Moorish idols, and even humpback whales. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks. Set sail from Ma'alaea Harbor towards the westside of the island to Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). See where, in 1992, a powerful hurricane created an artificial reef and sanctuary where corals and other marine life thrive. Spot Moorish idols, green sea turtles, and saddle wrasse while snorkeling here. If snorkel conditions are not ideal at Turtle Town a.k.a. Mala Wharf, cruise to one of the other premier westside snorkel locations such as Honolua Bay, Airport Beach, or Launiupoko. See Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season between December to April, observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters (time permitting). Learn from expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

5. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (Dec through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

From Ma'alaea: Maui Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Snacks

6. From Ma'alaea: Maui Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Snacks

Embark on an extraordinary sunset sail with us aboard our vessel ‘Alihilani. The name ‘Alihilani captures the place where the horizon meets the sea, a vision we are excited to share with you. We will sail in the beautiful Au’Au inter-island channel, allowing for some incredible views of Maui while watching the sunset out at sea. With abundant room to relax on the forward trampolines and comfortable seating both around and under our spacious cabin, we invite you to relax and enjoy the sounds of the sea as we turn off our motors and raise our sails. From December to March prepare for the miraculous sight of humpback whales journeying south from Alaska. These magnificent creatures choose our warm, sheltered waters for mating and birthing, offering a rare chance to observe their breathtaking displays of breaching, tail-slapping, and spouting up close. We look forward to sailing with you!

Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

7. Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

During your visit to Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, take a great opportunity to learn how to surf. Experience the calm waters of West Maui which offer perfect conditions for beginner surfers. Take part in a group lesson with a maximum of 5 surfers, which means you will have a ton of opportunity to learn from your professional surf instructor. Before you start, get you geared up with a surfboard, long-sleeve UV rash guards, and water shoes. Leave everything you do not want to get wet or whatever that does not float in the cubicles provided at the surf shop. On the beach, have a brief 15-minute 'land lesson' to go over safety measures and procedures. When your group is ready, head into the water to get started. Each surfer has their own turn to ride a wave and learn to surf. After your wave is complete, you will head back to the designated waiting area until the instructor signals for your turn again. The first few rides usually take some time, but it starts to move faster once everyone starts to get the hang of things. As an added bonus, there will be a professional photographer taking close up shots throughout your lesson.  The group surf lesson is 2 hours in total from the time you leave the surf shop to when your instructor signals you back in from the water. If you do finish early, there is a beach to sit on and wait until the rest of your class is done. Once the class is over, everyone will carry their surfboards back to the shop and then head back to the beach to shower off in fresh water. Return all your surf gear back to the shop and have an opportunity to check out your surf lesson photos which are available for purchase. 

Kaanapali: Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar

8. Kaanapali: Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar

Experience the beauty of the Hawaiian coastline on this whale-watching tour from Kaanapali. Hop aboard for the chance to see Pacific humpback whales in their native environment. Embark from Ka’anapali beach and take in sweeping views of the sandy shore as the captain and the trained naturalist guides set off in search of the most active whale pods in the area. Listen as your guides provide you with fun and interesting facts about Pacific humpback whales. Pass the time between the shore and the whale sightings with a cool drink in hand from the premium open bar. Enjoy a tour that operates with hours that are specifically dedicated to the whales to ensure that you get to see these magnificent creatures in action. Ask the naturalist guides all your burning questions about whales, as they are eager to share their passion for whales with you. Take a tour that is suitable for beginner whale watchers or for those that are more seasoned. Know that no two whale watching tours are alike Let a breaching whale take your breath away at a location that is host to the largest population of Humpback Whales on the planet. Return to your starting point at Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. 

From Ma'alaea: Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Quicksilver

9. From Ma'alaea: Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Quicksilver

Sip on cocktails and take in the Maui sunset while enjoying a three-course meal. Whether you're seated outside on the upper deck or in the cabin below, sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The addition of island-style music provides the perfect ambiance for this idyllic Maui experience. Come on board the Quicksilver, a spacious double-deck catamaran that offers comfortable seating with generous table spacing for a more private intimate setting. Your meal begins with a fresh Caesar salad with homemade buttery croutons, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and warm breadsticks For the main course, your options are rosemary garlic roasted prime rib, fresh Mahi-Mahi with lemon buttery caper sauce, Kiawe smoked baby back ribs, BBQ roasted chicken leg and thigh combo, or penne pasta with fresh Thai basil marinara sauce (vegetarian option). On the side, enjoy sautéed vegetables and steamed white rice with shoyu sauce. For dessert, double-layer chocolate cake and New York style cheesecake

South Maui: Sunset Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and Drinks

10. South Maui: Sunset Cruise with 4-Course Dinner and Drinks

Make some unforgettable memories on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience, gazing at the colorful Maui sunset from the water while you enjoy a lovely meal at your private outdoor table on the deck, accompanied by your family or friends. All entrees are freshly grilled on board. Dinner includes appetizers, locally grown salad, a choice of entrées, dessert, and an array of drinks and cocktails. Island-style music and open sea views of Maui’s scenic coast add to the ambiance of this memorable experience. Have a peek at the delicious menu waiting for you on the cruise:- Appetizer: Warm purple taro rolls with kula honey butter and black lava salt Salad: Local watermelon and tomato salad – thick cut watermelon with tomato and basil bruschetta, local herb pesto, feta cheese and balsamic reduction Choice of grilled entrée: yellow curry marinated sustainably farmed shrimp with fresh mango sauce; teriyaki boneless chicken breast with Big Island papaya salsa; truffle-scented braised beef short rib with mushroom demi-glace); or Grilled Portobello Mushroom marinated in Chimichurri, over Molokai Purple Sweet Potato Mash, served with Macadamia Nut crusted Goat Cheese Medallion, Smoked Tomato Coulis and Reduced Balsamic (vegetarian) All entrées served with coconut-whipped Molokai purple sweet potatoes and grilled vegetables with macadamia nut pesto Dessert: triple chocolate chip brownies with fresh Kula strawberries, Maui coffee, and hot tea

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Our guide, John Hess, was absolutely amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable and personable with all of the guests. He was very safety conscience as we entered and exited the ocean and made sure everyone was comfortable with handling the boats. His keen eye spotted some other boats/kayaks hanging in a certain area, so we headed that direction. Shortly thereafter, after everyone else had moved along, a momma and baby humpback whale joined us! He explained they are usually gone by now and how special it was for them to be so close to us. We stopped paddling and just floated for a bit and both surfaced near just about every kayak, as if to say "hello". Their final surface was literally next to me and my fiancé - we could have reached out and touched them. They then set off with a final farewell of momma showing us her tail, as if she was waiving goodbye. It was nothing short of amazing! Oh, and we saw a couple of turtles at Turtle Town.

Our crew was great, they provided excellent gear and were very attentive. We went to turtle town first and had it basically to ourselves. Molokini Crater, to be honest is overrated, yes the visibility is great but for variety of fish there are better spots on the island. We got very lucky on our way back we saw some breaching whales. A great excursion Mahalo

Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. (How many guides sing a Willy Works song?) We were told the history of the farm, how the cacoa plants grow,and how the company makes the chocolate. The samples and water provided ended the tour with a great finish. We will be back next for the factory tour!

Had an incredible time! The captain and deckhands were excellent - extremely nice, always kept an eye out for safety, and were willing to stay a little extra on the boat so that the guests could continue enjoying the views. Highly recommend, would definitely do again

Everything was great. Staff friendly with great service. Food tasty and musician very talented Very windy but captain stayed close to shoreline to watch sunset. Also spotted mama whale with calf and watch them for quite a while