Posted on: October 10, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation to Offer Cruises to Lahaina's Halloween Festivities

With the official announcement that Lahaina’s Halloween celebration is “on,” Pacific Whale Foundation is offering Maui residents and visitors the option of cruising to the festivities from Ma’alaea Harbor. 

“Embark with Pacific Whale Foundation on one of our Halloween sunset and starlight cruises and you’ll discover that half the fun is how you get to the festivities,” says Cynthia Mayer, Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. “It’s so much easier to cruise with us; you park your car in the big free lot that we have here at Ma’alaea Harbor and bypass the drive and the traffic along the Hanoapiilani Highway to Lahaina. “
 
“Without the hassles of traffic or parking, your Halloween evening will be so much more fun and relaxing,” says Mayer. “And it’s beautiful to be out on the ocean at sunset and under the stars. “
 
This year, Pacific Whale Foundation is offering two types of Halloween cruises. The Halloween Cocktail Cruise features appetizers and drinks, plus dessert and coffee. The Halloween Express Cruise operates more like a “ferry” with a choice of schedules, lower prices and the option of purchasing soft drinks and snacks onboard. 
 
 Halloween Cocktail Cruise
 
The Halloween Cocktail Cruise departs at two times: 6:00 and 6:30 pm from Ma’alaea Harbor. On the way to Lahaina, guests will enjoy a buffet of delicious hot and cold appetizers, including BBQ Pork Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Macaroni Salad and Roasted Green Beans with Maui Onions. Refreshments are included and include soda, juices, Maui Brewing Company beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical mixed drinks. Adult guests with valid i.d. to show proof of age can enjoy up to three cocktails.
 
Guests will disembark at Lahaina Harbor, to enjoy two hours of Lahaina Halloween fun. During the return trip to Ma’alaea Harbor, the staff will serve fresh-baked dessert treats (Coconut Brownies and Caramel Apple Bread) and hot locally grown coffee. The overall time for this trip, including the Lahaina stopover, is about 4.5 hours. 
 
The Halloween Cocktail Cruises take place on Pacific Whale Foundation’s double deck power catamarans Ocean Quest and Ocean Odyssey. Both feature indoor and outdoor seating, a galley bar and onboard his/hers bathrooms. 
 
Ticket prices for the Halloween Cocktail Cruise are roundtrip. The price is $79.95 for adults and $59.95 for children ages 12 and under. Guests who book online will save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members will save 20% online (at http://www.pacificwhale.org/cruises/Specialty-Cruises#24674) or by reserving via phone. Kama’aina with a valid Hawaii i.d. will save 20% on phone reservations only. 
 
Halloween Express
 
For guests who plan to do their eating and drinking in Lahaina, Pacific Whale Foundation offers the Halloween Express cruise. Guests custom-create their own travel schedule, choosing  from Ma’alaea departures at 5:30 pm and 6:15 pm and return trips from Lahaina at either 9:30 pm or 11:00 pm. 
 
The ticket price for each one way trip is $34.95 for adults and $29.95 for children ages 12 and under. (For a roundtrip, purchase two tickets.)  Guests who book online will save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members will save 20% online (at http://www.pacificwhale.org/cruises/Specialty-Cruises#24674) or by reserving via phone. Kama’aina with a valid Hawaii i.d. will save 20% on phone reservations only. 
 
Soft drinks and snacks will be available for sale on the boat and are reasonably priced ($1 - $2). 
 
The Halloween Express trips take place on Ocean Explorer a single deck catamaran with armchairs arranged stadium-style on the bow and some seating under cover on the rear deck, and Ocean Intrigue, a double deck catamaran with seating in the cabin, on the bow and on the upper deck. Both vessels will feature a soft drink/snack stand and have his/hers onboard bathrooms. Ocean Explorer will run the 6:15 pm trip to Lahaina and the 11:00 pm return to Ma’alaea. Ocean Intrigue will run the 5:30 pm trip to Lahaina and the 9:30 pm return to Ma’alaea. 
 
Check-in for each cruise is 45 minutes prior to departure. All profits benefit Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation programs to protect the oceans through science and advocacy. 
 
 “On all of our trips, we emphasize being safe while having fun,” says Mayer. “We follow all County of Maui Liquor Commission rules. Guests are not permitted to carry liquor aboard and visibly intoxicated guests will be invited to find alternative transportation.”
 
To book online, visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/cruises/Specialty-Cruises#24674. For assistance or to book by phone, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.