Posted on: October 4, 2013

Pacific Whale Foundation to Offer Halloween Cruises to 2013 Lahaina Festivities

 The 2013 Lahaina Halloween festivities are the place to be for Halloween fun on Maui. Getting there can be a bit ghoulish, which is why people in the know recommend cruising to the Lahaina festivities on a "spook-takular"  sunset cocktail cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation from Ma'alaea Harbor. 

“When you join us on our Halloween Cocktail Cruise to Lahaina, you'll find that more than half the fun is the round-trip party on our boats,"  says John Gaskins, Sales and Customer Care General Manager of Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. "Feast on a buffet of wickedly good hot and cold appetizers, enjoy Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and other tropical cocktails, and take in some amazing views of the sunset, stars, neighbor islands and West Maui mountains." 
 
"Best of all, you skip any worries about scary traffic on the Pali or nightmarish parking hassles," he says. "Our alternative is so much more relaxing; you park your car in the big free lot that we have here at Ma’alaea Harbor and our professional crew transports you to Lahaina, where you land just footsteps from all of the frivolity at Banyan Tree Park and Front Street." 
 
Guests disembark for two hours to take part in the Lahaina merriment, then join Pacific Whale Foundation on the vessel for a cruise back to Ma'alaea under a starlit sky, with desserts and coffee served.  
 
The Halloween Cocktail Cruise departs at 6:00 and 6:30 pm from Ma’alaea Harbor. 
 
The buffet includes 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.
 
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 (athttp://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.  Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Pacific Whale Foundation's Halloween Express Option
 
For guests who plan to do their eating and drinking in Lahaina, Pacific Whale Foundation offers the lower-priced Halloween Express cruise. Guests depart from Ma’alaea at 5:30 pm and return from Lahaina at 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. Ocean Explorer includes a soft drink/snack stand and a his/hers onboard bathrooms. 
 
Soft drinks and snacks are optional and reasonably priced ($1 - $2 ) purchased as you wish during the trip. 
 
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 Gaskins. “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