Posted on: June 19, 2012

Pacific Whale Foundation Offers 4th of July Fireworks Cruises

For a truly fun and festive Independence Day adventure, head out to sea at sunset to enjoy unobstructed open-air views of the fireworks, plus sumptuous appetizers and ice-cold drinks,  on a  4th of July Fireworks Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation.

These popular annual holiday cruises depart from Ma’alaea on Pacific Whale Foundation’s ultra-stable, smooth-riding catamarans. Departures are timed to coincide with sunset and offer spectacular golden and rose-hued views of the Pacific, the West Maui Mountains and the neighbor islands. 
The evening also includes a buffet of hot and cold appetizers, including Hawaiian glazed ribs, marinated roast chicken breasts, rolls, Mediterranean pasta salad and potato-mac salad. Wrap up the feast with slices of watermelon and fresh-baked triple chocolate brownies for dessert. 
Throughout the cruise, guests can quench their thirst on locally brewed Maui Brewing Co. beer, plus wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks. (In the interest of a safe holiday for all, alcoholic beverages are limited to three per adult; valid i.d. required to show proof of age.) The galley will also serve unlimited ice-cold sodas and juices. 
The Ma’alaea cruises feature abundant free parking, and are especially convenient for anyone coming from Kihei, Wailea, Upcountry, Wailuku, Kahului or the North Shore. 
“If you want to enjoy the rockets’ red glare without fighting traffic, jostling for a spot on a crowded shoreline, or worrying about kids shooting firecrackers near you, come cruise with us,” says John Gaskins, Sales and Customer Care Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. “It’s so much more relaxing and fun to be at sea away from the smoke and noise, gliding along on a smooth-riding boat while you dine on appetizers and cold drinks.” 
Departure times are 6:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 7:00 pm from Ma’alaea Harbor.  (The  cruises departuring from Lahaina Harbor, at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm, are now sold out.)
The ticket price is $69.95 for adults and $49.95 for children ages 12 and under. Those who book online at will save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
An alcohol-free cruise will also be offered at 6:00 pm from Ma’alaea. This trip is just $62.95. The online price is 10% off; Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
Each guest will receive a free marine life poster to bring home.
For a bit of pre-cruise fun,  guests are invited to Happy Hour at Porto, the flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant operated by Pacific Whale Foundation in Ma’alaea. Happy Hour takes place daily from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and offers all appetizers for $6 and flame-fired pizzettes for &7. All beers are $3; wines by the glass are $6 and soda, lemonade and iced tea are $2.  
All profits from the 4th of July cruises and from Porto will support Pacific Whale Foundation’s work to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. For information call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.