Posted on: August 31, 2010

Join Us on a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

MAALAEA, HI -- Cool ocean breezes, fantastic views of the fireworks and great appetizers are three good reasons to embark on Pacific Whale Foundation's 4th of July Fireworks Cocktail Cruises.

The cruises will take place during the evening hours of Sunday, July 4, with departures from both Ma’alaea and Lahaina Harbors. The departure times are at 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. from Ma'alaea Harbor, and 7:30 p.m. from Lahaina Harbor.

Each cruise from Ma'alaea is about three to three and a half hours in duration. The Lahaina cruise is slightly shorter.

The ticket price includes an array of picnic-style appetizers, including Barbequed Chicken, Pasta Salad, Vegetable Stir Fry with Tofu, Sliced Watermelon and Pineapple and Cookies, plus unlimited ice-cold juices and sodas. Adults with a valid ID can also enjoy up to three alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and Mai Tais.

The cruise is $69.95 for adults and $49.95 for children ages 12 and under. The 6:15 p.m. cruise from Ma'alaea will be a family- style, alcohol-free cruise for $62.95 and $49.95 for children ages 3-12. Pacific Whale Foundation members will receive a 20% discount on the ticket price. Everyone can save 10% by booking online by clicking here.

“This is the perfect way to enjoy the fireworks without having to worry about where to park or where you are going to sit,” said Diana Bergantino, Director of Cruises Operations and Customer Services. “You’ll have an upfront view of the action, plus a fantastic selection of appetizers and great drinks. It's the most relaxing way to enjoy your 4th of July evening.

Check-in for the Lahaina cruise is at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store at 612 Front Street. The Maalaea cruises will check in at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store in the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next to Maui Ocean Center). Check in is 45 minutes prior to departure. Reservations are required; please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. You'll save 10% by reserving online by clicking here or visiting

Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation, understanding and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs and our planet's oceans. This is accomplished by educating the public -- from a scientific perspective -- about the marine environment. Pacific Whale Foundation supports and conducts responsible marine research and addresses marine conservation issues in Hawaii and the Pacific. Through educational ecotours, Pacific Whale Foundation models and promotes sound ecotourism practices and responsible wildlife watching. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-WHALE-1-1.