Sunset & Celestial Cruise | Ma’alaea

Ma'alaea

Take a journey at sea with Pacific Whale Foundation and international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker Harriet Witt to experience our “Moving Planet."

2.5 Hours
Evening
Become a member
Regular
Member
Adult (Age 13+)
$69
$55.20
Child (Ages 3-12)
$45
$36
Child (Ages 0-2)
Free
Free

During this new and improved version of our original Stargazing cruise, you’ll enjoy delicious appetizers, drinks and Maui’s famous sunsets while learning about Polynesian navigation (wayfinding) and how these amazing people utilized the stars to find the Hawaiian Islands. Once the sun sets and stars begin to appear, Harriet will highlight specific stars to observe and relate stories about their significance to the Hawaiian culture in juxtaposition with popularly known Greek cultural explanations.

Astronomer Harriet Witt is known for her entertaining and informative commentary on all things celestial. If you’re looking to do something unique and to learn more about the Hawaiian culture and the star-filled canvas above us, we encourage you to take this journey with us. As a special bonus during winter months, a hydrophone is lowered into the sea to hear the beautifully haunting songs of humpback whales under the stars.

Departs: 5:30pm [September 16 – March 15], 6:30pm [March 16 – September 15]
Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)
Check-in Time: 45 minutes prior to departure
Check-in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store located in the Harbor Shops of Ma’alaea (share parking lot with the Maui Ocean Center)

  • What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

    Normally, we accept cancellations 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of your trip. Due to the current health crisis, we will consider late cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e. quarantine, isolation or flu-like symptoms.  As we do this in good faith, we deeply appreciate the earliest cancellation notice possible.

  • Your Trip Includes

    • Appetizers: Kalua pork sliders with guava BBQ sauce, veggie spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, teriyaki glazed chicken strips with sriracha aioli, hummus, chips, salsa, artichoke dip, fruit platter and chocolate chip brownies.
    • Unlimited filtered water, soda and juices and up to 3 complimentary alcoholic beverages per adult with valid ID (Maui Brewing beer, wine, Mai Tais, tropical well drinks)
    • Certified Marine Naturalists onboard
    • Award-winning astronomer onboard
    • Free Marine Wildlife oversize postcard
  • Also Available

    • Affordable rentals of cameras and binoculars
  • What To Bring

    It could get a little chilly on this tour, so we suggest that you bring a jacket or even a blanket or other cover-up.

  • Membership Benefits

    • Save 20%* on all PacWhale Eco-Adventures cruises (+ VIP boarding)
    • Save 20%* on Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store merchandise
    • Save 20%* on Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp enrollment
    • Save 10%* on admission to Maui Ocean Center
    • Save 10%* at Maui Sports Unlimited (offering surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding lessons and rentals)
    • Get $20 off tickets* at NorthShore Zipline
    • Beyond the Breach quarterly publication
    • Exclusive invitations to Pacific Whale Foundation online events
    • Subscription to monthly Members-only emails
    • Priority boarding

    * Savings apply directly to Members only

  • Join Today and Choose a Welcome Gift

    • PacWhale Eco-Adventures Whalewatch or Dolphin Watch
    • Reusable canvas tote
    • Member T-shirt
    • No gift needed – give 100% to Pacific Whale Foundation
  • Astronomer Harriet Witt's Special Birthday Message

    Astronomer Harriet Witt has a special birthday message to share. Download for free and share with someone on their special day!

     

Become a member
Regular
Member
Adult (Age 13+)
$69
$55.20
Child (Ages 3-12)
$45
$36
Child (Ages 0-2)
Free
Free

Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.

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