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)

  • 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

COVID-19 UPDATE

Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.