Welcome to Lahaina

Tucked between the West Maui Mountains and a tranquil sea, Lahaina has long been a popular convergence point. Ancient Hawaiian royals were the first to gather here, followed by missionaries, whalers and sugar plantation workers. Today it’s a base for creative chefs, passionate artists and dedicated surf instructors.

Near the harbor, storefronts that once housed saloons, dance halls and brothels now teem with art galleries, souvenir shops and, well, still plenty of watering holes. As for the whalers, they’ve been replaced by a new kind of leviathan hunter: whale-watchers as dedicated as Ahab in their hunt. Between January and March, they don’t have to look hard.

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Maui Whale Watch Cruise

Departing from Lahaina, this Maui whale- watching cruise promises to be an experience you'll always remember. The reliable and comfortable vessels get you quickly to each whale sighting, with an enclosed main cabin and upper observation deck to ensure dry, excellent visibility.Maui is the place to whale watch to see humpback whales in their natural breeding area. Every year from mid-December through early-May, the humpback whales make their home in the waters surrounding Maui. The whales migrate close to 3,500 miles (5635 km) from their Alaskan summer feeding waters, to the warm waters of Hawaii where they mate and have their calves. This tour is seasonal and operates during the whale migrating season from December through to May.

$177.03 Outdoor Activities

8 Line Ka'anapali Zipline Adventure on Maui

Discover Maui's incredible natural beauty as you explore off the beaten path on this 3.5-hour ziplining tour. This thrilling zipline experience is conveniently located just minutes from Maui’s popular Ka’a napali resort area and Lahaina. After meeting your group and guide in Ka’anapali, hop in an off-road vehicle and travel through the rugged valleys of Mauna Kahalawai (the West Maui Mountains ). From your launching point, take in sweeping views of West Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Pacific Ocean. This awe-inspiring environment creates the perfect backdrop for each of the eight zipline crossings. Soar high above two valleys and between the ziplines, hike 2 miles (3.2 km) through lush terrain and learn about Maui's natural environment and some of Hawaii's rich culture and history from your knowledgeable guide. Step up to the edge of a 1,000-foot (304-meter) valley overlook, and see vistas of disarming beauty. See Maui's historic town of Lahaina on the right and the West Maui Mountains’ highest point Pu'u Kukui on the left. Continue your zipline tour and travel on four more thrilling ziplines. Soak in more amazing views as you fly over Maui’s incredible landscape.

$145 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Feast at Lele: A Luxury Maui Luau

Your Hawaiian luau takes place in the lively city of Lahaina on Maui’s northwestern coast. When you arrive, you’ll receive a traditional Hawaiian greeting – a fresh-flower lei and a mai tai!You’ll then be seated to enjoy your favorite tropical drinks, cocktails and wine from the open bar while soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. Your luau celebration is set on the beach just off of Lahaina’s main strip, so you get an amazing view of the wide-open Pacific.Indulge in a feast of traditional Polynesian cuisine such as roasted kalua pig (see sample menu below). Created by award-winning chefs using the fresh bounty of the islands, the buffet dinner menu items represent each of the four Pacific Island nations.A dramatic Maui sunset signals the start of the night's entertainment, which celebrates the uplifting pageantry of the South Pacific. Each course is accompanied by dramatic Polynesian music and dances from traditional cultures throughout Hawaii, Tahiti, Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand) and Samoa. You’ll be delighted by the lively music, colorful costumes and spellbinding dances of the performers, who combine modern interpretations of the traditional song, dance and cuisine of the four Pacific Island nations. With all the rich culture, beautiful scenery, and great food and drinks, this is one Hawaiian experience you won't want to pass up!

$122.58 Outdoor Activities

Pali Sea Cliff Kayak Discovery

Make your way to palm-fringed Papalaua Beach in west Maui, less than 10 miles (16 km) south of Lahaina town, and meet your experienced kayak guides for a safety briefing. Learn paddling techniques on shore and then settle into a single or double kayak. A guide helps you launch as you take off for the remote shores and sea cliffs in a spectacular coastal area known as ‘the Pali.’ During your 4-hour Maui kayaking tour, paddle toward the Pali lighthouse and enjoy water views of rugged shoreline and jagged cliffs rarely seen by visitors. You'll stop for snacks and refreshments, and spend time snorkeling at a couple of secluded snorkeling sites that boast excellent ocean visibility and include expansive coral reefs teeming with tropical marine life. Then continue paddling along this scenic shoreline where verdant cliffs lead into the water. Your guides point out the diverse flora, showcasing Maui’s natural splendor that hovers over white-sand beaches. This small-group activity, with a paddling distance is approx. 4.0 miles, is best suited for those who are in good physical condition and enjoy a longer paddle.

$130.90 Water Sports

Maui Scuba Diving Introductory Lesson

Divers must be in good physical health: Please be aware that you are required to fill out the medical waiver form (located on the view additional information button at the bottom of this description) and submit it to the local operator prior to your arrival. All medical questions on the waiver must be answered with a no if you wish to dive. If you have answered yes to any of the medical questions on the waiver, you will be required to provide a doctors release prior to diving.Your introductory scuba dive starts with a 45-minute lesson at the dive shop in central Lahaina, where you’ll learn how to put on your mask and other equipment, breathe through a regulator and accomplish other basic diving skills. Then it’s off to the reef where you’ll wade into the water for your first dive at an uncrowded site such as Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach, Honolua, Airport Beach, Kapalua Bay, Mala Pier or Canoe Beach. Depths off Maui’s coast go no deeper than 35 feet (10.7 meters) but are still home to diverse marine life like green sea turtles, coral and plenty of tropical fish.Swim alongside your dive guide in a small group, enjoying customized attention and the flexibility to move at your own pace while you get used to being underwater and practice diving techniques. This guided shore dive counts toward certification, and you will be registered with PADI at no extra cost.

$222 Transfers & Ground Transport

Maui Airport (OGG) to Maui Hotel by Private Luxury Transfer

This effortless, clean, luxury private transfer will take you from the Maui Airport (OGG) to your Maui hotel. A luxury Mercedes-Benz sedan, Mercedes-Benz SUV or stretch limousine will pick you up at the airport and whisk you off to area #1 (Kihei, Wailea or Makena), area #2 (Lahaina, Kaanapali or Honokowai) and area #3 (Kahana, Napili or Kahana). You will need to advise your flight details and your hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed immediately, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy! Price is per person, based on 8 adults per car/vehicle.