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Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise in Maui, HI

Pacific Whale Foundation300 Ma'alaea RdMaalaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Offered every Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM, the Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea lets guests enjoy an unforgettable voyage at sea on the Ocean Voyager. Cruises offer live reggae, island rhythms, pop and rock classics; an open-air dance floor; tasty appetizers; micro-brewed beer, wine, juice, soda and tropical beverages; and guaranteed whale sightings during select winter months.

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from Ashley, one of our Maalaea, Maui Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 2 hours.
  • Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store.
  • Food and complimentary beverages included.
  • All ages welcome.


from Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea
Embark on a fun-filled musical adventure at sea, complete with dancing on our open-air dance floor to reggae and other island rhythms, along with a variety of hot and cold appetizers and cocktails!

This unique and popular sunset cocktail cruise is hosted by Marty Dread, one of Maui's top reggae stars, whose charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone up dancing and having fun. It's an ideal multigenerational cruise; kids love dancing as much as the adults!

As an added bonus, whale sightings are guaranteed (from December 17 through April 23). If you do not see whales, you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch.

Your ticket includes: sumptuous hot and cold appetizers of BBQ pulled pork, meatballs with homemade marinara sauce, taro rolls to build your own hot sandwich, artichoke dip with crackers, a locally grown vegetable crudite platter with ranch dip and locally grown assorted fresh island fruit platter. We also include all-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice, filtered water and up to three cocktails per adult, with a choice of local Maui microbrewery (Maui Brewing Co.) beer, plus wine and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais. And we offer a free full color marine life poster!

What to Bring: Camera, light jacket or cover up, comfortable attire (low heeled shoes recommended), sunglasses, money for optional souvenirs. A picture ID is required to show proof of age if consuming alcoholic beverages.

Check in at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea (next to the Maui Ocean Center) off Route 30, the Honoapiilani Highway. Remember, this cruise departs from Ma'alaea Harbor. Book early, as this cruise fills up quickly!

This cruise is available on Fridays only.

Guests will need to check-in 45 minutes prior to departure and must sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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Fairfield Glade, Tennessee
"Pacific Whale Foundation - Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2017 NEW
A great time with the Pacific Whale Foundation and their Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure. An early 7:30 a.m. start we set off from Ma'alaea in the Ocean Explorer with three very professional staff for our snorkeling adventure, stopping or slowing on route to watch the Humpback Whales. A fabulous day with lunch severed on route back to port around 1:30 p.m.
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David C
New Orleans, Louisiana
"Snorkel trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2017 NEW
This is a great organization. We always have a great time when we visit Maui. The boats are well kept and the crew is first class. I can't wait till go again. I highly recommend them.
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Janette B
"Whales everywhere"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2017 NEW
The ship was very smooth, there were so many whales that we didn't have to go very far. The crew was great, only negative was that the ship was full so had to look over or around others, but with so many whales it wasn't really an issue.
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"Whale watching and souvenir!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2017 NEW
We checked in at 11:45 as advised for our 12:30 tour at the Pacific Whale Foundation store and it was a pretty quick check in. The passengers were told after checking in to meet in front of the store at 12:10 to be led down the walkway to the boat ramp. This give you some time to shop around. They take photos of your party before getting on the boat which causes a slow down when boarding. You can opt to purchase the souvenir for $20 after the boat returns to the harbor. The waters was choppy on the day we went but we did see 3 groups of whale (total 8 whales) during the 2 hour tour. It was great as we saw whales breaching, tail slaps and a couple "flying pickles" (what they referred to when a calf breaches). It's difficult to walk around on the outside deck when the boat is moving but it does stop when near the whales so then you can walk carefully over to other viewing sides. The only thing that was a bit annoying is that the Captain politely asked for tips for his crew as we were returning to the harbor. I mean it's ok to let us know they are volunteers. We saw the tip jar and we did leave a tip for the great job but I think it would be better if you didn't repeat this request twice.
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Flanders, New Jersey
"A little disappointed! 😔"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2017 NEW
Overall the trip was OK. We did not see as many whales as we'd like. Most were too far away...very few were close and that was only by surprise by the whales. The main thing my kids were looking forward to was the opportunity to hear the whales under water, as we were told would happen, however this did not happen. They were very disappointed!!

Frequently Asked Questions about Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea

When are cruises offered?
Cruises are only offered on Fridays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

What is included in my ticket price?

In addition to dancing and fun, your ticket includes hot and cold appetizers, three (3) cocktails per adult, all-you-can-drink soda and juice, and a full-color marine life poster.

What happens if I don’t see whales on the cruise?
Whale sightings happen from December 17th through April 23rd. If you don’t see a whale while on the cruise during this time period, you will receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch.

What should I wear?

Comfortable attire is suggested. A light jacket or cover up is also recommended due to the ocean winds.

Are souvenirs available?

Yes. Optional souvenirs are available for purchase.

Where do I check-in for the cruise?
Check-in is located at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea.