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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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Vancouver, Canada
"Lahaina Whale Watching tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
My sisters and I went out on a fabulous Whale Watching trip on Monday April 24th with marine biologists, Dan and Steven. We were lucky enough to have seen mother, calf and male escort breaching and frolicking about. The information on board was fantastic regarding the marine mammal life in the Hawaiian waters. Hospitality was awesome and I highly recommend this tour to others! A big thumbs up from the Canuck sisters from Canada.
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Greg E
Chandler, Arizona
"Enjoying the Whales & Info..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
We had a great time enjoying the views & the whales! We highly recommend PWF for anyone who loves nature & wants to see whales in their natural environment!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
This was our second time snorkeling with the Pacific Whale Foundation it was a great trip,I would Highly recommend them the crew was great they were very informative we had a great time can't wait to go back!
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"End of the season -WHALES!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
Great trip! We saw several groups of whales even though it was the very end of the season. The naturalists on board were very informative and fun. I would recommend this trip.
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San Jose, California
"We got whales!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
Best staff in town to get you some whales! We saw 5 during the tail end of the season. Very professional and informative. The boats are well equipped for a good time. Also the broader mission to help marine life is inspiring. A must for anyone interested in seeing and saving whales

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.