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.

Good To Know

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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"Turtle arches and Molokini snorkel"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
Too many people at Molokini during the snorkel caused a log jam when everyone tried to see an octopus. I was shoved aside my other guests due to sheer volume. Food and drinks were good. Be prepared for over 100 people on your vessel
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Anchorage, Alaska
"Awesome day of snorkeling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
Our family of 11 went on the tour yesterday. For many of us, it was a first time for snorkeling. We had a wonderful time. The crew was outstanding making everyone feel welcomed aboard. The crew was helpful and very informative and helpful when we were in the water.we loved seeing all of the different fish. Also, the food was beyond our expectations. It was very good. This is a great trip for all ages. We would highly recommend it.
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alto mi
"Great workers"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
My son and I went on a snorkeling trip. First stop was great to see the dolphins. First spot to start snorkeling we saw a few different types of fish. Not a big variety. Going to a second site we seem to just drive around. They stop at one site buy didn't anchor up. Drove some more and ended up over a ship wreck. Looked like a sail boat. We are snorkeling mind you and the wreck is 75 foot down? All you could see was a sihillotte of a ship. I could see the mast becomes it was still attached . Not a very old shipwreck.
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"sunset and snorkel"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
Everything about both trips was great. The boat was clean, the food was excellent and the crew was very helpful and friendly. This was not our first time choosing Pac Whale. We came back because we had a great time 2 years ago. We will choose these guys again on our next trip to Maui.
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Kihei, Hawaii
"Dolphin Watch & Snorkel Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
We are members of the Pacific Whale Foundation because we prefer going on the tours that have the biologists and experts to enhance the experience. We also like that our money is supporting a good cause. It was a great experience. We snorkeled and saw two species of dolphins.

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.