Sea Maui

Sea Maui – Where to Explore the Island Magic Alongside a Truly Knowledgeable Crew
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you want to explore every last bit of the island’s beauty, then you definitely need to take a trip with Sea Maui. They have many excellent excursions available, ranging from sunset dinner cruises to snorkeling adventures. You just have to say the word to book your spot and they’ll get ready to treat you to fun and excitement all day long.

- The Local Expert Team

To truly see all the island has to offer, you absolutely must hit the water alongside the crew at Sea Maui. Their snorkel adventures, dinner cruises, and many other excursions take you a whirlwind trip to all the best sights around. As you zoom across the open water, you’ll get to see glorious sunsets, marine life flitting about, and so much more.

All their adventures depart from Kaanapali Beach, but you have to check in first at their kiosk in Whalers Village. To get there, just park in the parking garage for the shopping center and look near Hula Grill. The team will validate up to four hours of parking time, too, so you can save a little money on your trip. Once you get checked in, the team will direct you to the beach to await your boat’s arrival.

The crew picks up all their guests beachside in their beach-loading catamaran. To hop on board, you’ll need to wade into the water about knee-deep and then shimmy up the ladder. After everyone loads up, your group will sail out into the open ocean in search of fun and adventure. Depending on your selected trip, you may spend up to an hour cruising through the waves and simply enjoying the breathtaking views.

Expect to spend anywhere from two to five hours on the boat. During that time, the crew will keep you well informed on what to expect all along the way. They’ll also provide meals, access to the open bar, and all the gear you need to have a wonderful time.

Their most popular trips include:

West Maui Snorkel Tour
The West Maui Snorkel Tour takes you on a 4.5-hour trip to all the prettiest spots on the west side of the island. Depending on the conditions, you might end up at Cliff House, Honolua Bay, Mala Wharf, or one of the many other popular spots. Once you get to where you’re going, you’ll get geared up and take a dip in the water to see tropical fish swimming around the beautiful coral reefs. Lunch and libations complete the experience, although catching sight of spinner dolphins and whales might just serve as icing on the cake.  

Premium Sunset Dinner Cruise
If you’ve never seen the sunset while on the water, you need to treat yourself to the Premium Sunset Dinner Cruise. On this tour, you’ll spend 2.5 hours exploring the open ocean and enjoying the stunning panoramic views. A buffet-style dinner will arrive as the sun starts to move toward the horizon, letting you get filled up right before the show. Then, you can watch in awe as the sky changes to vivid purple, pinks, and orange hues while sipping on drinks of your choice.

Surf Lessons
Although they’re a tour company through and through, surf lessons have recently landed on the itinerary. So, if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to ride the waves, let the crew show you the ropes. You can sign up for private, semi-private, or group lessons to get a feel for the sport. They also have stand-up paddleboard lessons plus beach gear rentals, giving you all you need to enjoy the island to the fullest.

Don’t be surprised if they cancel due to adverse weather conditions. They’ll attempt to reschedule your trip and may even upgrade you to a better tour at no extra charge. Barring that, they will provide a full refund. If you need to cancel your reservations, give them at least 48 hours’ notice to avoid a fee. No shows do not qualify for a refund, so make sure to give them a call no matter what comes up. 

Insider Tips:
-Want to see whales? Book your trip for any time between December 15th through April 14th for the best chance.
-If you’re prone to seasickness, take an over-the-counter motion sickness medicine an hour before your trip. Still feeling nauseated? Keep your eyes firmly on the horizon and let the crew know what’s up.  
-You’ll get wet up to the knees boarding their beach-loading catamarans. Wear shorts, a skirt, or a dress that you can pull up to avoid getting soaked. Beach attire works, too, and is a good idea anyway if you’re going to snorkel.
-Put your phone, camera, and other electronics in a waterproof bag to keep them from getting damaged.