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Whale Watching Tours
If you are looking for a list of family-friendly things to do while you are vacationing in Maui then you may be interested in whale watching. This is one of the most popular family friendly options in Maui. According to the Pacific Whale Foundation, at least 5,000 humpback whales arrive in Hawaii every winter.
Many of these whales arrive and live in shallow waters around Maui and other nearby islands, such as Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe. If you are on Maui during the right season it is likely that you will be able to stand on the shore and see the whales. Some great spots for shore viewing include Kapalua, Kaanapali, Kihei, Lahaina, Maalaea, and Makena among other spots.
The whales come to Hawaii to mate, give birth, and take care of their young. This makes whale watching interesting at times. You might see males fighting over females or calves learning to breach. It is quite possible that you will hear the sounds of the whales singing.
If you want to go on a whale watching tour there are many of them available in Maui. Some of thee whale watching tours available have been listed here for you to choose the one you are most interested in.

Maui Princess Cruises
The Maui Princess Cruises can take you right where the whales are. In fact, they guarantee if you do not see any whales then you will get another trip where you can go for free. You will be traveling on a boat that offers an enclosed main cabin and an upper observation area. This whale watching experience includes Whale Cam, which puts video equipment underwater to show you the whales in their natural underwater habitat. Beverages, snacks, and entertaining and education narration are also included.

Whale Watch Rafting Tour
This two-hour tour takes you through the water in a raft that was designed for Search and Rescue Operations by the Coast Guard. Twenty passengers are able to go this tour where you will see plenty of whales and other marine life.

Maui Trilogy
The Trilogy V is a 51-foot custom vessel that is used to transport passengers that are whale watching. You load for the trip at the lovely Kaanapali beach and have a chance to visit one of the worlds most important whale centers. While whale watching, you will have a naturalist explaining things about whales and you will have snacks and beverages available to you. There will even be Hydrophones so you can hear the whales sing.

Helicopter Tour of Maui
One of the most scenic options you have while in Hawaii is taking an aerial tour of Maui via a helicopter. As you are up in the helicopter, you will see views you could only imagine on the ground. Many people only have the privilege of seeing Maui from the windows in an airplane. This view might seem spectacular, but it is a fairly quick event, and depending on the height of the plane, may not offer the true beauty of a flight closer to home.
Helicopter tours on Maui range in price from modest to expensive. However, if you have the means while you are on vacation, this type of tour is highly recommended. Depending on the tour you choose to take, you will see part or all of Maui or a collection of small islands and Maui, as well.
As you travel in the helicopter, you will see waterfalls as you fly above them. You will see the towering cliffs, mountains, streams, and the floor of the rainforest. Many tours will take you by the historic Iao Valley, where they will teach you about the culture and history of the area.
A tour guide will be onboard the flight to fill you in on all you see and the history and geography behind what you are viewing. In most cases, you will fly over the Haleakala Crater, Hana Town, the Hana Rainforest, and the Oheo Gulch. You may fly over Maui completely and see the rugged shorelines and the rocky cliffs on certain parts of the island.

Complete Island of Maui Helicopter Tour
In this tour, you will see all of Maui from the air. You begin the tour at the heliport and will be guided by certified tour guides who know all there is to know about Maui. You will see Hana and the Rainforest, Oheo Gulch, the Northeast portion of Maui, Haleakala Crater, and much more. The price for this tour ranges from $279 - $309, though this depends on the particular aircraft being flown during the trip.

Blue Hawaiian Tours
Depending on the tour you take, you will spend 30 to 90 minutes viewing places like the West Maui Rainforest, the West Maui Mountains, Hana and Haleakala, the island of Molokai, or other islands or areas of Maui. You can even take a complete tour of the island if you want. You will see a variety of landscapes from volcanoes to hidden waterfalls. Prices for this tour range from the low $100s to just under $300.

These are just a few of the aerial helicopter tours on Maui. If you would like additional options, please check out ourHelicopter Tour Partners.

Maui Luau's
Luaus in Maui are one of the most popular activities for tourists. This is especially true for tourists who are visiting Maui for the first time. Luaus are a Hawaiian celebration offering an amazing amount of food and spectacular entertainment. There are plenty of Luaus to choose from in Maui, each of them offering their own benefits and exciting options.

The following are some of the most popular or well-known Luaus in the Maui area

Drums of the Pacific
The Drums of the Pacific is a Polynesian Spectacular that is produced by Tihati Productions. In this Luau, you will take a journey of the Polynesian Islands. You will witness dances and music that are authentic to such areas as New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, and Samoa. You will be given a shell lei and have a chance to enjoy some excellent food and beverages. Food and beverage options include Mai Tais, Fruit Punch, Kalua Pork, Baked Kula Potatoes, Roasted Maui Onion Wedges, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Bread Pudding, Pineapple Cake, and many other buffet dishes.

Wailea Sunset-Luau
The Wailea Sunset Luau offers you the breathtaking beauty of a Hawaiian Luau. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of Fijian dancing, Tahitian style drums, and the Samoan fire knife dancing. In the beginning of the Luau, you will be able to enjoy a cocktail, until the underground oven is uncovered and the Kalua Pork is revealed. At this point, the feast will begin. You will be able to feast on Salads, Grilled Fish, Chow Mien Salad, charbroiled Teriyaki Steaks, Lomi-lomi Salmon, Coconut Cream Pie, Guava Chiffon Cake, Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Frosting, and much more.

Royal Lahaina-Luau
If you are looking for a fabulous oceanfront Luau then you will love the Royal Lahaina-Luau. From the breathtaking sunsets to the crystal blue, sparkling sea the landscaping of the Royal Lahainia Luau will offer you some of the best views on the island. You will even have views of Lanai and Molokai in the distance. You will enjoy the dance, music, and traditional Luau activities. This Luau is perfect for families and even offers a childrens buffet with special options for the kids.
The traditional buffet includes Turkey, Island Chicken, Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Poi, Salads, Hawaiian Pudding, Guava Bread, and many other selections. Meanwhile, the kids buffet offers childrens favorites such as Macaroni and Cheese, Corn on the Cobb, Potato Chips, Chicken Nuggets, and Hot Dogs.
*** Make your reservations for a Maui Luau as far in advance as possible. They are typically booked months in advance!

The Show Ulalena
Ulalena has many meanings on the island of Maui. Ulalena is a state-of-the-art venue that was built for a phenomenal show idea, but it also has another meaning. Ulalena is said to be a special wind that only occurs in Maui. According to Ancient Hawaiian creation chants, it is also a form of rain that is colored reddish yellow when revealed during the twilight hours. This wind carries people to other times and places through memories and mythical means.
The show offers some of the best entertainment in Maui. If you see one show that celebrates Hawaiian culture, this should be the show you go see. The venue where the show is performed was built specifically for the show. This allows each seat to have a special sense of intimacy and interaction as the show goes on.
Ulalena takes the traditional Butoh theatre and adds acrobatic moves, hula, and modern dance. Vivid, rich costume design and intense lighting and stage design are all blended together to make the perfect scene for a show based on Hawaiian history and legends. You will have the chance to watch a show so amazing, you cannot help but feel like you are right there in the middle of it all.
Critics have said that Ulalena is the best show to come from Hawaii in years. It has been called magical and powerful. What started as a myth has come to the stage in a glowing portrait of Hawaiian beliefs. Ulalena begins with a man on a spiritual quest who is heading for an unknown destination. As he walks, taro, a food staple of Hawaii, appears from the ground, and shows the audience, the beginning of life.
Also discussed or made use of is the ocean, a mythical forest, a village, and much more. Each area seems to progress the story and teach something unique and intimate about Hawaii. The Ocean is used to bring the first immigrants from Tahiti. These immigrants come to the area after following visions of the volcano Goddess, Pele, and the shark God, Kamohalil. Once this happens, Maui, the demi-god, is able to pull the islands from the ocean.
The forest comes next when aliI dreams of Moo. Moo is a guardian spirit that takes the form of a lizard and lives in a waterfall. Trees in the rainforest come to life. During this time, the gods reflect upon pleasure and passion. The village is shown with music, as men pound poi from taro root and women beat kapa to show simple Hawaiian life.
The next portion of the Ulalena leads into the Makahiki festival. This harvest festival is to celebrate thanks, sports, and place a taboo on war. However, an explorer from Europe comes along and interrupts the festival at its peak moments. The residents vow to respect the man, thinking he is a God coming from above and turning to human form.
The shadows arrive showing the old world, the new, and the differences that arise once the King has died and the system of the old ways is overthrown. The Hawaiian Monarchy brings people from around the world to work in the sugar cane fields, as sugar becomes an important product.
As Ulalena comes near the end, Pele explodes and devastation comes with her. However, this devastation brings contemplation and then a rebuilding of life. Finally, we have Ulalena, a new era of golden people. These people are embraced by the Ulalena, the rain, and they are melded into a life that is close to nature and built of spirit.
*** Don't leave Maui without experiencing Ulalena!

The Road to Hana
The Road to Hana will give you an opportunity to enjoy the slow-paced wonders of Hawaii. Natural beauty, tropical rainforests, and breathtaking scenic wonders await you as you travel the Road to Hana and discover some of the most beautiful parts of Maui and Hawaii.
Of course, while the is beautiful, it is also long. In fact, the road has a total of 600 curves and 54 bridges. This road is one of the most beautiful long and winding roads you will ever travel on in your lifetime.
By car, it can take up to three hours to drive down this road. Of course, it is recommended that you take a little extra time, stop, and enjoy the beauty of the land around you. This might make your trip down the road a little bit longer, but it will definitely be worth it.
One of the best tips about traveling the Road to Hana is to leave early. Heading out early gives you the opportunity to witness the importance of farming. You will be able to pass the pineapple fields of Maui and eventually, from there, you will pass Taro fields in Keanae. If you are not familiar with taro, it is an important, ancient Hawaiian, starchy root vegetable. This is the vegetable used to make poi.
As you continue to travel the Road to Hana, you will encounter beautiful, lush tropical rainforests. These rainforests are sure to be unlike anything you have ever seen. They offer a wide area of flora including breadfruit and Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, guava and papaya trees, and ginger blossoms.
If it is raining, you may even see an influx of frogs hopping along the road. Be careful not to harm them. They will generally only be in the road when it is raining.
The Road to Hana is worth a full day of exploring. You should bring a few rolls of film to snap some shots of your time viewing the rainforest, the farmers, the landscapes, and other treasures that you will encounter on your way to Hana. Some other great places you will experience include Keanae, Wailua, and at least one state park.
If you choose to visit Wainapanapa State Park, you will have a chance to view the amazing black sand beach and hike through the caves, which are all over the area. Strong swimmers will be able to enjoy the fierce waters and the large waves, but swimmers that are new to large bodies of water might want to sit this area out, as the currents can be very intense.
In Wailua, you will have a chance to visit some of the oldest churches on the island of Maui. If you like architecture, you will not want to miss these old structures or the stories that accompany them.
After you have experienced all of this, your Road to Hana trip will be ending, as you will reach your destination. You will enjoy viewing the sleepy, quiet town that has the Old Hawaiian charm.
In town, you can visit the museum, an inexpensive restaurant near the bay, an expensive restaurant in the Hotel Hana Maui, and Fagans cross, which is located on the hill. You can hike up to the cross if you are interested. Just make sure you ask the desk clerk at the hotel for a key.
If you continue to travel down the road you will reach the Seven Sacred Pools (Oheo Gulch). The Seven Sacred Pools are part of Haleakala National Park. You will have the chance to swim in these pools, permitting it is not raining. You can even take a hike through the rainforest to check out the numerous, amazing waterfalls that await you.
If you have time, past Hana you will find Charles Lindberghs gravesite He was buried on the grounds of the Palapala Ho'omau Church in Kipahulu. It is a peaceful setting overlooking the Pacific that should not be missed.
*** A trip on the Road to Hana is one of the must see activities when visiting the Island of Maui.

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