Fun Facts About Maui

Did you know that Maui has more miles of accessible beach than any other island in Hawaii? It's true. Not only does Maui boast over 80 beaches spanning 30 miles, but they include white, black and the rare red sand beaches. That's just one of the many interesting qualities that make Maui such a favorite among vacationers and residents, not to mention an amazing place for ocean tours. How many of the following facts did you already know? Read on to find out.

1. The Hawaiian alphabet includes just 13 letters. There are five vowels and only eight consonants. One of them is known as a glottal stop, or 'okina in Hawaiian.

2. The road to Hana is 45 miles long, featuring no less than 59 bridges and more than 600 hairpin turns. Its lush jungles and countless cascading waterfalls have dazzled many a photographer, but those who get carsick are less appreciative.

3. Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from Alaska each year. The 6,000-mile journey is one of the longest of any mammal. Hawaii is one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. To see for yourself, book a Maui whale watch tour with us.

4. Lahaina was the original capital of Hawaii until 1850 when it changed to Honolulu. It's a good thing, too, because the natural beauty is much more preserved here, and that is important to us, especially since we operate our Maui ocean tours out of the scenic Lahaina Harbor.

5. While Lahaina and Ka'anapali get around 10 inches of rain each year, Pu'u Kukui nearby in the West Maui Mountains gets around 365 inches per year.

6. Haleakala is the world's largest dormant volcano, standing at 10,023 feet from sea level. The Crater at the summit is 21 miles across, making it almost the size of Manhattan.

7. The Banyan Tree in Lahaina Town is 60 feet tall and spans an entire city block. Its sprawling canopy provides shade for the many gatherings that take place beneath it.

8. Maui has sixteen golf courses, some of which host professional tournaments.

9. Honokohau Falls plunges a total of 1,100 feet, making it one of the highest waterfalls in the world.

10. The tiny crescent island of Molokini off Maui's South Shore is home to around 250 marine species, some of which you can see on our Molokini Snorkel Tour.

There's nothing like experiencing the wonders of Maui yourself, and we hope that you will! If you need our assistance booking a Maui ocean cruise, you'll find our contact information at the top of the page. Mahalo!

Book a New Year's Maui Ocean Cruise

Maui is an amazing place to welcome a new year full of possibilities, so if you're lucky enough to be here for the celebration, you've made the right choice. There are plenty of exciting ways to bid farewell the old and ring in the new. For example, if you find it convenient to reach the historic beach town of Lahaina, there are plenty of possibilities.

Lahaina is a great place for shopping at charming little boutiques, or trying some delicious Maui cuisine on just about any budget, or grabbing a few drinks surrounded by outgoing folks from here and abroad. If you feel like doing something extra special, you could always make your way down to the scenic Lahaina Harbor for an ocean activity.

Whether you prefer to do most of your celebrating on the last day of December or the first day of January, you can spend your holiday celebrating while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Ocean, off the tranquil coast of Lahaina. The silky blue water stretches as far as the eye can see, punctuated by the regal shapes of Molokai and Lanai islands off to the west, in the direction of the sunset. Whether billowing or lacy, the clouds turn a lovely shade of pinkish orange when they dot the sky overhead. All the while, the verdant green West Maui Mountains stand tall and steady over the ocean, often capped by a crown of its own mist.

You can soak up all this natural beauty on our Maui Whale Watch Tour or our Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise. Of course this all depends on when you'd like to go and how fast we get booked up, but if you check soon, you might get just what you're hoping for. The dinner cruise is ideal if you prefer a celebratory evening of delicious food and drink followed by a night of dancing under the stars with fellow revelers. The whale watch will be best suited to those who want a memorable daytime activity that reminds you just how awe-inspiring the world can be, if you know where to look. Just don't be surprised if seeing these gentle giants in their natural habitat ends up shifting your perspectives a bit. On that note, it seems fitting to spend New Years Eve on our sunset dinner cruise, followed by a whale watch on the first day of the new year.

Conveniently, we are currently offering 10% off all our activities if you book online. This offer could change in the future, so make sure you check if its still available by the time you get to this blog. Otherwise, if you need our assistance or you have any questions for us, you'll find our contact number at the top of the page. We will be happy to help start your new year off the right way. Mahalo!

If you want to make the most of your ocean activities here on Maui, it helps to learn some of the island's nuances. If you've ever lived in a coastal area, then you probably realize how important it is to know what to expect from the ocean in the areas you might visit. A lot can change, depending on tides, the weather, the temperatures, and more. Here on Maui, most of the ocean conditions change based on the time of day. This is especially important if you plan to actually get in the water, unlike cruises, which can be amazing at all hours.

Once in a while here on Maui, you'll get a calm ocean from dawn until dusk, when the water just laps at the shoreline lazily. Those days make for amazing swimming, cruising and snorkeling adventures, not just because the water is calm, but because it tends to be clearer when there's less wave action. On most days, however, the weather conditions tend to kick up in the afternoon, and sometimes even in the late morning.

If there are any storms around the island, it's safest to expect that the wind and waves will get stronger earlier, and sometimes even abruptly. That being the case, the first thing to do is check the weather report for clear skies and low winds. The second thing to do is plan early morning ocean activities.

Why aim for early mornings for your ocean excursions? Not only does the weather tend to be calmer and the visibility clearer, but many marine animals are up and about bright and early. Almost all of us are familiar with the term "nocturnal," which means active at night, but its daytime counterpart "diurnal" is not said as often. Even less so is the term "crepuscular," which refers to animals most active at both dawn and dusk. In the early mornings, you get to see a burst of activity among marine animals, including both the diurnal and crepuscular species.

All these factors are reasons behind our morning Maui snorkeling excursions. Luckily for those interested in a Maui whale watch tour, humpbacks tend to be equally active throughout the day, but our early-bird special is nice anyway because you still get calmer conditions, and we're currently providing a discount because the tours are less full. That could change at any time, so you may want to take advantage while you can! We hope to see you onboard soon! Mahalo!

Some of our Maui ocean cruise guests are on the fence as to whether they want to book by phone or online. Some of us like talking to a person when we schedule an excursion, while others prefer the efficiency and ease of online booking. If you fall into the former category, we'd like to share some of the conveniences of our online booking system with you, so you can enjoy an easy and reliable process that will let you focus on the other elements of your Maui vacation that need your attention.

Whether you plan to hop on one of our Maui Whale Watch Tours, a snorkel outing, or a Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise, we provide you with the option to reserve your space from our website. Conveniently, each tour page features an availability calendar. Simply click on the "Check Availability" button and enter the number of adults and children you intend to book for. Just below, you'll see a calendar icon. Click that to see which days are open and which are too full for the number of tickets you will need.

The odds of finding space on one of our excursions depends on how early you are booking, along with how large your group is. One of the nice things about the availability calendar is that you can look at dates a year out into the future. This gives you the option to plan your trip way in advance. That way, you're free to focus on other things and you have something fun to look forward to.

Another benefit to booking online is that we are currently offering 10% off all our activities if you do. This could always change in the future, so check to make sure the deal is still current when you read this. For now, it covers everything from our whale watch tours to our dinner cruises. You may also want to keep an eye out for any deals we might be offering in the future. For that, we recommend signing up for the Hawaii Ocean Project Maui Newsletter. If you need to reach us for any questions you might have, you'll find our number at the top of the page. Mahalo!

Discussions about the weather can get a whole lot more riveting when it comes to your vacation. After all, these plans often include spending quite a bit of money, taking time off work, and sometimes even brainstorming for months on activities, sights and accommodations to experience. That's why checking into the weather at your destination is such an important step.

As a Maui ocean tour company, the weather matters to us as much as it matters to you. That's because we're happy when you're happy, and if you aren't very familiar with Maui's winter weather patterns, that's where we can help. We operate on the vast majority of days out of the year, because the weather tends to be calm enough to do that. Our tours include Molokini and Lanai Snorkeling Trips, Whale Watching Tours, and Sunset Dinner Cruises. As you might imagine, outings like these wouldn't be possible in rough weather. Fortunately, there are advantages to operating here in Lahaina.

On Maui, the prevailing winds, known as the Trade Winds, come from a northeasterly direction. That means North Shore and East Maui tend to get the most rain and the highest winds, while the opposite side of the island, including South Maui and West Maui, are much more sheltered. The West Maui Mountains and Haleakala both do a lot to break up small storms and slow the wind. This is considered to be one of the main reason why humpback whales tend to congregate in their thickest number on this side of the island. Not only is the weather calmer above the surface of the water, but below the surface as well. Naturally, mother whales tend to prefer the calmest possible waters when they are giving birth to their calves here in Hawaii, so we see a lot of the youngsters in our area.

A rule of thumb that's worth keeping in mind is that the weather on Maui tends to be calmest in the early hours of the morning, with the wind and waves picking up more toward the end of the day. On the really good days, things are mild from sunrise to sunset, but it's still a good idea to plan to take advantage of the early morning calm. That's why most of our tours operate in the morning, with a few in the early afternoon.

As for the winter months, you can generally expect temperatures in the mid to high 70's and sometimes up into the 80's, if you're at sea-level. Although Hawaii is often referred to as a tropical paradise, we are technically in a sub-tropical latitude, which means we're further from the equator than some might assume. For that reason, we do get some seasonal weather variation. The big tropical storms tend to form around the month of August, when the ocean's surface is particularly warm and able to feed big storms. By the winter, the waters cool off enough to make those storms less likely. Instead, the winter months tend to see smaller but more frequent storms. Luckily, they tend to come and go quickly. In fact, at one point or another, most long-term Maui residents have noticed it raining on one side of the house and not on the other.

Of course these are just the general trends in terms of Maui weather, and it helps to keep them in mind. However, it's worth checking various weather reports when you make your plans, or at the very least, you can benefit from keeping an eye on the sky. If you book a tour with us, we'll let you know what we expect from the weather, as long as you ask. We hope we'll see you onboard soon! Mahalo!