Sunset & Celestial Cruise Ma'alaea

Sunset & Celestial Cruise Ma'alaea

Duration 2.5 Hours

Adults: Regularly $137.45

Children: 3-12 $112.45

Children 4 and under are free

Take a journey at sea with PacWhale Eco-Adventures and international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker Harriet Witt to experience our “Moving Planet."


During this new and improved version of our original Stargazing cruise, you’ll enjoy delicious appetizers, drinks and Maui’s famous sunsets while learning about Polynesian navigation (wayfinding) and how these amazing people utilized the stars to find the Hawaiian Islands. Once the sun sets and stars begin to appear, Harriet will highlight specific stars to observe and relate stories about their significance to the Hawaiian culture in juxtaposition with popularly known Greek cultural explanations.

Astronomer Harriet Witt is known for her entertaining and informative commentary on all things celestial. If you’re looking to do something unique and to learn more about the Hawaiian culture and the star-filled canvas above us, we encourage you to take this journey with us. As a special bonus during winter months, a hydrophone is lowered into the sea to hear the beautifully haunting songs of humpback whales under the stars.

Your Trip Includes
Appetizers: Kalua pork sliders with guava BBQ sauce, veggie spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, teriyaki glazed chicken strips with sriracha aioli, hummus, chips, salsa, artichoke dip, fruit platter and chocolate chip brownies.
Unlimited filtered water, soda and juices and up to 3 complimentary alcoholic beverages per adult with valid ID (Maui Brewing beer, wine, Mai Tais, tropical well drinks)
Certified Marine Naturalists onboard
Award-winning astronomer onboard
Free Marine Wildlife oversize postcard

Departs: 5:30pm [September 16 – March 15], 6:30pm [March 16 – September 15]
Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)
Check-in Time: 45 minutes prior to departure
Check-in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store located in the Harbor Shops of Ma’alaea (share parking lot with the Maui Ocean Center)

What To Bring
It could get a little chilly on this tour, so we suggest that you bring a jacket or even a blanket or other cover-up.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
Normally, we accept cancellations 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of your trip. Due to the current health crisis, we will consider late cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e. quarantine, isolation or flu-like symptoms.  As we do this in good faith, we deeply appreciate the earliest cancellation notice possible.

Artemis1001 wrote a review
This sunset, evening star class aboard a well hosted ship at sea, is one of the most high quality adventures offered on Maui.

We saw whales up close with their babies, we had great seats, we enjoyed a breathtaking sunset, and had dinner. What more could a voyage provide? A lot!

The Celestial Voyage by the Pacific Whale Foundation is a unique experience. On board for the event is Harriet, the amazing, knowledgeable storyteller with a grand view of the Cosmos and Hawaiian Cultural History. She is a terrific storyteller, and provides a narration about the vast heavens and their role in ancient Polynesian navigation, or Wayfinding.

If you have a chance to sail on the Celestial Cruise, don't miss it. It is a voyage of a lifetime. We learned so much that night, that my friends and I are still talking about it! Thank you!!

Mel K wrote a review Feb 2021
My friends and I went on a fabulous trip last night. We chose the Sunset & Celestial Cruise with Pac Whale Adventures. What an amazing experience it was! We couldn’t have asked for a better night. The weather was perfect; calm, cool and clear. I was so excited to see the celestial presentation, that I completely forgot about the whales. We had so many sightings all around us. And then we were introduced to Harriet Witt, the astronomy speaker. She was very knowledgeable and fun to lesson to. And all of this was happening while we were served with yummy delights from chips and dips to sliders with veggies rolls and fruits. And then ended up with Hot cocoa and brownies. And of course, we can’t forget all the cocktails and beer. And what can I say about the crew! They were all courteous, friendly and amazing! I’m ready to do it all over again!