Lahaina, a bustling waterfront town packed with visitors from around the globe, is considered the center of Maui. Some may describe Lahaina as tacky, with too many T-shirt vendors and not enough mom-and-pop shops, but this historic village houses some of Hawaii’s most excellent restaurants, boutiques, cafés, and galleries. If you spend Friday afternoon exploring Front Street, hang around for Art Night, when the galleries stay open late and offer entertainment along with artists demonstrating their work. Sunset cruises and other excursions depart from Lahaina Harbor. View more
At the southern end of town an important archaeological site—Mokuula—is currently being researched, excavated, and restored. This was once a spiritual and political center, as well as home to Maui's chiefs. The town has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years. In 1798, after waging war to unite the Hawaiian Islands, Kamehameha the Great chose Lahaina, then called Lele, as the seat of his monarchy. Warriors from Kamehameha's 800 canoes, stretched along the coast from Olowalu to Honokowai, turned inland and filled the lush valleys with networks of stream-fed loi kalo, or taro patches. For nearly 50 years Lahaina remained the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. During this period, the scent of Hawaiian sandalwood brought those who traded with China to these waters. Whaling ships followed, chasing sperm whales from Japan to the Arctic. Lahaina became known around the world for its rough-and-tumble ways. Then, almost as quickly as it had come, the tide of foreign trade receded. The Hawaiian capital was moved to Honolulu in 1845, and by 1860 the sandalwood forests were empty and sperm whales nearly extinct. Luckily, Lahaina had already grown into an international, sophisticated (if sometimes rowdy) town, laying claim to the first printing press and high school west of the Rockies. Sugar interests kept the town afloat until tourism stepped in.
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Discover Maui's most popular attractions in one day during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Iao Valley. Carved over millennia by mountain streams, this peaceful valley of unusual volcanic formations is covered in dense rainforest. After a stop here to admire the natural beauty of your surrounds, re-board your coach and head to the Maui Tropical Plantation.
Maui Tropical Plantation, Tram Tour and Country Store
Upon arrival at the Maui Tropical Plantation, take a narrated tram tour through the plantation's sugarcane fields and macadamia nut orchards. Following your tram tour, some free time is made available to browse the plantation's Country Store for 'Made-on-Maui' gifts and products. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (about 274 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and tram. Walking at the Country Store is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Travel by ferry and 4X4 on this half-day excursion that allows you to add an additional island to your Hawaii itinerary - Lana'i.
Located in the centre of the island chain, Lana`i is the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, approximately 13 miles wide and 18 miles long. Lana`i enjoys a protected location, with the islands of Moloka'i and Maui to the north.
Walk with your escort from the gangway to the public ferry embarkation area at Lahaina Harbor. Board Expeditions fast-passenger ferry and begin the journey to Lana'i. During your 45-minute voyage across the Auau Channel, enjoy open ocean viewing of all the islands of Maui County, including Maui, Moloka'i, Kahoolawe, and Molokini. Look for for spinner dolphins and whales that can be spotted periodically during the year.
You'll be met upon arrival at Manele Harbor by your guides where your adventure begins! Observe the unique ironwood forest on your way to the 'Garden of the Gods' - a stunning, natural red rock formation in the crater that often inspires visions of a visit to Mars.
Next, travel to Shipwreck Beach, where the breath-taking views of Moloka'i are interrupted only by the shipwreck towering just offshore. Your guides are experienced naturalists who know the terrain, flora, and fauna and share with you interesting stories and legends throughout your 3.5 hour 4x4 trek around Lana'i.
Return to Lana'i Harbor and re-board the public ferry. 45 minutes later, you arrive back at Lahaina pier, disembark the ferry, and walk back to the awaiting ship
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and off-road driving over unpaved surfaces. The ride can be very bumpy at times. Therefore this tour is recommended only to guests in good physical condition and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, may be pregnant, or suffer from back or neck problems. Wear comfortable clothing, hiking or tennis shoes, and bring sun and insect protection. Actual 4x4 Trekker tour on Lana'i is 3.5 hours in duration. Guests will take the regularly scheduled public ferry at 9.15am from Lahaina Harbour returning at 2pm from Lanai. Check-in is 15 minutes prior to departure and the ferry is not exclusive to Silversea guests. Lunch is served before noon.
Submerge yourself into the underwater world of Atlantis Submarines. Journey aboard a 65-foot (20-metre), fully air-conditioned submarine and experience Maui's magnificent underwater world.
The submarine dive site is located just two miles (3.2 kilometres) from Lahaina harbour. A shuttle vessel takes you along the breath-taking Maui coastline, headed to the submarine boarding area.
Upon arrival at the site, you are transferred to the submarine to begin your underwater adventure. The Atlantis Submarine is the world's most technologically advanced passenger submarine that descends to depths of 125 feet (38.1-metres). Witness this watery world through 2.5-foot (700-centimetre) diameter viewports, and see a variety of exotic tropical fish, coral gardens, moray eel, and other fascinating marine life.
One of the highlights of this submarine adventure is the sighting of the sunken vessel, Brig Carthaginian. The Carthaginian was built in 1920, and sailed into Lahaina waters in 1978. She was converted into a replica supply vessel that would have sailed the Hawaiian waters in the 19th century. The Brig has now become part of the underwater world of Atlantis Adventure.
Return to the submarine base and climb aboard the shuttle vessel for the ride to Lahaina harbour. A short walk brings you back to the ship.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however guests must be able to safely navigate a nearly vertical 12-step ladder into and out of the submarine. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Dress comfortably and bring protection from the sun. To see colour changes at various depths, you may choose to wear clothes with red and/or florescent colours. Children must be a minimum of 36" in (92 centimetre) in height to participate. This tour may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.
Whales, the largest of all the mammals, never cease to fascinate sailors and those on the sea. This brief excursion offers the opportunity to cruise to areas where whale are often spotted in the chance that they may be observed.
Maui waters are considered a very good whale-watch location, known for its resident and majestic humpback whales. Your tour leaves directly from the Lahaina pier, aboard a Pacific Whale Foundation Catamaran. This wide and comfortable catamaran offers a stable viewing platform for ease of movement and watching for signs of whale. On-board naturalists make this trip educational and entertaining, as they present interesting details about these magnificent underwater creatures.
The catamaran returns to the Lahaina pier at the conclusion of your cruise.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair. All guests must be able to embark and disembark the catamaran with minimal assistance. Wheelchairs need to be foldable and stowed during trip. Wear sun protection and flat non-slip sole shoes and bring binoculars and a camera. Although the sighting of whales is a frequent occurrence; it cannot be guaranteed. Catamaran is not exclusive for Silversea guests.
This snapshot of Maui offers memorable impressions of the 'Valley Isle' without the need for extensive walking.
Leaving the pier, the coach ventures through the town of Lahaina. Once an important whaling village, it also served as the capital of the Hawaiian kingdom. Your journey continues along the coast, where you may admire views of sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the nearby islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. As you travel, marvel at breath-taking vistas of the West Maui Mountains on one side and the majestic Haleakala Crater, or 'House of the Sun', on the other.
Your destination is Iao Valley State Park, site of one of Hawaii's most famous battles. In 1790, King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in an effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands, changing Hawaiian history forever. The park is also home to the Iao Needle, a vegetation-covered lava remnant that rises 1,200 feet (366 metres) from the valley floor. Surrounded by mountain cliffs and an extinct volcano, the island's famous landmark is a sight to see.
After your panoramic drive to see the lush scenery, make the return journey to the pier and your ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests requiring a coach with a wheelchair lift must notify the Shore Concierge Staff upon embarkation to allow time for proper arrangements to be made. Remember to bring your sunglasses and camera. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour.
This full-day tour offers the opportunity to see something of Maui's untamed side.
Leave the pier with your escort for the short drive to the hike centre, where you meet your guide and collect your hiking gear and picnic lunch. Re-board the vehicle for the drive inland to Ho'olawa Valley, within the picturesque rainforest.
Here your hike begins. Walk to several waterfalls in one of Maui's most popular rain forest valleys. It is unusual for a valley to have so many waterfalls so close together. The falls are 10 to 40 feet (3 to 12 metres) high and all have large pools perfect for swimmers or toe dippers (swimming is optional). 'Shower' under a Hawaiian waterfall, if you wish.
As you trek, see the beauty of the bamboo and tropical rain forest, with its fresh-water streams, numerous waterfalls and pools, ferns, flowers and fruit trees. Your rain forest expedition is enhanced by your hiking guides, who are expert naturalists knowledgeable in botany, ethno botany, geology, culture and history.
At a convenient time and location a brief stop is made to enjoy your packed lunch before trekking on. Return to your vehicle and begin the hour's drive back to the pier, where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate, but challenging hike of two miles (3.2 kilometres). Pathway hike is unpaved. Footing can be tricky since there are rocks, roots, streams and sometimes mud to navigate. This is not a strenuous hike, but participants should be in reasonable physical condition and should expect to encounter occasional steep inclines. Therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or unable to hike and a continuous pace. Backpacks, rain ponchos, insect repellent (not always needed) lunch and bottled water are provided. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes, tennis shoes or heavy-duty sandals, and bring a towel from the ship. Waterfall volume and pool size are dependent on local weather conditions. Guests must be at least 5 years of age to participate. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Guests must sign a waiver in order to participate.