A Maui port full of Hawaiian charm for luxury cruise visitors
Things to Do in Lahaina
Soak up some of Lahaina’s charming atmosphere with a walk along Front Street, lined with restaurants, art galleries, and quaint shopping malls. Visit the main square to see the state’s largest banyan tree, which was planted in 1873 and spans half an acre. Noteworthy sightseeing in town includes the Buddhist Hongwanjii Temple, the Lahaina Jodo Mission, and the Pioneer Sugar Mill’s smokestack. The self-guided Lahaina Historical Trail tour is a good option if you’re interested in seeing the sights – it visits more than 40 historical sites in town. For a showcase of Hawaiian culture, take in the award-winning show Ulalena at the Maui Theatre.
On the Water
Of course, this is Hawaii – and most of the best activity options take place on, in, and around the ocean. Whale-watching excursions take place December to April, when humpback whales give birth in the warm waters off the island. Small submarines take travelers underwater to see stunning coral reefs and lava formations, while coastal cruises offer gorgeous glimpses of the island from the water. To spend time on the beach (and who wouldn’t want to), head to Kaanapali, with three miles of white sand and warm, clear waters, or visit Kapalua, a resort area with spectacular bays and beaches.
Sample casual Hawaiian fare at Aloha Mixed Plate, serving kalua-pig plates and an excellent mai tai happy hour. Something more upscale and contemporary can be found on the menu at Pacific’O, where many of the ingredients come from local O’o Farm (the farm itself offers a Gourmet Lunch and Farm tour and a Seed to Cup coffee tour). Fresh ingredients and an unbeatable beachfront location make it a must. Mala Ocean Tavern is small but very trendy, specializing in sophisticated, tapas-style plates made with organic, local ingredients.