The ship throws anchor in Lahaina Bay and passengers are taken ashore via tender boats. When you get to the harbour there are many little local shops to visit for souvenirs or other things as well as a whole buffet of restaurants to choose from. Within a short walk there is also a beautiful beach which offers opportunities for surfing, stand-up paddling, swimming, kayaking and snorkelling. There are also many tours leaving from the harbour, including whale-watching tours for which Lahaina is famous!
If you want to get a bit further away, you can either take a taxi or an easy bus ride to Whaler’s Village. Here you will find luxury hotels, shopping and restaurants right next to the beach. We spent our day at Whaler’s Village and hired a stand-up paddle board. I would recommend this to anyone, any age, any fitness level! It was AWESOME! The colour and visibility of the water is just unbelievable! So when you do stand-up paddling you can really experience what it’s like behind the waves – of course you can catch a few waves as well if you want ;). It also gives an amazing view of Whaler’s Village with the green mountains of Maui in the background, while having the crystal clear water and the sound of the ocean all around you. For those who feel a bit more adventurous (like us!), you can paddle out to a cliff where you can climb up to the top and jump off! Also in this area you will see turtles!
Photos can never really do justice to the real thing, but I tried to capture the color of the water when standing out on deck, so that you can see what it Really looks like (and I think I got very close!).