What’s the best sunset dinner cruise Maui has to offer?
Maui is a beautiful island on its own with the beaches, aloha spirit, and gorgeous mountains—and the sunsets are breathtaking. What better way to watch a sunset than to see the colors dance on the warm Maui waters with a plate of delicious food and a drink in-hand? Taking a Maui dinner cruise is one of the best ways to experience this stunning island and possibly see some whales, dolphins, or other sea life as you cruise into the night.
Which is the best sunset dinner cruise Maui has? We’ll share some of our favorite options and you can decide for yourself. Your choice depends on whether you’re a honeymooning couple, a family, or just on vacation looking for some delicious grinds (food) on an unforgettable sunset cruise.
This 2-hour peaceful sailing experience runs out of Lahaina Harbor Sunday-Thursday on one of Maui’s newest sailing catamarans, the Ocean Spirit. Enjoy delicious pupus (appetizers), an assortment of beverages, and island music while viewing a glowing sunset over Maui’s glistening waters.
The trip includes ono (delicious) appetizers, like black pepper crusted ahi tuna crostinis, grilled and chilled tiger prawn cocktails, BBQ pork quesadillas, artisan cheeses, and vegetarian spring rolls. For dessert, snack on strawberries grown in Maui’s upcountry farmlands of Kula with mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies.
As far as beverages go, soda and water are unlimited, and there are three complimentary alcoholic beverages that come with the purchase of your ticket, including our local Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, and cocktails with a tropical twist. Be sure to bring your ID if you’re 21+!
The pacific Whale Eco Tours Maui dinner cruise comes with certified marine naturalists, in case you have any questions about what you see in the surrounding waters. Each passenger also gets a free marine wildlife oversize postcard to send to friends or family or hold on to as a keepsake for this special night. It’s recommended to check in 45 minutes before departure at the Pacific Whale Foundation Booth at Slip #4 at Lahaina Harbor. We highly recommend this trip for couples and families, as keiki under two years old are free.
Hawaiian Ocean Project
A Maui dinner cruise on the 120-ft Maui Princess is one of the most comfortable ways to tour the Pacific Ocean while getting a 360 degree view of the sunset reflecting on our tropical Maui waters. Some call this the best sunset dinner cruise Maui has to offer, as it’s 2.5 hours long, includes a 3-course meal, live music, and guaranteed upper-deck seating with jaw-dropping views.
Of course, you want to hear more about the food…choose from prime rib, roasted chicken, macadamia nut covered mahi-mahi or vegetarian meatballs that are brought to your table by friendly and professional wait staff. The music is from local Maui musicians and will set the night for your tropical sunset tour.
This tour leaves out of the North end of Lahaina Harbor, leaves at 5:30pm and returns at 8pm (make sure you’re there between 4:15-5:00pm to check in).
Pride of Maui
This one-of-a-kind trip is a combination Maui dinner cruise and luau party on the Pride of Maui, known as the most roomy and stable catamaran in the Maui waters. Some believe this is the best sunset dinner cruise Maui visitors can find, with fresh food, island music, and even Polynesian dancers. The drink menu is expansive! Your professional and talented bartenders will craft almost any drink you want from Mai Tais to martinis or margaritas.
The Pride of Maui tour runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Check-in is at 4:45pm and the tour runs from 5:15-7:15pm. Boarding is conveniently located at Maalaea Harbor on the North Dock. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the dazzling sunset, fancy drinks, and entertainment. Also, don’t forget your ID if you plan to have a beverage or three!
This 2.5-hour Maui dinner cruise runs all year long, but has a special whale-watching bonus for guests who are on the island between December 15thand April 14th. What makes this sailing sunset dinner cruise stand out? Food by an award winning chef, Paris Nabavi. This incredible spread includes chips (homemade) and salsa, a vegetable platter, Caesar salad, rotisserie chicken flavored with chipotle and citrus, grilled Ono (fish) with pesto sauce, Ratatouille, rice pilaf with spinach and leeks, French garlic bread, and brownies with berry sauce. The food alone is a reason to board the Teralani!
Of course, the main feature will be the breathtaking Maui sunset and views of the island from the Pacific Ocean. The bar is open bar for patrons 21+ years old and provides guests with ice cold beer, Mai Tais, rum, gin, vodka and mixers, soda, tropical juices, water, and lemonade. We recommend this trip for foodies, adults, and couples, as there is a charge for children.
The Captain’s Sunset Dinner Sail on the Trilogy is a culinary experience you won’t regret. With table service on 2-person tables, enjoy a romantic evening with your partner for an evening of cocktails, a three-course gourmet meal, and stunning views. With 2.5 hours to enjoy your Maui dinner cruise, you’ll have plenty of time to see the sights, drink a few beverages, eat delicious food, and even have time to admire the stars with a drink after dinner. Upgrade options are available for first-class dining with a four-course meal.
This Maui dinner cruise departs from Maalaea Harbor on Wednesdays and Fridays and from Lahaina Harbor on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Recommended for newlyweds, anniversary celebrators, and couples, as it’s a very romantic cruise to sweep your partner of their feet and into the Maui waters.