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Maui - sub tour, whale watching & luau, these worth it touristy things?

Maui - sub tour, whale watching & luau, these worth it touristy things?

Old Feb 25th, 2011, 06:26 AM
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Has anyone mentioned Haleakala? That was the single most amazing thing I saw on Maui. Seems a perfect half-day activity for a family w/ kids that age.
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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 06:26 AM
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we also had a bad experience with our kids at a luau on Big Island. We were placed at a table with 4 other people, 2 of which were hell bent on getting totally drunk and then proceeded to drop f-bombs every second word, were blowing cigarette smoke in our faces and even though we were outside it was disgusting.Felt like I was at a convention from hell. We finally had to ask them to stop the swearing and it was really akward after that. I had forgotten all about it until one of the above posters had said their kids had fallen asleep at a luau. Never again!
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Old Feb 25th, 2011, 07:45 AM
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A more upscale luau experience on Maui is the Feast at LeLe. You get a private table just for your family, a waiter, creatively prepared gourmet food items, and excellent live hawaiian music and hula show, all at the beach at sunset. Check out their website.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2011, 09:09 PM
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My two cents worth... returned from Maui yesterday.

If you are travelling there before the end of March - you can watch whales (albeit from a distance) from any point in West Maui. We spent a week in the Marriott and could see whales from our bed at any time of day.

If you want a closer look - any boat ride (snorkeling, kayaking, etc.) will give you plenty of whales. You do need a separate whale trip.

If you are near Lahaina, then I suggest you visit the "last minute deals" that advertize Luaus for $19 and other tours for less than half the price. Of course, you have to know what company you want to tour with.

I personally do not believe that a submarine tour is worth it. As someone else suggested, replace it with a snorkeling tour and you'll perhaps see more turtles and fish that way. I saw very few people snorkeling on their own in Maui even early in the morning (when the water is calmer); they usually take a tour. Molokini is wonderful is the winds are not strong - 5 of the 8 days we were there, most boats did not go to Molokini even in the morning.
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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Out of the three things you mention, I've only done the whale watch tour. I thought it was worth it. I was there in mid to late March, so caught the end of the season. But I guess if you are doing a separate snorkeling trip, the whale watch may be rudundant. As far as seeing whales from your room, that assumes you have an oceanfront room. Also, it is a little different watching from you balcony and being in a boat right next to them. They are quite impressive up close.
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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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I think the whale watching tour is completely worth it!! My kids (7 and 9) loved it. We booked through Maui Boat Trips (http://www.mauiboattrips.com/maui-whale-watching/) and absolutely loved it. It was a little over a 2 hour trip, and on the way back we watched the sunset. Truly magical to see the whales...we even saw some dolphins which my daughter loved. Our adventure was classy, personal, and truly memorable. They also have 5 hour snorkeling trips that are phenomenal. We did that one on our last vacation. The catamarans are really big, and the thing that I liked was that they only allow (I think) up to 12 people on each shared trip so it is not crowded. Highly recommended!!! Luau's are fun...the Old Lahaina Luau was really great...good food and a WONDERFUL show, but my 7 year old voiced his boredom on multiple occasions. Haha hope this helps...have so much fun!!!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:24 PM
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Just returned from Maui.

We did the whale watching with the Pacific Ocean foundation. We totally lucked out and had a fantastic encounter with a pod of whales near the boat and multiple opportunties to see the whales' tails and several jumps.

Kids loved surfing so they did that twice with Maui Beach Boys in Kihei.

Went to the Maui Plantation, as well.

Between the time change coming from the east coast and full days at the beach, kids were usually wiped out by the end of the day.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:31 PM
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Thrilled it all worked out well!!!
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