Hawaii’s second largest island is often described as a sun-drenched pacific paradise, so it is no wonder that many couples find it the ideal place for a romantic proposal. With fabulous scenery, idyllic weather, wonderful food, and a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere than Hawaiian destinations such as Waikiki, there are plenty of places to propose on Maui whatever time of day you choose. Most visitors head to either West Maui or South Maui for the best locations.

 

Sunrise Proposals on Maui

Most people would agree that if you want to pop the question as the sun comes up, there is no better place on Maui to do it than at the top of Haleakala, a dormant volcano in Haleakala National Park. The views from the top are breathtaking, but do be aware it takes two hours to drive to the top from the coast, you need to plan ahead if you want to be there for the sunrise, which is known as one of the best in the world. Legend has it that the Hawaiian god Maui waited in the volcano’s crater to capture the sun and make it move more slowly through the sky.

 

Daytime Proposals on Maui

One of the most romantic ways to propose in Maui is to pack a picnic and head for a secluded beach where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming before or after the proposal. Ideal beaches in South Maui include Sugar Beach and Kamaole II Beach, while in West Maui Kaanapali Beach and Napili Bay is are wonderful choices.

Lahaina is a lovely historic town in West Maui and is ideal for a more public proposal. You can spend the day shopping Front Street and work your way to the harbor where you can take a cruise or simply walk along the seawall before you get down on one knee. Celebrate afterwards with a Mai Tai at one of the picturesque waterfront bars.

 

Sunset Proposals on Maui

Maui sunsets are legendary and can be enjoyed from just about anywhere along the west coast. There are plenty of places that are perfect for a sunset proposal, however, one of the best options is to take a sunset cruise out of Lahaina Harbor. If you book a sunset cruise with Sea Monkey Private Charters – make sure you let us know you are planning to propose so we can make a few special arrangements for you. Sunset on the water aboard a luxury yacht never fails for romance. If you choose an earlier excursion with us – you can eat lunch or dinner and snorkel during the day then pop the question as the moon rises and the sun sets all the while cruising along the beautiful West Coast of Maui.

Give us a call today to make your proposal unforgettable!

Sources: where to propose in maui

Maui Whale Watching Boat Charter Tours

Every winter, pods of Pacific humpback whales make the 3,000-mile swim from the chilly waters of Alaska to bask in Maui’s summery shallows, fluking, spy hopping, spouting, and having an all-around swell time.

The humpback is the star of the annual whale-watching season, which usually begins as early as November or December and lasts until April or sometimes May. About 1,500 to 3,000 humpback whales appear in the Hawaiian waters each year. Adults grow to be about 45 feet long and weigh a hefty 40 tons. Humpbacks are officially an endangered species. In 1997, some of the waters around the state were designated the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the country’s only federal single-species sanctuary. Call us today for the best front row seats to the most spectacular show of Whale Watching aboard Sea Monkey!

 

Maui County is world famous as the destination for the Pacific Northwest humpback whales. Their migration crosses 3,100 miles of ocean each season. The humpback whale season in Maui lasts from November to May of every year. These huge mammals travel between 3 and 9 mph at over 1,000 miles per month without stopping. Humpbacks make this journey in groups called pods that congregate for a couple days at a time. The pods stay together loosely and break apart, with the exception of the calves and mothers. Check out this fun Humpback Whale Infographic for more info!

Humpback Whale Infographic

Ash scattering in the ocean in Maui

The scattering of ashes into the open ocean is a timeless tradition that spans across many cultures around the world. Many people, from former residents, to return visitors have made the Hawaiian Ocean their final resting place.

Along with other services, Sea Monkey Private Charters offers the most beautiful and intimate atmosphere for your ash scattering ceremony. Honor your loved one as their ashes are scattered in the open ocean off picturesque Island of Maui. Say a prayer, sing a song, or simply rest in silence while you say “Aloha”.

Private Snorkeling Tours on Lanai

Our recent charter guests got enjoy Lanai snorkeling and sightseeing at its best on November 12th, 2016! Great weather, spinner dolphins, whales, beautiful coral and so much more!  Even though the girls caught all the fish – the guys still had fun too!

Check out this link to see playful Spinner Dolphins that day:

Spinner Dolphins Lanai Video

 

Tail of a Humpback Whale breaching in Maui

We are so excited to announce our first sighting of whales!

Still sporadic and mostly far away these beautiful giants showed themselves on the Sea Monkey Morning Snorkel Adventure on November 6, 2016.

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing marine wildlife adventures you’ll ever have the opportunity to partake in – is a chance to witness the majesty of the North Pacific Humpback Whales in their natural environment. These magical mammals grace Hawaiian waters and shorelines for their annual winter migration through the North Pacific Ocean. We are very fortunate to offer most spectacular Whale Watching excursions to our customers on board of Sea Monkey! Call us today to schedule your private or semi-private whale watching tour!

Sea Monkey Maui staff on the Sea Monkey boat

We are excited to be up and running with our new crew: Jessica and Rich!  Join us for the funnest Private Boat Charter experience in Maui!

Maui Green Sea Turtle

Turtle Town Maui is the long stretch of coastline in between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach in the southern district of Makena.

Although a large area, generally, most people who say ‘Turtle Town’ are specifically referring to Maluaka Beach.  Why?  Because Maluaka is the best snorkeling beach in the Turtle Town Maui area!  It also happens to be my favorite place to snorkel on the south shore of Maui.  Calm blue water filled with fish and marine life all along a white sand beach.  As its name suggests, Turtle Town Maui is known for its high population of Hawaiian green sea turtles.

One of the beauties of Maluaka is the variety of activities for which the beach is suited.  Maluaka is protected from Hawaii’s predominant trade winds because it’s hidden behind the mountain of Haleakala.  Without the strong trade winds, the sea remains relatively calm and undisturbed.  The calm water makes for great swimming, boating, and fishing.  The snorkeling is easy and relaxed.  The soft sand is perfect for tanning, relaxing, volleyball, and the kids.

To find the turtles, walk south down the beach until you get to the rocks at the end of the sand.  The coral reef begins here.  This is where you’ll find the fish and, of course, the turtles.  The reef has a gentle slope so you’ll be able to find any swimming depth that’s comfortable for you.

Turtles are very comfortable in shallow water.  Don’t make the mistake of only looking in the deep.  They have no problem feeding on seaweed in only a few inches of water so keep your eyes open.  Despite their name, Hawaiian green sea turtles are brown and their shells are easily mistaken for rocks when lying still. So, keep your eyes open and you might just be able to snap a great picture like this one!

Private Snorkeling Tours in Honolua Bay in Maui

Some of Hawaiʻi’s beaches are known for their exceptional snorkeling and diving, while others are famous for the barreling waves that thunder ashore in winter. Some are known for their tropical beauty or rich historical significance, while others have hiking, swimming holes, or viewpoints within walking distance of shore.
In the case of Honolua Bay on Maui, it literally offers them all.

Located on Maui’s northwestern coast just five minutes past Kapalua, Honolua Bay is one of the island’s most loved and legendary spots. Summer is a time when snorkelers flock to the tranquil, turquoise cove, where colorful coral heads burst from the reef and schools of reef fish nibble algae off the shells of Hawaiian Green sea turtles. Honolua Bay is also one of the best places to go scuba diving on Maui, as eagle rays, lobster, and Hawaiian spinner dolphins are commonly seen on the deeper sections facing out toward the open sea.

Come on board of Sea Monkey and we will take you to Honolua Bay excursion you won’t forget!

For more info check out: Honolua Bay Guide Book

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - Hawaii's State Fish

When you visit Hawaii, you may come across this gigantic word that starts with H and has a bazillion letters. That’s the word humuhumunukunukuapua’a and it’s Hawaii’s state fish. The humuhumunukunukuapua’a is a tropical reef trigger fish that you’ll likely see when you snorkel in Hawaii.

I used to think that I’d never be able to pronounce humuhumunukunukuapua’a, but it’s actually quite easy after you sound it out a time or two. Here’s how to pronounce it: “who-moo-who-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-pooah-ah” Easy, peasy, right?

If you encounter a humuhumunukunukuapua’a while snorkeling in Hawaii, please give them their space. They can be quite territorial as we learned while snorkeling off Hawaii, the Big Island.

Oh, and one more exceptionally interesting fact about the humuhumunukunukuapuaa – apparently they can talk. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s my proof with this great educational video on Hawaii reef etiquette that is “narrated” by a humuhumunukunukuapuaa J.

Sources: GoVisitHawaii