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

Kahului Airport in Maui, HI

Kahului Airport is located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui. The airport occupies 1,391 acres of land and is located three miles east of the town of Kahului.

Kahului is the second busiest airport in the State of Hawaii and the newest in terms of terminal facilities.

As a result of the passage of Hawai’i State Legislature bills in 1998 and 2001, Kahului was planned to undergo expansion for new, larger facilities, lengthening of runways, increasing of fuel storage capacities, and construction of new access roads. The controversial project has met opposition from residents who do not agree with the elevation of Kahului Airport to a permanent international airport. Project opponents cited concerns about increased introduction of invasive species and other issues, as evidenced by the common Maui bumper sticker “Big city airport, big city problems.”

Keeping Maui a “small town” is definitely not an easy task, considering how desirable and popular it has become… Check out these articles for more info!

Sources:
Kahului Airport Wikipidea

Hawaii Airports

 

Old Lahaina Town at Sunset in Maui

Often called the “Jewel in the crown of Maui,” Lahaina is a destination that is experienced by two million people, or 83% of all Maui visitors, annually. Lahaina town is the second most visited spot on Maui after beaches. We warmly welcome you to visit our historic town, which is nestled between the calm waters of the Au’au Channel facing Lana’i island and the fertile peaks and valleys of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui mountain range). Lahaina has provided a home for many cultures over the centuries, always welcoming visitors to its inviting shores. For more information and events calendar – visit the site below.

Lahaina Town Calendar

Whale Watching in Maui, HI
Humpback Whale Breach

Humpback Whale Breach

Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of West Maui and South Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also drawn to the area’s shallow waters, less than 600 feet deep, making Maui an ideal spot to start your voyage during the winter whale watching season from December to May.

Lahaina Harbor is home to a wide range of whale watching tours. Treat yourself to scenic ocean views as expert guides take you on the to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Join us on board of Sea Monkey Private Charters for your Maui Whale Watch Cruise!

Check out this online guidebook to Maui whale watching!