Aerial photo of the island of Lanai in Hawaii

Lanai is an island of intriguing contrasts. Hike the lunar landscape of Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) or picnic overlooking Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), named for a maiden Puu and her handsome warrior. Two Four Season Resorts pamper you—one along the seaside, the other in the misty mountains—while Hotel Lanai in Lanai City welcomes you with old plantation charm. Whether you’re hiking among native Ohia Lehua trees on the Munro Trail or making your way to the 18th hole, Lanai is easily Hawaii’s “Most Enticing Island.”

You won’t find a single traffic light here and that’s exactly how the people of Lanai like it. Only nine miles from Maui yet a world away, Lanai can feel like two places. The first is found in luxurious resorts  where visitors can indulge in world-class amenities and championship-level golf at the Manele Golf Course and Koele Golf Course. The other is found bouncing along the island’s rugged back-roads in a 4-wheel drive exploring off the beaten path treasures like Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) and Polihua Beach. In fact, only 30 miles of Lanai’s roads are paved.

The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, Lanai offers big enticements to its visitors. From the stunning views atop the pine-lined Munro Trail to watching the acrobatic spinner dolphins from romantic Hulopoe Bay, Lanai is a special place where you’re sure to find serenity, adventure and intimacy. If you want to get away from it all, get away to Lanai.

Source: Lahai’s Official Travel Site

There were so many whales to see yesterday.  It felt like the ocean was a mine field filled with Humpbacks.  Whales were very curious about us and some came to to check us out very close.  Many whales were very playful and we got to see a few whales breaching pretty close as well!  Check out this video we made yesterday aboard Sea Monkey!  

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!