Explore Kahalui Maui, on Hawaii’s Valley Island with its natural treasures on land and sea including Mt. Haleakala Crater, Iao Park Needle Mountain, and spectacular beaches for swimming, diving and surfing. Head to Lahaina on the westward side of the island and visit the magnificent world-famous banyan tree in front of the Old Courthouse building. Browse mile-long Front Street with its shops, galleries, whaling history museum, and restaurants. Stop for a refreshing shave ice. Look for unique souvenirs like Maui’s famous “Kitchen Cooked” potato chips, coffee, and leis. Back in Kahalui visit the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Enjoy a meal of Hawaiian pig, poi, or fresh seafood in this lush and naturally luxurious tropical settings.
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Treat yourself to Maui's most spectacular view from the overlook at Haleakala Crater, the world's largest dormant volcano and the centerpiece of the sprawling national park at its feet.
Joining your coach at the pier, you'll commence the majestic drive inland to Haleakala National Park in eastern Maui. This protected wilderness of nearly 25,000 acres is absolutely spectacular, and you'll see it from atop the Haleakala Crater overlook. Rising more than 10,000 feet above sea level, the crater is a "wahi pana," meaning a legendary place. Legend has it that it was from here that the demi-god Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands out of the ocean with a fishhook and line. Always considered sacred, Haleakala was never permanently inhabited. Rather, native Hawaiians came to honor the gods, hunt birds for feathers and food, and quarry the basalt volcanic rock for tools such as the ax-like adz.
While Haleakala is considered an active volcano, it hasn't erupted since 1790 or perhaps even before, and it is in all actuality dormant. Haleakala measures a staggering 33 miles wide by 24 miles long, and the views from the scenic overlook are simply stunning. The inside of the crater is so deep that four Empire State Buildings could be stacked end to end and still not reach the top. Later, as you travel back down the mountainside and make your way back to the pier, be sure to notice the dramatic differences in the plant life and terrain as you descend back to sea level.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic with a limited amount of walking/standing at the scenic overlook. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Additionally, this tour is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory conditions as elevation at the summit reaches 10,000 feet. Layered, casual clothing; a light jacket (conditions can be cool at the summit of Haleakala), and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Behold the awe-inspiring undersea world without even getting wet, by boarding a submarine and heading to a reef teeming with marine life.
From the pier in Kahului, it's a 1-hour drive to Lahaina where you will find the Atlantis shuttle boat and step aboard. While cruising to the dive site just two miles offshore, enjoy your unique perspective of Maui's breathtaking coast. From November to April you may even see a whale breaching, as they migrate to these waters during that time.
At the dive site, you will board the submarine, a technologically advanced air-conditioned vessel that's exceedingly comfortable. It stretches over 65 feet and is equipped with large viewing windows for maximum visibility. Descending through the crystal-clear water, a fascinating world comes into view. Brightly colored exotic fish, moray eels and all sorts of other indigenous species flourish here, and the sights are constantly changing as you cruise along.
After a bit, you will come upon the Brig Carthaginian, a replica of a 19th-century supply vessel. It was intentionally sunk here several years ago and now lies at a depth of 95 feet, where it serves as an artificial reef that attracts countless marine creatures. It's one of the best viewing spots off of Maui, so expect to be mesmerized as your submarine cruises around the ship.
At the conclusion of your submarine ride, you will re-board the Atlantis shuttle boat and motor back to the pier in Lahaina where you will have some free time in this charming town. Lahaina was Hawaii's capital in the early 19th century and was also a booming whaling village in the mid-1800s, an era described by Herman Melville in his classic "Moby Dick." You might want to spend your time in the city's historic district, visiting art galleries, or dining on regional Hawaiian cuisine. Wherever you wander, Lahaina's bustling Front Street makes for a wonderful starting point. Afterwards, you'll rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier in Kahului.
Please note: There is a very limited amount of walking on this tour; however, participants must be able to negotiate a nearly vertical 7-step ladder without assistance to enter and exit the submarine. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Participants must be at least 3-feet tall in order to take part in this tour.
Featuring the art and traditional ways of the Hawaiians, this limited participation tour stops in a gallery solely for Hawaiian artists and in an isolated village where ancient customs are practiced.
Travel from the pier on one of the island's most scenic highways as it makes its way around the West Maui Mountains to the Kaukini Gallery located in the remote Kahakuloa Valley. Here, at this charming gallery which only displays the work of Hawaiian artists, you'll see everything from original oil paintings to rocking chairs made from Hawaiian Koa wood to handcrafted jewelry and colorful ceramics. More than 100 artists are represented at the gallery, so there's a good chance you will find a piece that will capture your interest and perhaps take home as a lasting memento of your visit.
Continuing on, you'll explore more of the valley, including Kahakuloa Village. The villagers hold Hawaiian traditions very close to their heart, and the rather isolated area is known for its reverence for ancient customs. The few families living here grow the Hawaiian staple of taro in the surrounding fields, which you may tour. There are no gas stations or restaurants, only a few churches and roadside stands. This is Hawaii as it was centuries ago, a secluded paradise where nature, not man, reigns supreme. While in the village, your guide will explain how the area was settled 1,500 years ago and the traditional Hawaiian farming techniques that are still used today.
Following your visit in the village, your panoramic tour will resume, making two more photo stops, first at Ohai Cliffs overlook for sweeping views of dramatic cliffs and the ocean, then at the most northern area of Maui-- surreal Nakalele Point, where a blowhole emits tall geysers of sea water. Next you will drive to Honolua Bay, renowned for surfing and snorkeling. Another photo stop will be made here before continuing your drive along Maui’s west-side coastline with its resorts and sandy beaches. Heading inland, you'll reach the mountainous interior and the great historical valley of ‘Iao. Here, you'll be treated to lunch at the Bailey House Museum, an 1833 historical mission house with both Hawaiian and missionary artifacts and antiques, complete with a gift and book shop. Following lunch, you'll travel deeper into the valley to see the gardens, streams and dramatic canyon walls of Iao Valley State Park before finally returning to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of walking and covers approximately 1 mile in distance. In Kahakuloa, there will be some steps to negotiate to travel across a swinging bridge. The terrain is uneven and can be slippery. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Lunch venue is subject to change.
Gaze out over magnificent Maui from the rim of a volcanic crater, and then descend into the fertile countryside to visit a lavender farm, vineyard and dairy.
Departing from the pier, you will first drive across Maui to lovely Haleakala National Park, home to more endangered species than any other national park in America. You may see Hawaiian geese known as nenes, rare tree heliotropes and Indian almonds. Still, the most spectacular sight will be from atop dormant Haleakala volcano, which soars more than 10,000 feet above the deeply sculpted, richly colored volcanic landscape. If the weather conditions are right, you can catch a glimpse of three other Hawaiian islands.
Next, you will drive to Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, which grows dozens of varieties of this fragrant flower, whose scent is thought to relax, rejuvenate and renew. All things lavender are available for purchase, including aromatherapy oil, organic body scrubs, and even scented dog shampoo. During your visit, you will be treated to a tasty chicken lunch.
Following lunch, you will drive to Teschi Vineyards on the 20,000-acre Ulupalakua Ranch in Maui's upcountry. The vineyard has been producing wine for nearly four decades, and you will have the chance to sample some of its finest vintages. Similarly, at the nearby acclaimed Surfing Goat Dairy, you may savor their delectable offerings, which include more than 25 award-winning goat cheeses that include fresh creamy Chevre and Feta. Relax in the Maui sunshine and enjoy your tasty treat before heading back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns or anyone who must use a walker. Additionally, this tour is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory conditions as elevation at the summit reaches 10,000 feet. Layered, casual clothing; a light jacket (conditions can be cool at the summit of Haleakala), and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Savor the sights along the circuitous, wonderfully scenic Hana Highway, stopping to stroll through a tropical garden, swim in a rainforest pool, and enjoy lunch at the beach.
Depart from the pier in a limo-van with comfortable captain’s-chair seating and drive east along Maui’s gorgeous Hana Highway. This famed stretch of roadway winds along the precipitous coastline, delivering some of the most phenomenal vistas in Hawaii. Along the way, you will see black-sand beaches, plunging waterfalls, and luxuriant bamboo jungles.
Pausing at the Ke’anae Peninsula, you will look out over fields of taro, long a staple in Hawaii and the source of poi. Another brief stop takes you to a tropical garden for a look at Hawaii’s lush indigenous flora, including hala, which is used for baskets, and loulu, a plant with leaves that are ideal for thatching the roofs of traditional homes.
A tasty lunch of Pacific Rim favorites on the beach in Hana follows, after which you will have time to stroll the coast, sunbathe or do nothing more ambitious than relaxing in the shade of a palm. Afterwards, you will explore idyllic Pua’a Ka’a State Park, where you might swim in a freshwater pool under a gently cascading waterfall.
Then, it’s back onto the Hana Highway for a leisurely return drive to the pier, passing one breathtaking vista after another, including the windsurfing paradise of Ho’okipa Beach.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing with a light jacket or cover-up (there can be changing weather conditions); sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim should bring along a swimsuit, a towel from the ship and optional aqua socks. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
This wonderful jaunt into Maui's western countryside highlights the Iao Valley and iconic, volcanic Iao Needle, while leaving plenty of time afterwards to explore the town of Lahaina on your own.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you'll enjoy a scenic drive along lovely Kahului Bay to nearby Iao Valley State Park. The Hawaiian word "Iao" means "cloud supreme," a reference to the white puffs of clouds that often linger about the valley, bringing rain and nourishing the tropical landscape. In 1790, King Kamehameha I defeated an opposing army here in the ferocious Battle of Kepaniwai, eventually uniting the Hawaiian Islands. Today, the deep, lush valley is better known for the Iao Needle, a volcanic rock pinnacle that soars 1,200 feet above the dense rainforest covering the valley floor. The green-mantled needle served as a lookout point for Kamehameha's troops, and you can get a closer view of this icon by following the paved walking path to its base.
After completing your scenic loop of Iao Valley, you will travel to the quaint town of Lahaina where you will be afforded approximately 2 1/2 hours of free time. Lahaina was Hawaii's capital in the early 19th century and was also a booming whaling village in the mid-1800s, an era described by Herman Melville in his classic "Moby Dick." You might want to spend your time in the city's historic district, visiting art galleries, or dining on regional Hawaiian cuisine. Wherever you wander, Lahaina's bustling Front Street makes for a wonderful starting point.
At the conclusion of your free time, you will re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Kahului.
Please note: There is a limited amount of walking on this tour at the Iao Valley to get a better of view of the Iao Needle; however, this is optional. Additional walking is at the guests' discretion during the free time in Lahaina. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Explore the natural paradise of legendary Iao Valley and the remarkable Maui Ocean Center, the Western Hemisphere's largest tropical aquarium.
Depart from the pier and before long you will be engulfed by the outrageously beautiful West Maui Mountains. Their bio-diversity is extraordinarily rich, even by Hawaii's elevated standards. The jungle-like scenery is equally dramatic upon entering the Iao Valley State Park, the site of a battle that changed the course of Hawaii's history. It was here that King Kamehameha I defeated Kalaikupule and united the Hawaiian Islands. The park's iconic landmark and focal point is Iao Needle, a green-mantled rock outcropping that soars into the air.
After approximately 45-minutes exploring the park, you will drive south to the Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alaea Village for a self-guided visit. The center's diversity of marine life, all of which has been collected around the Hawaiian Islands, is absolutely phenomenal. See America's largest live coral display, enigmatic Pacific Blue Marlin, highly toxic Pufferfish, frolicking seals and green sea turtles, many of which were born in the aquarium but will be released into the ocean after they grow and gain strength. There are more than 60 interactive habitat exhibits, which provide an unrivalled aquatic experience.
Following your tour of the Maui Ocean Center, you will rejoin your coach for the transfer back to the pier.
Please note: There is approximately 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking on this tour. There is a short, paved loop trail at Iao Valley to view the needle but guests may stay with the coach if they choose. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
It’s all about Hawaii’s iconic pineapple on this enlightening tour of a working plantation that grows, cultivates, packs and ships these juicy, extra-sweet fruits throughout the world.
Depart from the pier and drive inland to the agricultural village of Hali’imaile, where you will be treated to an exclusive tour of one of Hawaii’s most esteemed pineapple plantations. Although a well-recognized symbol of Hawaii, the pineapple isn’t native to the state. In fact, the fruit wasn’t introduced until the early 1800s. But by the end of the century, production soared and today the pineapple is synonymous with Hawaii.
During your entertaining exploration of this working plantation, you will delve into the history of the pineapple, behold seemingly endless fields of the crop, and get an insider’s look at how the fruit is processed and packaged. Your guide, who is also a plantation worker, will fresh-pick some pineapples off the plants and slice them open so you can taste the lusciously juicy fruit that’s lies inside. Expect it to taste noticeably different from the pineapples you buy in the grocery store. Pineapples only remain ripe in the fields during a three-day window, and your guide will select the ones that are at their peak of flavor.
A relaxing lunch at a nearby restaurant follows, featuring a variety of Hawaiian dishes made with pineapple and other locally grown fruits and vegetables. Afterwards, you will drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking/standing over some natural surfaces and there will be driving over uneven and unpaved terrain in the pineapple fields. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with back or neck problems. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
After driving through some of Maui's most spectacular countryside, you will get to experience it up-close by hiking into an exotic rainforest dotted with waterfalls.
Leaving from the pier, you will first travel along Maui's magnificent coastline, through the isthmus and then follow the Hana Highway. Stunning hardly begins to describe the landscape. The highway is not only a National Millennium Legacy Trail, but it also has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It's narrow, winding and incredibly scenic, a perfect introduction to Ho'olawa Valley.
Upon arrival, you will enjoy of round-trip hike of approximately 2 1/2 miles along a trail that parallels several streams and then enters a dense rainforest. The variety of species is outstanding as you walk among majestic trees, stands of bamboo and past vibrant flowers flourishing in their natural habitat. Several waterfalls of heights up to 40 feet beckon you to take a refreshing swim in their large pools, so be sure to wear your swimsuit under your hiking clothes. At one of these marvelous waterfall locations, you will be provided with a light lunch consisting of fruit and a sandwich.
Your guides are exceedingly knowledgeable and will happily tell you about Maui's history, geology, and botany. Depending on the time of year, guides may offer you wild fruits and herbs picked along the trail. You might even condition your hair with the liquid found within the flower of a Giant Shampoo Ginger (Awapuhi).
Following approximately 3 1/2 hours exploring this glorious environment, you will re-board your coach and make the return journey to the pier in Kahului.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 miles of moderate hiking that includes a few steep areas that require participants to use their hands to negotiate. Guests should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should wear swimsuits under comfortable clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat hiking or athletic shoes along with bringing a towel. Rainwear, backpacks, insect repellant and special traction water shoes will be provided. All guides are certified in CPR, first-aid and water safety. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old and persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. A liability waiver is required to participate in this tour.
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Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.