If you are one of the lucky ones already booked on a cruise scheduled to call at the tropical Hawaiian island of Maui, then the chances are you are going to be docking at either Kahului or Lahaina.
The difference being that your ship will almost certainly be coming alongside in Kahului, whereas in Lahaina, you will be at anchor and will be transferring to/from shore via your ship’s tenders.
They are only about 45 minutes apart and a shuttle service runs regularly between the two ports. Just be sure to get back to the ship on time.
You know the drill, ‘or the ship will leave without you’ – and you will be left behind – in Hawaii – on the beautiful island of Maui…(Like that could ever be a bad thing.)
Despite Lahaina being by far the more picturesque and lively of the two ports, they both offer pretty much the same shore excursions including a visit to the highly credited Maui Ocean Centre. A wonderful educational marine facility that will no doubt be a huge hit with families with young children. In fact I made my 7 year old grandson quite jealous with my photos. My favourite exhibit has to be the ‘Open Ocean Exhibit’ with its walk-through tunnel where you can observe some of the oceans most elusive creatures up close.
There is also a souvenir shop on the premises that will no doubt get plenty of attention from the family too – so best budget accordingly as there is some very nice stuff available and you are bound to be tempted. Also worth noting is that there is very nice restaurant located at the Centre too.
Following our visit to the Maui Ocean Centre things took an agricultural turn and we headed inland and up the steep slopes of Maui’s Haleakala Crater on an AgriTourism/Farm Food trail with such quirky stops as Surfing Goat Dairy with its ‘Maui Gourmet Goat Cheeses’ sampling, and the nearby Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery which also runs a very informative tour complete with vodka and rum tasting. Cheers!
Back on the mini bus, its onward and upward to our next destination where yet more commendable AgriTourism awaits. This time in the form of the relaxing oasis known as Alii Kula Lavender Farm. And what a delightful place it is too. Gorgeous gardens and views that stretched on forever – with the relaxing scent of lavender and the sound of bird song riding on the breeze. There is also a small but well stocked Lavender inspired gift shop on the premises too. Don’t forget Lavender is considered the ultimate all round essential oil so do at least take a look in the shop and even if you don’t purchase anything, a few long drawn-in breaths will be sure to do the world of good.
I enjoyed my day out in Maui and found the stops at the farms and attractions to be well timed – not too long that we were left standing around, but well set out with ample time to take photographs, browse the shop and find a bathroom. Just how we like it – thank you!
Image credit to Maui Ocean Centre – Mahalo