For a truly fun and festive Independence Day adventure, head out to sea at sunset to enjoy unobstructed open-air views of the fireworks, plus sumptuous appetizers and ice-cold drinks, on a Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation.
These popular annual holiday cruises depart from Ma'alaea on Pacific Whale Foundation's (PWF) ultra-stable, smooth-riding catamarans. Departures are timed to coincide with sunset and offer spectacular golden and rose-hued views of the Pacific, the West Maui Mountains and the Neighbor Islands.
The evening also includes a buffet of hot and cold appetizers, including Hawaiian glazed ribs, marinated roast chicken breasts, rolls, Mediterranean pasta salad and potato-mac salad. Wrap up the feast with slices of watermelon and fresh-baked triple chocolate brownies for dessert.
If you want to enjoy the rockets’ red glare without fighting traffic, call Pacific Whale Foundation to reserve a spot on a cruise.
Throughout the cruise, guests can quench their thirst on locally brewed Maui Brewing Co. beer, plus wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks. (In the interest of a safe holiday for all, alcoholic beverages are limited to three per adult; valid I.D. required as proof of age.) The galley will also serve unlimited ice-cold sodas and juices.
The Ma'alaea cruises feature abundant free parking, and are especially convenient for anyone coming from Kihei, Wailea, Upcountry, Wailuku, Kahului or the North Shore.
"If you want to enjoy the rockets' red glare without fighting traffic, jostling for a spot on a crowded shoreline, or worrying about kids shooting firecrackers near you, come cruise with us," said John Gaskins, PWF sales and customer care manager. "It's so much more relaxing and fun to be at sea away from the smoke and noise, gliding along on a smooth-riding boat while you dine on appetizers and cold drinks."
Departure times are 6:30, 6:45 and 7 p.m. from Ma'alaea Harbor. (The cruises departing from Lahaina Harbor at 7 and 7:30 p.m. are sold out.)
The ticket price is $69.95 for adults and $49.95 for children ages 12 and under. Those who book online at www.pacificwhale.org will save 10 percent. PWF members save 20 percent.
An alcohol-free cruise will also be offered at 6 p.m. from Ma'alaea for $62.95.
Each guest will receive a free poster.
For a bit of pre-cruise fun, guests are invited to Happy Hour at Porto, the flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant operated by PWF in Ma'alaea. Happy Hour takes place daily from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers all appetizers for $6 and flame-fired pizzettes for $7. All beers are $3; wines by the glass are $6 and soda, lemonade and iced tea are $2.
All profits from the Fourth of July cruises and from Porto will support PWF's work to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. For information, call (808) 249-8811, ext. 1.