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Top-notch entertainment and perfectly prepared cuisine make this a premiere Maui attraction. A little island history: Lahaina used to be known as Lele. In those long-ago days, gala royal feasts were held along the beach. They featured the best food, music and dance of the island. This is a reconstruction of the ancient royal celebrations. Executive Chef James McDonald presents a mouth-watering array of specialties representing all the regions of Polynesia.
Historic Front Street is the main drag in Lahaina, West Maui. It runs along the shoreline, overlooking the ocean. The buildings along the road are reminiscent of Disneyland's Main Street, with colorful wooden buildings perched atop the sandy beach. You can find almost anything you would want or need here. Looking for jewelry? Original Maui Divers is your best bet. Souvenir junkies would do well to browse the super-sized Hilo Hattie's for a unique trinket. Art galleries are prevalent here, and at Simon-Jon Gallery you can purchase some island flair to brighten up your home. For shopping with a more sophisticated air, 505 Front Street is on a quieter stretch of Front Street, and home to many upscale boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. A stroll along Front Street is a pleasant way to spend the day in between catching sun and waves.
If you want to explore the tiny, peaceful island of Lana'i while visiting Molokai, contact this company, which is highly recommended even by locals. The journey each way only takes one hour and the boat departs five times daily from each direction. The fare for the ride alone is USD25 each way. Jeep expeditions and two-hour guided island tours can be arranged. If you prefer to go solo, you can do so. Just make sure to reserve yourself a spot at the return time of your choice. There are also various day tours, golf packages and overnighters available. Call for more information.
Maui waters offer more than surface-level thrills, particularly if you go 125 feet below. For 15 years, this Coast Guard-certified crew has shown people the wonders that lie beneath the waves. The Maui tour includes an exploration off the coast of Lahaina. Coral found only in this region is a highlight, as is the marine wildlife that frequent the waters. Prices are moderate. Plantation tours, sky tours and luau packages are also available through Atlantis. Call for more information.
This boat cruises out to the coral reefs, where passengers can move to the glass-enclosed viewing portal below deck. As the vessel moves from one prime viewing spot to another, scuba divers steer octopi, exotic tropical fish and rays closer to the viewing portals. The shorter narrated tour lasts 60 minutes and the 2:15pm tour visits the sea turtles, lasts 90 minutes, provides refreshments; check out the website for more information! Please note that online reservations must be made at least one week in advance.
Once you are aboard and off from the Mala Wharf, you'll be sure to be in for some serious adventure! From the north shore of Lanai, across the AuAu channel, you'll come across sea caves, shipwrecks, sea cliffs, clear waters for snorkeling and the colorful marine life. If the weather's in your favor, you can head to explore the north shore of Moloka'i, which is rarely seen by visitors. Green valleys, waterfalls, hidden caves and a lot to explore on this part of the island. You can be sure to bump into hump—backed whales, that breed in the channels of Maui, Moloka'i and Lanai. Watch out!