Are you looking for the best sunset dinner cruise in Maui? Our favorite is Pride of Maui’s sunset luau cruise but there are four different types to choose from in Maui. Each is a little different but they’re all around 2-3 hours and guaranteed to be a good time.
- Dinner Cruises – Offers a full menu including dinner, drinks, and dessert.
- Cocktail Cruises – Typically only offers drinks and appetizers.
- Romantic Cruises – Only for adults. No children allowed!
- Luau Cruises – A dinner cruise accompanied by a luau.
In this post, we’ll help you decide which option is best for you by covering the four types of sunset cruises available, the providers to consider, and what each cruise offers.
Our Picks: Best Sunset Cruises in Maui
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Sunset Dinner Cruises in Maui
Sunset dinner cruises are a great way to enjoy dinner and a cruise. Whereas some cruises only offer appetizers and drinks, these cruises also offer a full meal to enjoy while you watch the sunset.
Departing from Ka‘anapali Beach, this tour starts by boarding a luxury 65ft beach loading catamaran run by Sea Maui. Once aboard, you’ll be treated to an open bar and dinner of local foods followed by a champagne toast and cheers to mark the end of another magical Maui day.
For those looking for a little more, The Pacific Whale Foundation offers a 4-course sunset dinner cruise that starts your meal off with a selection of appetizers before serving your salad, main course, and dessert. This tour guarantees a private outdoor table for you and your group.
Depart from Lahaina Harbor on this relaxing sunset dinner cruise from Quicksilver Charters that offers a three-course meal, island-style music, and an open bar. Once aboard, the crew will begin your table service by taking your drink order as you sit back and enjoy the live music.
If you’re staying in South Maui, Calypso Charters offers a sunset dinner cruise aboard a triple-decker catamaran that departs from Ma'alaea Harbor. Once aboard, you’ll be served a complimentary drink as you relax to island-style music before the dinner service starts.
Sunset Cocktail Cruises in Maui
These cruises are great for those that don’t want to dine on the water. While they don’t offer dinner, they do offer a selection of appetizers in addition to your drinks.
Grab an early dinner at Whalers Village then head over to Sea Maui’s luxurious beach-loading catamaran to enjoy a round of drinks on a sunset cocktail cruise that departs from Ka’anapali Beach. Once aboard, enjoy a pleasant meet-and-greet with the staff before relaxing to live music with a cocktail in hand.
Skip the meal and join this sunset cocktail cruise hosted by Sail Maui which includes a wide variety of appetizers and ice-cold drinks. Sit back and relax on the open deck, trampoline, or covered seating area as you sail the majestic Maui waters while taking in a beautiful sunset.
Depart from Ma'alaea Harbor on this sunset cocktail cruise hosted by The Pacific Whale Foundation that offers drinks, appetizers, and dessert. Relax while the boat drifts along Maui’s coastline with Ma'alaea Harbor as your backdrop as the sun dips below the horizon.
Romantic Dinner Cruises in Maui
Romantic dinner cruises are great for couples looking for a unique dining experience and a table for two. Only those over the age of 18 are allowed on these cruises.
This cruise aboard the Alii Nui catamaran is considered one of the finest romantic dinner cruises on Maui and is limited to 40 adult passengers to keep the vibe intimate. Enjoy a premium dinner menu and a full open bar as you take in the sunset with that special someone. This cruise conveniently includes pick-up from many West and South Maui hotels.
A romantic dinner cruise is a great option for those looking for a nice relaxing evening with their significant other in a luxurious setting. This cruise aboard this Trilogy Excursions catamaran departs from Lahaina Harbor (with Ma'alaea Harbor available as well) and includes comfortable on-deck tables for two, a 4-course meal, and an all-you-can-drink open bar.
Luau Dinner Cruises in Maui
Luau dinner cruises offer a unique experience that blends elements of a traditional luau with a sunset dinner cruise. If you’re looking for something different, this is for you.
Last but not least on our list is a one-of-a-kind Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise hosted by the top-rated Pride of Maui aboard their 65-foot, double-deck power catamaran. Departing from Ma'alaea Harbor, this cruise includes Polynesian dance, live music, fresh island food, a premium open bar, and spectacular views of Maui’s coastline while the sun sets.
What Are Maui Sunset Cruises Like?
A sunset dinner cruise is a great way to take in a breathtaking Maui sunset while dining on a catamaran as you watch the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean. You’ll get a different view of Maui’s coastline, mountain ranges, and neighboring islands Lanai and Molokai as the day slowly turns into the evening. During the winter months, you’ll even have a chance to spot humpback whales breaching while you enjoy your dinner.
Sunset dinner cruises are a great option for families, friends, and couples alike. The atmosphere is relaxing with fresh food, music, and cocktails to help slow things down after an adventurous day on the island. For those traveling with their significant other, there are even romantic cruise options that are for adults only.
Each tour is hosted by a local and experienced crew and usually lasts anywhere from 2-3 hours. Cruises depart from many popular West and South Maui locations such as Lahaina or Ma’alaea and include options for a full dinner or appetizers and cocktails only.
When embarking on a sunset dinner cruise, don’t forget the sun is still out! You’ll want to make sure you pack your sunglasses and reef-safe sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to bring a camera to capture these amazing sunsets and don’t forget your picture ID if you plan on enjoying any libations!
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