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Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

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Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

While staying in Kihei we have a 2:15 whale watch scheduled out of Maalea.

Question is how to spend the day before the trip - are there enough things to see/do in Maalea area, and if so - what? Or should we just head down before the trip?

Thoughts?

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1. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

There is a small craft fair in the Aquarium shops. This is a juried event so you will find lots of items actually hand made in Hawaii and meet some of the crafters.

There is the Aquarium.

Nice casual lunch at the Maalaea General Store.

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2. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

Sounds like a nice way to spend the late morning/early afternoon. Thanks!

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3. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

That is often a really rough time of day down at Maalaea.............be prepared. If I were you, I'd change to an earlier one, say between 8 and 10. By noon-1 most days, the channel can get pretty rough. O'd do the WW first, then go have lunch and explore the Ocean Center. The restaurant at the Ocean Center-the Seascape-is also very good.

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4. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

Hmm. That;s the only time they offer. Always loved Trilogy which is why I went with them, but I will look into others

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5. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

Would a 1:15 from Makena on Kai Kanana be any better?

I prefer a cat to a raft.

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6. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

No, it really prob wouldn't be much better, maybe a little. The channels down south get rough much earlier in the day, on average, than the West side ones. By noon most days the south whitecaps are up, until late in the day (like 5).

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7. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

What about Paragon out of Maalaea? Do they have any earlier?

I have a hard time recommending the Kai Kanani. They were fined for severely damaging the reef and it wasn't a good situation...thought they were doing better but then last year someone did a trip report where they were feeding fish to get them to come around boat...I do think people have had fun with them...I just can't recommend it.

Edited: 16 February 2014, 21:45
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8. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

I might have to suck it up and go on a raft.

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9. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

Just read that on Kai Kanani - will pass on them.

Paragon doesn't have any dedicated whale watches which is what I am looking for.

Grrrr

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10. Re: Maalea To Do Before 2:15 Whale Watch

DP, why not come over to Lahaina or Kaanapali for a morning WW?

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