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  • Address: State Highway 30, Lahaina 96761, USA
  • Admission: Free
The city of Lahaina on the western coast of Maui is, today, sometimes seen as simply a way to get to the beaches of Kaanapali. If you're just passing through, however, you're missing the town's charms completely.

Lahaina was once the royal capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, from 1820-1845, and many of the attractions in the historic district date from that era – including the old cemetery, where you'll find royal graves, and a defensive fortress with reconstructed walls. Later, the city's economy was built on the whaling industry. Visitors today, however, come by the thousands to go whale watching rather than hunting.

The Lahaina Historic District is the center of tourism in the town, with several 19th century attractions to check out, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. In addition to the historic attractions and whale watching, you can also enjoy snorkeling, surfing, sightseeing cruises, and luaus.

Practical Info

Lahaina is well-known for its year-round sunny weather, but the popular whale watching cruises are only available in the winter when the humpback whales are migrating. If you're flying directly to Maui, chances are you'll land at Kahului Airport, which is about a 45-minute drive from Lahaina on Route 30.

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Whale Watch Lahaina Explorer, Maui, null
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Whale Watch Lahaina Explorer

Experience the combined thrill of whale watching and a small group experience on Ocean Explorer out of historic Lahaina Harbor. This exciting tour offers ...  Read more

Location: Lahaina, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.51
Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui, Maui, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
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Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui

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Leave Maui behind on a four-hour trip to the quieter island of Lanai, where you’ll have a snorkeling adventure at the calm and beautiful East Lanai Landing. ...  Read more

Location: Maui, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.95
Sunset Dinner Cruise: Four Course Dining Experience, Maui, Snorkeling
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Sunset Dinner Cruise: Four Course Dining Experience

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For a uniquely Maui dining experience, join the sunset dinner cruise, where you'll enjoy exquisite dining while surrounded by spell-binding views of the ...  Read more

Location: Lahaina, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.26
Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch, Maui, Dinner Cruises
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Lanai Snorkel and Dolphin Watch

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Snorkel off the island of Lana’i and watch dolphins in the wild all in one trip. You'll discover why Lana’i has been rated one of the top 10 snorkel and dive ...  Read more

Location: Lahaina, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.97
Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Snorkeling
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Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor

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Experience Maui's top-rated whale watch with the experts departing from the historic Lahaina Harbor. These informative and fun two-hour whale watches are led ...  Read more

Location: Lahaina, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.80

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