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Maui Hawaii Cruise Port Tips

Maui sunset. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Maui sunset. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Anyone who visits the Maui cruise port for the first time will find that it’s not much different in many ways than a Caribbean port.

Maui a lovely Hawaiian island with palm trees and beautiful beaches. It ranges from arid to lush. It’s also hard to leave again.

It's a common stop on a six-day, seven-night Hawaiian cruise that embark from Honolulu -- or the 14-day, 15-night cruises that embark from the California coast. Cruise visitors will arrive in Maui at either the Kahului Harbor docks or tender into the town of Lahaina at Lahaina Harbor on the west side of the island.

Kahului Harbor and Lahaina Harbor lie on either side of the West Maui Forest Reserve.

Attractions


Kahului


Hoaloha Park is a two-acre park owned by Maui County. It is a quick walk from the docks. The beach is small and right by quite a bit of commercial boating.

Kanaha Beach Park is a better option with 40 acres of broad white sand. But it’s about three miles east of the harbor and requires a taxi or excursion bus to get there. Other beaches farther east of Kanaha include Sprecklesville, Baldwin and Ho’okipa.

Maui Mall is about a half mile from the Kahului Harbor docks.

Lahaina


Cruise visitors who disembark at Lahaina will find plenty of shopping and dining along Front Street, which runs parallel to the coast.

Lahaina has a few convenient beaches right in town, including Baby Beach and Lahaina Beach. It also has one of the better known beaches at Kaanapali, which is four miles north of the Lahaina docks.

Shore Excursions


The Road to Hana is a popular shore excursion in Maui. The road is a famous scenic highway with beaches, cliffs, waterfalls, valleys, 59 bridges and 600 curves. The least expensive excursion costs about $125 to $150, lasts three hours and includes lunch.

One of the more breathtaking excursions is a 26-mile bike ride from 6,500 feet near the top of Haleakala volcano. The tour, which lasts about six hours, begins at sunrise when cyclists are driven up the mountainside and begin their journey back down the mountainside. Prices vary according to amenities, but most operators charge about $200 to $250 per person.

Driving to the top of Haleakala is an option for anyone with a rental car. I did during our visit to Maui and found the views breathtaking in more ways than one. It’s beautiful up there, but the oxygen is thin.

Maui Weather


Maui stays warm year round. The average daytime temperature ranges from the low 80s Fahrenheit in the winter to the high 80s in the summer, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

Average nighttime temperatures range from the mid 60s Fahrenheit in the winter to the low 70s in the summer.

Water temperatures stay about midway between the daytime highs and nighttime lows. Swimming may feel chilly in the mornings at times, especially in the winter.

Rainfall is modest throughout the year and averages about one to three inches per month. It usually rains about five to 10 days a night.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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