One a beautiful island like Maui, anywhere you can catch a glimpse of the sunset feels magical. On top of that, there are more than a few different places and activities you can participate in during sunset to make the memories that much more special.
A popular option for chasing a sunset over the horizon and getting closer than just where the ocean meets the sand, is one of many sunset cocktail cruises offered throughout the islands. Teralani is a popular choice, for many reasons, but one that makes it fun is that it floats right up to the beach in Ka’anapali outside of Whalers Village to pick you up.
The name of the vessel is the Teralani 3, and it’s a 65 foot catamaran that cuts through the gentle waves of the ocean for numerous trips each day. There’s plenty of room to walk around on the deck and a nice little cabin below for pūpūs (appetizers) and drinks.
The nightly sunset cocktail cruise lasts for about two hours and goes all the way up north of Ka’anapali Beach, almost half way to Moloka’i.
We didn’t originally plan for this cruise on our first trip, but as we saw boats out on the water watching the sunset, we booked one on the spot. We did have a dinner cruise on the Maui Princess earlier on the trip, so we had been out on the water and felt the cool evening breeze of the ocean while we watch the coast drift by and did like it.
One of the highlights for us on this particular cruise on our first Maui trip was that we sailed right passed the Sheraton Maui Resort, and actually got to see the ocean facing buidling at the resort in which we were staying since you can’t see it from the beach directly. Looking at the photos later after we returned to our room, we realized we forgot to close the curtains on our balcany door when we left, so we could easily tell which room was ours from the photos.
The boat itself was pretty nice, since you could walk around freely and take pictures of Moloka’i and the sunset on one side, and then make your way over and take photos of the beach and the coast. There was large netting on one end of the boat that people could sit in and risk getting splashed from the waves, but that was part of the fun.
Also, I don’t know if it was just the usual number of passangers on our cruise or if it is an imposed limit on bookings, but there wasn’t a huge number of people on the boat, so you felt like you had all the room you wanted and then some. It even sort of felt like you were on a relative’s boat out for a spin with just a few friends.