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Advice for being on the water in March

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Advice for being on the water in March

Whale watching that time of year is a must, I hear.

What about sunrise or sunset trips?

What are the best experiences? We are not looking for a drinking cruise or food included but are looking for the best "on the water" experience.

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1. Re: Advice for being on the water in March

Sunset trips involve alcohol, at least most of them do! So you may want to avoid those ones. You can not guarantee what kind of a group you will get, and how many drinks they have before they even get on the cruise.

Whale watching tours would be the best. There are many many many to choose from.

Can you remind us where you are staying? Whale tours leave from west and south. Ma'alaea, Lahaina Harbour, and even in Kihei at the boat ramp.

If your back is good, consider Blue Water Rafting. They are fast, but no "amenities" on board.

There is also a REAL sailing trip, that truly does sail. Scotch Mist is the name of the sailboat.

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If your focus is on seeing/photographing/learning about the whales, then do morning -- wind hasn't kicked up yet. The vessel will depend on where you wish to board and what is comfortable for you.

There are several good mid-size catamarans that board from the beach in Ka'anapali and a couple (like Trilogy) from Lahaina Harbor. Captain Steve's raft leaves Mala Wharf, and Maui Adventure Cruises and Ultimate depart Lahaina. The rafts are fun but bumpy (not for bad backs). My family and friends enjoy the Kaulana (larger catamaran) in Lahaina because it is fairly stable, has loads of rail space for good viewing, and we've had great photos over the years from that boat.

Others can recommend Ma'alaea and South Maui excursions. I do NOT recommend Pacific Whale Foundation from any location.

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In March you can throw a rock and hit a whale. They are all over. They are usually visible most times of the day. The dedicated whale watch trips are usually 2 to 2.5 hours and they guarantee whale sightings or you get to go again free. The whales actually like a little rougher water but between say 1pm and 4pm the trade winds are usually blowing and that can be no fun for you. We usually book a trip around 10am and that has worked every time. There is also some opinion that there is more of a concentration of whales Lahania side that south. So we always book there no matter where we stay and always have had good luck

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I'm still deciding where to book us and thought this might help us decide. We were looking at Makena Resort but it seems so far from everything. The beach does look nice. We like bumpy, but don't want to risk the raft ruining husband's already volatile back!

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Ask us again once you have chosen your resort.

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6. Re: Advice for being on the water in March

Check out

http://sailtrilogy.com

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Where do you want to go that you think Makena will be too far from everything? You are less than a 10 minute drive into Wailea, 15 minutes into Kihei. In less than an hour you can be in Lahaina. There is a boat that leaves Maluaka Beach which is the beach in front of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. I bet they do whale watch tours.

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