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Many people don't realize that Maui County includes the neighbor islands of Moloka'i and Lana'i, both of which can be easily reached by a ferry or boat ride from West Maui's Lahaina Harbor.
These islands offer a smaller, more intimate look at the Hawaii of the past - little commercialization and only a few thousand residents - and are a great way to learn more about the culture and history of Hawaii while expanding your horizons (and views).
Lana'i, also known as "The Pineapple Isle", is home to the gorgeous Hulopo'e Beach Park, voted the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach in 1997, and dramatic, breathtaking scenery like Sweetheart Rock and Garden of the Gods.
While ferries run daily from Maui to Lana'i, we recommend hopping aboard a Trilogy Excursions sailing catamaran for an 8 hour day trip, departing twice daily (6:30am to 2:30pm, or 10am to 6pm) from Lahaina Harbor.
Each tour includes snorkeling equipment, a guided snorkel excursion with a certified Trilogy tour guide, breakfast, full plantation-style lunch on shore, beverages, snacks, beach mats, lawn chairs, a narrated van tour of Lana'i plantation town, and two complimentary cocktails for guests 21 and over.
Whether you want to lounge on the beach, enjoy a scenic walk to Sweetheart Rock, snorkel at one of Hawaii's most beautiful areas, or learn more about the history of the island, Trilogy offers it all.
Their sailing catamaran offers ample room to spread out, relax, and enjoy the views of Maui's shoreline and Lana'i, and the staff are always extremely welcoming, helpful and friendly.
For those interested in trying something new, they also offer an optional SNUBA upgrade with every ticket purchase. With no need for extra certification, SNUBA allows you to swim freely below the surface without the extra work of heavy scuba equipment.
For more information or to book a tour, please visit SailTrilogy or call 808.874.5649. Mahalo for reading!
Photography provided by Cassie Pali of Creative Island Visions.