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A Day trip to another world

Tradewinds whip through the harbor as I stand in line waiting to board the ship. Ma’alaea is the second windiest harbor in the world, and you can tell. Once everyone’s seats are secured, the tour sets to the course and the winds calm. The day proceeds with clear waters and soft clouds gently gracing the top of Haleakalā, Maui’s famous volcano. The moon lingers for a while over Lanai as the crew doles out our banana bread and pineapple slices. I come to learn the trade winds from the harbor are responsible for carving out the Molokini rock in its horseshoe shape. Its mass was created over time by volcanic eruptions rising from the ocean, layer by dense layer. Its unique shape has played a key roll in the development of the underwater ecosystem. There is protection within the curved walls so coral thrives, schools of the fish team and the lack of sand and dirt make for crystal clear waters. In the sky are thousands of blackbirds. With wings spanning up to 6 ft., suspending their 2 lbs. bodies in a perpetual state of flowing as the winds swirl overhead. The Hawaiians call them Iwa, which means thief – for their tendencies to take from the deck. Underwater is a vast day-glow luminescent green seascape; what looks like Romanesco broccoli, cauliflower and an infinite number of baby fingers, small piles of spikes and bright yellow fishes. At first glance, there was only water and coral but once relaxed and comfortably floating more and more revealed itself. Intricate creatures making their way in and out of increasingly smaller spaces. A lesson on the symbiotic relationships of coral and algae, Slate-Pencil Sea Urchins and sand-making parrot fish gave the second snorkeling stop a profound new perspective. As the ship floated away from Molokini a crew member pointed out the island just beyond. The island Kaho’olawe is the exact center of the island chain and is considered a sacred Hawaiian domain. Hawaiians have taught oceanic navigation from the top of this island using stars and shorelines for many centuries. At the end of the five-hour tour, the captain stopped to say “Aloha” to a few green sea turtles while the crew gave a presentation on marine debris. I left more educated on important issues affecting today’s ocean life and with a sense of empowerment about my own role in aiding the ocean’s healthy survival. Our underwater world is too amazing to take for granted. Below is the video we were able to capture before both GoPro’s batteries died.
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Happy Customers

Road to Hana

Road to Hana

Road to Hana

It was an epic road trip. We got a camper van. We drove on the road to Hana with no issues, camped in the rain, camped in the wind, by the beach, under streetlights and in the middle of nowhere. We loved exploring the road to Hana at a much slower pace. This was an incredible experience. Thanks, Aloha!

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

“Yeah, perfect day, we saw two big humpback whales, thousands of fishes, turtles, the cliffs and much more! We were able to see 150 meters down in the sea. All in all, it was an awesome experience, without any ripple out there. It could not be any better!”

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

We went to the south east side. Then we went to Molokini. We saw a 5-feet white shark. Water clarity was amazing. Then we just cruised around. We also caught a couple of fishes. It was a great experience all around! Thanks!”

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

Sea Escape Maui Boat Rental

“Well! We took the kids to Molokini, we did Snorkeling, and we were lucky to see some whales. The boat was wonderful to drive, this is our third time with your service, and we will try to be back.”

Caroline and Sabastian

Caroline and Sabastian

Caroline and Sabastian

“Well what can I say about the trip of a lifetime? We got engaged. We spent a magical time at a National Park. Aloha Outdoors was totally cool and showed me everything. We spent less for a home and car than anyone could manage with a hotel and rental car.”

Joel and Tanya

Joel and Tanya

Joel and Tanya

“Being able to rent the camper van for a full 10 days made our Maui experience so much more!! In fact I have sent dozens of people your way already, so expect a few more people from Juneau Alaska! Thank you sooo very much it was the best way to travel! Oh, and keep the extra food and drinks!”

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

Sally, Sarah, and Suzan

“We rented a camper for my fiancé’s birthday and had a such a great and memorable experience! What a beautiful and unique way to see the island. Our friends rented a second van a we toured the island as a group. It was an opportunity of a lifetime on a minimal budget. Thanks Aloha Outdoors.”

Lonnie S.

Lonnie S.

Lonnie S.

What a great time on the water, the boat was fantastic and ran flawlessly. They gave us great instructions and recommendations on where to go. We went to Molokini crater and did some snorkeling, fun time and beautiful fish galore. Then on the way to turtle town the Humpback whales put on a show of a lifetime. I just love the whales and dolphins. How incredible to see them breach so close. Nothing better than having your own boat and the freedom to go where you want and when you want. 5 Hours was just the perfect amount of time.

Cory S.

Cory S.

Cory S.

Just got done with the boat rental from a few hours ago. In a word, AWESOME! We started at 6am so we beat the crowds for snorkeling at Molokini, then just cruised around looking for whales. We saw at least 10, with a few of them fairly close. I will recommend this to anyone coming to Maui. The staff was great at setting us up and made it a breeze. The boat was very nice and we only had to spend $31 on gas, although we didn’t go as far as most people might. If you’re thinking about doing it, do it!

Debbie M

Debbie M

Debbie M

We live here and we’re looking for a way to get on the water without buying our own boat. They gave us an awesome orientation, launched the boat, and off we went. So many whales! Went over to Molokini, then over to Wailea to cruise the coast. Found a mooring, went swimming & ate lunch. Coming back, they were right there to take our lines, and take over from there. So nice to just show up, take off, and then leave the clean up to them! Looking forward to doing it again! Highly recommend this avenue to all!”

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