We ended our wonderful Maui trip with a sunset cruise on the Trilogy IV. Just beachside of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, you can sign up at their hut for an amazing experience. That morning we awoke at 2am to drive to Mt. Haleakala to watch the sunrise. With a nap mid-afternoon, we were thrilled to experience both a sunrise and sunset in beautiful Maui.
To start your trip you feel like a celebrity as the catamaran comes right onto the shore for a beach pickup. The sand between your toes and the water crashing over the ladder up to the sailboat is just a memorable experience. Once aboard, you find a spot and juice and water is offered. The crew consists of the captain and two other members who fill us in on the rules, our journey, and serve as our waiter and waitress. You are allotted two drinks with your paid ticket along with delicious hors d’oerves, more drinks are available for purchase.
Cruising out along Kaanapali Beach, the wind in your hair is warm and the views spectacular. Flying fish can be seen jetting across the water like skipped rocks. Down in the hull there are restrooms available, cushioned seating, and the opportunity to chat with the Captain if you wish. Walk about the sailboat to get your sea legs, and there’s even the trampoline area you can sit on (3 people max per each of the two trampolines). Down on the trampoline you can feel the water spray beneath you and expect a little sprinkling on your face, it’s really refreshing.
The appetizers come one treat at a time, teriyaki chicken skewers, delectible fish pupus, both hot and cold, and it’s not a full dinner, but with only about 24-30 passengers total, you can grab seconds and even thirds. Following the sunset moist brownies are served to end the evening and your stomach is full.
Once the sun begins to set, the boat is stops to an idle and your photo opportunities begin. Often there’s another boat or two around also enjoying the sunset, but your view is never obscured. If you take a look in the direction of Black Rock, you’ll see a nightly tiki torch lighting ceremony that ends with a local cliff diving into the ocean below.
The cruise and the crew were amazing, funny, lighthearted, and welcoming. We appreciated the hospitality and the cruise was such a fitting ending to a most memorable trip to the island of Maui. Pricing is perfect at just over $50 per person for the two plus hours about the catamaran. If you’re able to take a sail during your next visit, do a Trilogy Sunset Sail!