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Catamaran sunset sail

This past Tuesday we went for a sunset sail. Why? What do you get up to on a Tuesday afternoon? Usually weekday afternoons are busy with work and kid schedules, but it’s fall break in Hawaii (Oct 9-13 this year) and it seemed all the stars aligned to allow us to go for a sail.

One of our neighbors works at Teralani Sailing Adventures in Ka’anapali and he invited a group of neighbors and friends to meet up for a sunset sail.

We chose the Teralani Holoholo Sunset sail. In the Hawaiian language holoholo literally means to go for a walk, stroll or sail. Teralani is currently offering a $55/person special on these sunset tours until October 14th (use coupon code STRONG) with drinks and pretzels included. Starting October 15th they are back to normal pricing, but are also resume their catering (insider tip – I’m told Three’s Bar and Grill will be providing the pupu).

What is beach-loading?

Teralani does beach-loading. They literally pull the catamaran up at the beach fronting the Ka’anapali Westin. You kick off your slippahs (flipflops in mainland speak), cross the beach and walk up the steps onto the catamaran. Yes, your feet/legs will get wet, so don’t wear long pants.

Do you sail by Lahaina?

No. To do so would be disrespectful and insensitive to wildfire-displaced Lahaina residents. Our Teralani sail kept a respectful distance and stayed North of Lahaina, the Ka’anapali resort area, Kahana and Kapalua.

Can you see whales?

I was just thinking about that. Often there will have been a humpback sighting by now, but I haven’t heard of one – yet. The first whales will arrive now-ish from Alaska, but whale sightings are usually not guaranteed on whale watches until late November through mid-April. We didn’t see whales yesterday, but sure enjoyed the ride, the coastal views of Maui, Lanai and Molokai, the pre-sunset skies.

Want to know more about whale watching? Check out my blog on whale season, behavior and viewing options.