by Matt Morris – Owner & Lead Concierge
The island of Maui is located more than 2500 miles away from the nearest major land mass though the island features some pretty over-the-top luxury activities for guests looking to experience the island in a different way. From luxury yacht rentals to private helicopter charter, Maui has it all. The best activities and services book up quickly and advanced planning is highly recommended! Here are some of our favorite luxury activities found on Maui:
The island of Maui offers several amazing experiences for snorkeling trip and it is common for guests traveling with large families or for those who are looking to spend a little time with their family privately to charter a private boat to snorkel from. Private charters come in a variety of boats styles and they can assist in having all of the traditional amenities and services such as snorkeling gear, crew, and food/beverages on board for your guests. One of the most popular morning private charters we recommend for groups with around twenty guests is a Sailing Catamaran. With a possibility of having up to thirty-eight guests total on board, this vessel is great to experience snorkeling while enjoying beautiful views of the neighboring islands on the way out to the destination. Another morning snorkeling trip is a Beach Loading Vessel departing from the world famous Kaanapali Beach to take guests to the remote and often missed West Maui reefs which are home to many corals, fish, sea turtles and other marine life. This option is great for guests looking for a larger boat with more space. For those guests looking to sleep in and have a lazy afternoon out on the water, this Luxury Catamaran offers a great afternoon trip to the Olowalu Reef that is a fantastic experience too. Since each boat offers a different experience, it may be best to contact us to learn more about other options as charters can be customized to your specifications and we are happy to assist you further in creating the perfect experience.
For guests looking to head out to sea on an upscale fishing boat in hopes of catching ahi (tuna) or other game fish, this 52’ luxury fishing yacht is a perfect fit. Departing from the Ma’alaea Harbor in central Maui, the yacht was recently refurbished with all new interior and features state-of-the-art technology along with top quality fishing gear. This vessel is powered by twin Man 1200hp engines and features restrooms and a full galley.Typically when chartering a boat for fishing, we highly recommend renting for 6-8 hours to ensure your time on the water is maximized. In addition to a captain and crew with years of experience, your charter will include a hot breakfast and gourmet lunch. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages (adult / non-alcoholic) as well. Some guests specifically request to fish for a certain species of fish while other guests are open to whatever comes their way. Guests are welcome to keep their own catch and your crew will assist you in cleaning any fish for the day. Private SUV services are also offered in addition to the charter pricing. You can see more images and learn more about this luxury fishing vessel here.
Helicopters are a great way to experience the island of Maui from above. Holding up to six guests per flight, charters come in a variety of tours including custom private charters. Departing from the Kahului Heliport (OGG), your tour will take you around the island of Maui pending on the destination for the tour. One of our favorite charters is the West Maui Moloka’i Flight which will take guests partially around the island of Maui and fly guests over the water over to Moloka’i to see the sea cliffs and to see the incredible waterfalls. Guests have the option to rent out the entire helicopter or simply book seats for you and your party and share the flight with other outside guests. In addition to the West Maui Moloka’i Flight, guests can also charter helicopters on other tours such as the Full Island Circle Tour which goes around the entire island of Maui or the popular Hana and Haleakala Flight too. If you are looking for an over the top experience, consider chartering a private helicopter to land on a remote parcel of land in the rainforest to have a lunch with your friend, family, or significant other. Contact us today to learn more about booking helicopters and private charters.
Celebrate a special occasion or spend some quality time with your friends / family on this 58’ luxury Sunseeker Yacht. Departing from the Ma’alaea Harbor in central Maui, the vessel includes a large stateroom with en suite along with another bedroom and restroom, under cabin & above cabin dining area, and large sun deck on the front of the boat., One of the nice features of this vessel has its ability to be versatile in its use and they can accommodate anything from deep sea fishing, private chef dinners, hourly charters, or even overnight stays! Additionally, guests can charter this vessel to go on a private snorkeling trip as they do have permits to visit destinations such as the Molokini Crater and the neighboring island of Lana’i and Moloka’i. The vessel is in a great condition and can hold up to 6 guests with a crew. You can see more images and learn more about this luxury yacht here.
To many guests surprise, the island of Maui has many paniolo (cowboys) living upcountry and working the active ranch lands. Located on the slopes of the dormant Haleakala volcano, this ranch has nearly 800 acres to partially explore during your private guided tour. The ranch itself is privately owned and operated and offers incredible views of the central valley of Maui and the horses and ranch lands are well maintained. On site guests can experience personalized service as every tour they offer is a private tour and they will not require any previous experience to ride. The Ranch offers several different tours including the popular Ranch Rides which are offered in either 2 or 3-hour durations or a Ranch Ride with a Helicopter Landing for guests looking for something a little more over-the-top. Regardless if you wish to bring your entire family or just take your significant other on a romantic getaway, this trip will certainly make for a very special day.
One of our favorite activities is watching the sunset while out on the water. This trip is offered on one of Maui’s finest catamarans. Departing from the Ma’alaea Harbor in central Maui, guests are welcomed to the boat by the captain and well looked after by their crew throughout their experience on board. The boat is more than 60’ long and feature ample indoor and outdoor seating space including a front mesh / trampoline netting. During your sail, you will enjoy a variety of pupu’s (appetizers) and a premium selection of alcohol for the duration of the trip. This vessel is available for private charter as well as traditional shared charters and will include round trip complimentary transportation upon availability. You can learn more about this sunset sail online here. Private charters are available as well. If you are looking for an upscale dinner experience while out on the water, there is also a sunset dinner buffet sail with includes prime rib, baby back ribs, appetizers, and cocktails to consider too. This experience is great for guests looking for a variety of dinner menu options and for those guests who wish to have an experience with fewer people on board. You can learn more about the Dinner Cocktail Sail here. For an over-the-top experience, consider chartering a boat and hiring a private chef. Contact us to learn more about this or any of the other options.
Private dining on Maui has become very popular as guests are often looking for a more personalized experience with dinner and a chef coming directly to their accommodation. Most luxury homes and condos have fantastic kitchens that are fully stocked, making it easy to host a chef to prepare a meal. Chef services add an extra layer of convenience and comfort to your stay and our top recommendations for chefs are able to accommodate a variety of requests from traditional / authentically local meals to organic and healthy lifestyle menus. Each service is different, as the number of guests, requested services, and menu all change the overall experience and pricing for private chef services. The most popular meal to ask a chef to come is for an evening dinner and your experience can be as casual or upscale as you wish and some chefs even offer a drop off service for extra convenience. Chefs also have the ability to bring in wait staff, bartenders, and even musicians to enhance your experience to the fullest. To get started planning your dinner, check out our Private Chef Request form and we are happy to assist you with more details and sample menus.
The best activities and services book up quickly and advanced planning is highly recommended. To get started in planning your luxury getaway to Maui, contact us today by email or phone at 808-868-0253. If you are interested in other exciting charters and activity / service options, you can also check out our Activity & Service Request Guide which allows you to simply check off items that you are interested in learning more about and we will send you custom information about your interests. We are looking forward to being of assistance in creating a fantastic Maui vacation!
Owner & Lead Concierge