Life in Hawaii is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun. It is an old familiar saying, but it holds true. Locals never take for granted the sunrises or the sunsets on Maui, this little slice of heaven that sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can visit the 7 Wonders of the World time and again and they will look the same, but sunsets in Hawaii are different every night and wonder-filled with magic all their own.
Your very own private boat charter will whisk you out onto the darkening waters where you can watch the setting sun in awe. The clouds begin to turn pink; the sky turns shades of yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, and purples that reflect off the waters, clouds, and volcanic peaks. For a moment time feels suspended. In the distance, you might hear the blowing of the pu’u giving thanks for the day. Surfers pause on their boards. From the shore the palms turn into black silhouettes, tiki torches are lit, and drumbeats can be heard in native tempo.
Yes, magic is all around as the sun sets in the Hawaiian Islands. Perhaps they can be imagined as the 8th wonder. We believe they are worthy. Even if you are simply driving down the road on Maui as the sun begins to set you can appreciate its electrifying beauty. There are a few places where the view is hard to rival. We would like to share some of them with you.
You may want to pack in a chair, but a jacket is a must, perhaps even a blanket. The temperature drops dramatically as the evening progresses. At 10,000 feet above sea level, you will feel as if you are sitting on top of the world. And as the sun begins to dip below the horizon you will feel as if you are truly in the heavens.
Haleakala Summit, in the Haleakala National Park, is a sight to behold unto itself, but the sunsets – oh my. They render many speechless, searching for words that do not exist to describe the unparalleled beauty. Do not be waylaid if it is a cloudy day for when the sun begins to sink it does not matter whether you can see the ocean below or merely the tops of the clouds, the horizon becomes an infinite wonderland. The colors are so vibrantly painted you might forget for a moment that you are sitting atop a volcano. The experience is that surreal.
If you can stand the cold do not be in a hurry to be a part of the traffic bustling to exit the National Park once the sun has completed its ritual. Stick around to see the stars, they are an encore so incredible it boggles the mind. You will not believe unless you see for yourself.
South Shores — Kihei, Wailea, Makena
Oneola Beach (also known as Big Beach)
Oneloa Beach is home to viewing the most jaw-dropping gorgeous sunsets from onshore on Maui. The long, wide stretch of sugar cookie sand gives a lot of opportunities to find a place to sit away from other visitors for private moments and conversation or throw a frisbee without fear of hitting an unsuspecting target. The vantage point of the setting sun from this undeveloped beach creates some of the most outstanding photographic opportunities. The soft, yet brilliant colors painted by the sinking sun fall out of the sky and land softly on the clouds making Big Beach seem small in the grand scheme of the beauty beheld there.
This long mile of soft sand is the perfect setting to lay your blanket, open a basket of pupu’s, and a small cooler of nonalcoholic drinks (beware of stiff fines for adult beverages in public). Along with your family, friends, or perfect romantic partner, kick off your slippers and stroll the ebbing waters along the shoreline as the sun dips below the horizon. One of the less crowded beaches, especially toward the center area, this Maui sunset location is a favorite of locals.
Po’olenalena Beach Park
Where does the water end and the sand begin? It is a question you might ask yourself at Po’olenalena Beach Park. Picture perfect sunsets leave you feeling like you are stepping into the afterglow because of the colors that mingle from the water up onto the wet sand. The view of the sunset here is so spectacular it is known for many proposals and weddings. Sometimes even Hollywood shows up to film clips for movies here.
Westside Shores – 5 Mile Stretch, Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Kapalua
Mile Markers 11 through 15
Mile Markers 11 – 15 include Grandma’s, Thousand Peaks, Olowalu, and Ukumehame. As you travel toward the west side of Maui from ‘the other side’, you will find yourself upon the pali (cliffside). At a certain point the road stretches out before you and the sight of it is one of the most beautiful in all of Maui, especially as the sun begins its descent, it is the 5 Mile Stretch. The road meanders and dips down to sea level where the beaches seem to go on forever. Be careful not to pull your vehicle into soft sand, but take advantage of finding yourself in the right place at the right time. The sunsets are incredible, and it can be hazardous to drive, as it is difficult to not be distracted. The electrifying display of colors will have you pulling out your cameras and cellphones to try and capture the moment. Stop, breathe in the salty air, watch the surfers, and enjoy life on Maui at sunset.
Baby Beach, Lahaina
Tucked away, this secret little beach is a place where just until a few years ago, the locals would go to dip away from the crowds. The beach is littered with shade trees close to the shallow shoreline, which makes it the ultimate place to hang a hammock and swing in the Tradewinds. Pack in a good book along with some coconut water and pupus and laze the late afternoon away, sunset will join you shortly. When it does have your tripod set up and ready because Baby Beach beholds some of the most fantastic shows of color in the night sky on the west side.
Kahekili Beach Park (Airport Beach), Ka’anapali
Known for its wide beach and long winding walkway, this is a wide-open space for parking your beach towel and taking a sunset dip in the ocean. There is a picnic pavilion, grills, bathhouse, and beach showers, which makes it great for families to have fun. You can set up to play bocce ball on the lawn; there are even a few perfectly distanced trees if you are into slackline. Kahekili Beach Park is a great place to watch a beautiful Maui sunset and enjoy an evening barbeque.
Ranked as the USA’s Best Beach, Kapalua Bay’s crescent shape is a magical spot to take in a lovely evening and watch a Maui sunset. In the evenings, the long lava fingers that stretch out into the sea from both ends of the bay are silhouettes that hold seawater in their rocky nooks to catch the reflecting colors of the sunset and afterglow. The effects are simply surreal and give photographers photo opportunities of a lifetime. Fine dining options, such as Merriman’s, are mere footsteps away where you can raise a toast to your dreams coming true and the breathtaking tropical sunset in beautiful Maui, Hawaii.
Only The Lucky
Lastly, but certainly not least, the most magical way to view sunsets on Maui is out at sea on your own private boat charter. The smell of salt in the air, the breeze on your face from the movement of the boat as it cruises along, the sights overhead and in the distance; the entire experience transcends you to a whole other place. The problems of the world seem to fade away and life is peaceful.
Be sure to bring along your favorite pair of polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes while the sun is still high in the sky!
We cannot fail to mention the beauty of the moon as it rises high over the rugged night-blackened volcanic mountains as the sun dips into the sea over the horizon.
Nor can we ignore the awesome opportunity to witness the green flash. Although the green flash happens with every sunset, it isn’t always visible to the naked eye. Watch closely and see if you are one of the lucky ones who get to witness this phenomenon on a clear tropical night. It happens just as the setting sun dips into the horizon; don’t blink! It happens in a millisecond as the fading colors split wavelengths and green is all that remains.
In season, on your private Maui boat charter, you can search for the humpback whales as you cruise the coastlines and deeper waters. Sometimes dolphins join in the fun for some bow-riding. Whatever your day brings, if you have chosen to be at sea for a Hawaiian sunset on your own private charter boat, that dear friends is pure serenity and makes you the luckiest of them all.
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