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A White (Sandy) Christmas

Friday, December 7th, 2012

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When Bing Crosby popularized the song “White Christmas,” he wasn’t referring to crisp, clear, coastal waters and their accompanying ashy sand. A traditional Christmas holiday is spent watching the snow fall outside, while sitting by the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa or spiced eggnog.  The kids might go outside and make a fetching little snowman or have a snowball fight, while mom or dad are in the kitchen arranging a scrumptious meal, filling the house with a lovely aroma.  Many of us are used to the treetops glistening and children listening for sleigh bells in the snow, and yes, these elements make December 25th and enchantingly magical day.

On the flip side, spending the holiday digging your feet into warm, soft sand dunes, laying by the tides and soaking up the sun may be the perfect way to break free from tradition. Chances are you’ve already gotten this year’s plans set in stone, but while the whole family is together eating dinner and (hopefully) enjoying everyone’s company, why not bring up the idea of a holiday away from home next year? Now’s the time to start planning, and it may turn out to be the perfect end-of-the-year getaway! Here are our destination and activity picks.

Maracajau & Parrachos Reef Tour in Natal Brazil

Brazil

If you’re seeking somewhere exotic, then head to Brazil. There are countless beaches, and each one is as beautiful as the last. The Maracajau & Parrachos Reef Tour (pictured) shows you all of the beauty of a beach still untouched by urbanization. Amazing snorkeling spots make this a great activity for the whole family. Other options include:

 

Molokini Snorkel & Turtle Town Morning Adventure from Ma’alaea Harbor in Maui

Hawaii

For a no-fail paradise holiday that doesn’t require a passport (for US citizens), check out Hawaii. It’s perfectly positioned in the Pacific Ocean to provide a tropical breeze and comfortable beach-day temperatures. The Molokini Snorkel & Turtle Town Morning Adventure (pictured) takes you to Molokini, a crescent shaped caldera that is a protected marine sanctuary. The waters are calm and clear, which is perfect for scuba diving, snuba diving, and snorkeling. Other family-friendly picks include:

Could you imagine spending Christmas off the beaten path? Does you need to be surrounded by snow for a proper holiday? If not, which destination are your asking Santa for next year?

Happy travels!

 

 

 

Sea & Sky Tours at the Magic Isle

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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Maui, nicknamed “The Magic Isle,” is certainly a gorgeous gem of the Hawaiian Islands. It seems most befitting that the flower of Maui is the Lokelani, meaning “heavenly rose.” Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, located approximately 21 degrees north of the equator in the most isolated land in the world. The nearest land mass to Hawaii is San Francisco, approximately 2,400 miles away. Of the total of more than 100 islands in Hawaii, only eight are considered major islands – Ni’ihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Lanai, Kaho’olawe, and the Big Island of Hawaii – and only seven of those islands are inhabited. Anytime of year is a good time to visit Maui. The average temperature is between 75˚-85˚ F throughout the year. Maui reaches from sea level to 10,023 feet, to the summit of a dormant volcano, Haleakalä. Sugar, pineapple, cattle, and agriculture are a few of Maui’s major industries, with tourism at the top of the list. Maui’s world-famous beauty attracts tons of recreation activities, including golfing, horseback riding, hiking, whale-watching, nautical adventures, and helicopter tours!

Legend has it that the island of Maui was named after the Native Hawaiian demigod Maui, who pulled up the Hawaiian islands from deep out of the ocean with a magic fishhook linked to the heavens. After the islands were pulled out, the chord broke from the heavens, and the magic fishhook sank down into the ocean, lost forever. There is no better way to explore the mysteries of the deep, see the underwater coral beauty of Maui, and meet a colorful array of marine life located only in Hawaii than to take an underwater voyage. Hawaii’s coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea,” are incredibly diverse ecological communities. With nothing more than a mask an a snorkel, you’ll be in a whole new world.

I’d like to invite you on the Molokini Snorkel & Turtle Town Morning Adventure from Maui, a perfect opportunity to discover the rich foundations of Maui’s birth and meet its tropical underwater locals. Climb aboard the Pride of Maui, a state-of-the-art 65 foot catamaran famous for her stability and comfort. Relax as you cruise in style to two beautiful diving destinations. The tour includes an Island-style continental breakfast, two snorkeling stops, a delicious lunch, snorkeling gear, and instructions. You’ll visit Molokini, a crescent shaped caldera that is a protected marine sanctuary. The waters are calm and clear, which is perfect for scuba diving, snuba diving, and snorkeling. You will also visit Turtle Town, known for its beautiful lava formations and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

If you’d like to dive even deeper, then take a once-in-a-lifetime undersea adventure on our Atlantis Submarine Tour! It is the world’s first and most technologically advanced passenger submarine. Journey into a spectacular blue world more than 130 feet below the surface in spacious air-conditioned comfort. You will see the majestic natural coral reefs and Hawaiian marine life. From December through May, you can enjoy whale watching during the ship-to-shore journey. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended for this popular tour!

The Island of Maui is also called the “Valley Isle” for the large isthmus between its northwestern and southeastern volcanoes and the numerous large valleys carved into the mountains. Explore deep, meandering valleys set in the rainforest of the ancient West Maui Mountains. Knife-edged ridges with mist-shrouded peaks separate the spectacular valleys. Waterfalls cascade down from towering cliffs into the streams running along the rainforest floor. Take off on the Maui Spectacular Helicopter Tour to soar with a bird’s eye view to see the rainforests and waterfalls of the West Maui Mountains, Hana, and the Haleakala Crater. You’ll also enjoy a 20-minute landing and refreshments at Ulupalakua Ranch. Every West Maui Mountains tour is unique!

Discover the best of both worlds on our West Maui Island Deluxe Helicopter Tour & Submarine Adventure. Experience Maui under the sea as well as above it! Take in views from above, inaccessible by land and discover lush green rainforests, cascading waterfalls and a dormant volcano. Then, marvel at Hawaii’s unique underwater paradise aboard a high-tech 48-passenger submarine. View fascinating coral reefs and their inhabitants as you explore the ocean more than 100 feet below. Every dive is a new adventure!

From heavenly summit views to pristine beaches and thriving nautical life, there are plenty of reasons why Maui has been voted “Best Island” by travelers for years. Discover your own reasons to love Maui with Maui Tours. Feel free to call us at 888-321-3650 to answer your questions and help book your favorite tours. From breath-taking sunrises atop Haleakala Crater to the scenic Road to Hana, your adventures in Maui promise to be unforgettable. It’s no wonder why thousands of whales migrate directly to Maui year after year. One visit to the Magic Isle, and you might annually join them.

Rest and Relaxation on the Beautiful Island of Lanai

Monday, January 5th, 2009

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Imagine kicking back and listening to the sounds of nature with the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the lush tropical rainforests as the perfect backdrop.  All of this is possible if you journey to Lanai.  Lanai is a beautiful Hawaiian island that is separated from Maui and Molokai by the Au’au Channel and the Kalohi Channel, respectively.  Known as the Pineapple Island, the main tourist activity in the area is rest and relaxation.

Once you arrive on the island, you can expect to be immediately taken aback by the tranquil atmosphere that is palpable virtually everywhere you turn.  Once you get acquainted with the island, whose only town is Lanai City, you may want to approach it from a different angle.  The Lanai Snorkel Trip is the perfect way to do just that.  You can choose from a full or half day outing depending on how much time you wish to spend underwater.

Should you choose from one of these options, you will visit anywhere from four to six snorkel sites where you can snorkel, swim, or just unwind on the boat as you enjoy the ever-present sunlight.  The 30-foot hard-bottom inflatable ocean raft is a perfect mode of transportation for this type of trip, as you will be able to benefit from comfortable seating and incredible views from the water.

Tours are designed for groups of 10 to 14, so bring a few friends along and join one of the groups that are forming right now.  The virgin coastline of Lanai will draw you in as you explore the hidden coves and sea cliffs that surround the island.  For more information, visit www.alohatours.us and reserve your tickets for a trip to remember!

Out on the Water in Molokini

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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When you need somewhere to go to defrost from a harsh winter, Hawaii is a great option.  Just 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui is a gorgeous area called Molokini.  This moon-shaped area is a partially sunken volcanic crater between Maui and Kahoolawe that has evolved into one of the most beautiful snorkel and dive locations in Maui County.  It is now considered a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District and is an underwater safe haven for marine life.  In addition to the natural world that exists below the surface, there is a lively tourist population that comes into the area on boats each day from the south coast of Maui.

While you are on the island, take some time out in the water to get closer to the underwater world of varied species on the Molokini Afternoon Deluxe Cruise leaving from Maui.  You will depart on the Pride of Maui catamaran first, where you will get a taste of the attractive scenery and the sparkling waters all around you.  The Pride of Maui is the largest boat in the harbor at 65 feet long.  Before you plunge down into the water, you will enjoy an unobstructed view from the upper deck.

Once you have reached your intended destination, you will suit up with the gear that is provided to you and make your descent into the waters below.  You have the option of renting an underwater camera to capture your experience, and after the trip you can purchase videos as well.  Food will be provided hot off the grill, and you can also buy alcoholic beverages on board.

To take in the sights at night, take the Molokini Sunset Cruise, also departing from Maui.  This cruise takes place on the Pride of Maui as well, and provides live acoustic guitar music by Joe Cano and mouthwatering food selections including guava glazed baby back ribs that are prepared out in the open, exhibition style.  Fresh seasonal fruits, rich desserts, and a premium open bar stocked with regional wines, imported beers, and mixed and blended drinks round out the menu.  As you cruise around, Joe will play anything you want to hear, from jazz to rock and flamenco.  This is truly an enjoyable evening not to be missed.

Whether you stay in Molokini or explore the other islands, the important thing is that you decide to make the trip.  It is an experience that is well worth the time and money it takes to get there and there are activities to keep you busy from sun up to sundown.

Check out www.molokinitours.com for more information and to book your next tour.

Whale Watch Wherever You Are

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

A great vacation activity that has been sweeping the nation is whale watching tours.  It seems that wherever whales seem to migrate to, make their home, or travel through, a whale watching tour exists.  Whale Watching Tours can provide you with an exceptional tour during your vacation in many locations across the country.

The most popular destinations where whales are spotted most often are Hawaii, Maine, Alaska and California but Whale Watching Tours offers tours throughout the world.  When visiting places like New Zealand, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, Australia and South Africa, you can participate in an exciting whale watching tour.

Most often, you travel several miles out into the ocean or bay to witness the magnificent creatures.  You will be aboard a large ship capable of keeping you safe in the event of a whale playfully splashing in the water.  In the Maui Whale Watching Tour, you are aboard a 30-foot hard-bottom inflatable raft which is great for the more adventurous tourists. 

If you are visiting San Diego, you will be engaged by your educated guide who will take you on an adventure to see the whales, as well as teach you about their migratory patterns and other wildlife in the ocean. 

During many of these tours, you will see more than just the large whales.  Often times, people will catch glimpses of dolphins, otters, sea lions, varieties of fish and many birds.

If your travels bring you to a location where a whale watching tour is offered, then you must take advantage of it!  These are great experiences for all ages and are sure to delight even the most seasoned wildlife watcher.  Visit www.whalewatchingtours.net to see if your next vacation can include one of these fantastic adventures!

Hawaiian Island Tours and Sightseeing Information

Monday, February 4th, 2008

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Indulge in some of the best foods in the world, take in some sun in this tropical climate, and enjoy a never ending array of things to see and do in Hawaii.  Reserve Hawaiian Island Tours online and save with Aloha Tours.  Find tours and activities in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, and Molokini.

Maui Tours and Activities

Maui’s scenery is amazing and its landscape is very diverse. The western coast is sunny and lined with white-sand beaches. The warm ocean waters are filled with humpback whales, and Mount Haleakala is the active volcano on the Island. Maui features countless tours, attractions, and activites from scenic flights to boat tours and diving excursions.

Kauai Tours and Activities

White sand beaches, tropical rain forests, coconut lined coasts, and the majestic Na Pali Coast are just a few of the backdrops in this tropical paradise. Kauai lies about 20 minutes by air from Honolulu in the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Encompassing roughly 550 miles, Kauai is the oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands. Kauai’s scenery has been used in a number of Hollywood productions including Jurassic Park (see the waterfall photo below), South Pacific, and Fantasy Island.

Oahu Tours and Activities

Oahu is a unique Island that finds a place in the hearts of many people. If you enjoy the outdoors, explore our beautiful lands and sea as you hike through rainforests, stroll along beaches, swim, surf, and dive in crystal clear waters. Oahu also features breathtaking surroundings, perfect for a romantic experience.

Enjoy the finest in dining, resorts, and scenery in a place where people are friendly and memories are everlasting. Oahu is an Island rich in history and culture, full of friendly faces, and incredible experiences.

Big Island Tours and Activities

Hawaii’s Big Island is filled with energy. Polynesian legend claims the goddess Pele gave volcanic birth to the Islands of Aloha. Hawaii’s Big Island is her latest and greatest creation, and it is still warm from its fiery birth. The Big Island is twice the size of its sisters combined, and growing every day as its active volcano, Kilauea, sends new land to a steamy meeting with the ocean 4,000 feet below. There are countless waterfalls feeding rainforests, and the landscape is more like that of a fantasy. There are massive black lava fields that remind you of the island’s relative youth, and the numerous uncrowded beaches let you catch your breath amidst unspoiled beauty.

Lanai Tours and Activities

Lana’i is a place of pristine, primal beauty, Hawaii’s “Most Enticing Island” where you can walk a mile on a beach without seeing another person. The former site of one of Hawaii’s major pineapple plantations, Lana’i has been transformed into a destination known, and coveted, by discerning travelers from all points of the compass.

Lana’i visitors can choose from two world-class resort hotels or unique “local style” accommodations. Golfers will revel in the challenges offered by two distinctly different championship courses. Visit Lana’i and you will find unexpected treasures joyfully shared by a people who are genuine and kind. We provide sightseeing day tours to Lana’i from Maui.

Molokai Tours and Activities

Moloka’i is Hawaii’s “Most Natural Island.” A haven for outdoor explorers, eco-seekers, and ocean adventurers, Moloka’i has little traffic and no traffic lights. On this special island folks go along at a very different pace. Many work the land, others harvest the bounty of the sea. Visitors can choose to hike through lush, magnificent valleys, ride horseback along gorgeous coastlines, mountain bike over soaring sea cliffs or kayak miles of pristine barrier reefs. We provide sightseeing day tours to Moloka’i from Maui.

For more information about Hawaii Tours, or for group tour bookings and private charter services, please email info@alohatours.us.


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