Humpback whales have begun their annual migration with the first arrivals showing their flippers at Maui’s spectacular Ka’anapali Beach. Spouting, breaching and flipper slapping, the Pacific humpback is the star of the seas and can often be viewed just a few hundred yards off shore. Hands down, the best viewing location is the Ka’anapali Beach area right at the base of legendary Black Rock. A stay here at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa offers front-row seats from ocean front rooms and suites. The resort’s “Wake up with the Whales” package lets you watch for whales from your ocean front lanai. The package includes complimentary binoculars and souvenir Sheraton Maui mason jars to quench your thirst.
Staying at the Sheraton locates you right at Black Rock’s world-famous marine preserve, voted the best snorkeling area in all of Maui. An abundance of colorful sea life populates the clear, gentle waters where green turtles gather around Black Rock and schools of spinner dolphins frolic off shore.
Romantics, families and adventurers will find exciting activities from fine dining to beach side hot dogs, bubble making classes in the pool for kiddies to professional scuba lessons, outrigger rentals for up-close whale watching and kayaks or paddle boards with lessons for beginners. At the end of the day, head to the Spa for a relaxing massage and then dinner at one of the Sheraton’s romantic or casual eateries.
Cliff Diving: Whales are not the only star of the show at Ka’anapali Beach. Come sunset, you will want to grab an outdoor perch at the Sheraton’s Cliff Dive Grill to welcome Maui’s glorious evening sunset as echos of the conch shell fill the air. With Black Rock silhouetted on the horizon, a Hawaiian native follows the tradition of his ancestors as he lights the Tiki torches along the oceanfront path to the rock’s peak. As part of the ceremony, he offers a prayer and tosses his lei to the sea before his dramatic headlong dive from Black Rock to the surf below. Hawaiian legend tells us this sacred site was considered to be the pinnacle from which the soul would enter the nether world. This is a challenging sport and a time-honored tradition that Sheraton Maui has kept alive since its opening in the sixties; it makes an especially warm welcome on your first night in Maui.
Torch Lighting and Cliff Diving ceremony. For an insider’s view of the Cliff Diving Ceremony at Sheraton Maui, click here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFl22PtiD20
Prime whale migration season runs from late December and often extends in to May with the sweet spot being the month of February. This time of year is so popular that Sheraton Maui Resort has rolled out a variety of seasonal package deals tied to the annual whale migration. Check here for seasonal specials: http://deals.sheraton.com/Sheraton-Maui-Resort-378/special-offers
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Visit Sheraton Maui’s official website here:www.Sheraton-Maui.com or call: 1-808-661-0451.
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