Teralani - A Step Above the Rest
I first sailed with them about six years ago and have done so on several occasions since, on both snorkel sails and winter whale watches. I am pleased to tell you that I have always had a great time.
Their catamarans are two of the best that you'll find on Maui. The most recent, the Teralani 3 was built in Tacoma, Washington and launched in April of 2005. It came to Hawaii and was shortly thereafter followed by one of her current crew, Holly, who fell in love with the boat back in her home town.
Even more important than the quality of the boats is the quality of the staff. Whether it's one of their newer crew members such as Holly or some of their veterans, the crew is friendly, knowledgeable and just great fun to be around. That's the main reason I keep sailing with Teralani.
A Whole Family Enterprise
The family involvement does not, however, stop with Mike. You see Teralani Sailing Adventures and their two boats the Teralani 2 and Teralani 3, are all named after Mike's oldest daughter Teralani. Lani in Hawaiian means heaven, thus the name means "heaven on earth." Teralani, whom I also had the pleasure of meeting is now a young lady and quite the spokesperson as well as the "face" of the company.
Not to be outdone, however, Mike's youngest daughter, Kianna, (who is still hoping for a boat in her name) is prominently featured in the company's latest flyer. I can assure you that she's a force to be reckoned with. She definitely takes charge when she's onboard.
When I've gone on snorkel sails with Teralani, I've always had plenty of time to snorkel to my heart's content. On every whale watch I've seen plenty of whales. For snorkel sails, they'll provide the mask, fins and a selection of flotation devices.
Teralani Sailing Adventures offers several different sailing options depending on season. These include early morning and late morning snorkel sails to Honolua Bay or along the West Maui Coastline, a morning whale watch (in season), an evening sunset sail and an evening dinner sunset sail. Trip times also vary by season.
Food and beverage (including alcoholic drinks) vary based on the sail selected, but rest assured, you'll always have your fill of food and drink on Teralani. For safety reasons alcoholic beverages are not available prior to snorkeling.
If You Go
If you have a large group, charters are available.
My only complaint about Teralani Sailing Adventures is that their website needs updating. Not only are the images outdated, but the information on which boat sails which trip is incorrect. I'm sure they'll be updating it soon. Their flyer has just recently been updated and it's a beauty with updated photos of the boats, Teralani as well as her sister Kianna.
If you want to see what you'll experience on a Teralani Sailing Adventure view our Teralani Sailing Adventures Photo Gallery.
We give Teralani Sailing Adventures 5 stars but deduct one for their outdated website. Once that's updated, we'll give them the five stars they deserve.