The Scenic Lahaina Harbor and Historic Pioneer Inn

January 20, 2017

If you're crazy about Maui ocean tours and you're looking for conveniently located and affordable accommodations, you may want to try the Pioneer Inn. This remarkable establishment is no less than 115 years old, and as such, has recently been added to the list of just 37 hotels in the Historic Hotels of America program, within the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Not only is the Inn a fascinating place to stay if you enjoy historic locations, but it's also on the block adjacent to Lahaina Harbor. That's where we operate our Maui Whale Watch Tours, along with snorkeling tours and sunset dinner cruises. The inn is just a minute or two away on foot. The Banyan Tree is across the street, and it's a great spot for getting some shade, browsing arts and crafts booths, and listening to flocks of mynah birds kick up a raucous around sunset.

The Pioneer Inn is among just five other Hawaii hotel icons that are part of the same historic program, one of which was the 52-year-old Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island that was added to the list at the same time. The Best Western-branded Pioneer Inn has a fascinating history of being featured in various films and television shows. Back in 1961, it appeared in “The Devil at 4 O’Clock,” a movie starring early film greats Spencer Tracy and Frank Sinatra. It has also appeared in “Baywatch,” "Hawaii Five-0," Hawaiian Eye," and "Adventures in Paradise."

The hotels in the Historic Hotels of America program are located in just 18 states and range between 51 years of age to 227 years of age. Considering how young Hawaii is, as a state, it's impressive that Maui has an operating 115-year-old hotel. If you want to take a peek, you can find the full list of historic hotels in the program at

If you want to learn more about our Maui ocean tours, you'll find our contact information at the top of the page. We also offer private Maui boat tours, if that's something that you're interested in. Remember that you can save 10% on all our activities if you book online. Mahalo!

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