About Us

Our Story

Rooted In Royalty

Since 1978, Al’ii Nui Sailing Charters has been proudly sailing the seas of Maui, whisking guests away on exhilarating snorkeling trips, romantic sunset cruises, and everything in between. We’re honored to play a part in introducing our visitors to the island and its waters; as stewards of our proud culture, we take that responsibility seriously.
1978
Maui Dive Shop opens its first retail location, focusing on SCUBA diving and retail.
1978
1987
First dive and snorkel boat is launched out of the Kihei boat ramp.
1987
1990
Gulf War causes dramatic drop in tourism, forcing downsize in operations.
1990
2003
Original Alii Nui catamaran purchased and outfitted to provide high-end snorkeling and sunset sails.
2003
2007
Brand-new Alii Nui “built by hand, from scratch” in Oregon with the goal of luxury snorkeling and sunset dinner sails.
2007
2009
The new-and-improved, 65-feet-long, 35-feet-wide Alii Nui is completed after two years of construction and transported from Portland Oregon, enduring 12-foot seas and chasing Tropical Storm Felicia to arrive in Maui’s Ma’alaea Harbor.
2009
2012
Alii Nui launches the first Royal Feast Dinner Sail, providing the ultimate on-water dining experience.
2012
2023
RED Hospitality & Leisure acquires Maui Dive Shop & Alii Nui Sailing Charters. RED’S specialization in resort services, ecotourism, and destination services for luxury hotels promises a new horizon for Alii Nui, with plans for strategic expansion in the future.
2023

Ecotorism

and Outreach

True to the spirit of Aloha that guides us, our relationship to nature is sacred. Since the founding of Maui Dive Shop in 1978, we’ve taken responsibility for our earth—and its resources—seriously. Our team strives to reduce its impact on the delicate ecosystems that border the island of Maui and the environment, focusing on Malama Kai (to take care of the ocean).

We believe in promoting positive ecological practices in the following areas

  • Coral Reef Preservation
  • Environmental Management
  • Tourist Education
  • Pre-dive Environmental Briefing

Alii Nui and Maui Dive Shop Dive stay responsible by:

  • Pumping all waste at the dock and do not deposit waste in the ocean
  • Not using fish food to promote animal encounters
  • Our caterer uses local produce and products to support our local farmers and vendors
  • Using purified water for drinking, which is provided by a local Maui company
  • Picking up “ocean trash” throughout our daily charters
  • Reusable dishes, plates, silverware, coffee mugs, champagne and wine glasses
  • As a sailing catamaran, we use less fuel than motor-powered vessels

The Crew

Meet The Māmaka Kaiao

Dave

Started with the Company in 2023
I’ve been on Maui for 44 years and I enjoy spending my time in the ocean on a hydrofoil.

Greg

Started with the Company in 2023
I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wonderful wife Katherine, as well as scuba diving, spear fishing, golfing, surfing, kayaking, and hunting with my dogs on Haleakala.

Alex

Started with the Company in 2017
I’m great at salting the rim! Find me for an amazing margarita.

Anthony

Started with the Company in 2021
I’m a Harry Potter fan that enjoys skipping stones, clean air, with a huge love for baseball.

Mariah

Started with the Company in 2021
I have traveled to 10 countries and my favorite two are Japan and New Zealand.

Chloe

Started with the Company in 2016
When I’m not cooking or gardening, I love teaching the art of snorkeling.

Timothy

Started with the Company in 2012
I’m an advocate for the sustainable development of Maui County and protecting its natural resources for future generations.

Bre

Started with the Company in 2020
I played college soccer and I have a daughter.

Josh

Started with the Company in 2018
After moving to Maui from Texas in 2017, I quickly fell in love with boating and sailing. If I’m not on the ocean, you can find me either on the beach with my wife and golden retriever, or playing a country music gig at a local venue!

Gray

Started with the Company in 2015
I was bitten by an eel on the day I was supposed to propose to my now wife.

Jordan

Started with the Company in 2019
I am a horse wrangler and a SCUBA divemaster, plus I’m a professional nerd!

Marcio

Started with the Company in 2018
I can speak 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese).

Robin

Started with the Company in 2022
I am a licensed massage therapist who specializes in a technique called Ashiatsu, or “foot pressure”, where I use my feet and hands to give the massage.

Joe

Started with the Company in 2021
Find me singing karaoke at Maui’s best local spots, or at a “unpopular” beach with my wife.

Travis

Started with the Company in 2021
Born & raised on the island of Maui, I enjoy canoe paddling & stand-up paddling

Logan

Started with the Company in 2022
I am a plant lover; let’s talk about plants! I grew up with a fear of open water!

Pam

Started with the Company in 2011
Love being on Maui, with the Aloha Spirit and the equality that exists here.

Johanna

Started with the Company in 2016
I grew up on a cattle ranch and have found that many of the skills carried over to working on a boat, like working with lines/ropes and large groups.

Farel

Started with the Company in 2017
FA-REL is my rapper name. Im a Diver, Fun Haver, Surfer, Paddle boarder, Adventure Seeker, and Flight Attendant on my days off.

Mark

Started with the Company in 2017
I was born in Guam, moved to Maui to live in Paradise and work on the ocean.

Dustin

Started with the Company in 2021
Moved here from Washington to enjoy the ocean by scuba diving, free diving & surfing.

Ryan

Started with the Company in 2021
I’m an occasional spear fisherman, wholehearted snorkeler, competent small wave surfer/ bodyboarder.

Faith

Started with the Company in 2022

Robert

Started with the Company in 2022
I love surfing, sailing, and free diving. In my free time I can also be found shelling, playing soccer, or reading a book.

The Crew

Meet The Māmaka Kaiao

Jamey

Started with the Company in 2015
I’ve been on Maui for 44 years and I enjoy spending my time in the ocean on a hydrofoil.

Josh

Started with the Company in 2018
After moving to Maui from Texas in 2017, I quickly fell in love with boating and sailing. If I’m not on the ocean, you can find me either on the beach with my wife and golden retriever, or playing a country music gig at a local venue!

Timothy

Started with the Company in 2012
I’m an advocate for the sustainable development of Maui County and protecting its natural resources for future generations.

Bre

Started with the Company in 2020
I played college soccer and I have a daughter.

Gray

Started with the Company in 2015
I was bitten by an eel on the day I was supposed to propose to my now wife.

Jordan

Started with the Company in 2019
I am a horse wrangler and a SCUBA divemaster, plus I’m a professional nerd!

Alex

Started with the Company in 2017
I’m great at salting the rim! Find me for an amazing margarita.

Anthony

Started with the Company in 2021
I’m a Harry Potter fan that enjoys skipping stones, clean air, with a huge love for baseball.

Mariah

Started with the Company in 2021
I have traveled to 10 countries and my favorite two are Japan and New Zealand.

Joe

Started with the Company in 2021
Find me singing karaoke at Maui’s best local spots, or at a “unpopular” beach with my wife.

Robin

Started with the Company in 2022
I am a licensed massage therapist who specializes in a technique called Ashiatsu, or “foot pressure”, where I use my feet and hands to give the massage.

Marcio

Started with the Company in 2018
I can speak 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese).

Travis

Started with the Company in 2021
Born & raised on the island of Maui, I enjoy canoe paddling & stand-up paddling

Logan

Started with the Company in 2022
I am a plant lover; let’s talk about plants! I grew up with a fear of open water!

Dave

Started with the Company in 2023
I’ve been on Maui for 44 years and I enjoy spending my time in the ocean on a hydrofoil.

Greg

Started with the Company in 2023
I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wonderful wife Katherine, as well as scuba diving, spear fishing, golfing, surfing, kayaking, and hunting with my dogs on Haleakala.

Chloe

Started with the Company in 2016
When I’m not cooking or gardening, I love teaching the art of snorkeling.

Pam

Started with the Company in 2011
Love being on Maui, with the Aloha Spirit and the equality that exists here.

Johanna

Started with the Company in 2016
I grew up on a cattle ranch and have found that many of the skills carried over to working on a boat, like working with lines/ropes and large groups.

Farel

Started with the Company in 2017
FA-REL is my rapper name. Im a Diver, Fun Haver, Surfer, Paddle boarder, Adventure Seeker, and Flight Attendant on my days off.

Mark

Started with the Company in 2017
I was born in Guam, moved to Maui to live in Paradise and work on the ocean.

Dustin

Started with the Company in 2021
Moved here from Washington to enjoy the ocean by scuba diving, free diving & surfing.

Ryan

Started with the Company in 2021
I’m an occasional spear fisherman, wholehearted snorkeler, competent small wave surfer/ bodyboarder.

Faith

Started with the Company in 2022

Robert

Started with the Company in 2022
I love surfing, sailing, and free diving. In my free time I can also be found shelling, playing soccer, or reading a book.

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