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Gilligans’ Island Luau – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect, FAQs


The Maui Nui Golf Course in the small town of Kihei in Maui hosts one of Hawaii’s brightest, intimate spectacles – the luau.

The Gilligan’s Island Hawaiian feast, or “luau,” stands as a beacon of Polynesian culture and brings together a confluence of mesmerizing sunset views of the ocean, traditional dance, theater, and cuisine. 

The newest member of the legendary luaus in Hawaii is also its most close-knit, standing at a quarter of most luaus, providing you with a true sense of the ohana philosophy and, incidentally, giving each seat the best possible view.  

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Gilligan’s Island Luau Tour.

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What to expect at Gilligan’s Island Luau

A look into a Gilligan’s Island Luau, Maui’s Newest Luau.

Immerse yourself in  the rich Polynesian cultural festivity and be humbled by the heartfelt welcome greetings that lie in the tradition of receiving lei necklaces.

These necklaces, made of leaves, flowers, or seashells, were originally reserved for Hawaiian royalty but are now propagated as a symbol of love, friendship, and honor.

Open your heart to magnificent ocean views, a sky ignited by a dwindling sun, and Hawaiian alcoholic beverages of your choice.

Witness stunning cultural spectacles and dances from across  Polynesian history, with vivid stories and performances from Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Samoa.  

Marvel at the performers’ skills as they twirl flaming staffs in their hands to perform the menacing but thrilling Samoan fire-knife dance. 

Enjoy the rare chance to learn about the customs and cuisines of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, and other islands all in one magical evening.

Witness the revival of the ancient Imu ceremony, where a roasted pig, buried in a pit with hot coals, sand, and leaves, is unearthed with ceremonial grandeur and later taken for shredding.

Feel your heart leaping out of your chest as the passionate beat of the drums reverberates in the oceanic night.

Set your taste buds alight with rapturous fulfillment as you gorge on a buffet meal consisting of Hawaiian kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, panko-crusted mahi mahi with lemon dill cream sauce, hummus with vegetable crudites, lomi lomi salmon, mixed vegetables, mac salad, poi, and much more.

That is not all, for a dessert spread consisting of fresh pineapple cubes, chocolate haupia pie, white chocolate Macadamia nut cookies, and lilikoi bars.

Do not be a silent spectator; participate in the fun with carefully crafted audience-interactive story and game sessions. 

Embrace the true spirit  of Ohana as this evening will be an intimate affair with a small gathering, with thorough attention paid to each community member.

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Where to book tickets

Tickets to Gilligan’s Island Luau Maui Tour are available online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the booking page for Gilligan Island’s Luau.

Select the number of tickets, preferred date, and time slot, and buy the tickets immediately. 

Once you complete the booking process, the tickets will be mailed to you.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone to the staff at the pickup point. Carry a valid ID. 

Gilligans’ Island Luau ticket prices

Tickets for the Maui Luau: Gilligans’ Island Luau in Kihei cost US$165 for all guests above 12 years of age.

Children between the ages of four and 11 can get access at US$103.

For the VIP seating, the ticket cost for all ages above 12 is US$197.

Children between the ages of four and 11 can get access at US$148.

Infants under the age of three are not charged anything.

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With tickets to Gilligan’s Island Luau, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the traditions and stories that have shaped the Pacific islands through sensory spectacles, indigenous island cuisine, and embracing visitors in the spirit of ohana.

You can buy a general admission ticket or a VIP ticket.

The VIP ticket gets you access to premium seating, priority check-in, and freshly woven lei necklaces, among other perks throughout the evening.

Ticket Prices

General Seating

Adult Ticket (12+ years): US$156
Child Ticket (4 to 11 years): US$103
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

VIP Seating

Adult Ticket (12+ years): US$197
Child Ticket (4 to 11 years): USS$148
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

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How to reach Gilligans’ Island Luau

The Gilligans’ Island Luau is located at the Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei, Hawaii.

Address: 470 Lipoa Pkwy, Kihei, HI 96753, United States. Get Directions. 

Kihei is just 13 miles (20.8 km) from Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui’s largest town.

By Bus

Lipoa St./Haggai Institute bus stop is just a 2-minute walk away. 

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate to the Maui Nui Golf Club.

Cars are available for rent, and taxis are available for hire easily in Maui.

There are parking spots available near the Golf Course.

Gilligans’ Island Luau timings

The Gilligans’ Island Luau experience is open to guests four days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday). 

The tour does not take place on Monday, Friday, and Saturday. 

The luau in Gilligans’ Island has different entry slots for the VIP and general seating audiences.

The VIP visitors get entry at 5 pm, while the general seating audience gets entry at 5.30 pm.

How long does the tour take

How long does the tour take
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The Gilligan’s Island Luau experience takes approximately 3 hours.

This time frame covers everything, from the lei greetings, workshops, fire dance performances, and dinner. 

Best time to attend Gilligans’ Island Luau

The best time to attend the Gilligan’s Island Luau is 5 pm in the evening so that you can watch the sunset on the oceanfront while you sip on your Mai Tais.

​​Gilligans’ Island Luau reviews

Gilligan’s Island Luau is a highly-rated tourist attraction.

Check out three Gilligan’s Luau reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction:

First trip to Maui and a luau

Awesome evening! Food was great and the entertainment was very good!

The musicians were top notch and the young lady doing the story telling did a great job tying the dancers to the Hawaiian story. 

A much more intimate setting than I have heard some are!

Bob C, TripAdvisor

Fantastic introduction to Polynesian and Hawaiian culture

The food was delicious, the waitstaff was very kind and took that extra step to ensure everyone was having a good time.

The performers were amazing, certainly recommend this place for anyone looking to do a luau in Maui!

Carmen S, TripAdvisor

Great for pescatarians

The venue was beautiful. Great against the setting sun. 

I’m a pescatarian. Great food options for me. 

The drinks were great and unlimited. The dancers and musicians were amazing. I highly recommend this luau. VIP seating is the best option.

Nicole C, TripAdvisor

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FAQs about Gilligans’ Island Luau

Here are a few Frequently asked Questions about Gilligans’ Island Luau:

Is Gilligan’s Island in Luau disability friendly?

Yes, the luau is wheelchair friendly, and also allows service animals

Where can I book tickets to Gilligan’s Island Luau?

Tourists can buy tickets for the Gilligan’s Island Luau online or at the venue, on the day of their visit. For the best experience we suggest you book your tickets online, in advance.

How are the VIP tickets different from the General Tickets?

Gilligan’s Island Luau VIP ticket gets you access to premium seating, priority check-in, and freshly woven lei necklaces, among other perks throughout the evening.

Are alcoholic beverages available at Gilligan’s Island Luau?

You have the choice of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at Gilligan’s island Luau.
There will be an open bar with tropical drinks, red or white house wine, beer and all non-alcoholic beverages.

What does the entertainment consist of at Gilligan’s Island Luau?

A storyteller will weave a delightful canvas of Hawaiian folklore and legends for you, which will be reinforced by the hula dance, Samoan fire dance, live music, conch shell blowing, Imu ceremony, and much more. 

What is the cancellation policy of Gilligan’s Island Luau?

For a full refund, please make sure to cancel at least 24 hours ahead of the booking date. 

Where does the Gilligans’ Island Luau take place?

The Gilligans’ Island luau takes place at the Gilligan’s Bar and Grill at the Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei, Hawaii.

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