Activities and Attractions, Maui
Fondest memory: One fond memory of Maui is standing on a sandy beach as the sun starts to slide under the horizon. The final colorful glimmers of daylight streak across the sky and are reflected upon the water. A gentle ocean breeze cools the warm evening air. And you reflect in the knowledge that tomorrow you will awake in paradise.
The Aloha Spirit, friendliness, relaxed, laid-back style, gracious hospitality and incredible scenery.
Plus, the world-class beaches, balmy breezes and everything exotic about the island.
Yes, Maui is all about beaches, but you haven't seen the “real” Maui if you haven't driven the famous road to Hana, a zig-zag coastal road (now paved) with 53 or so small bridges and as many twists and turns. It takes about three hours to navigate this gorgeous route from Paia, a quaint and artsy 60's throwback town near the airport, out to Hana, and another three+ to get back.
With brilliant coastal views on one side and rainforest on the other, you'll find State Parks, hiking trails, magnificent waterfalls-some with pools you can swim in-a black sand beach and "blowholes," those volcanic doughnuts and natural sculptures that look like the work of some legendary giant.
With a four-wheel drive and an early start, you can make it out past Hana another ten miles or so (plus a couple of miles of hiking) to one of the best scenic waterfalls on the island. Allow another 3 ½ hours or thereabouts to get back before dark. The quicker option is a helicopter tour!
For "the most Hawaiian" hotel on Maui: the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel (kbhmaui.com), full of The Aloha Spirit, excellent friendly staff and service, dining at the Tiki Terrace with umbrella tables under the brightest night stars you've ever seen, and a healthy "native Hawaiian cuisine" that is delicious as well as good for you.
The location is right on Ka’anapali Beach and features a torch-lighting ceremony at sundown with a diver who plunges from a cliff to the waters below.
The Old Lahaina Luau has the best hula show around and all you can eat buffet-style. The Maui Ocean Center showcases exotic fish, and good snorkeling is nearby.
The Maui Visitor
Fondest memory: The friendliness of the islanders, the relaxed pace, the weather and scenery.
Favorite thing: Hana Highway 36, with its 617 turns and 56 one-lane bridges is one of 52 Millenium Legacy Trails established to protect historic roads and trails around the nation. Must stops along the HEAVENLY ROAD TO HANA include Kaumahina State Wayside Park, Keanae Arboretum, Kipahulu's Oheo Pools, Wailua Valley State Wayside, Puaa Kaa State Wayside and Wai'anapanapa State Park. Fifteen minutes past Hana is the 95-foot Wailua Falls.
We booked our MAUI HANA TOUR through "Unbeatable Tours". The tour took us on the "Road to Hana", the most popular tour offered. The agenda included round-trip airfare from Honolulu, ground transportation, driver/guide, the Hana coast, Wailua Falls, Oheo Gulch (Seven Pools), Keanae, Puohokoma Falls, La Perouse Bay and visit to a winery.
Cost of Tour for two people
2 @ 154.00 $308.00
Shuttles to airport 2 @ 10.00 $20.00
Security 2 @ 5.00 $10.00
Some of the publications I kept from my visit have associated websites which may help you choose appropriate activities.
http://www.hawaiifun.org (view a pdf file of the current Maui guide at http://maa.hawaiifun.org)
Definitely one of the most amazing things about Maui is the contrast between all the colors in nature. I don't know why the colors seems to be so much deeper here. Perhaps, it's the sun, or the position of the island in comparison to the Earth. Who knows? What I do know is that this made an already amazing trip that much better. Without a doubt a photographers dream spot.
Fondest memory: Standing at the bottom of this steep hill near a red sand beach near Hana, I looked down at the red sand below and gazed in amazement. Then I looked up and saw the contrast of this bright green against the blue sky. I stared in awe for a good minute or two before I realized my wife was yelling at me because she couldn't get down. I still remember this view so vividly.
This is just a couple of many available Day Tours to Maui, we took this Maui Hana Tour .
The price will be a bit more than it says because the transportation and the Tax is not included yet.
The 35 minute plane trip was nice and a fantastic view of the Oahu craters , and Hanauma Bay could be seen .Iwas sitting on the wrong side of the plane to see much of the Maui Island from the air , but I am sure it was also a great view.
Fondest memory: I was not sure about doing this but it was fine. It could be dangerous if you are not comfortable riding a bike. It was cold at the top so dress warm. Get to the viewing area quickly or you will view the sunrise over someone's head. The bike ride was fun. We started at the top (10,000'+) and biked down to the ocean. This was my wifes favorite memory.
Fondest memory: We drove the road to Hana. It does take all day but is worth it. Our mistake was not continuing all the way around. The day after a local told us the road is fine and a 1 hour shorter drive back. Be sure to make alot of stops. Stop where the tour bus stops. This would be a fun drive in a small sports car.
watch the sun go down over the ocean. It's unlike any sunset in the world.
Fondest memory: Watching my first sunset, and listening to the concha horns being blown and the waves on the shore. That alone will bring me back time and time again.
Favorite thing: Its so helpful to pick up all the guides at the Kahului Airport, you can check all the local current activites. Its mostly advertisements, but you may come across an ad that interests you.