In Maui, they have a saying Maui no ka oi which means ‘Maui is the best.’ After a summer trip to this paradise island we’re certain you will agree. Maui is an extraordinary blend of relaxation, natural beauty, delightful culture and unforgettable adventure.
Located in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago, Maui is an island overflowing with wild scenery and nature. Most often, it is Maui’s gorgeous beaches that hold places on postcards, book covers, paintings, and in the memories of every visitor who has buried their toes into the soft sand. There are over 30 miles of beaches on the island and they are widely varied, offering something for every type of holiday. It seems appropriate to start with the most photographed beach in all of Hawaii: Makena Beach, a beautifully rugged stretch of sand. Divided into ‘Big Beach’ and ‘Little Beach’ its located in Makena State Park and appears untouched. In Hawaiian, ‘Big Beach’ is called ‘Oneloa’, meaning ‘Long Sand’ and it is not only long but also vastly wide. The choppy waves attract body-boarders and swimmers all day until the sun sets over the turquoise waters. ‘Little Beach’ is an eclectic beach full of character and is one of the only nudist beaches on the island.
The beaches of Maui have so much to offer you could easily spend your whole time exploring the island and discovering your favourite gem. Another stunner is Wai’anapanapa, literally ‘glistening water’, known for its unique contrast of deep blue water and smooth black sand beach. There are also lava tubes, sea arches, anchialine pools and even a blowhole, all edged by untamed vibrant flora and fauna. For a day of shelter and peace, Kapalua is an enchanting option. Sitting on the southwestern tip of Kapalua, this crescent-shaped strip of sand is perfect for cocktail sipping, snorkeling and safe swimming.
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After sunning yourself in the morning rays, what better way to relax further (you are in paradise of course), than with a spa day. Everyone deserves luxury on holiday and spa retreats are in abundance on Maiu. There are five star resort spas dotted around the island offering pampering packages. Alternatively, Maiu offers something rather special in outcall pamper services to your condo, resort or rental room. Treatments range from deep tissue massage, to manicures, pedicures, facials, scrubs and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.
Get your go pro ready for Maui’s adventures because you’ll be making some treasured memories. A unique opportunity offered by Maui’s tropical landscape is downhill biking along the slopes of Haleakala Volcano. Begin in time to see the sunrise from the top of the 10,000 foot summit above the clouds before travelling down into the lush hills of Upcountry Maui. Another crazy trip is on the Road to Hana. Named one of the world’s best road trips, the Road to Hana is a winding drive filled with jungle hiking trails, beaches, bamboo forests, historic sites and scenic overlooks. Take your time because the journey, not the destination, is the main event.
To zoom through Maui with a birds eye view, taking one of the ziplines is a must! Haleakala, Ka’anapali and Waikapu all offer a thrilling way to explore some of the islands most picturesque and remote areas at full speed. Another for the thrill-seekers is Rappel Maui. After hiking through a private botanical garden, you will rappel down a 60 foot jungle cliff, 50 foot waterfall and then another 39 foot waterfall. The jungle adventure ends with a splash in a dazzling natural pool.
If rappelling or zip-ling through the natural wonders of Maui is too short-lived, then plan a camping getaway on the island. Camping Maui is not just for the budgeters as it offers a unique chance to experience Maui stripped back. Camping sites are situated on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano, or on the soft sands of Kanaha Beach Park of even the remote shores of the East. Even if tents aren’t for you, there are numerous rental places to hire camping vehicles. Park up and enjoy the outdoors in the gleaming sun.
To be surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean ensures there are sea adventures in abundance. Snorkelling is the obvious activity in any of the coves. Honolua Bay is famous for its snorkelling, crystal waters and sealife like no other. Butterflyfish, Chubs, Goatfish, Parrotfish, Snapper, Tang, Unicornfish, mountains of coral and even graceful turtles. Go deeper by joining a scuba diving excursion. There are an assortment of unique dive locations including shipwrecks, cathedrals and striking craters. Further than that, you’ll get the chance to feel completely immersed in the exciting marine life. These sealife adventures are the most obvious, other opportunities to explore the waves are by dolphin watching, whale watching, sailing tours and airplane or helicopter rides.
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Visitors are often surprised to go to Maui, prepared to fall in love with its beaches and nature, and to leave most treasuring its welcoming people and their culture. Visit a museum, or join a craft tour that shows you the inner workings of the distilleries and vineyards working to create the specialist drinks that Maui are proud to sell. Another quirky tour is the Maui Pineapple Tour, showing the workings of the pineapple plantation in the countryside and its harvesting, testing and distilling. Leave with a new experience and a complimentary fresh pineapple as a souvenir. Yum.
Relaxation, adventure, or both: why do you love Maui? Let us know in the comments below.