Many people have a trip to Hawaii on their bucket list. If you are lucky enough to go, you may have a hard time deciding which island you actually want to visit! Each island offers its own unique experiences, but at the end of the day you will be in paradise no matter which one you choose! Maui has a relaxed feel to it, with plenty of tourist attractions still to explore. From the Lavender Farm to the Banyan Tree in Lahaina, naturists can appreciate all that the island climate has to offer. Luaus are always a crowd pleaser for dinner time, and golfing is a favorite pastime of many. However, those of us with more of an adventure spirit can still be wowed by what Maui has hiding in and around the island. Here are a few of the top suggestions for those seeking a little adventure on their next Maui vacation.
First, the Hana Highway will take you through tropical forests, near scenic cliffs, and to beautiful waterfalls if you are brave enough to ignore the “no trespassing” signs. The road itself is very winding and narrows to one lane in several places. It’s by no means an extremely dangerous drive, but it isn’t a pleasant drive through the countryside either.
Next, seafarers may enjoy parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, or even whale watching in this part of the Pacific. The most timid of your adventure buddies can rest assured that the waves are milder in the summer months if you plan to surf or snorkel. If you want to go whale watching, however, the best times to plan your Maui vacation are in February and March. Some Maui whale watch groups will offer more affordable packages for only an hour or so, while others can enjoy whale watching for several hours for only around $100 per person. The best whale watching tours will be small and include specialty designed boats that invite whales to come close by. Federal law doesn’t allow boats to approach whales closer than 100 yards, but many tours still get up-close-encounters from whales approaching them! Seeing these beasts in person is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Last, some of the best adventures are ones you stumble upon yourself. For instance, a secluded waterfall on a nature hike or a foreign dish on the menu can catch us by surprise. These are what sometimes make vacations most memorable. Planning certain activities ensures you get to do everything you want while you are in Maui, but leaving room for some unplanned adventures is always a wise choice when traveling abroad.
While many believe Hawaii is the only island with lots to do, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Maui offers its own unique experiences, as well as gives tourists a taste of authentic Hawaiian culture. Beach-bodies, relaxers, and adventurists can all find pleasurable activities on the beautiful island of Maui. The only thing to do now is set the date for your next vacation!