– One of the most sought out destinations in the entire world. With over 2 million visitors in 2011 alone, its obvious that people know it is a beautiful place. Here are just a few amazing things to see while traveling.
1. Road to Hana
The road to Hana is a four hour drive along the east coast of Maui and is one of the last unspoiled frontiers that Hawaii has to offer. It is an adventurous road consisting of hairpin turns, one way bridges and spectacular views. Experience rain forests, flowing waterfalls and powerful seascapes. On this spectacular drive, stop at beaches, roadside restaurants and even see Hale Piilani, the states largest Hawaiian temple.
2. Bike Down The Haleakala Volcano
No tour guide, no long lines and certainly no time limit! This is a perfect full day adventure with a spectacular view once you get to the top. Also known as the “House Of The Rising Sun” this volcano bike trail will take you to an elevation of 10,000 feet. Total time to bike this monstrous trail is about 8-9 hours so you want to get there early and start your voyage.
♥ Just a tip – Be sure to pack plenty of water for your journey! Also, depending on the time of the year the climate can be chilly at the top so be sure to bring a light sweater.
3. Take A Horseback Tour
Maui offers several different ranches that offer horse back riding to accommodate all types of riders from – extreme beginners to veteran riders. Let them know your level of experience so you can be matched up with an appropriate horse. There are different riding packages so it is all preference, but here are the basics;
- Horseback riding through a tropical rain forest.
- Onto the ranch lands high above the central valley, with views galore.
- Horseback riding through Eucalyptus forests and meadow lands.
- From the beach at Makena up the slopes toward Ulupalakua.
4. Go On A Whale Watch
Experience the beautiful and majestic humpback whales in their natural environment. December 15th – May 15th is official whale season! If you visit Maui during this time, I would definitely suggest taking a humpback whale tour. What an amazing voyage!
5. Zip-line With Skyline Eco Adventure
Voted the #1 zip line tour in Hawaii. See incredible ocean and West Maui views from a birds eye view of about 600 ft in the air and take a splash into a natural mountain pool.
Can you say amazing?
6. Experience the Nakalele Blowhole
Nakalele Blowhole is located on Highway 30 North from Kapalua and a mile past marker #38. This “blowhole” is the result of the ocean wearing away the shore below the lava shelf. Each wave forces water through a hole in the lava shelf resulting in an “eruption” of water similar to a geyser. A word of caution, be extremely careful around the blowhole as the waves and eruptions are highly unpredictable and can be deadly.
7. Eat Roadside
While experiencing the road to Hana you will come across many roadside stands serving Hawaiin delicacies. Don’t miss out on all the treats that you can only experience here in Hawaii – also, if you come across coconut candy – try it!
8. Walk On Black Sand Beach
Located in Wai’anapanapa State Park you can find this beautiful beach and the perfect photo opportunity! The black sand was created by lava flow several hundred years ago and be careful because the rip currents are strong! Swimming is only possible during calm currents. There are two lava caves with freshwater pools located near the beach so keep your eyes open. You can also spend the night on this beautiful beach – but a permit is required.
9. Eat the freshest Fish tacos
If your a fan on fish tacos like we are, you have to experience the fish tacos at coconut fish cafe! They are made with a variety of 17 unique ingredients and the fish in each taco is only about 5 hours old. It doesn’t get more fresh than that – straight from the ocean to your mouth! YUM!
10. Stand Among the Bamboo In the Bamboo Forest
Exclusive location and a mile hike to get to, the bamboo forest is located in the Pipiwai Trail on the island of Maui. Along the voyage you can see waterfalls and the “Infinity Pool” located at the top! Follow the trail, cross over a bridge and be rewarded with an amazing view of the 400 ft Waimoko Falls.
♥ Important Tip – Bring lots of water and bug repellent! Also, resist swimming in this beautiful pool because potential flash floods could be deadly as well as falling rocks.