Visiting Maui

Hawaiia Beach

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The island of Maui is always among the top vacation destinations in the world, and is one of the most popular islands in Hawaii. This island offers numerous tourist activities for couples and families, and stunning views from nearly any vantage point on the island. Maui is known for over 120 miles of sparkling beaches and several unique inland habitats created by the two volcanoes on the island. This popular vacation destination has something for everyone, whether your trip is a family vacation or a romantic getaway.

When visiting Maui, don’t miss out on the chance to visit a luau. Many of the larger hotels offer a professional luau every week to give tourists a taste of this traditional Hawaiian feast. Luaus offer traditional Hawaiian cuisine and exotic tropical dishes that are actually a fusion of Polynesian, Asian, and Hawaiian cultures. This delicious buffet includes Palua Pork, often cooked in the customary manner of an underground oven, where the pig is roasted all day long. The breathtaking entertainment at a luau often includes hula dancing and Samoan fire dancers.

Of course, when visiting Maui you must leave time for enjoying the beach. The island is known for beautiful white sands and gleaming blue waters. Try your hand at scuba diving or snorkeling to catch a peek of marine life, which includes bright tropical fish, coral, and manta rays. A submarine tour is an interesting way to see these creatures without getting wet. To enjoy the waves, rent a surfboard or jet ski or go swimming in the warm waters off Maui’s beaches. There are also several specialty cruises and tours designed to offer unique views of the island and the surrounding waters. If your visit is scheduled between December and April, take advantage of the opportunity to embark on a whale watching cruise.

Scuba Diving

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Although you may not think of forests when you think of Hawaii, there are plenty of inland environments for you to explore. Home to two volcanoes, Maui has a unique rainforest ecosystem. This mountainous region can be explored by helicopter or by Jeep. The eastern coast of Maui is easy to explore thanks to the Hana Highway, which offers countless lookout points and opportunities to see breathtaking views. Maui’s many trails offer ample opportunities for biking and hiking, where you may spot some of the unique plants and animals that call the island home. Each of Maui’s unusual environments is filled with a vast array of exotic species. One of the most popular destinations on the island is Oheo Gulch, also know as Seven Sacred Pools. Swimming through this series of waterfalls and pools, which empties into the Pacific Ocean, is said to bring good luck.

Although the best views are said to be along the coast, there are thousands of amazing views available in the inland areas, too. The view from Haleakala crater, formed by one of Maui’s volcanoes, is said to be the best sunrise. This volcano last erupted over two hundred years ago; you can still see this eruption’s lava flows. This is actually one of the highest mountains in the world, though much of its height is hidden underwater. For the best sunset views, head to Lahaina. This wharf is known for its restaurants and shops in addition to whale watching and sunset cruises.

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