Pearl Harbor is a Must See Attraction to Enhance Your Maui Vacation
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From the glorious sunrise atop 10,000-foot high Haleakala, to the humpback whales breaching offshore, and the breathtaking turns along the Road to Hana, Maui is simply spectacular. The Valley Isle offers incredible beaches, world-class resorts, and magnificent mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. Legendary Lahaina, a former whaling port, is bursting with history, boutique shopping, art galleries, stellar dining, and whale watching adventures December through May. Book a snorkeling tour to Molokini, a partially sunken volcanic crater that forms an islet off Maui’s south shore and offers vibrant marine life. Head to Upcountry Maui, on the slopes of Haleakala, to explore the island’s rich paniolo (cowboy) and plantation heritage, thriving farms and wineries, and the small towns of Makawao and Kula. Book a helicopter tour to view the dramatic valleys, peaks, and cascading waterfalls of the West Maui mountains. When you’re looking for an island to recharge and relax, Maui is the place.
A rental car is the best way to travel around Maui especially if you’re traveling between South Maui and West Maui or exploring Upcountry Maui. On the other hand, if you’re just going out for the evening right within the Wailea resort community, you can probably walk or hire a taxi. If you’re in Kaanapali, the resorts can provide shuttles or call a taxi if you’re spending the evening in Lahaina. While Maui does have a bus system, it is not that convenient for travelers. Tour companies provide an alternate solution for larger groups requiring more than one car. Booking a tour company with a driver and a guide is an exceptional way to see Maui and learn more than you ever could on your own. Our Road to Hana Eco-Adventure is the perfect way to travel this enchanting route to one of Maui’s most magical spots. Experience lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and beaches along this 52-mile route featuring 620 curves and 59 bridges while our guide shares tales of Hawaiian culture and natural history.
Bring your appetite because you’re going to find lots of “onolicious” (delicious) food on Maui. Local chefs are inspired by the local bounty of Maui’s farms, ranches, and seas. Hawaii Regional Cuisine pioneers and the newest generation of inventive chefs are cooking up fantastic dishes at fine dining establishments, relaxed eateries, and resort restaurants in Wailea, Kapalua, and Kaanapali. In Lahaina, you’ll find loads of delicious, diverse dining choices as well as one of Maui’s most beloved luaus. Paia on the North Shore of Maui is filled with local shops, cafes, and restaurants. Drive to Upcountry Maui and tour the farms, wineries, rum and vodka distilleries, and breweries. While you’re exploring the slopes of Haleakala, visit farmers’ markets and eat at local restaurants in Kula and Makawao. Maui also hosts prestigious wine and food festivals.
On the remote eastern coast of Maui is the peaceful, unspoiled paradise of Hana. The Road to Hana is one of the world’s most enchanting and awe-inspiring drives along a 52-mile highway featuring 620 curves, 59 bridges, and spellbinding vistas. Driving by yourself in a rental car can take hours and you’ll miss the many wonderful stopping off points and photo opportunities on this once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Book our Road to Hana tour and travel in comfort to this paradise as our guide shares fascinating Hawaiian culture, legends, and natural history. Along the way, you’ll experience rainforests and bamboo forests, cascading waterfalls, deep pools, taro patches, botanical gardens, and beaches. Choose the Hana – Haleakala By Land & By Air Tour and you’ll experience the Road to Hana plus a helicopter tour over Haleakala, Maui’s towering 10,000-foot high dormant volcano.
The serene South coastline has one of Maui’s sunniest and driest climates along with some of the island’s most sublime resorts. Driving south along this coast, you’ll first come to Maalea and Maui Ocean Center, a fascinating aquarium complex. Next is Kihei, once home to Hawaiian royalty, which offers six miles of beaches and affordable accommodations. Just south of Kihei, Wailea is a self-contained luxury resort community of 1,500 acres with some of Maui’s most splendid hotels, spas, condominiums, private residences, golf, dining, and shopping. Beyond Wailea is Makena, a quiet, undeveloped spot where you can lose yourself on one of Maui’s most sublime beaches. Makena Beach, also known as “Big Beach,” is nearly two-thirds of a mile long and 100 yards wide with amazing vistas of Molokini and Kahoolawe, an uninhabited island.
Once a retreat for Hawaii’s alii (royalty) and the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Maui’s West Side offers the town of Lahaina, wonderful resort options, and epic sunsets. Historic Lahaina, once a busy whaling port, is now the launching spot for whale watching charters during the peak December-May season. Discover the town’s past along the Lahaina Historic Trail and enjoy the many art galleries, shops, trendy restaurants, and award winning local luau. North of Lahaina, Kaanapali Beach is a popular getaway with three miles of sandy shores, wonderful resorts, hotels, shops, dining, and a renowned whaling museum. The daily sunset cliff diving ceremony off Kaanapali Beach’s northernmost cliffs at Black Rock recalls a feat by an ancient Hawaiian king. Further north, Kapalua is a true luxury resort area at the foot of the West Maui mountains. This master planned community with five bays and three white sand beaches also boasts opulent accommodations, award winning dining, championship golf courses, and an annual food and wine festival.