Maui No Ka ‘oi. Maui is the best! With beautiful hiking trails through the lush tropical rainforest, immaculate golf courses, some of the best snorkeling in the world, pristine beaches, and the magnificent Haleakala volcano, there is really something for everyone.
Whether you come to relax or to explore, make sure you take in the beauty of its nature. An easy way to do this is to stay in a beautiful location. Just imagine waking up, making a cup of coffee or tea, heading to your back porch, and soaking in this view.
I’m sure you could spend more than three days in paradise – most likely you’ll never want to leave! However, if you just have three days, here’s an idea on how to spend them.
First, if you’re looking for a luxury accommodation, check out Maui vacation rentals. They offer ultra-plush villas in highly desired areas. The villas are great for large groups, and if bring your whole family or a pack of friends you can stay in an amazing place, split the cost, and still not break the bank!
Next, sit on the beach, soak in the sun, and relax for the next three days. Just kidding! If you’re even a little familiar with Hawaiian Brian you know he doesn’t sit still for too long. He’s always searching for the most amazing or unique experiences and sights a location has to offer. And, when it comes to Maui there’s quite a few things to take in.
Day 1: Haleakala Volcano
Do not travel all the way to Maui without seeing this spectacular sight. Take note of the scenery as you begin your journey: there’s an abundance of lush greenery. Then, as you begin your climb you’ll notice the vegetation gives way and slowly there will be so much red rock that you’ll think you’ve landed on Mars.
Ascending to the visitor center of Haleakala Volcano gives you the opportunity to experience the thin air of 9,700 feet elevation and also look down on the clouds. Maybe even more exciting than being above the clouds is passing through a cloud and getting a cool, wet sensation slowly roll over your body. Crazy and a little eerie at the same time!
There are many ways to take in Haleakala– if you have a car you can drive yourself, or you can take a tour. Tours offer big or small groups with experiences including a viewing of the sunrise or sunset, driving bus up and riding a bike down the volcano, hiking, zip lines, or any combination you can imagine.
Next, take in the luau repeatedly recognized as the best and most authentic in all of Hawaii: the Old Lahaina Luau. Dine on a buffet of authentic Hawaiian fare such as lau lau, poke, taro rolls, and of course poi as the performers take you on a mesmerizing journey through Hawaiian history.
Day 2: The Road to Hana
They say life is more about the journey than the destination, right? Well, that is one of the best mottos for this iconic journey. The road to Hana literally is a road that goes to the town of Hana. Along the way you will see some of the most amazing scenery that you cannot pass up pulling over and take a photo.
Along your drive you can expect to see jaw-dropping coastline, black sand beaches, a bounty of waterfalls, a lava tube, a blow hole, and multiple roadside markets.
You can drive the road to Hana yourself, or hire a tour company. The nice thing about taking a tour is leaving the navigation of the winding roads to your driver. Also, they know all of the good places to stop.
The journey is a long one, so much that many people stay the night in Hana and venture back the following day, but the whole trip can be made in one day if you get an early start.
Day 3: Molokini Crater and Wailea Beach
A trip to Maui wouldn’t be complete without enjoying its pristine water. Take a morning cruise out to snorkel in Molokini Crater, which is the prime spot for viewing marine life on Maui. Molokini is a sunken volcano that harbors amazing wildlife such as giant sea turtles, and provides visibility up to 150 feet under water. Because it’s a popular spot to snorkel, do yourself a favor and try to go on a day when a cruise ship isn’t in port, or at least try to arrive before the cruise ship traffic. All of those extra flippers in the water will scare away some of the fish and turtles.
Once you’ve talked turtle with one of Crush’s relatives, enjoy the rest of your day at the beach. Wailea Beach is a public beach not far from Molokini and is a great place to relax. Swimming, building sand castles, and soaking in the sun on this beach will be the perfect ending to your trip to paradise.
If you’re lucky enough to have even more time to spend in Hawaii, take advantage of the hiking trails in the plentiful nature preserves and state parks, or you can of course build in more beach days – do something special and go to a black or red sand beach. Maui also has immaculate golf courses with spectacular views. If you didn’t bring your clubs they provide rentals and I’m sure you’ll experience a course like no other.
Whatever you choose to pass your time on Maui, you will have an amazing trip. With the perfect weather, laid back way of life, and dream-like scenery, it’s easy to let Maui melt your worries and stress away.
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