Many people think of Hawai’i as paradise on earth. A magnificent setting, a perfect climate, a relaxed atmosphere … If that’s not a piece of paradise, what is it? The state is an archipelago made up of eight main islands. At the top of your head, you can probably name Oahu and Maui as two of these, with Oahu being the location of the state capital and Maui being popular for its mega resorts. Kaua’i has also gained a lot of recognition over the years. It may not be as crowded as the other islands, but there are plenty to do on Kaua’i too.
First-time travelers who want to make the most of their Hawaii vacation, exploring Maui is best. While Honolulu and its famous Waikiki beach neighborhood are common destinations for the regular tourist, Maui has a lot to offer anyone looking for leisure, adventure, or both.
Have you been saving for that trip? It is definitely not cheap to travel to the Aloha state, so make sure you experience and enjoy the place to the fullest. There are direct flights to Kahului Airport from the mainland, which means you can skip Oahu or the Big Island entirely if you want to focus on The Valley Isle.
If you’re wondering what to do on your long-awaited trip, here are some of the most popular things to do on Maui:
1. Water sports. Do you surf? If not, then Maui is the right place to learn. You can ride the waves to your heart’s content, even just bodyboarding or skimboarding. Do you want to explore underwater? There are many places to dive and snorkel. Do you want to try something really exhilarating? How about kitesurfing or windsurfing? If you are not entirely addicted to adrenaline, you can stick with swimming or kayaking.
2. Awesome hikes. Are you in the mood to commune with mountains (or dormant volcanoes) and trees, experience a hike that will overwhelm your eyes with the grandeur of nature? If so, head to Iao Valley State Park or Haleakala National Park.
3. Road trip. Have you heard of the famous Road to Hana? You cannot go to Maui and not have the experience of traveling on this historic highway. Losing it would be a real shame. It is a series of visual delights from Kahului to the Seven Sacred Pools in Hana. You can see the ocean in a multitude of perspectives, waterfalls, and various other attractions.
4. Food trip. While a luau is a must, there are many other dining experiences that you can’t miss. Where else can you get shaved ice? Is the snow cone taken to other levels? How about a Musubi Spam? This is the processed food version of a maki or sushi. You also have to try the Hawaiian sweet bread, another gastronomic curiosity. This one ends with the “wonder” of Wonderbread and takes his throne.
5. Pleasant surprise. When you think of Hawai’i, you imagine beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests, not lavender farms and wineries. Oddly enough, Maui has these two, so suffice to say, you’ll be very excited to try pineapple sparkling wine and lavender-infused products.
Helicopter tours, whale watching … the list should go on and on; the above is just the tip of the iceberg. Maui has so much more to offer. Hawai’i in general has a great treasure to offer. It is something that you need to experience at least once in your life.