Hawaii is one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S. And Maui is one of the most popular spots in Hawaii. There’s no denying why it’s a great vacation spot. You just can’t beat the weather and the scenery there. But there are still some things the average tourist might miss if they didn’t know about them. Here are the best things you can do while in Maui.
Let’s state the obvious first. The beaches are amazing! And there’s no shortage of activities while you’re there, including surfing, snorkeling, and even jet-skiing. Some of the top beaches worth visiting are D.T. Fleming Beach Park, Ulua Beach, Kaanapali Beach, and the beautiful Wailea Beach. If you want to catch some rays and really get the Hawaiian experience, these beaches are a must.
Hawaiian is home to some incredible golf courses, and Maui is a common destination for golf fanatics. The Wailea Golf Club alone has 3 separate 18-hole courses! And two of those were designed by famous course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. Other popular courses include the one at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and the private Makena Golf Course. All of these courses are truly a hole in one!
Whales are one of the most majestic creatures on Earth, and Maui’s one of the best places to see some. Humpback whales migrate through the North Pacific so it’s not uncommon to catch a whole school of them in the waters off of Maui’s coast. There are many months in which you can catch them, but the best time to guarantee a sighting is between January and March.
THE ROAD TO HANA
This famous drive epitomizes the Maui experience. It’s also ideal for those that want to avoid the crowded more common tourist activities. The highway covers the 64.5 miles between Kahului and Hana and every mile of it is as scenic as it gets. There are countless photo opportunities, but be sure to take in the many gorgeous waterfalls along the way.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
This beautiful park is not to be missed if you’re an outdoor enthusiast. The park has just about everything. Vast desert areas, a lush rainforest, and the highest peak in Maui. If you have it in you, hike up to the Puu Ulaula Overlook for quite possibly the most beautiful and scenic view in Hawaii.