Maui, Hawaii: Lushious Tropical Island
Maui: Hawaiian Paradise in Eden…
Think green Jurassic park rainforests, tumbling waterfalls, bright splashes of flora and a dramatic coastline edged in deep blues and turquoises...
Things to Do on Maui
Maui Ocean Center
Haleakala National Park
The Haleakala National Park is an enormous expanse of rainforest, waterfalls, pools and mountains, and of course the dusty dry volcanic cinder cone crater at the Haleakala mountain summit. A drive up to the Haleakala crater is essential for those lovers of natural wonders. The crater affords mind-blowing views of the island and ocean more than 3000 metres below on a clear day, and views like no other across the crater landscape at the summit. There are various companies offering cycling trips up and down (and just down) the mountain. For quicker ways up the mountain consider hiring a car. Hiking options in the national park range from days camping in the wilderness to various leisurely strolls in the diverse natural surroundings. The hike to the seven sacred pools, located in the rainforest part of the park, is a shorter more leisurely option offering simply divine views of the seven tiered pools and gentle waterfalls flowing constantly into them.
Road to Hana
Shops at Wailea
Beaches on Maui
Big Beach (Or Makena Beach)Excellent waves and crystal clear water. This beach has a rural, natural feel, despite being close to Wailea amenities and opposite the exquisite Makena golf resort. Big Beach spans a long and wide area (hence the name). Trees beyond the sand provide shade and there is plenty of room for lots of people, despite the popularity of this beach at weekends. A smaller beach can be found on the other side of the lava rock, which is called little beach. It is unofficially a nudist beach.
Napili Bay BeachVery family-friendly and clean, surrounded by resort amenities. The water is not particularly deep and is ideal for children as it is more protected, being in a bay.
Ulua BeachThis beach is excellent for snorkelling. Head down early for the best experience and likelihood of seeing turtles. It is possible to swim near to the turtles and they are generally peaceful creatures, just avoid touching them as they can become distressed if you are too close, and may bite (although unlikely).
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