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Explore Maui

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SURFING MAUI

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Surfing was born in Hawaii and is deeply intertwined with its history and culture. Maui is a surfers paradise having something to offer to all skillset levels from complete beginners to pros.

During the winter, the north shores of the island generate big swells, and in the summer, the south shores enjoy higher waves. Peahi “Jaws”, Ho‘okipa Lookout, Honolua Bay on Maui’s North Shore are the legendary surf spots if you want to watch the surfers riding the waves.

The Cove at Kalama Beach Park in Kihei, Launiupoko, Kaanapali are great starting places for beginners. Experienced surfers would teach you the basics of surfing, longboards are used to make it easier to learn.

Make sure to check the signs regarding ocean safety and talk to the lifeguard about current conditions before you go surfing. Ocean currents can be hazardous, there might also be shallow reefs.

YOGA MAUI

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any exercise program or making a lifestyle change.

Try yoga while on Oahu or take your yoga practice to the next level. On Oahu you can find plenty of studios, instructors, meetup.com groups to practice yoga in a park, under the palms by the beach or try doing asanas on a standup paddle board while enjoying a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

You can easily find yoga classes for beginners, intermediate or advanced students as well variety of workshops offered to those who want to go deeper into their practice. Hatha, Vinyasa flow, power, in, aerial, hot yoga, and a whole lot more different yoga styles can be experienced on this beautiful island.

CATAMARANS MAUI

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Take advantage of Maui’s great sailing climate and treat yourself with a catamaran adventure. Choose your preferred route from a variety of tours offered by different operators, and cruise near Molokini Crater, Na Pali coast, enjoying the stunning panoramic views of Maui and its surrounding islands. If you're lucky, you may spot turtles, dophins or whales, too.

Main departure points for catamaran tours are Kaanapali, Lahaina and Maalaea. Sailing is often combined with other activities such as snorkeling, sunset cruise, cocktails, lunch, dinner or luau as well as live shows.

WHALE WATCHING MAUI

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Maui whale watching tours is a great reason to visit Maui in winter. The whale watching season beings mid December and usually lasts throughout April. In February and March whale sightings are the most common.

The shallow 'Au'au Channel between Maui, Moloka'i and Lānaʻi is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world. On Maui, Lahaina, Maʻalaea and Honolua Bay are among Maui’s best spots for great whale watching.

SPAS & WELLNESS

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any exercise program or making a lifestyle change.

Pamper yourself with a spa day or enjoy one of the many relaxing, rejuvenating, healing treatments from wellness experts offered on the island, in beautiful and serene surroundings.

Try authentic traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi massage, or heated pohaku (stones) to relieve sore muscles after daytime activities. Renew your skin with a facial, body scrubs using unique local ingredients like papaya, ti leaf, honey ginger and poi, helping to stimulate and increase circulation.

Choose your ideal treatments from a wide range of spa services offered on the island and come back home restored and rejuvenated.

HIKING

Trail conditions and accessibility can change daily. Hiking can be dangerous and has many potential hazards. It is up to each individual to know their limits, abilities and level of expertise before attempting any outdoor activity

Hiking is one of the best ways to experience some of the best Maui’s sceneries. There’s a variety of hikes to choose from in state and national parks to suit any level of the hiker, from leisurely coastal paths to more challenging volcanic, rainforest, and mountain terrain.

Visit Iao Valley State Park for an easy paved trail that offers fantastic valley views. Twin Falls Trail is a beautiful and short hike. For really easy but picturesque strolls, take a walk along the beach paths fronting the Kaanapali or Wailea resort areas.

Experienced hikers can try the Waihee Ridge Trail, reach Lanilili Peak, where you can view a massive waterfall in the distance, and overlook Waihee Valley, the blue Pacific Ocean, and a glimpse of the outer island of Lana’i depending on the weather. Pali Trail is a a strenuous 5-mile (one way) hike in the mountains overlooking Maalaea. Nakalele Point trail, located on the most northerly point of West Maui will take you to a natural blowhole.

Through bamboo and lush tropical forest Pipiwai Trail will bring you to Makahiku Falls and the island’s largest cascade, Waimoku Falls. You can hike atop the scenic summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak, take the Halemauu Trail or the Keoneheehee Trail down from the crater and see volcanic landscapes and mountainous wilderness. Visit the Haleakala Visitors Center for more information on guided and self-guided hikes.

AIRPLANE TOURS

Airplane tours on Maui is a great way to see this beautiful island from birds'-eye view. You’ll discover the rugged volcanoes, lush tropical rainforests, deep valleys of waterfalls, pristine beaches and so much more. You may be able to spot a full circle rainbow or a few whales depending on the time of the year.

Choose from variety of tours offered by different operators, and enjoy beautiful island panoramas and endless scenic views from above.

SCUBA/ SNORKEL

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With 1,200 miles of coral reef surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, snorkeling and scuba diving are two of our most popular water activities.

You can snorkel off of Maui’s pristine beaches or scuba dive around Maui’s most popular reefs to see colorful fish, sea turtles and coral formations. Most resort beaches along West Maui and South Maui offer opportunities for snorkelers. The northernmost part of Kaanapali Beach near Puu Kekaa (Black Rock) is known for great snorkeling, also Makulei'a Bay. Honolu'a Bay is another beautiful spot during most of the dry summer months for snorkeling on Maui.

World-class snorkeling and diving can be found just off the shore of Maui at Molokini Crater, where crystal-clear waters offer spectacular visibility, impressive coral formations and support an exceptional diversity of endemic fish and marine life. Molokini is only accessible by boat, tours are available from Maalaea Harbor in Kihei and Lahaina Harbor. The waters within Molokini Crater are better protected from swell and currents than the shore of Maui.

Certified scuba divers can enjoy variety of dives and other underwater activities. Some of the best diving spots include Molokini, where you’ll likely see many different types of shark, moray eels, many species of tropical fish, manta rays, dolphins, and vibrant reef, Lanai cathedrals, Honolua Bay, and Turtle Town.

LUAU

Experience luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast featuring lively music and vibrant cultural performances from Hawaii and greater Polynesia. Popular luau dishes include poi (pounded taro root), Kailua Pig, chicken long rice, laulau, lomilomi slamon, opihi, haupia (coconut pudding), poke.

In ancient Hawaii, celebrating special occasions was an important cultural tradition, and luau tradition carries today, when friends and family get together for a luau to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, graduation. While these luau are private, visitors can enjoy a number of different luau experiences on the island.

KAYAKING

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Kayaking on the ocean is one of the greatest ways to see the beauty Maui. There is variety of options and different tours to match different levels, ranging from first timers to those who want to challenge themselves.

Kihei Coast is perfect for beginners, with beautiful views of Haleakala and West Maui Mountains in the distance, crystal clear, blue waters, great scenery, lots of amenities and calm waters, shielded from trade winds.

Turtle Town is a wonderful kayaking spot for early morning adventurers. Olowalu is easiest explored with an experienced guide that can take you through shallow reefs and unmarked channels to discover marine life attracted by hundreds of large coral heads.

In summer months kayaking in Honolua Bay could be an amazing experience due to a vivid marine life, vibrant coral and spinner dolphins that frequently visit this spot. Experienced paddlers might enjoy the challenge of kayaking in Molokini accompanied by a knowledgeable kayak guide.

NIGHTLIFE

While nightlife on Maui isn’t the same as in Waikiki, you can still find great places to have a drink, dance, listen to live music or watch a show after the sun goes down.

The highest concentration of nightlife on Maui is found at “The Triangle” in Kīhei, where many bars are jammed into one courtyard. You can find live music on most nights, watch sports, shoot some pool or hit the dance floor.

Ambrosia is a late-night martini bar known for its dance parties. Casanova Italian restaurant in Upcountry Makawao has a stage, lighting and ample dance floor, and hosts concerts with both local and international artists.

Lahaina offers a variety of restaurants and bars, and a few sports that turn into nightclubs on weekends. Many lobby lounges in the major hotels offer Hawaiian music, soft jazz, or hula shows beginning at sunset.

HELICOPTER TOURS

Discover the beauty of Maui, breathtaking sceneries and hidden parts of the island from the sky. Choose from variety of helicopter tours offered by different operators.

Select your favorite route and fly above Haleakala crater, Hana Town, the Seven Pools and fabulous coastline waterfalls, or enjoy an invigorating helicopter flight across the Paliolo Channel to nearby Molokai, an island encircled by 3,000-ft sea cliffs. Circle around the island enjoying lush sceneries, stunning coastline and see all the the top attractions of the island.

FISHING

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Fishing off of Maui is seasonal, however, fish can be caught year round. May to June is considered to be the best time for fishing as marlin, tuna, mahimahi and trevally are abundant.

The best deep sea fishing in Maui is found off the West side of the island. If you are going for deep sea fishing you can charter a boat from Maalaea Harbor or Lahaina Harbor. Make sure you read reviews and recommendations when comparing prices, equipment and different packages offered by charter companies.

In addition to bottom fishing and deep sea sport fishing, you can try spearfishing, kayak fishing, and even Hawaiian net throwing, or enjoy magnificent views while shore fishing.

OCEAN ADVENTURES

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Discover nocturnal marine life with night dives while vacationing on Maui. Once the sun goes down, a dive site can look completely different than it did, just an hour before. The daytime sea creatures retire and nighttime sea creatures come out to play. Lobsters, shrimp and crabs come out and walk on the reef in search for food. Squid, night octopus, conger eels and many shelled animals come out to feed as day creatures seek refuge and places to rest. Bioluminescence attracts a lot of attention as divers movements stir the water.

Shark diving is another adventurous activity you can add to your Hawaiian vacation. On Maui you can witness these powerful, stunning creatures with a one tank dive experience with Shark Dive Maui located at Maui Ocean Center. This thrilling opportunity allows certified divers to descend into a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit, and spend 40 minutes swimming alongside sandbar sharks, blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, and more.

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