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Polipoli Springs State Recreational Area

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Polipoli Springs State Recreational Area

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Clear Kayak and Snorkel Adventure from Kihei

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Get a new perspective on life under the sea with this adventure, which includes a clear kayak ride and a snorkeling trip. You'll head out to Makena Landing Park in Wailea, where you'll get to spot all sorts of local life, including coral and fish; if you're lucky, you might even see a sea turtle.
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Votenochains wrote a review Dec 2020
White Mountains, New Hampshire508 contributions174 helpful votes
The top of this road is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. However you can take a few trails from a lower parking area by a hunters sign in shack. Hunting is active here so wear bright clothes. We did a loop trail which was beautiful through Eucalyptus Trees. The smell is fantastic!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Colon_queen wrote a review Jan 2020
Atlanta, Georgia128 contributions53 helpful votes
Absolutes 1. You must have a 4 WD vehicle. No way to do the last few miles, which is a dirt road, without one safely. Plus- reportedly- if you get stuck, the police will ticket you if you don’t have There is a sign at the transition point from the paved to the dirt road warning no further advancement w/o one ( wish it was posted at the start of the park) encountered at our first attempt. So glad we obeyed and went back in our rented Cadillac. Jeep this time. The few miles of dirt road still kicked our butt. But- very doable. 2. Can’t have car sickness. The initial miles of the paved road portion is all switch backs. We found it stunning and the view of the plain below amazing. 3. Don’t even attempt if the weather is iffy regarding rain/cloudiness. Our first attempt on a somewhat cloudy day met with treacherous fog and clouds as we ascended. The dirt portion of the road would be extremely frightening if muddy in the rain. On our second try- picked a very clear ( as clear as you can get in Maui) sunny day. Still had some mild clouds mid way. Gorgeous sun at the apex. But-all worth it to see those Redwoods. You are astounded at what you are seeing-in Maui!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Thelabby5 wrote a review Jul 2019
Mason City, Iowa155 contributions25 helpful votes
The drive up is all switchbacks- and when it turns to non-paved you have to have a 4WD vehicle. This is no joke. If you can make it there, it’s a beautiful hike! We did a 5 mile loop which brought us through the Redwood forest - we did feel like we were in Northern California, although the trees aren’t quite as big. The hike was doable, but not easy.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Susan J wrote a review Aug 2018
Pensacola, Florida10 contributions4 helpful votes
Who would have ever thought that they would find Redwoods in the middle of Maui, HI...? It was a must do adventure on our list and we were not disappointed. However, I would not do the trek up the side of mountain without a 4- wheel drive vehicle. Luckily we had one and it was still rough. When we finally made it up to the park, there was no one else there. A bit eerie, but at the same time heavenly. Clouds were low and all was quiet giving one the opportunity to truly commune with their surroundings. Seemed like a bit of a walk until we found the grove, but it was well worth it. Again, finding redwoods in the middle of HI is just plain cool. The story behind how they got there is also pretty neat. Highly recommend!!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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ZappBrannigansVelour wrote a review Feb 2018
Winnipeg, Canada30 contributions13 helpful votes
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This was some of the best hiking I've done in Maui. Instead of the high incline, typical hikes around the island, these ones are rolling and gradual, although still moderate enough for the seasoned hiker. Getting to the main trailhead can be a challenge. A 4x4 vehicle is highly recommended. You would probably be fine with a higher stanced crossover as long as it was a drier day. We had a Jeep and it was no problem whatsoever.  Expect at least an hour's drive on Waipoli Road to the parking lot. There is a large picnic\camping area, with a porta potty. Also water, I'd bring your own just in case. There are many trails to choose from and you can determine how long of a loop you'd like to do. We did Polipoli to Hale ridge to Plum to Redwood. About 5 miles, took just under 2 hours, with stopping. The Redwood trail is a must see.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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