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Here are the activities we enjoyed while we were in Maui. This was the first trip to Maui for both of us and we never wanted to leave
A Dream Come True! This is something I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember, and it was everything I dreamed it would be. The entire Blue Hawaiian Helicopter operation was first rate: registering online was a breeze and there were even video clips of what you can see on their website; the pre-flight orientation was thorough and informative; their office had a beautiful waterfall and "mini rainforest"; the staff was friendly and helpful; the flight was nothing short of magic and our pilot was very personable and informative. The views were absolutely breathtaking and the pilot turned the helicopter to both sides to allow for all passengers to see and take pictures. A video of our actual flight including images of us in the helicopter before we took off and the audio of our in-flight conversation was available for purchase after the flight. Absolutely everything about this tour was perfect! It was worth every penny and gave me countless memories that I'll cherish for a lifetime.
This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been and it was TOTALLY FREE (you don't find that much on Maui). My husband and I enjoyed exploring the park and the culture center. There are paved paths up to a viewing area and down throughout some gardens and along the stream. It's breathtaking! This is a must see attraction. You'll also probably meet a family of stray cats and some wild chickens...never thought I'd see wild chickens in Maui, but they're quite common in this area.
This was the most amazing trail ride I've ever experienced! We rode high up into the West Maui Mountains and then down to the sea cliffs below--gorgeous scenery, great horses, and friendly, knowledgeable trail guides. One of our trail guides even picked guava for us from the trees along the trail.
We took the PWF Molokini/Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise and it was fantastic! This was my first time snorkeling, so I appreciated the "snorkeling 101" class offered before we started. I also thoroughly enjoyed the information they taught us about the reef and the animals living there. They emphasize stewardship and respect for the environment and its inhabitants. The staff goes out of their way to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience. I recommend this cruise highly!
Mesmerizing and enchanting are the two best words to describe this experience. I was won over immediately upon arriving when I was greeted with a fragrant gardenia to wear in my hair and a beautiful orchid lei for both myself and my husband. Delicious Mai Tai's and fruit punch were distributed and a lovely twosome of ukelele players sang and played for us as we lined up to enter. After being shown to our table and briefed on the order of events, we explored the grounds where we were able to learn about local crafts and have our photographs taken by professional photographers in a variety of locations. We also had access to unlimited drinks at the bar for no extra charge (except a tip). The staff were all fantastic! The food was delicious and the entertainment was SPECTACULAR!!! I was enthralled throughout the entire experience and would love to go back on future visits to Maui. It was well worth the price of admission and provided a very romantic experience for my husband and me.
Make sure you have plenty of film (memory) and batteries in your camera before you set out on this trip because you will pass some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable! Also, be sure you have a full tank of gas and a cooler full of food and drinks because there are only a few stands along the way that sell food and there are no gas stations. Be sure to stop often along the route and explore the area--it's heavenly! Unfortunately the road from Hana to Oheo Gulch was closed due to damage from the recent earthquakes, so we were unable to see that part of the route, but what we saw was amazing. Be sure to leave EARLY (no later than 8:30 a.m.) in order to allow yourself enough time to stop along the way and enjoy the sights. Also, be sure to wear some mosquito repellant if you go exploring...whoever said there are no mosquitos on Maui is a liar...I had some welts from mosquito bites that were larger than silver dollars after going exploring in the forest. It was worth it, though! Make a day of it and enjoy!
Wear sturdy shoes and sunglasses for this challenging but worthwhile hike. This is one of the most awe-inspiring things I've ever seen. I still can hear the thunderous pounding sound the Pacific made as it slammed into the jagged rocks and sprayed up through the blowhole. It's absolutely amazing and a must see! The above link contains some more information on the blowhole and some pictures.
Amazing! On the day we went, the surf was really pounding, so it was too dangerous to enter the pools. When the surf is less violent, these pools are actually fairly placid and safe to swim in. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on the surf and keep safety as your first priority. The hike down to the pools is a bit challenging, but the scenery and the experiece is well worth it.
Great Food, Great Price, Great View, Great Service. My husband and I made pigs of ourselves for under $20--this is almost unheard of on Maui. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were VERY large. We had enough leftovers for a satisfying lunch later in the day. We were quite lucky and only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table, but I understand that this is not the norm. I believe this little gem is well worth the wait, though. This tiny little restaurant also has a terrific view of the ocean and is in a great whale watching spot. The TripAdvisor link implies that this restaurant is in Lahaina, but it's actually north of Lahaina in Kapalua.
This is another great value for dining in Maui. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. We each had a salad with their delicious homemade dressing (I wish I could remember the name of the salad I had...I wanted to lick my plate when it was gone) and shared the pupu platter, which was an assortment of Hawaiian appetizers. This appetizer platter was plenty for a nice meal for two. The crab cakes with the sweet thai chili sauce were heavenly. The fresh Mai Tais were also excellent--not the ones made with the pre-made syrup, but the real Mai Tais with a serious kick. The prices were very affordable, which is difficult to find anywhere on Maui.