I decided to try out Maui Mana Adventures because I was only on the island for a short period of time and didn't want to spend all of my time doing research to go to the same places that all of the other tourists go. I had 2 hopes when I arrive. I wanted to try Stand Up Paddling, and I wanted to stand under a waterfall. Apart from that, I could not even have dreamed about what I experienced with Maui Mana Adventures.
The tour guide Miranda customized my 4-day trip according to what I had wanted to do. The first day she gave me instruction on how to SUP and we went to the spot where the whales like to swim and holy cow, three of them surfaced right up beside us!!! It was crazy and awesome. Then we snorkeled and she showed me creatures that I wouldn't have even noticed like flat fish and augers. Then the second day, we were on the stand up paddle boards and stopped to snorkel and a family of whales swam right under us. I kept asking myself 'is this real life?'
On the 3rd and 4th day we did an overnight trip to Hana, but not just driving the highway, we stopped along the way to hike to secret pools & waterfalls, through crazy bamboo forests, and we swam at a red sand beach. Then at night, she pointed out all of the constellations in the sky.
What I loved about these adventure were this:
- The tour guide Miranda was a certified naturalist with encyclopedic knowledge of everything on the island. Water, land, and sky.
- The trips were customized to my level of comfort (because I am a bit cautious, and maybe not as fit as I would like to be)
- I felt safe. We swam with our snorkels quite far and even though I might've been able to go on my own, I wouldn't have seen all of the turtles and unique fish that I did, and I wouldn't have gone out as far on my own.
I couldn't recommend their adventures enough. It was well worth the price because the adventures have changed my outlook on life. I wouldn't have found any of this on my own.
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