Maui is an island where you better be sure to pack a lot of memory cards. There’s a reason why this Hawaiian island is a perennial award winner and favorite, and in addition to the food, the culture, and people, it’s the natural beauty from mountain to sea that makes it no ka oi (the best). At times, when driving, walking, or biking around Maui, the number of photo opportunities around every corner can sometimes be overwhelming; a rainbow appears in a lush valley and then disappears just as deeply, or a thundering waves goes crashing against rocks and sends spray flying in the air. While mental pictures are are always good—and it’s important to live in the present—many visitors want to capture the beauty to show their friends back at home. If you’ll be traveling to the island anytime in the future, here are some of the most photo worthy experiences on Maui you’ll definitely want to snap.
Cruising, albeit slowly, along the Hāna Highway is like a rite of passage for many Maui visitors. There’s bragging rights involved. The 52 mile stretch from Kahului has 620 curves and 59 bridges. Depending on how often you stop and stare, the drive can take anywhere from two to four plus hours. After a drive like that you deserve to be able to sit and stay awhile, but since vacations are never long enough, you can do Hāna in a hurry, you just need a good game plan your day.
With a short, 30-minute drive from most of Maui’s hot spots, horseback riding on Maui was an adventure in paradise. Even before you arrive at the Ranch, you are winding up narrow roads passing lush valleys and overlooking the views of the Pacific Ocean and Haleakala. The uphill journey past Wailuku is about seven miles and parking easy to find.
Here’s a little secret about the Hawaiian Islands: It rains a lot more than the postcards and brochures typically tend to depict. Sure, when the sun is shining the islands are as beautiful as you’ve always dreamt them to be, but when a winter cold front comes barreling in and completely obscures the sun, the beaches, hiking trails, and outdoor activities suddenly aren’t as fun. Even worse, if it’s a heavy rain that causes murky brown runoff, the snorkeling, surfing, and swimming can be dangerous since the runoff can often attract sharks. Thankfully, there are lots of rainy day activities on Oahu for when the weather doesn’t cooperate, and any of the following should still provide an warm, enjoyable day.
There’s not much to Hāna. One gas station, no traffic lights and a closet-sized bank that opens for a couple hours a day. It’s what’s missing, pretty much all aspects of busy modern living, that folks love most about the place. While you might not have movies theaters and shopping malls, this tiny town of about two-thousand, lives well and knows how to eat well. Food here is rarely fancy, but it’s always fresh and tasty.
When The Moana Surfrider opened for business back in 1901, it was the first hotel to open its doors along the sands of Waikiki Beach. Today, the island of Oahu is one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations, where beaches, shopping, waves, and waterfalls draw millions of visitors each year. With that said, even though Oahu is one of the world’s more desirable places to vacation, there is still a lot about this tropical island that visitors might not know. For a bit more insight on the “Gathering Place,” as the island is commonly known, here are ten things you never knew about Oahu to get you prepped for your next trip to paradise.
That’s a word you could use to describe the enormous Big Island of Hawaii. When compared to its smaller tropical neighbors—whose shorelines are rung by white sand coves and long stretches of sand—the Big Island of Hawaii is actively growing and bubbling its way up from the sea. Geologically, the Big Island of Hawaii is still its infancy, and its five volcanoes range from half a million to half an hour old. When compared to islands like Maui or Kauai, which, respectively, are between one million and 5 million years old, the Big Island of Hawaii is a work in progress and not quite fully formed.
Sure, traveling to Maui can be expensive—but there are also ways to visit Maui without having to break the bank. Between the celebrity-laden luxury resorts and pricey oceanfront meals, there are also places where budget travelers can enjoy the island on the cheap. Like any popular destination, it’s possible to spend your entire life savings if you splurge and spend at will—or by following these money saving tips on Maui, you can maybe even extend your trip for longer than you’d originally thought.
There are two things that define winter in Hawaii: Humpback whales, and really big waves. While whale watching season in Hawaii kicks off on Dec. 15, big surf arrives as early as October and lasts through the end of March. Thanks to powerful North Pacific storms packing intense, hurricane force winds, the north shores of the […]
Maui, in many ways, doesn’t seem real.
It’s an island of waterfalls, volcanoes, and lava rock and an endless procession of beaches, and a place where winter is measured in whales as opposed to inches of snow. It’s an island where surfers ride 70 ft. waves and visitors snorkel with sea turtles, and a place where fiery sunsets are paired with a dramatic blowing of the conch. It’s five hours from the nearest continent and a world away from reality, and for as much as it seems like a tropical fairytale, the island of Maui is real.