When people think of vacationing in Hawaii their first impulses are usually either the big island, or Oahu. But if you are looking for that perfect balance of tourist adventures combined with authentic Hawaiian experience, consider a trip to Maui.
For larger families or families who want a resort destination family reunion venue, consider one of the many luxury Maui vacation rentals perfect for groups who want to share their vacation with family or friends. Often this type of snazzy vacation can turn out to be the best of both worlds as it offers privacy and freedom along with service on demand at your very disposal, and will also offer transportation shuttles to local activities, airport shuttles, etc for that special personal touch.
Although Maui is much more populated than it was thirty years ago, it still maintains its Polynesian roots. Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 120 miles. This island offers activities that are not found on all of the Hawaiian Islands, such as:
Haleakala National Park
Meaning “the House of the Sun”, is a dormant volcano that stretches 10,023 feet into the skies of Maui. Haleakala has scenic landscapes that include a variety of geological terrains from subtropical rainforests to volcanic plateaus. Some of the activities that you can explore there are Ranger Guided Tours, Backcountry Camping, Hiking, and Drive-up Camping.
Road to Hana
Considered to be one of the “most scenic drives in the world” the road to Hana will take you across 59 paved bridges, and around 620 curves as you view the Maui coastline. You will have the opportunity to see tropical landscapes, waterfalls, and many historic and cultural attractions along the route, ending in the laid back town of Hana that sits on the eastern coast of the island.
Maui Tropical Plantation
This active organic produce plantation has recently been updated to include the Maui Chef’s Table where you can enjoy the outdoors as you watch your 7-course meal prepared in front of you, and the Mill House Restaurant and Bar whose chef was named Maui Chef of the Year. Take a tour and explore the property then relax the Hawaiian way with good food, good atmosphere, and good company.
Ho’okipa Beach Park
As one of the most famous beaches in the world due to its attraction to professional surfers and windsurfers, Ho’okipa Beach Park sits along the north shore and provides photo opportunities of the powerful coastline and amazing reef formations.
This lush valley sits in central Maui and contains the most significant historical site in Maui’s history, the Iao Needle, a 1,200 foot outcropping made of green mantled volcanic rock. This site is famous for Maui’s battle of Kepaniwai against King Kamehameha in his attempt to unite the Hawaiian islands.
Also called the “Seven Sacred Pools”, this area is a string of natural pools and waterfalls that stretch from the East Maui Mountain valleys all the way to the Pacific coastline.
Makena State Park
As one of the most popular beaches in Maui, this beach is about 1.5 miles long, and offers mostly calm conditions that are perfect for lounging in the sand, body boarding, or skim boarding. This beach has 3 entrances as well as public restrooms, lifeguards, and convenient parking lots.
When planning your next event or get-a-way, consider a location that has something to offer everyone in your group. Consider a luxury vacation rental on the island of Maui to relax, explore, and reconnect with those you love in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.