Wel­come to Maui

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Welcome -

there is a say­ing, “Maui no ka ‘oi,” or

“Maui is the best.”

In­deed, Maui has a cer­tain magic that is un­de­ni­able to any­one who has had the plea­sure of vis­it­ing this is­land par­adise.

Read­ers of Conde Nast Trav­eler mag­a­zine know the feel­ing; last year they voted Maui the “Best Is­land

in the World,” plac­ing the Magic Isle ahead of in­ter­na­tional hotspots like Ber­muda, Bora Bora, the Mal­dives, Bali, the Sey­chelles and other trop­i­cal get­aways. In fact, this is 20th con­sec­u­tive time that Maui has taken the top spot amongst U.S. is­land des­ti­na­tions. The rea­son for Maui’s vast ap­peal lies in its abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties paired with un­end­ing

nat­u­ral beauty— from open-ocean raft­ing tours to sheer sea cliffs and un­der­wa­ter caves, to ro­man­tic

drives with your sweet­heart along the fa­bled road to Hana and morn­ing

hikes to the sum­mit Mt. Haleakala to watch sun­rise, there is sure to be some­thing for ev­ery­one.

In­deed, there are many rea­sons why Maui has fast be­come a fa­vorite

travel des­ti­na­tion.

So you don’t miss out on a sin­gle thing to do dur­ing your stay, we’ve done our best to sort through Maui’s never-end­ing ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties and nar­rowed them down to only the best of the best, which we then com­piled into this handy guide.

Those hop­ing to dis­cover Maui’s more-thrilling of­fer­ings can get their fill while rac­ing over gul­lies on a zi­plin­ing

tour, trav­el­ing deep be­low the ocean sur­face in a sub­ma­rine or fly­ing down a 38-mile moun­tain high­way with a

bik­ing tour group.

Other less dare­devil ways to take in the is­land’s amaz­ing nat­u­ral scenery in­clude a walk through a lava tube, a ride on a steam lo­co­mo­tive, a visit to a ho­tel where the fo­cus is on Hawai­ian tra­di­tion or an ex­cur­sion to Whalers Vil­lage Mu­seum in old La­haina and the Maui Ocean Cen­ter in Wailuku, where oth­er­worldly crea­tures from the deep wait to meet your ac­quain­tance.

If all those sea crea­tures in­spire you to head out to the beach, there’s plenty to do out on the wa­ter. Snor­kel­ing, surf­ing, kayak­ing, dol­phin searches

and some­thing called snuba— an ex­pe­ri­ence half­way be­tween snor­kel­ing and scuba—all make for a mem­o­rable fam­ily out­ing. There also are off-is­land get­aways wor­thy of ex­plo­ration, like the sto­ried islet of Molokini and the leg­endary isle of Lana‘i, where pineap­ple once was king.

Sum­mer on Maui is prime time to en­joy a range of out­door fes­ti­vals and gath­er­ings, in­clud­ing the muchan­tic­i­pated Maui Film Fes­ti­val, Ka­palua Wine & Food Fes­ti­val and Maui Calls 2014, the sig­na­ture fundrais­ing gala for the Maui Arts & Cul­tural Cen­ter.

And, af­ter a long day on the go, be sure to take time to un­wind at a spa, in­dulge in some re­tail ther­apy, tee off on one of the is­lands many fairy-tale fair­ways, kick back at an au­then­tic Hawai­ian lu‘au or get im­mersed in

some small-town charm on a Fri­daynight art walk.

It is best ad­vised to take your time and sa­vor each mag­i­cal mo­ment— there will al­ways be an op­por­tu­nity to re­turn for an­other go-round at a later time, and we’ll be ea­gerly wait­ing to wel­come

you back with 101 Things To Do.

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