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5 Things To Do in Maui

Any time of year is a good time to visit “The Valley Isle.”  From snorkeling and swimming to exploring Haleakala National Park, there are so many things to do in Maui.  It’s one of my favorite islands and the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands.  Pack your bags, bring your camera and get ready to start exploring.  Chances are you won’t get to do everything on your list on your first trip… but I’m convinced you’ll want to keep coming back.

  1. Take a drive on the road to Hana. 

Road to Hana
Views on the Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is one of the most beautiful scenic drives on the island and a must on my list.  The drive to Hana can take anywhere from two to four hours from Kahului, but plan for an all-day adventure.  (You might be tempted to stop several times to snap a picture of a waterfall or go on a hike.)  Watch out for the narrow one-lane bridges and take time to enjoy the view.  Remember, you are on island time now!

Waterfall
Waterfall
  1. Relax at Red Sand Beach.

Red Sand Beach, Maui
Red Sand Beach

The trail to Red Sand Beach is short and can be hazardous. Once you get to the cove, you will see rugged cliffs towering over this isolated beach.  It’s an undeniable beauty.  The sand color is more of a deep maroon than red and I couldn’t help but dig my fingers and toes into it.  My friend Kristen and I always travel with our dive masks and fins in Hawaii and this was a great place to explore underwater.

Red Sand Beach
Maui’s Red Sand Beach
photo by: Kristen Koss
  1. Have fun in Hookipa.

Hookipa
Hookipa, Maui

Whether you are heading out for a surf or want to take a dip in the tide pools, Hookipa is such a gem.  You will also see dozens of Honu (turtles) resting on the beach.  The Ocean Safety lifeguards are super nice, and always check with them if you aren’t sure about the ocean conditions.

  1. Treat yourself in Wailea.

Andaz Maui
Andaz Maui
photo by: Kristen Koss

For those looking for a little luxury, Wailea is the place to be.  From fancy resorts to fine dining Wailea doesn’t disappoint.  The Andaz Maui resort offers free outdoor activities like outrigger canoe paddling and a mixology class.

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  1. Snorkel at Kaanapali Beach.

Kaanapali swim

Located on the West side of the island, Kaanapali beach has three miles of white sand and some of the clearest water you have ever seen.  Jump from Black Rock, and definitely, don’t leave your snorkel gear at home!  If you aren’t staying at one of the hotels, you can find free parking in the Beach Access lots.

Kaanapali

photo by: Kristen Koss

What’s your favorite thing to do in Maui?

Heading to Haleakala National Park?  Check out my tips on watching the sunrise here, and read about my experience at the Wailea Maui Film Festival here.

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With Aloha,

Alex

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