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What to do in Maui

 

Ka'anapali Beach is my favorite place to visit. I enjoy just to sit around the pool and read a book, then stop by Hula Grill for a cold beer before going up to the room and changing for dinner. There are many activities to do at Ka'anapali Beach; snorkeling at Black Rock, Parasailing with UFO, sand volley ball, hanging out at the various pools, shopping at Whaler's Village, watching football at the Hula Grill, going to the golf driving range, riding bikes to Lahaina Towne, etc.....

Snorkeling on Maui is incredible with the beautiful natural reefs and year round warm, clear water. My favorite spots are; Black Rock, 14 Mile Marker, Turtle Town (Makena) and Molokini. Turtle Town and Molokini are best done from a snorkel excursion boat. I have been on several and they all are fun. I suggest to go on a morning trip to avoid the afternoon trade winds. For those who want to take it to the next level I recommend to get scuba certified. Contact Mark at Water Fantasy Diving and he can set up certification and off-shore dives. If you want to do a snorkel boat trip check with your concierge desk about the best one for you. Also check on the weather report to plan properly. I like the Pride of Maui, Boss Frog, and Teralani II (T2).

Biking on Maui is fun and easy. Some people like to go on one of the Bike Tours that ride down Halekala. I prefer to just ride around Ka'anapali and Lahaina on a beach bike. You can rent bikes in Lahaina at West Maui Cycles.

Luaus are a tradition on Maui and will vary slightly in types of shows. The most popular is the Old Lahaina Luau and my favorite is the Royal Lahaina Luau. The Marriot and Hyatt have luaus as well. They all are all you can eat and all you can drink with lots of Island fun. I suggest to go early (30-45 minutes) to avoid the long lines that form. An alternative to a traditional luau is Ulalena at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina. It is a combination luau and cirque-du-soleil show with out the food.

Shopping on Maui is in abundance. There is shopping everywhere. When I go to Maui and I am staying at a condo, I stop at Costco, Wal-Mart and Star Markets on my way from the airport. I stock up with all the provisions of home. Whaler's Village, Cannery Mall and Front Street Lahaina have more shops than I could ever want to visit. I usually shop at Hilo Hattie's and ABC Stores for Hawaiian trinkets for friends and family back home.

Sailing can be found at the Lahaina harbor and booked through your concierge or directly at the docks. The America's Cup Contender, America II is very popular but my favorite is the Scotch Mist. I have sailed on the Scotch Mist several times and with the right persuasion (say "Please") the captain can make this boat go fast.

Surfing lessons can be found all over Maui. Check out the local surf shops and ask their recommendations and for a surfing guide map of Maui. I highly recommend the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy on Prison St. in Lahaina. I booked my group lesson through Boss Frog's Activities for $40. If you over hear that "Jaws is going off" head over to Paia and watch the pros. They will need a Jet Ski to tow them into the huge surf.

Golf courses on Maui are beautiful and challenging. My favorite is the Village Course at Kapalua. Call in advance of your stay to the concierge desk at your hotel and ask them to make tee times for you. You can also book on line at TeeTimesHawaii.com.

Horseback Riding can be found in Maui near Kahana and also Up Country. It is not my favorite activity to do on Maui. You usually come back from a hot and humid ride smelling like horse.... phew.... But if it is your thing then I suggest to go Up Country where it tends to be cooler.

Wine Tasting Maui does have it's own winery. Tedeschi is located Up Country in Ulupalakua and is quite unique with it's own flair.

Road to Hana is a very popular activity on Maui. On the journey you will travel through a natural rain forest and see many water falls. Plan to take the entire day for this trip and purchase a Road to Hana Guide so that you can find the hidden treasures. This activity can challenge one's endurance for driving as there are more curves than I can count.

Channel 7 is the Visitor's Channel. It is one channel dedicated to showing all that Maui has to offer in 30 minute segments. I like to watch this channel when in Maui. Usually at the ABC Stores you can find a video tape called Maui Island of the Sun that is pretty much what you see on Channel 7. It is a good gift to bring home and give to friends who are planning to go to Maui. You can view some of the clips on mauionline.com.

Weddings are very popular to be preformed in Maui. I have seen many. It is the most romantic setting especially at sunset on Ka'anapali Beach. Most of the resorts have a wedding coordinator who will set up the event for you. Of course if you want to ultimate dream wedding... let me know and I will refer you to my friend Lori. She creates fantasies come true for the rich and famous or those who want to feel that way on their special day.

Events in Maui can be found on the Maui Visitor Bureau's site. My favorite events worth traveling to Maui are:

  • New Year's Eve in Lahaina Towne

  • Fat Tuesday Winemakers Dinner at the Hula Grill

  • Cinco de Mayo at Campadres at the Cannery Mall in Lahaina

  • Fourth of July at Hula Grill

  • Kapalua Wine and Food Festival- July

  • A Taste of Lahaina- September

  • Halloween on Front Street in Lahaina Towne (Mardi Gras of the Pacific)

  • Photo Op at the Santa Canoe- entrance to Ka'anapali- December

  • My Birthday- December 9th- Hula Grill & Kimo's

 

 

 

 

 
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