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THE MANY SIDES OF MAUI
By Tanya Thelen


Maui is one of the most favored of all the Hawaiian Islands. It caters to both tropical relaxation and an active lifestyle. I was fortunate enough to experience the island for eight nights on my honeymoon. A long stay in Maui is an excellent way to relax the mind as well as participate in the many activities it has to offer.

Travel to Maui must be done via Honolulu on Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines or Mahalo Air. If you don't mind the smaller the smaller plane then I would recommend Mahalo Air because of the cheaper airfares. You need to rent a vehicle for your whole stay. We rented a Jeep Wrangler so we could enjoy the tropical sun and breezes on our faces wherever we went.

We kept very busy while in Maui. We first went to a Luau at the Maui Marriott. I highly recommend attending a luau to experience the culture of the Hawaiian Islands. A luau consists of a Hawaiian buffet dinner along with a traditional Hawaiian dance. We also flew over the entire island with the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Company. They served us champagne after landing on the side of the mountain. What a spectacular view! The Blue Hawaiian is an excellent company, and they offer a free video of each customer's helicopter ride. Next we were off sport fishing, followed by a snorkeling cruise of Molikini. Molokini is a little crater off the shore of Maui that offers a fun and interesting place to snorkel. Another great place to snorkel is Black Rock which is on Dig Me Beach in Kaanapali, Maui. See beautiful colored fish and sea turtles right off the shore. Dig Me Beach is one of the better beaches on Maui.

There are many activities available on Maui but one of the best is just driving around the island. We first drove Kapalua where two of the best golf courses on Maui are located. We also drove to beautiful Wailea where we found fantastic four and five star hotels and restaurants. We are definitely staying in Wailea the next time we are in Maui. You don't want to miss Front Street in Lahaina. Here many people park their cars and walk up and down the street to the many shops and restaurants. Front Street is also a great place to sample Maui's nightlife. I also recommend driving the "Road to Hana". You'll need a whole day for this drive. Be sure to get the cassette tape to explain the highlights along the way. We stopped often to take pictures of the many beautiful scenes such as waterfalls, rainbows, Eucalyptus trees and black sand beaches. Remember that you're driving through a rainforest so bring an umbrella for those sudden mists of rain. You'll also want to bring some snacks for the long drive down the Road to Hana.

We continued our drive past Hana to the Seven Sacred Pools, where breathtaking waterfalls pour into one another. Here we went swimming in the pools and took pictures of each other in and behind the waterfalls.

Maui is a fantastic island that offers many activities for all ages. It's your choice to either do it all, some, or just relax. That's what is so great about Maui, you have the choice and can find it all here. Please give me a call and I will help you plan your trip to beautiful Maui.


 About Tanya

Tanya worked for Classic Travel for over seven years. She has traveled to exciting places like Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, London, Paris, and Mexico.





 

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