After you’ve had your share of beach time on the “Valley Isle” (Maui, Hawaii), there are a few things you shouldn’t miss!
Best Guided Tour – Maui Eco-Adventures: (http://www.ecomaui.com/), 2005 “Hawaii eco-tourism operator of the year” award winner. Their Rainforest Waterfall hike, and the Hike Kayak tour are favorites. The Hike Kayak: Hike along the rugged north shore of West Maui, then take a short van ride for lunch then 1.5 hrs of sea kayaking in open-top kayaks with a snorkel stop along the way. Very cool!
Eco Tours, Whale Watching
Best Adventure – Take a zip-line tour on the side of Haleakala: (http://www.skylinehawaii.com/). Make a morning of it: drive up to Haleakala crater for the sunrise (be sure to get there at least 20 minutes early, since parking can be a challenge and it’s the pre-dawn color display that’s so spectacular. And bring warm closes too: it’s around freezing on top!) Then drive down to the Kula Lodge (http://www.kulalodge.com/) for breakfast, passing the Sky-line tour buildings on the way. That leaves plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast and a short drive back up the road to Sky-line tours for an 8:30am tour. Tours take a bit over an hour, so you’re back in West Maui well before noon and ready for a serious nap. West Maui alternative: Skyline recently added Ziplines Tours right in Kaanapali. Pretty convenient if you’re in West Maui, you don’t even have to drive very far.
Best Breakfast – The Plantation House Restaurant in Kapalua, far northwest corner of West Maui in the Plantation Golf Course. (http://www.theplantationhouse.com/)
Maui Smoothie (berries & pineapple)
Best coffee shop – Java Jazz – a favorite spot for coffee in the morning (also good breakfast, soup, sandwiches all the time). It’s right across the street from Kaanapali Shores Resort in the strip mall.
Best Tacos – JAWZ Fish Tacos Maui, has been voted best restaurant in Maui for their famous Fish Tacos, visit their restaurant in Kihei, or stop by the Taco Stands in Makena.
Best Take Away Cheap Eats – Located in Waliea Shops, Whaler’s General Store, has a great cup of Java in the morning and a variety of breakfast items. They also sell great plate meals and lunches for picnics. The store has a New York Style Deli that specializes in sandwiches and salads. They also have items for special diets like hard-boiled eggs or white rice. The Shops at Wailea • 3750 Wailea Alanui • Wailea, Maui, HI 96753 http://www.shopsatwailea.com/
Best Luau – “Feast at LeLe” (http://www.feastatlele.com/) best food, most comfortable seating, and best show, but also the most expensive.
Runner Up: Old Lahaina Luau (http://www.oldlahainaluau.com/) very authentic and natural setting.
Luau Family Fun
Best Show – Warren and Annabel’s (http://www.warrenandannabelles.com/), a total blast, just go, you’ll love it.
Best Shopping – Walk along Front Street in Lahaina. Plan at least a half day to ‘Do’ Lahaina. Don’t miss the Banyan Tree Park on the south side of town. And a bit further south from that is the 505 center, where you’ll find the Feast at LeLe and Pacific’O restaurant. Shops at Waliea are the most beautiful and exclusive. http://www.shopsatwailea.com/
Best Cultural Show – (‘ULALENA) – This award winning show tells the story of Hawaii’s history, culture and myths and legends. It is the perfect family activity to do at night. http://www.maui-nightlife.com http://www.mauitheatre.com
Best Town Party: Kihei’s Fourth Friday – at Azeka’s on South Kihei Rd. on Maui’s South shore. Come eat, drink, dance, play. It’s best town party Maui has to offer! Check out the Kihei Fourth Friday Facebook page for photos of last month’s event. Come any fourth Friday for Free Live Music, food & craft vendors, beer gardens and a fantastic Keiki Youth zone for kids of all ages. Bring the whole family.
For more Maui Hawaii travel information, contact our travel specialists at Cruise & Travel Masters! Ask about our Maui Island travel package!
Sonja Arrasi, Cruise & Travel Masters
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