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A Tropical Playground
Maui will capture your heart with its rainbow landscape of white-, black-, and red-sand beaches, lush green rainforests, and indigo sunsets. It's a tropical playground for honeymooners, family, and friends alike. Charter a yacht to a sunken volcano, swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, and peer into the crater of the world's largest dormant volcano.
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Getting There: The main airport on the island is Kahalui (OGG) on the north side of the island.
Getting Around: You will definitely want a rental car on Maui. There are a few limo companies, cab service, and a shuttle service available, but they are few and far between, and outside of hiring a private car and driver, public transportation is virtually non-existent. Especially when staying in a private home, a rental car is a must-have for excursions, grocery shopping, etc…and how else are you going to visit that hidden waterfall or out-of-the-way beach?
About The Island: Maui is called the Magic Isle…and there is something to be said about that. Fantastic beaches, wonderful restaurants, excellent golf, an array of activities for all ages and a true sense of Aloha can be found on this beautiful island. Maui is a favorite for many because you can do everything or nothing while on vacation here. Lahaina is “town” – it used to be an old whaling village, but is now home to shops, restaurants, art galleries and fun bars and restaurants for a night out on the town. Get an ice cream and sit under the great Banyan Tree or get a burger at Cheeseburger in Paradise on Front Street and watch the people down below. For wonderful shopping, go to Wailea Shopping Center and if you like to golf, the golf courses on Maui are exceptional. There is something for everyone on the magical island of Maui.
Beaches: White sand, gold sand, pink sand, black sand, green sand…it can all be found on Maui. Pack a cooler, swimsuit and towels in the back of your car and go discover your own perfect beach. From the surfing beaches on the north shore to the white sandy beaches on the west shore, there are so many wonderful beaches on Maui. All beaches in Hawaii are public, so go find your favorite one!
What to Do: There are so many things to do on Maui it is hard to pick favorites. A popular activity with our guests is watching the sunset while sipping a Mai Tai next to your pool at your villa. But for more active ideas, here are a few of our top picks:
- Downhill bike tour of Haleakala. It is well worth getting up at 3am to do the sunrise tour.
- The road to Hana – pick up a CD at the gas station, and you will have your own guide down this memorable road.
- For the adventurous, check out the longest zipline in Hawaii at Pi'iholo Ranch – thrilling!
- A hike to the Iao Needle in the lush and tropical Iao Needle State Park is a wonderful experience.
- The Old Lahaina Luau is hands down the best Luau on the islands. If you are going to Maui, this is a must!
- For new novices, a snorkel trip to Molokini is a great experience; be sure to do the morning trip.
- Maui is a golfer's dream! Fantastic views and challenging holes provide excellent golfing on numerous courses.
- There are art galleries, shopping, and restaurants galore in Wailea, Kihei, Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua.
Where to Eat:There are so many great restaurants on Maui it is hard to narrow it down. Mama’s Fish House is a must. It is about 15 minutes from the airport, so it is a perfect start to your vacation and offers a fresh local catch of the day on an amazing white sand beach. Aloha Mixed Plate offers great local food at an affordable price..and the view is great too! For the best macademia nut pancakes anywhere, go to the Gazebo Restaurant in Napili…but ssh, this is a local favorite too, so we don’t want it to get too crowded! If you just want a beer and a good burger or wings and excellent people watching, check out Moose’s on Front Street. But, for the more romantically inclined, or you prefer a more refined fare with fantastic Pacific Rim cuisine and wonderful views, both Canoes in Lahaina and Five Palms Beach Grill offer great dining experiences. And we cannot forget Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kapalua, where the best sushi on the island can be found.