Looking for that warm winter vacation within the USA that is guaranteed to bring you some warm temperatures, then Hawaii is for you. Several years ago I took a two-week trip visiting four of the Hawaiian Islands. I can tell you that I fell in love with the island of Maui. So much so that I considered moving over there. This is a place that you can visit and leave your heart behind. With 30 miles of beaches and dozens of different towns it’s no wonder that Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood or Willie Nelson, just to name a few, have homes on the island.
Historical Town of Lahaina
This Historical town has become the entertainment center of the West side of the Island. Their famous Front St is filled with restaurants, shops and art galleries. Plan on being there for sunset, where you can enjoy some of the best oceanfront dining on the island. Including oceanfront luaus. This is also a great location to board a charter to go diving or snorkeling.
Haleakala National Park (House of the Sun)
Haleakala is a volcano that rises 10,023 feet above Maui’s coastal area. It has become a popular destination among visitors especially to view the sunrise. This windy 38 mile drive is considered to be the worlds steepest route from sea level to 10,000 feet. The visitor center at the summit offers wonderful views of the surrounding areas.
Just be cautious because the temperature at the summit is much cooler. They can even get snow in the winter. So be prepared and bring some warm clothes with you.
Road to Hana
This drive offers black sand beaches, lush Taro and Sugar Cane Fields and plunging waterfalls. On the way to Hana you will travel South Maui’s rugged lava coastline through 617 curves and 54 one lane bridges. If your the adventurous type you may want to rent a car and do the drive yourself. Taking your time discovering the tropical rain forests, bamboo jungles, waterfalls, tropical streams and pools, spectacular cliffs and the jet black sand beach. Be advised that not all rental agencies will allow rentals to do that trip. On the other hand, if your like me, you may want to set out on one of the many day trips that are offered for this particular area and enjoy the trip in an air conditioned mini bus. The trip I took was a full days excursion that included plenty of stops.
Kaanapali Beach was once named America’s Best Beach with its 3 miles of white sand and crystal clear water. On this renown beach you will find hotels and resorts, as well as the Whaler Villages which houses a world-class shopping complex featuring exceptional shops and restaurants. You might even see a breaching whale as you try to set up a shot at either the Royal Kaanapali or Kaanapali Kai championship golf courses.
Enjoy one of the beaches most famous attractions while your here. Every evening at sunset a cliff diver lights a path along the beach’s northernmost cliffs known as Puu Kakaa or Black Rock. After which he dives off as a reenactment of a feat by Maui’s revered King Kahekile.
Wailea Beach is a resort area home to an award-winning tennis center as well as three beautiful world-class golf courses. You will find plenty of snorkeling and diving in this area as well.
Wailea isn’t just known for their beaches. You are in the right place if you enjoy great dining, browsing art galleries and shops. Who knows, you may even spot a celebrity or two on your ventures.
Iao Valley State Park
This is a must see for all visitors. The sacred mountain was once forbidden to all but royalty. The valley and streams are filled with stories and legends. This area is important both historically and spiritually to the Hawaiian people.
Enjoy the .6 mile scenic walk where you can view the Iao Needle this is an erosional feature which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor.
Maui offers a variety of accommodations as well as dinning options for all taste. You can spend your days lying in a lounge chair at your beachfront hotel enjoying the gentle lapping of the waves. Maybe add a little bit of sight seeing and enjoy nature as it was meant to be enjoyed. I personally enjoy renting a car and each day driving in a different direction so that I can uncover all the hidden treasures on my adventures.
Everyones vacation is different, make it your Dream Vacation.
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