Travel in a Minute: What to do in Maui, Hawaii

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Maui, the second largest Hawaiian island, hosts some three million tourists each year, the majority of which come from the United States and Canada. While most people stay at hotels with all-inclusive packages, there is much more to explore on the island. A few of the more popular places to visit include, the Road to Hāna, Haleakala National Park, and Lahaina. In the attached video, “Maui in a Minute,” I explore “off the resort” with tips and ideas for how you can spend your vacation in Maui. Hit play for lots of information on Maui, then continue reading for more details.

Things to do on Maui

1. Learn About Sea Life in Maui

jelly fish at maui ocean centre
Upside down jellyfish at the Maui Ocean Centre | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil

The Maui Ocean Centre is a great place to see many of  the sea creatures that live in the waters surrounding Maui, without getting  your feet wet. From turtles to jellyfish, sea horses, octopus and more it is also a great escape on a rainy day.

2. Visit the Haleakala National Park

Looking into the Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park in Maui | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil
Looking into the Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park in Maui | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil

Many people will tell you Haleakala National Park is the best place on the island to watch the sun rise, but no matter the time of day, you will always have gorgeous views from the top of the Haleakala crater. You can take a hike into or around the crater, and another popular activity is biking down the long road full of switchbacks that takes you from the top to the bottom. No matter when you visit, be sure to bring a sweater, as it can be chilly and very windy at the top.

3. Be one with Nature

Various types of organic coffee beans grow at O’o Farms in Maui | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil
Various types of organic coffee beans grow at O’o Farms in Maui | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil

Whether you decide to visit a farm like the O’o organic farms, a popular goat cheese dairy, a nature reserve or enjoy a long drive down the road to Hāna, around west Maui and the ‘Ìao Needle, make sure you take a moment to simply enjoy the nature and beauty of the island.

4. Hit the ocean

A sunken ship in Maui seen from a porthole on the Atlantis Submarine | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil
A sunken ship in Maui seen from a porthole on the Atlantis Submarine | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil

Ensure you enjoy the ocean surrounding Maui. Take a boat cruise, a sunset sail, a fishing trip, paddle a traditional canoe or go for a submarine ride. Go for a swim, or snorkeling, get a scuba diving certificate, learn to surf, stand up paddleboard or even kite-board. Every kind of water sport imaginable is possible on Maui.

5. Feast

Mai Tai
A carafe of MaiTais in Maui | Photo credit: Cailin O’Neil

Do not miss the great food in Maui. Try tasty traditional Hawaiian foods, cocktails and the fresh pineapple. Pineapple you eat on Maui has less acidity than what is sold on the mainland and is very delicious. A popular Hawaiian cocktail is the Mai Tai (rum and fruit juice) and the Lava Flow, which is essentially a piña colada with strawberry in it, a must try. Make sure you also take in a Luau to get a little more culture into your trip. I highly recommend the Feast at Lele.

About the Author: Cailin O’Neil

Cailin O’Neil is a travel, video, and food blogger and has been the host of the travel web series Travel Yourself since early 2009. When not traveling and writing for her own sites  TravelYourself.ca and  TheTasteOfTravel.com she is a fulltime freelance writer and videographer. Follow her adventures find her on Twitter, Facebook and Google +.  

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