Maui is known as the “Valley Isle,” and is one the most verdant islands of the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also a wonderful vacation destination for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. From water sports to adventures on land, there are no shortage of things to do in this lush island paradise.
The beaches of Maui are among the best of all the islands, and the waters around them are equally breathtaking. Visitors and locals alike enjoy snorkeling through the 120 miles of coastline, admiring the varied marine life, vibrant coral reefs, and crystal clear waters.
Not all marine sports take place underneath the water. Surfing is another popular activity that involves riding above the waves rather than underneath them, and the 30 miles of beachfront ocean access means there is always a new spot to explore. Some of the local beaches most favored by surfers include Ho’okipa Beach and Honolua Bay. After a day of hard surfing, the perfect way to regroup and recover is over a Hawaiian plate lunch, a uniquely local dish that must be tried at least once.
Of course, there is more to Maui than just beaches, though some of the island’s ziplines actually send adventurers flying over the coastline with stunning ocean views. Other courses instead cut through forests and canyons, including one that is just outside of Haleakala National Park. Viewing platforms and experienced guides will allow visitors a chance to catch their breath while observing the natural landscape around them, making this a wonderful way to spend a day for visitors and locals alike.
There are a myriad of less strenuous Maui activities to enjoy on Maui as well. Maui Nui Botanical Gardens offers visitors a chance to learn more about local flora and fauna. The Sacred Garden of Maliko is free and is another must-see for nature lovers, and it includes two labyrinths as well as a 10,000 square foot greenhouse.
Hiking trails of various difficulty levels crisscross the island, allowing both avid solo hikers and families with young children to find their perfect trail. Makena, also known as Big Beach, is another required stop for an afternoon of sunbathing and lounging, and is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the horizon.
Whether walking, swimming, surfing, or flying far above the earth, the natural beauty of Maui has to be seen to be believed. It is one of the most stunning landscapes on the planet, with beaches, volcanoes, forests and waterfalls all combining to create a picture-perfect island that will be hard to say goodbye to.
Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.