One of the reasons we chose to go to Maui for our honeymoon was the variety of activities that it offers! From hiking, surfing and snorkelling, to sun tanning and turtle watching...there is ALWAYS something to do in Maui! Here are our TOP 5 activities:
1. Hiking the Sliding Sands Trail, Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park stretches across 30, 000 acres of land. The highest peak is 10, 023 feet above sea level. To begin the Sliding Sands Trail, you drive to the summit of Haleakala where there are clean bathrooms, an info centre and INCREDIBLE views (you are above the clouds!!). We did the 1/2 day version of the Sliding Sands Trail hike, which involves hiking down 2.5 miles (this trail descends 2, 800 ft. in the first 4 miles) to the Ka Lu'u o ka O'o cinder cone, before turning around and hiking back up. The descent takes about an hour and the climb up takes 2 hours. The scenery is stunning because it does not feel like "MAUI" at all- it's desert.
2. Snorkelling, Molokini
Maui is known for it's clear, warm water (people travel from ALL over the world just for the water) SO you have to spend lots of time in it when you're there! One water activity we LOVED was the snorkel tour we did to Molokini, a partially submerged volcanic crater. It's about an hour and a half boat ride out to the crater, then you snorkel for an hour before riding back. The boat ride was FUN and RELAXING and the snorkelling was great, too! (TIP: we did the afternoon snorkel tour because it was cheaper. We found out after that there are more fish in the morning....so next time we'd pay the extra money and go earlier!)
3. Mopeding, Lahaina
I always love renting a moped when I travel. It's such a fun, cheap way to get around and see a place like a local. It also just feels RIDICULOUS to ride on main roads wearing a dinky helmet and maxing out at 30mph ha ha. We rented mopeds in Lahaina and spent an afternoon scooting around. This is a great activity to do on a 'down' day, somewhere near the end of your trip when you're pooped and don't want to exert too much energy! :)
4. Road to Hana (do in 2 sections)
The Road to Hana is probably the most popular activity on Maui. It's a 64.4 mile long drive with 615 hairpin turns and 50 one lane bridges, through stunning rainforest. You begin the drive in the town of Paia. Along the way there are many stops you can make. David and I stopped at 11 places. The highlights were TWIN FALLS (where you hike through the rainforest and find waterfalls and natural pools to swim in), Ke'anae Arboretum (where you can see black sand beaches) and the seven sacred pools (located in Haleakala National Park) where you can swim and hike through a bamboo forest ..... SO COOL. We loved the Road to Hana so much that we did it TWICE.
Warning: It is an ALL day adventure (give yourself 5-6 hours).
5. Bike Haleakala
There are a few bike companies that offer a sunrise bike tour down Haleakala. The sunrise tours fill up fast, so book your tour as soon as you arrive in Maui to ensure that you get a spot. To do the sunrise tour, you meet at the bike shop in Paia at 3am (rough, but worth it). They give you your gear (warm clothing, helmet, bike lock) and then drive you to the summit of Haleakala, just in time to watch the sunrise. It's actually STUNNING. You're so high up that you're above the clouds....I've never seen anything quite like it. After the sun rises, you are given your bike and you have all day to ride back down to Paia. It is an extremely easy ride (it's all downhill, so I think I peddled 3 times MAX ha) but the views are phenomenal and it's fun to experience Haleakala in that way.
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