My girlfriend and I are going to Maui over Thanksgiving and we've never been there before so we have no idea where to start. We're both pretty atheletic so adventure attractions are good, but we want a couple of romantic places, too. We're taking this trip so we can get a little sun before the Chicago winter starts, so anything outdoors is good.
You're going to my favorite part of the world! Here are some of my favorite places to go there in no particular order:
Lahaina area. So much fun to stroll along the boardwalk with ice cream from LaPeers. Galleries for the art enthusiast. The major take-off spot for most ocean expeditions. Look for the gigantic banyan tree.
Tedeschi Vineyards - Maui's Winery - Spent a great afternoon here. Not a fan of the wine, but the grounds are idyllic. Great spot for a picnic under age-old trees.
Kaanapali Beach - This beach is heavenly. You can also catch a Trilogy catamaran tour here -- a definite must while on Maui. Take the sunset tour that includes a stop on Lanai.
Maui Uplands - Please, please, please I know everyone loves Maui's beaches, but don't miss out on the romance of Upcountry. Catch the rodeo. Stroll through Makawao and eat a donut on a stick. Then take in all the art galleries.
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We love Maui and include it on every visit to the islands! I hope you will love it too!
One of the neatest hikes we've ever done is the Bamboo forest hike across the street from the Pools at Ohe'o which is about 5-7 miles past Hana. We'd leave around 8am from Kaanapali (where we usually stay) and get to the parking lot for the 7 sacred pools around 9:30-9:45. Parking fee is nominal and bathrooms are right there. After you take about 30-45 minutes to watch the divers jump off the bridge into one of the larger pools, you might want a dip yourself in the (very) cool water or wait until you get back from your hike. Also, where the water meets the ocean is a small, beautiful black sand beach.
So you cross the street and pick up the trailhead to do the Bamboo forest hike. It's pretty well marked and a nice hike. About 2/3 of the way into the hike you walk through a bamboo forest and when the wind moves the bamboo it sounds wonderful. Take a camera with video recording capability to catch the 'bamboo wind chime' sounds, very cool. About 10 minutes after the bamboo forest you're rewarded coming up to a very high waterfall, which many people take a dip under.
This hike is one of many that we've taken on Maui but it is our favorite due to the added locations you see to and from the hike (Hana, 7 sacred pools, road to Hana, etc.) One thing that is important: take mosquito spray as they are bad on this hike and wear something that you can get wet or bring a swimsuit!
While you're out that way, if you drive a couple miles down the road, you will come to a small church where Charles Lindbergh is buried. The church is super quaint and very picturesque but the neat thing is that behind the church is a very small picnic area with a couple of tables and a FANTASTIC overlook of the ocean toward the east. We usually end up here after the hike with a picnic lunch. Finding the entrance to the church is a bit tricky but worth it if you are adventurous. Here is a link that describe is and how to get there: http://www.hawaii-guide.com/maui/sights/charles_lindberghs_grave
My last recommendation is something we did on our last trip in June that I've never done before. I bought a new Olympus underwater camera because I like to snorkel. Some of the best snorkeling is around Black Rock (Kaanapali) where we were staying, but the absolute best and super fun thing I did this trip was to book a sail/snuba tour with Trilogy tours. They leave right off the beach in Kaanapali and take about 1 hour to get to a secluded bay (early in the a.m.) I had 30 minutes of snuba and never imagined how much fun and how many turtles and beautiful fish I'd see. If you've never done this before, and you like snorkeling, I'd really recommend you try. Tip: ask for a wet suit top on the boat! It keeps you warm and helps with floatation.
I'd suggest renting a car and taking Road to Hana first. You can hike in and around the Seven Sacrad Pools which are part of Haleakala National Park. You could stay in the area overnight then return. There are also a number of places to pull off and hike on the Road to Hana. The hikes vary in difficulty and will take you to some hidden waterfalls otherwise not seen. We stayed at the Westin at Kaanapali Beach where you can do a variety of water activites. If you want to snorkel a day trip Molokini Crater is fun. Going to Haleakala Summit for the sunrise is worth getting up at 4am. If the conditions are right it is a beautiful sight to see. You can bike down the crater afterwards or hike around the park. Also, as cheesy as it sounds we really enjoyed the Luau at the Westin. Just realize upfront it's about entertainment and not true Hawaiian history. The food was pretty good as well. One thing we didn't do, but I would love to do next time is a stargazing boat excursion at night. The stars are amazing in Maui and I think that would be a great experience.
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Rent a bike and go to the Haleakala Visitors Center. It's very touristy but the view down the mountain is pretty incredible. Some people get freaked out by the ride down, but I actually enjoyed the bike ride down ( though you do fear for your life every time you hit the brakes, hoping they work).
Then there's the Road to Hana. It is long but worth it. Don't just stop at Hana, though. Keep driving and you can see Lindbergh's grave as well as the Seven Sacred Pools. Just don't expect much in Hana - it's all about the drive. (And if you're feeling lucky, keep driving along the south side of Haleakala to get back. That's the road the rental car companies say you can't take, but if the weather is good, you'll be just fine.)
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Hana and the Hana Hwy are a must when on Maui! Especially if you're looking for a romantic place, you can't beat spending a few nights in Hana and exploring the area. Highly recommended that you don't do a day trip, you simply won't have enough time to enjoy it. Plenty of historically significant spots, beautiful beaches, and a more secluded feeling than the bigger towns on the island. Just be careful driving!
If you guys are looking for some romantic places then Hawaii offers you plenty of it. And I must say Maui is the best one. I visited there during my http://www.getbustours.com/hawaii/ along with my friends. It's fabulous and has nature charm and enhancing beach spots, dramatic alluring mountains like the West Maui Mountains. It makes it the most glorified and famous place among the tourists. Maluaka Beach is a nice destination for enjoying the sunset on the shining water. It was just incredible. I really enjoyed snorkeling, swimming, hiking. Maui offers plenty of fabulous places around it.