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Maui - Don't miss it!

Maui - Don't miss it!

Aloha Maui! If the thought of the swaying palm trees, beautiful sunsets, tepid waters and beautiful scenery of Hawaii appeals but the crowds leave you cold, consider going to one of the outer islands instead of Honolulu.

Maui is a favourite and is just a short 30 minute flight from Honolulu. It’s often included as a port of call on cruises around Hawaii or those cruising from Hawaii to French Polynesia and beyond.

So what is there to do there?

• Lahaina – A gorgeous seaside township with a pier full of boats offering up snorkelling tours, whale watching tours, glass bottom boat tours, semi-submersible trips and more. You’ll also find plenty of shops and eating places including the famous Dole ice cream shop.

• Molokini Crater – A favourite snorkelling spot, Molokini Crater makes for a fantastic day out. Discover the marine life, including turtles usually and sometimes dolphins, and spend the day lapping up the Hawaiian sunshine, bbq and drinks. Awesome day out!

• Haleakala National Park – It’s 10,023 feet to the summit of Haleakala National Park and the best time to see it is at sunrise! After a breath taking sunrise, you can take the zip line if you feel so inclined! Entry needs to be pre-booked.

• Iao Valley State Park – Lush rainforest, streams and beautiful scenery! It’s an easy drive into the State Park and the tracks are easy too.

• Shopping – Maui offers up some great shopping for bargain hunters. In Lahaina, head to the Outlet shops for brands such as Guess, Sketchers, Addidas, Billabong and more at discounted prices. In Kahalui you’ll find some good deals on clothing at Ross Dress For Less. The Shops at Wailea offers 70 shops including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ripcurl, Swarovski, Tiffany & Co to name just some.

• Maui Ocean Centre – A fantastic aquarium with several exhibits including the Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit, Turtle Lagoon, Living Reef, Open Ocean, Hawaiians and the Sea and Kaho’olawe. Allow plenty of time – there’s lots to see and loads to learn.

• Road to Hana – This is one of the top attractions but if you’re visiting for the day as part of a cruise you may not have time to do it. It’s a windy road from Kahalui to Hana that twists and turns, crosses narrow bridges and offers up some absolutely incredible views. It’s more about the journey than the destination as Hana is a small town so the question of “How long does it take?” really depends on how many times you stop to admire the view. But think hours – and several of them. In fact, they recommend you overnight as it can take 10-12 hours round trip if you figure in stops, lunch etc.

• Surfing- All along the coast you’ll find little beaches littered with cars (or combi vans!) topped with roof racks and surfboards. Surfers sitting atop their boards bob around not far off the waters edge waiting for a good wave. It’s a very cool, fun and relaxed atmosphere.

• Southern beaches – this is where the locals often go to hang out away from the crowds. There are some super pretty coves perfect for enjoying a day relaxing on the beach. There are often turtles swimming around here too so keep an eye out.

For information on cruises visiting Hawaii and the outer islands, you can request a call from one of our Ultimate Cruising experts or have a look at our packages page for a selection of available voyages.