Top 10 Things to Do in Hawaii

  • By Sole Girolami
  • 05 Oct, 2017

Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii. After witnessing the island’s vast landscapes and incredible beaches, it’s no wonder Maui is the favorite of many who come to visit. It’s also not surprising that out of the Top 10 Things to do in Hawaii, many of them are found in Maui. Here is a list of things for you to consider doing on your next visit:

 

1. Attending a Luau is a must when vacationing in Hawaii, and Maui features a variety to choose from. Some offer traditional-style, such as the Old Lahaina Luau, but for those looking for a fine dining experience, the Feast at Lele offers a dining show by Polynesian chefs that is sure to be entertaining.

 

2. Chartering a sailboat is a great way to explore the beauty of this island. But for those wishing to get up-close and personal with nature, there are several sites that offer snorkeling and diving, which include Ka anapali, Lahaina and Ma alaea. Non-swimmers can also get a glimpse of the wondrous sea life by traveling in a glass bottom boat.

 

3. Maui has several fantastic restaurants for your epicurean delight. Head over to Sorrento’s on the Beach and enjoy a fabulous pasta dish or their ever-popular ossobuco. If European fare tempts your palate, try out Gerard’s. The combination of Island delicacies mixed with time-honored French cooking is definitely a crowd- pleaser. For dessert, indulge in the Pineapple Grill’s mouth-watering pineapple upside- down cake, unless, of course, you have a hankering for chocolate. In that case, the Hula Grill’s flourless chocolate cake is far too tempting to pass up.

 

4. There is plenty of shopping, if that’s your delight, from native and handcrafted jewelry, to hats, glasswork, and more. Visitors can find many unique treasures here, as well as more upscale shopping ventures at various locations.  

 

5. Ziplining is a popular activity for travelers with an adventuresome spirit. Depending on the course of interest, those looking to get into this eco-friendly sport can go with one of three companies on the Island: Piiholo Ranch Zipline, Kapalua Resort's zipline, or the zipline at Skyline Eco-Adventures.

 

6. Equestrians can enjoy horseback riding on the 800-acre historic Piiholo Ranch, which is also run by Piiholo Ranch Zipline.

 

7. Parasailing is a fun, outdoor activity that visitors absolutely love. UFP Parasail in front of Whaler’s Village offers 7 and 10-minute parasail rides where you can relax and float above water from a parachute!

 

8. There are 17 amazing golf courses to explore, including The Experience at Koele, The Dunes at Maui Lani, and the Ritz Carlton.

 

9. Renting a car is a great way to enjoy the Island’s most favored scenic offering, the Hana Highway. The 52-mile thoroughfare is rich with thriving rainforests, rhythmic waterfalls, and archival bridges built in the early part of the 19th Century. Along this scenic drive, tourists can make stops along the way to take photographs or just enjoy the magnificent views. Because of all the twists and turns, the ride usually takes between two and four hours, depending on stops along the way.

 

10. Journeying into the tranquil town of Hana. A variety of attractions await, such as the Hana Cultural Center & Museum, the Hana Maui Botanical Gardens, or the Kahanu Gardens. Visitors to Hana have several beaches to choose from as well, including Wai anapanapa State Park. This beautiful beach is known for its black sand, blowholes, and freshwater caves. Camping is also offered in the State Park cabins for those wishing to stay overnight.

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

If you are planning a trip to Maui and wish to see an active volcano, Discover Hawaii Tours has two different options for a Maui Volcano Tour experience. The two packages we offer include the “ 3-Island Tour Package from Maui ” and the “One-Day Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure Tour from Maui.” Both of these packages, depending on your interests, will give you the opportunity to see the amazing volcanic formations of Hawaii, along with many other spectacular sights.

Our “ 3-Island Tour Package from Maui ” offers much more than simply visiting the volcano; it also incorporates three of our Top Tours in one great deal. This means you have the chance to explore Hawaii’s only active volcano while also enjoying many of Hawaii’s top attractions. In addition to sightseeing Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, this package offers a broad array of tour options.  You will get a chance to visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, as well as discover Maui’s famous “Road to Hāna.” With your expert tour guide navigating you through the 617 curves and over 50 one-lane bridges, you will see the island firsthand in all its full color and splendor.


When you get on the Road to Hana, you will see why the road itself is the main attraction, with the tour guide making frequent stops along the way. You will visit powerful waterfalls and secluded beaches right alongside the road, as well as view top attractions such as the Wai anapanapa Black Sand Beach. You will even get the chance to go for a swim if you choose.


Once you begin the “Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure” tour, you will get the ability to truly appreciate the phenomena of the volcanic formations.  This tour will transport you back in time to the earliest days of Hawaii, when the island was just beginning to form underwater.  You will also see the destruction from over 30 years of Mt. Kilauea, with now-extinct lava flows and lookout points intruding the landscape. Here, one can stand closer to an active volcano than anywhere else on earth. And it also happens to be the world’s most active volcano, radiating a power only Mount Kilauea can.


These tours were created for those staying in Maui, specifically, so that you can see the majesty of the island, as well as have an amazing volcano tour experience. After you have visited the volcano, you will also get to see the unforgettable Rainbow Falls, black sand beaches, and historic town, Hilo, on the Big Island.


The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Jaggar Museum will give you detailed knowledge of the volcanoes and the Thurston Lava Tube experience.  You will be blown away by the sights and memories you experience during either of these inter-island tours. See firsthand the breathtaking views and nature’s raw energy of the historic Banyan Drive, to the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and feel the heat from the volcanic steam vents. This is an inter-island experience you do not want to miss in your visit to Hawaii.


By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

What is it that draws tourists to Maui? Well, depending on who you ask, it might be any number of things! But we’d like to guess that it’s the accessibility to some of the world’s best snorkeling sites as well as the proximity of breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife! Maui activities give you the chance to swim up close and personally with dolphins or rub your hands along the rainbow colored bark of the eucalyptus rainbow trees. When vacationing on Maui with family, make sure you come prepared to take it all in. You’ll want to be equipped for all kinds of adventures.

 

Make sure to pack a swimming suit. While you’re on the Hawaiian Islands, you won’t just be visiting the white sand beaches. If you book a snorkeling tour with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours, you’ll climb aboard a one hundred and twenty foot long catamaran and be taken out onto the open ocean. You’ll need lots of sunscreen, too. But don’t worry; if you forgot yours, the friendly tour guides and staff can provide you with reef safe sunblock when you reach your destination.

 

The Molokini Crater is an excellent place to take your snorkeling skills out on the open waters. Grab your gear and dive in to share the waters with more than two hundred and fifty species of fish that call the crater home. This sunken volcanic crater creates excellent protection from the harsher ocean currents, making it an ideal spot for snorkelers of any experience level. You can visit this amazing site on a number of Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours! It’s a great choice when you’re searching for Maui vacation activities for the whole family!

 

Have your camera at the ready if you’re up for a day-long tour of the Hana Highway with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours. The Road to Hana Eco Adventure tour is the best Hana tour on Maui. This tour is the best of Maui tourism, as you get to see the island in style. Climb aboard Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours’ guided tour bus and be dazzled by the sights and the knowledge of your tour guide. Done be afraid to ask hard question! The tour guides know the answers and they are eager to share. They’ll make sure you’re given plenty of photo opportunities to help you remember your incredible tour.

 

Amazing adventures await you on the island of Maui! Make sure you don’t miss a thing and book a tour today with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours!


By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

Maui activities are not limited to the island of Maui! While you’re on vacation in the Hawaiian Islands, even if you’re staying on Maui, there are many Maui day trips you can take that will take you to the other islands. Take advantage of the proximity of every island in the archipelago and take an inter-island tour with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours!

 

The Big Island of Hawaii is the best place to see volcanoes if you’re interested while on vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. With Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours, you can take in dozens of amazing volcanic sights on the One-Day Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure Tour. From Maui, your inter-island airfare is included in the ticket, so you can just hop on board and be swept away to explore the incredible power of volcanic activity all across the island. You’ll see live volcanic activity at Mount Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, as well as visit sites such as the Thurston Lava tubes, underground channels formed by the flow of molten hot lava, and the Jaggar Museum, where the island’s volcanic activity is monitored twenty-four hours a day.

 

If you’re a history buff, a tour on the island of Oahu is exactly what you need. On the Complete Pearl Harbor Experience Tour with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours, you’ll be taken aboard battleships and visit memorials that commemorate the terrible attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The USS Arizona still lies sunken in the harbor waters, now the tomb for more than one thousand officers and crew men who died defending it during the Pearl Harbor attacks. The USS Missouri is also stationed in the harbor, now overlooking the sunken hull of the Arizona, and tourists can board its upper decks to get up close to its larger-than-life turret guns and see where the Japanese surrendered and World War II ended.

 

Venture along the Na Pali coast of Kauai on one of Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours’ Kauai tours. You can kayak in the sparkling blue ocean waters and be awed by the incredible cliffs and sheer drop off of the Na Pail coast on the Na Pali Coast Kayak Tour. If you’re searing for a tour that will take you off the beaten path and into some of Hawaii’s more secluded beauty, this is the right tour for you. Along with an eleven mile kayak tour of the Na Pali Coast, you’ll land on one of Hawaii’s most secluded beaches that are only accessible by boat.

 

Adventure awaits you on every single Hawaiian Island. Take advantage of the all of them with a tour from Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours!

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

Staying on the island of Maui? Eager to look around and explore the island or even the wide open ocean? With Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours, you can easily get a spot on a boat tour or an island tour.

 

If you’d like to get off the island of Maui for a bit, one of the many things to do in Maui is to take a snorkeling tour. With Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours, there are lots of options for snorkeling tours. Join the Molokini and Lanai Wild Dolphin Snorkel Tour for a chance to swim with the dolphins! Molokini is a unique and beautiful landmark in the oceans off of Maui. Formed by a half-submerged, volcanic crater, Molokini is now home to some of the most abundant wildlife in the Hawaiian Islands, and it is the site of incredible snorkeling opportunities. While you snorkel through the peaceful waters, you’re able to see the two hundred and fifty different species of wildlife that call the Molokini Crater home. For another incredible snorkeling experience, the Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Tour is also available. You’ll get to experience all the beauty of Molokini and also have a chance to snorkel at the spot known as Turtle Arches. This stretch of reef is known for its underwater lava arches and abundance of green sea turtles that call the reef home!

 

The best tour of Maui by far is the Road to Hana Eco Adventure Tour, available right on the island of Maui. This trip not only includes a ride around the complete Hana Highway—nearly sixty-eight miles of curvy highway—but also a chance to see some of Maui’s incredible scenery and wildlife. Be taken away by the sight of secluded waterfalls. You’ll be speechless when you see the incredible rainbow eucalyptus trees—trees with bark that appears to be all the colors of the rainbow! You’ll see some of the world’s best white sand beaches as well as take a break to look at a few incredible black sand beaches, created by the lava flow of active volcanoes. For a chance to take in all the island has to offer in a single, whirl-wind tour, the Road to Hana Eco Adventure Tour is the best option for you!

 

On any one of these tours that you choose, you’ll be guided the entire way by a knowledgeable and experience tour guide. They’ll keep you company aboard the bus or boat and answer any questions you might have! Don’t wait another minute to book a seat on one of these incredible trips! It’s the chance of a lifetime to see Maui in a whole new way!

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

The island of Maui has so much to offer you while you’re on your Hawaiian vacation! You and your family or friends could spend days exploring this unique and beautiful island. If you’re not sure where to start on your Maui adventure, check out the Maui Island tours available with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours. With Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours, you can see all the highlights of this remarkable island in a single day on a Maui day tour. For the best sights and sounds on the island, just book a seat on the Road to Hana Eco Adventure Tour and prepare to be amazed!

 

While on this incredible Maui sightseeing tour, you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience along the road to Hana. The road to Hana is a famous sixty-eight mile stretch of highway that connects Kahului with Hana. Originally constructed to help sugar plantation workers travel to the plantations, this highway contains six hundred curves around the island and more then fifty-seven bridges, some of which were built as early as the early 1900s.

 

You’ll travel this road in a comfortable tour bus, complete with large seats for an easy ride and wide widows for enhanced viewing along the way. Hana is known as the Heart of Old Hawaii, so iIf you’re interested to know what Hawaii was like in the 1970s and before, Hana is the place to be. It once was a booming city on Maui, prosperous from the wealth of the sugar cane plantations on the island.

 

In addition to the old city of Hana, while on this tour, you’ll see incredible wildlife and natural scenery such as Pukhokamoa Falls and Wailua Falls. Maui is known as “The Valley Isle,” because of its numerous waterfalls. Over thousands of years, waterfalls such as Wailua have formed from streams carving their ways through Maui’s many valleys. Today, Wailua falls cascade from over two hundred feet high into a sparkling pool below. It if has rained recently on the island, the water flow is likely to be intense and even more beautiful!

 

Along the road to Hana you’ll see amazing beaches—some of the best beaches in the world for a number of water sports. For example, Ho’okipa Beach is perhaps most known in the entire world as an incredible site for wind surfing.

 

There is no time like the present to book a tour on the island of Maui! Take advantage now of this unique sightseeing tour on the road to Hana and book your seat on the Road to Hana Eco Adventure Tour with Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours!

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

Maui is a magic isle steeped in historic traditions and cultural uniqueness. If you want to savor the multicultural diversity of the Hawaiian Islands and take part in an exhilarating adventure that will take you from mountain trails to pristine beaches, choosing to stay in Maui will give you a cultural experience you will never forget. Rich with Hawaiian legends, Maui is the only island in the chain named after a Hawaiian deity. In one legend, the half man, half god was said to have magically pulled the islands up from the sea with a fishhook. You can learn more of the ancient stories of this fabled land in the traditional chant, song, and dance of a Maui luau.

 

Paddling outrigger canoes, the first ancestors of today’s Hawaiians followed the stars and birds across the sea during the great Polynesian migration. For more than 1,000 years following the arrival of these first settlers, Maui's history is one of wars and conquests, with one king after another reigning over the island and its peoples.

 

In 1778, Stone-Age Maui was catapulted overnight into the Iron Age with the arrival of Capt. James Cook, the first white man (haole) to set foot on this tropical paradise. In 1819, the first whaling ship dropped anchor in Lahaina which quickly became a thriving port for the whaling industry. Maui’s first sugar mill began operations in 1828. As the sugar industry in the islands grew, an influx of plantation workers from China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Korea, the Philippines, Portugal and Europe arrived in Maui. These immigrants became the foundation of the multi-ethnic culture that permeates daily life on Maui today.

 

Despite the ethnic diversity of Maui, its people have carefully preserved the early culture and customs of its origins. Maui residents continue to practice and keep their ancient traditions alive so that visitors can discover and appreciate the culture and creative influences the island offers. If you love learning more about ethnic Hawaiian history, music and dance, you will enjoy a fabulous and rich reward during your stay at Maui Island.

 

Magical Maui is a strategically located island in the Hawaiian archipelago and is the most sought-after venue for luaus that feature traditional Hawaiian dances and authentic foods. Watch hula dancers weave ancient stories through their dance and be entertained by the unique sounds of Hawaiian music as you enjoy succulent pit-roasted pork served with poi, a Hawaiian staple since its earliest times.

 

Tropical Maui is world-renowned for its long stretches of exotic beaches and the landmark Haleakala Crater, the House of the Sun. This island paradise is also the breeding ground for the majestic Humpback whale. These most grand and glorious giants of Creation winter here before returning to Alaska. Come to Maui and see!

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

The Island of Maui, also known as the Valley Isle, is Hawaii’s second largest island and home to a wide variety of visitor attractions. On Maui, you can find everything from miles of pristine white sand beaches to tours of historic towns filled with rich history and endless culture. Maui visitors will also find an infinite array of ocean and water related activities overlooking scenic landscapes.

 

Visitors should plan enough time to participate in a few essential Maui activities during their summer 2017 vacation. One highlight is the drive to the remote town of Hana, located on the island’s north side. A 60 mile stretch of road, known as Hana Highway, links the isolated town of Hana with the rest of Maui. The drive is quite a journey but offers some of the most breathtaking scenery on the island.

 

Get ready for the ultimate adventure on the Magic Isle. East Maui isn’t just a destination; it’s a journey. Here you’ll wind your way through a tropical rainforest punctuated by dramatic waterfalls. You might even become bewitched by the lushness of the landscape, the sparkling lagoons, and fabled history. If you’re looking to spark the imagination or inspire a fairy tale, East Maui is not to be missed.

 

Once you’re in West Maui, it’s easy to see why this region was one a retreat for Hawaiian royalty and why it remains popular today. The glorious beaches beckon you. Here is where seasonal whale watching is at its best. Come luxuriate on the warm, golden sand and refresh yourself with a dip in the turquoise water. Then stop over in Lahaina, a historic town that looks much like it did when it was a 19th century whaling village.

 

Feast your eyes on bamboo jungles, breezy Eucalyptus groves & roadside fruit stands.

 

Paia Town:

Check out the diverse range of people. It's the "surfing capital of the world!"

 

Waianapanapa State Park and Beach:

The black sand on an ancient lava flow includes sea cliffs, lava tubes, arches and the beach!

 

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Maui's Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour

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What is included in a Maui Tour? (Specific to Discover Hawaii Tours)
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Discover Hawaii Tours is committed to providing small-group tours, with no more than 24 passengers per bus. You will enjoy an intimate and authentic Hawaiian experience with the personalized service of an expert local guide knowledgeable in all aspects of Hawaii’s history, ancient and modern, as well as extensive expertise in Hawaiian ecology, geology (volcanoes!) and wildlife. Discover Hawaii Tour guides will regale you with the mythology, folklore and legendary traditions of this tropical island paradise. Unlock the treasures of Maui and create lifelong memories with this award-winning Maui tour company.

 

The world-famous Road to Hana is not a destination, but a journey through magical landscapes and fabled history to the very heart of old Hawaii. With more than 600 curves and 59 one-lane bridges to cross, this tour transports you through tropical rainforests and breathtaking waterfalls of more than 200 feet. Swimming in the lagoons at the feet of the falls is a memorable tropical delight. Breathe in the heady fragrance of spectacular rainbow eucalyptus groves and marvel at the giant stands of bamboo trees, punctuated by stops at black sand and white sand beaches that will stun you with their pristine island perfection.

 

No visit to magical Maui is complete without a trip to Pearl Harbor’s WWII battleships, memorials, and museums. Stand in the shadows of heroes at the National Cemetery of the Pacific where 776 American casualties of the Dec 7, 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor are entombed.

 

Maui’s strategic location in the island chain makes it ideal for island-hopping with Discover Hawaii Tours. Stand in awe of the primordial volcanic forces that shaped this Pacific island archipelago on the Big Island Volcano Eco Tour. Feel the heat of superheated volcanic steam through the soles of your feet at Mount Kilauea. The volcanic wonders of the Big Island include the Kilauea Caldera which has been erupting continuously since 1983. The lava flows of Kilauea create an ever-evolving landscape of raw and natural beauty ranging from barren lava fields to lush tropical rainforest.

 

Maui tour companies offer you close-up and intimate experiences with all the wonders this land of mystery and magic contain. Catch a catamaran and spend a day snorkeling in the crystalline waters of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui. Molokini is a marine sanctuary with over 250 species of fish and its sheltered location within the extinct caldera guarantees unparalleled visibility no matter the wind or wave conditions. You will gasp in wonder and delight as you swim with the marine life in this underwater tropical playground. After Molokini, set sail for the marine reefs off the beautiful coast of Lanai. The reefs burgeon with richly diverse ocean life and provide sanctuary to spinner and bottlenose dolphin populations, as well.

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

Why wait until you arrive at your island hotel to start planning your Hawaiian adventure? The very best reason to book your tours from Maui before your arrival is so that you can spend all your vacation time reveling in the treasures and delights of this tropical paradise.

 

There are several advantages to booking your Maui tours in advance of your travel time.  It is not unusual for some tours to book full up to two months in advance. Hawaii is a magical land that generously rewards its visitors with amazing scenery, natural wonders, and a unique history.  Discover Hawaii Tours are expertly planned to give you an exciting and unforgettable experience as you encounter the marvels of this tropical wonderland. By booking your tours in advance of your vacation, you won’t miss out on any of the remarkable adventures that await you in Hawaii. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the professional local guide that accompanies each tour will give you an insider’s perspective into the majestic mysteries of this fabled Pacific archipelago.

 

As a savvy traveler, another reason to book in advance is that it gives you the opportunity to build an itinerary so that you can make the most of your stay in Hawaii. With a schedule in place, you’ll be able to plan your hang out at the beach days, shopping trips, and any other vacation activities you’re interested in. Be sure to schedule in time for swimming and snorkeling in the warm tropical waters off of Maui’s world-renowned beaches!

 

The delightfully warm Hawaiian climate lures many people to its tropical island shores in the wintertime. Winter vacations in Hawaii are perennially popular and various tours and activities may book up quickly. Christmas time and February should be planned for as much as a year in advance as people come to Hawaii to escape the cold winter weather of their hometowns.

 

Only during the winter months are you guaranteed to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the siren songs of the magnificent humpback whales off Maui coasts. You’ll have close up views of mothers interacting with their calves as well as watch  the massive male humpbacks as they vie for the romantic attention of the females. You’ll even listen in to their spine-chilling, wild and eerie whale-song through the Pacific Whale Foundation’s hydrophones.  Never-to-be-forgotten is the spectacular sight of a humpback’s tail flutes as it dives into the ocean deep! Be sure to book your winter whale-watching tour with Discover Hawaii Tours well in advance of your vacation time to make sure you experience the glory of these most marvelous of creatures.

 

What interisland tours from Maui does Discover Hawaii Tours offer?
Hawaii Interisland Tours From Maui (http://www.discoverhawaiitours.com/visit/inter-island)  may be helpful

 

As you soak up the tropical pleasures of Maui, consider visiting one or more of the island splendors of the grand state of Hawaii. You don’t have to maroon yourself on Maui; double or triple your island adventures. With Hawaii Inter-Island Tours from Maui, you’re just a quick island-hopping flight away from the most treasured spots in Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. You have access to any tour or activity you see available on other islands with airfare-included inter-island tours.

 

Visit Oahu for a tour that gives you a comprehensive overview of the historic treasures of Pearl Harbor and splendid Honolulu. As you fly out of Maui your senses will soar in wonder at the stunning views of a hidden waterfall, exuberantly green valleys, extinct volcanoes, and the majestic sea cliffs of Molokai - the tallest sea cliffs in the world! As you board the USS Arizona Memorial, you will be struck with the solemn dignity of this salute to the sailors forever entombed within the wreckage. Weep as you view the “Black Tears of the Arizona,” the oil rising from the silent remains of this once-great battleship now at rest on the ocean floor of Pearl Harbor. Variations of this tour include trips to the Dole pineapple plantation and Oahu’s most popular paid attraction - the Polynesian Cultural Center – where you’ll enjoy a mouthwatering buffet of island favorites.

 

No trip to the Hawaiian Islands is complete without a close-up encounter with the massive volcanoes that gave violent birth to this stunning Pacific island chain. Take an inter-island hop to Big Island and travel to the heart of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to explore the spectacular wonders of one of the world’s most active volcanoes – the famed Mount Kilauea – continuously erupting since 1983.  Within the park you’ll take in the glow of flowing lava and feel the heat of underground freshwater heated by volcanic action as you hike to the volcanic vents spouting plumes of steam.

 

On another day, you can take the Molokai Princess ferry across the Molokai Channel to the secluded island of Molokai. The channel teems with tropical marine wildlife, offering spectacular viewing opportunities. Molokai is home to many famous locales including the Father Damien Churches on the isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula. Leprosy once ravaged Maui and those afflicted were exiled to this lonely site. Father Damien volunteered to care for them and built a lepers colony that functioned as a community for the victims, eventually falling victim, himself, to the terrible disease.


By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

Discover Hawaii Tours offers a number of different packages that include hiking and trips to a number of amazing beaches. However, to enjoy these trips to their fullest, make sure you pack the right kind of gear. While there are plenty of amenities on our tours, you’ll want to bring some things along that may not be purchasable along the way. Whether you're headed to Sunset Beach in Oahu or hiking up the Koko Head Crater, we want to make sure you have everything you'll need for hiking or that perfect day at the beach.

 

Packing for the Beach
If you want to spend time on one of our famous beaches like Waikiki or Waimea Bay, don't forget to pack a beach towel so that you'll have a comfortable place to sit on the sand. It's also important that you pack protection from the sun in order to save yourself from painful sunburns. Pack waterproof sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats for yourself and your family. Don't forget to pack some beach toys for the kids, such as plastic buckets and shovels for building sandcastles, balls, water toys, and boogie boards. If you're planning on visiting Kuhio Beach Park or Kailua Beach Park, don't forget entertainment for yourself to enjoy while the kids play in the surf, such as books, magazines, and iPods. And if you do take an iPod or tablet for reading, make sure it's in a protective case so that it doesn't get wet or full of sand.

 

Packing Smart
One of the most challenging things about packing for these trips is to make sure that everything fits in your bag. When you pack your beach bag, you should place your towel at the bottom. Put your books and magazines on top of it and then your kids' beach toys. Make room for sunscreen, your digital camera, or video camera. Make sure you put the lotion in a zippered plastic bag in case it leaks. Top off the bag with your bathing suit, a change of comfortable shorts, and a clean shirt. Once you have everything you need, make a list of what you have packed so you can check it off later when you're leaving the beach. This way, nothing gets left behind.

 

Take a Hike: Packing a Backpack
Hiking in Hawaii can be a challenge, especially if you're not experienced. If you're taking one of our hiking tours, keep in mind that you have to be comfortable in what you wear and what you are carrying. Remember, the fewer things you have to carry, the lighter your pack will be. Buy a pack with lots of small pockets so you can keep it organized and have the important items, such as bug repellent, within easy reach.
 

 

If you have to carry heavier items, carry them higher in your pack or close to your back to help maintain a center of gravity. Avoid skewing weight to one side. Plan to keep essential items like a first aid kit, flashlight, and trail snacks in the upper compartments or outside pockets for easy access during breaks, as you're sure to need them while you're on the trail. If you are planning to keep extra clothing in a plastic bag ensure dryness, squeeze the air out of the bag to preserve space. Your pack should be waterproof so that all the contents in your bag stay safe and dry. This is especially important if you're carrying a digital camera. You're guaranteed to have the experience of a lifetime on Hawaii's beaches and nature hikes, but don't forget to pack accordingly so that you'll have everything you need in order to stay comfortable and safe.

By Sole Girolami 05 Oct, 2017

Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii. After witnessing the island’s vast landscapes and incredible beaches, it’s no wonder Maui is the favorite of many who come to visit. It’s also not surprising that out of the Top 10 Things to do in Hawaii, many of them are found in Maui. Here is a list of things for you to consider doing on your next visit:

 

1. Attending a Luau is a must when vacationing in Hawaii, and Maui features a variety to choose from. Some offer traditional-style, such as the Old Lahaina Luau, but for those looking for a fine dining experience, the Feast at Lele offers a dining show by Polynesian chefs that is sure to be entertaining.

 

2. Chartering a sailboat is a great way to explore the beauty of this island. But for those wishing to get up-close and personal with nature, there are several sites that offer snorkeling and diving, which include Ka anapali, Lahaina and Ma alaea. Non-swimmers can also get a glimpse of the wondrous sea life by traveling in a glass bottom boat.

 

3. Maui has several fantastic restaurants for your epicurean delight. Head over to Sorrento’s on the Beach and enjoy a fabulous pasta dish or their ever-popular ossobuco. If European fare tempts your palate, try out Gerard’s. The combination of Island delicacies mixed with time-honored French cooking is definitely a crowd- pleaser. For dessert, indulge in the Pineapple Grill’s mouth-watering pineapple upside- down cake, unless, of course, you have a hankering for chocolate. In that case, the Hula Grill’s flourless chocolate cake is far too tempting to pass up.

 

4. There is plenty of shopping, if that’s your delight, from native and handcrafted jewelry, to hats, glasswork, and more. Visitors can find many unique treasures here, as well as more upscale shopping ventures at various locations.  

 

5. Ziplining is a popular activity for travelers with an adventuresome spirit. Depending on the course of interest, those looking to get into this eco-friendly sport can go with one of three companies on the Island: Piiholo Ranch Zipline, Kapalua Resort's zipline, or the zipline at Skyline Eco-Adventures.

 

6. Equestrians can enjoy horseback riding on the 800-acre historic Piiholo Ranch, which is also run by Piiholo Ranch Zipline.

 

7. Parasailing is a fun, outdoor activity that visitors absolutely love. UFP Parasail in front of Whaler’s Village offers 7 and 10-minute parasail rides where you can relax and float above water from a parachute!

 

8. There are 17 amazing golf courses to explore, including The Experience at Koele, The Dunes at Maui Lani, and the Ritz Carlton.

 

9. Renting a car is a great way to enjoy the Island’s most favored scenic offering, the Hana Highway. The 52-mile thoroughfare is rich with thriving rainforests, rhythmic waterfalls, and archival bridges built in the early part of the 19th Century. Along this scenic drive, tourists can make stops along the way to take photographs or just enjoy the magnificent views. Because of all the twists and turns, the ride usually takes between two and four hours, depending on stops along the way.

 

10. Journeying into the tranquil town of Hana. A variety of attractions await, such as the Hana Cultural Center & Museum, the Hana Maui Botanical Gardens, or the Kahanu Gardens. Visitors to Hana have several beaches to choose from as well, including Wai anapanapa State Park. This beautiful beach is known for its black sand, blowholes, and freshwater caves. Camping is also offered in the State Park cabins for those wishing to stay overnight.

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