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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.