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Maui Itinerary

Maui residents say, "Maui no ka oi" which means Maui is the best.  Maui's west coast is filled with tourist resorts, hotels, and condo's but there are plenty of things to do around the island.  There are many golf courses on the island, but we won't include golf in our suggestions because avid golfers will always find ways and the time to fit in a round on the beautiful island courses.

Day 1
Haleakala Crater.  The world's largest dormant volcano rises to 10,023-feet above sea level and is one of the world's great natural wonders.  Get there early (leave your hotel around 3:00 a.m.) to see sunrise if you're up to it.  An alternative to driving roundtrip to the top of Haleakala for those who like outdoor activities is to arrange with one of the local activity vendors to bike down from the summit.  They will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the top.  Although it's a 38 mile ride down the volcano, it isn't very strenuous because it's almost all down hill.  See Maui Sightseeing for details.  

On the way back down the volcano you may want to stop for breakfast or brunch.  We always enjoy the restaurant at Kula Lodge.  From your table you have a view of the West Maui mountains and the ocean on both sides of the island.  You probably won't feel like doing much after such an early start so plan on spending the day on the beach or shopping after taking a nap.

Hookipa Windsurfers
Windsurfing at Ho'okipa
Day 2
Iao Valley: dominated by Iao Needle which is green covered lava rock rising 2,250 feet.  There are gardens and a nature center at the same location.
Ho'okipa Beach Park:  It's fun to watch experts at the "windsurfing capital of the world."
While on this side of the island you may want to explore and shop in Wailuku and Kahului.

Day 3
Drive to Hana:  The infamous road to Hana has been improved through the years, but you should still set aside the entire day for the round trip.  Consider postponing your trip if it's raining because driving is more difficult and the scenery will not be as vivid.  This trip is all about the drive so stop often at the many waterfalls and vista points.  There isn't too much to do when you get to Hana so take your time and enjoy the scenery on the trip.  
Oheo Gulch
(formerly known as the Seven Sacred Pools) is about ten rough, winding miles past Hana.  The area can become very crowded during early afternoon in the summer.  The grave of Charles Lindbergh is located nearby at Kipahulu.

Day 4
Sail to Lanai:  Lanai cruises normally leave from Lahaina and take most of the day, or from December through March take a whale watching cruise from either Lahaina or Ma'alaea Harbor.  Check the tourist magazines for many options on either choice.
Lahaina:  This is where you find an abundance of souvenir shops, galleries, and restaurants.  You can also pick up a free map and take a self-guided tour of Lahaina's historic sites.

Day 5
Snorkel Molokini:  Most trips to this popular off-shore island leave from Ma'alaea Harbor.  Cruises leave early in the morning before the ocean becomes choppy and while snorkeling and diving conditions are best.  The crescent shaped crater that forms Molokini has an amazing variety of sea life. 
Maui Ocean Center: This acquarium is located in Ma'alaea and you can visit it after your snorkel trip to Molokini.  It is the place to see Hawaii's unique indigenous marine life in over 60 indoor and outdoor aquarium exhibits including large open ocean and game fish, sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, and much more.  There are a number of restaurants in the vicinity.


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