Hawaii is a dream vacation, somewhere that many people could only dream of visiting. But if you are lucky enough to have a trip booked, remember that there’s so much more to do than lie about on a sunlounger all day. If you’re the more active type, why waste the island’s potential lying about next to the pool. After all, if that’s all you were planning on doing you might aswell have saved yourself a few bucks and gone somewhere a little less exotic. So leave the sun worshippers on their towels at the complex and get on with some of these alternative activities while you’re away.
Visit Haleakala National Park
If you’re looking for stunning landscapes for special experiences, check out the Haleakala Crater, otherwise known as Haleakala National Park. The area offers incomparable sun rises, birds-eye views of the Maui Central Valley, otherworldly panoramic landscapes and beautiful flora and fauna. It’s not surprising that this is the most popular place for tourists to venture in Upcountry Maui. The park covers an area spanning the larger of the two volcanos that Maui is home to. The area is rich in geographical history of mythical lore, so it’s always a good shout to hire a tour guide while you’re about to tell you a little more about the area. Remember to pack sunscreen, plenty of water and a jumper, because the peaks can get surprisingly chilly.
Golf in Maui
If you fancy a relaxing day away from the hotel, why not try your shot at a few hole in ones. The golf courses in Maui are truly something else: the Maui Nui Golf Club has been rated top of the list for value by Golfadvisor.com’s Top 10 Overall Golf Courses. It’s not hard to see how it’s achieved its 97% approval rating. Their course design supersedes any other in the area, combining fairness with challenge and offering suitable turf for people of any skill set. So whether you’re well practice from rounds back home or just fancy trying something new while you’re away, there will be something perfect for you. Opt to visit in the evening, when the temperature is a little lower. If you’re lucky you can catch the sunset while you finish up your game.
Escape to Ka’anapali Beach
If your travel partner is set on topping up their tan, drag them along to Ka’anapali Beach. They can kick back on sunloungers with soft white sands, palm trees and azure skies while you can venture out into the bright blue waters. Explore West Maui’s underwater world with a guided snorkeling excursion off the beach’s shallows. An experienced “captain” will take you to some of the island’s best snorkeling locations. The overall trip will be around 4.5 hours, but is definitely worth the time. You will come face to face with a whole range of sea life, including turtles, schools of tropical fish and maybe even some spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins or humpback whales. You will then be treated to a delicious meal on board the boat and returned to the beach that you set off from. Perfect!
These are just a few of the activities that the island has to offer, so start doing your research and scoping out recommendations!