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Hawaii snorkel tropical fish & coral reef

 

Aloha and welcome to Hawai’i.

 

Explore this paradisiac islands of golden beaches, blue waters, green mountains, black lava rocks and colorful coral reefs.

 

The Hawaiian Islands are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2390 miles (4000 km) from California, USA. The remote Hawaiian chain consists of 6 main islands —O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, Maui, Lānaʻi and the Big Island of Hawai’i.

 

The islands are the tips of volcanoes towering up to 14,000 feet (4200 meters) above sea level. Most of them are extinct, but Kīlauea volcano ranks among the world’s most active hot spot.

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Hawaiian sunset, traditional hula Luau & surf

The islands offer breathtaking sunsets that can be watched nearly every day of the year, giant humpback whales, perfect waves to surf, and Luau’s feasts.

 

Hawaii is proud of its Polynesian legacy with chants and "Hula" spiritual dances at Luaus; a traditional Hawaiian celebration with food, song and dance performed all throughout the island.

 

Hang loose and have fun!




Maui

Maui  beach good for swimming and snorkeling
Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island. This paradisiac tropical island offers breathtaking landscapes by land, air and sea.

This perfect vacation destination offers: warm weather, beaches, mountains, volcanoes, valleys, forests, waterfalls, history, culture; and a lot of activities such as diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, hiking, biking and whale watching.

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Haleakala volcano on the East side of Maui

West Maui Mountains known to the Hawaiians as Mauna  Kahalawai and    Hale Mahina

Maui was formed by two volcanoes: the Haleakalā volcano on the East side and the West Maui Mountains (in Hawaiian Mauna Kahalawai) on the West.

 

Maui is called "The Valley Isle" for the fertile isthmus that connect these two volcanoes, with sugar cane and pineapple plantations. There are cliffs, cascading waterfalls, streams running along the rain forest floor, hikes, beaches, lookouts, valleys, and towns.

On Maui’s East landscape is the dormant Haleakalā Crater (House of the Sun) and the famous Road to Hana.

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Scenic Highway clif coast in Hana, Maui, Hawaii

The scenic drive to Hana portrays Hawaii at its tropical best. The curvy highway explores Hawaii’s countryside marvels along waterfalls, freshwater pools, botanical gardens, lush forests, hiking trails, caves and a black sand beaches.

 

Maui’s North Shore is a world wide known windsurfing area. This is why "The Valley Isle" is the windsurf capitol of the world.

 

Maui beach with huge powerful waves break on dry reefs

 

The resort areas are on the western and southern shores —Kapalua, Ka’ānapali, Kīhei, Wailea and Mākena with lodgings that range from luxurious to moderate. There is a wide range of hotels, housekeeping condos, rentals, and bed-and-breakfast rooms, often in residents’ homes.

To get a taste of non-resort life, and eat amply for less, follow the local people to ethnic restaurants, check out the multicultural variety of local snacks and order plate lunch specials from a lunch wagon or take-out stand.

Maui is "no ka oi" - in Hawaiian language, the best!

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES

Discover the many great variety of activities and adventures on the Valley Isle of Maui.


Surfing and windsurfing... Mountains and volcanoes... Humpback whales and horses... Hiking and biking... Scuba and snuba... Kayaking and rafting...Sailing and parasailing... Helicopters and submarines.

 


BEACHES
D.T. Fleming Beach Park, Maui crystal water sandy beach with inclined shoreline, large shore break & volcano background

Maui hosts many virginal beaches untouched by mankind. Sands may be white, gold, black, salt and pepper, green, red, due to ancient volcanic activity.

Surfing Beaches: Kanaha, Spreckelsville, Hookipa, Hamoa, Makena (Big Beach), Ukumehame, Launiupoko, Puamana, Kaanapali "Dig Me" Beach, D.T. Fleming’s Beach, Honolua Bay.

Windsurfing Beaches: Kanaha, Spreckelsville, Baldwin, Hookipa, Sugar, Kaanapali "Dig Me" Beach.

Snorkeling Beaches: Baldwin, Hamoa, Makena (Big Beach), Makena (Little Beach, clothing optional), Polo, Wailea, Ulua, Keawekapu, Kamaole I, II, III, Ukumehame, Launiupoko, Puamana, Baby, Kaanapali "Dig Me" Beach, Kaanapali Black Rock, Napili Bay, Kapalua, Slaughterhouse, Honolua Bay.

 

 

 

WATER ACTIVITIES
Snorkeling, scuba diving, snuba, sunset sail, boating, kayaking, sailing, parasailing, ocean rafting, sportfishing, dolphin & turtle watching, whale watching.


Sail & Snorkel

Lana’i  Wild Dolphin  & Snorkel Adventure

Indulge yourself with the lush beauty of Hawai’i’s fascinating and unique underwater world. Snorkel with dolphins, sea turtles, and a colorful array of tropical fish.


Lana’i Wild Dolphin & Snorkel Adventure

Lāna’i’s crystal waters and abundant colorful fish have earned a place among the world’s top diving spots. Many people enjoy Lāna’i on snorkel, scuba diving and sail excursions from Maui. Wild spinner dolphins live near the coast of Lanai; they get their name from their habit of leaping into the air and "spinning" on their longitudinal axis.

 

Wild spinner dolphins snorkel in Lanai islandSwimming  with wild spinner dolphins in Lanai near Maui


Molokini crater’s reputation for superb snorkeling and back wall diving comes from the diversity of marine life. Snorkel Molokini and the remote Kanaio Coast to explore sea caves, lava arches and secret coves abundant with colorful tropical fish and exotic marine life. Whale-watching, swimming with dolphins, turtles, manta rays, monk seals ad whale sharks are all possible.


Diving

Snorkel & diving hawaiian underwater world
The south shores of Maui and Molokini crater are renowed for its premium dive sights. In the cove of Molokini crater, there are several types of fish and other marine life such as octopus, eels, rays, docile white tip reef sharks, and on occasion, seals!

 

There are three very popular dive sights in and around the crater: Enenui Side, Edge of the World, Shark Condos.

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Sea turtles & tropical fish in Turtle Town, Maui, Hawaii 

One of the most popular diving spots off of south Maui’s shore is Turtle Town; named for the green sea turtles that inhabit the area, these are very friendly turtles. Shore dive sights reccommended: Ulua Beach, Keawekapu Beach, The Shrimp Boat Wreck, Five Caves.


Kayaking
Explore above and below the ocean different snorkel spots, and experience a wide range of underwater scenery. Immerse yourself into deep blue waters surrounded by green sea turtles, coral reef with tropical fish, eels and an absolute universe of underwater sea life.

 

 

Humpback Whale Watching 
Humpback whales on maui’s waters, hawaiian islandMaui is one of the best places for whale watching in Hawaii. The whale-watching season goes from December to May. Giant humpback whales gather around Maui to bear their young, offering spectacular springs linked to mating.

 

The purpose of the migration from Alaska to Hawaii, is to search warm waters for the breeding and nursing of the endangered Humpback Whales.

Photo by: sxc.hu/syncretic

Some great shore locations for watching whales are: the Macgreggor Point lookout, Makena beach, Waiea’s ocean path, Kihei’s Kamaole Beach parks, Kaanapali beach, and the Ritz Carlton.

 

 

Windsurfing
Maui is known for its tradewinds of the breezy North Shore, that attracts windsurfers from all over the world. Hookipa, located on Maui’s north shore, is the windsurfing capital of the world.


Rafting
Clim aboard a fast moving water raft and explore sea caves, lava arches of a hidden volcanic coastline and watch humpback whales.
 

Horseback Riding 

Go horseback riding in a wide variety of terrains, from lava to sea cliffs and tropical valleys to upcountry rangeland. Ride into the moonscape of Haleakala Crater and reach areas that not accessible by any road.

 

 

Bicycling
There’s no better way to experience upcountry Maui than on a bicycle; whether it be in a downhill bike tour, or pedaling through the twists and turns of rustic roads. For people fond of wide open spaces and panoramic views, enjoy the freedom and independence of mountainbiking at your own pace. Bike down the world’s largest dormant volcano Mt. Haleakala at sunrise!

 

Hiking
Hiking on Maui is considered by many to be the "only true way to experience Maui". The island has a terrain ranging from the lush rainforests of the west of Maui mountains to the barren lava fields on the south side. Watch the sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā Crater "House of the Sun" over 10,000-foot.  

 

Maui’s 10 most popular hiking trails: Twin Falls, Blue Pool, Sliding Sands, Kaupo Gap, Hosmer’s Grove, Haleakala Ridge, Puu Olai, Iao Stream, Huluhulupueo Stream, Lahaina "L".
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The road to Hāna

The  Road to Hana black sand beaches
The dazzling narrow, winding drive to Hana has been entitled "the last Hawaiian place". The curvy road on the edge of cliffs, explores the natural beauty of its virgin landscapes, lush, tropical rainforests, towering waterfalls and black sand beaches; indeed, an idyllic place. 

 

Scenic Road to Hana cliffy coastline in Maui, Hawaii

Points of interest: Waianapanapa State Park, Hana Beach Park, Piilanihale Heiau, Oheo Pool, Lindbergh’s Grave.

Luau - a Hawaiian feast                                                           Photo by Wikimedia/Catatonique

Hawaiian  Hula dancers at luau show in Maui

Feel the magic of this intriguing "language" spoken through the movement!


A Lū‘au is a Hawaiian feast with delicious traditional food and spectacular show. As an expression of Aloha, the honored guests are given a "Lei", a Hawaiian word for garland or wreath. There are many commercial luaus which basically consists of Hawaiian traditional dinner, hula entertainment, and fire knife dancers.

 

Luau hula dance entertainment and fire knife dancers

At a luau you will have the chance to try the local favorites "kalua pig" and "poi" and become part of the ceremonial unveiling of the evenings pig, as they unearth it from its "imu" (underground oven). Learn how ancient Hawaiians developed this method of cooking.

 

Air tours
Airplane and helicopter flights over the major Hawaiian islands, the world’s largest dormant and active volcano, mountains and craters, black sand beaches, tropical rain forests and waterfalls with 360 degree rainbow, sugar cane and pineapple fields.


Attractions
Atlantis submarine, Oceanarium, Hana cave tours, Hawaii Experience Domed Theater, Maui Museums, Maui Ocean Center, Pacific Jet Sport, Sugar Cane Train, sugar museum, Hawaiian Museum, nature, arts, Maui Tropical Plantation gardens, aquarium, whaling, Luaus, shopping, entertainment, movie theater, restaurants, dining, golf.

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