This spring/summer, we have been eagerly chasing the sun – from the Caribbean island of St Kitts to cruising in Fiji, bird watching in Honduras, liming in the Grenadines, and now getting active on Maui. This is the last stop of our island-themed trip before we head back to Spain, so we’re determined to make the most out of it!
It’s our first time here in Hawaii (which comes as a surprise to many) and we want to explore as much as we can. Alberto and I both love being out and about – and we’ve heard so much about the slew of outdoor activities and adventure on offer here on Maui.
Of all the Hawaiian islands, the island of Maui is the second largest, with a population of around 144,000. Boasting a unique geology, Maui is formed by the overlapping of two volcanoes – one of which we’ll be visiting. As a popular travel destination, it’s been voted once and again by magazines as one of the best islands in the world – thanks to its dramatic beaches, mountains, gourmet cuisine, traditional luau, world-class windsurfing, whale watching, snorkeling, diving and hiking.
Flickr image by David Warlick
Diving, Sailing and Paragliding
Over the week, we’ll be trying out as many of those activities as we can, starting off with a sailing trip on board a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe. Then we’ll be driving up to the famous Haleakala crater, one of the most visited sites on the island. From its towering rim we’ll be taking in the dramatic views of the crater and maybe even hiking down to the bottom of the crater for a look. A guide from Hawaii Islands Land Trust will be bring us on a hike around Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge where we’ll learn about the cultural preservation of these protected areas.
To explore more of Maui’s underwater world, Mike Severns Diving will be bringing us on a dive, hopefully around the famous Molokini Crater, one of the best dive sites in Hawaii. The shallow waters cradled within the crescent-shaped crater are a hospitable spot for coral and draw in more than 250 fish species. At sunset, we’ll be hopping onto one of Gemini Charter’s catamarans to see the coastline and ocean in the evening.
Of all the activities, I’m most excited about paragliding off the slopes of Haleakala. The folks from Proflyght Paragliding will be whisking us off into the skies and giving us a bird’s eye view of the island. Blue Hawaiian will also be taking us on a helicopter ride above the most interesting parts of Maui, like the Haleakala Crater, Oheo Gulch, Hana Town, Hana rainforest and the rugged shoreline of Northeast.
Flickr image by mofo13
Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Visit Maui, but all opinions expressed above are our own.