Photoblog: Maui At A Glance

Posted on May 13, 2013 by

Big swells, long beaches, tanned surfer dudes and hula girls: that was how I had imagined Hawaii to be. I had always thought Maui was all about beaches, beaches, and more beaches. But I couldn’t be more wrong.

We’ve just returned from an action-packed week in Maui, and my perspectives of Hawaii have completely changed. Granted, there are the signature surfing spots and wide sandy beaches, but there are many things that surprised me about Maui. For one, the island is huge, measuring over 727 square miles and covering different types of climates and terrains, stretching from hot, tropical wetlands to rugged and chilly upcountry. Along the coastlines are craggy black rocky beaches, with tropical forests inland, and high up in the upcountry region sprawl dry grassy pastures and horse ranches.

We explored the island as much as we could — hiking the Waihe’e sand dunes refuge, driving up to the highlands region of the Haleakala Volcano, paragliding off the slopes of Kula, and scuba-diving the Molokini Crater and witnessing its dramatic underwater topography . From the rugged coastline of Wailea to the Kula upcountry region, Maui has given us a new outlook on what Hawaii is all about.

We’ll let Alberto’s photos do the talking for now, hopefully they’ll show you the Maui that we saw. More stories up next!

At the summit of Haleakala Crater

At the summit of the Haleakala volcano with the crater before me

Alberto goofing off at the summit
Alberto exhilarated to be on the top of Maui

Paragliding at Kula

Paragliding off the slopes of Haleakala

Waihe'e Wetlands Refuge

The greenery of the Waihe’e Sand Dunes and Wetlands Refuge

A farmer at O'o Farms

A farmer at work at the organic O’o Farm in Kula

A surfer riding the waves of Maui

Watching a girl surf on the north coast of Maui

A native Hawaiian blowing on the conch shell

A native Hawaiian performs by a traditional ritual at Feast at Lele

A performer at Feast at Lele

This performer shows us his moves

a shark at the Maui Ocean Center

A reef shark at the Maui Ocean Center

An upside-down jellyfish

An upside-down jellyfish up close

A biolumniscent jellyfish

The psychedelic colors of a bioluminescent jellyfish at the aquarium

A giant green turtle at St Anthony shipwreck

While diving off St Anthony shipwreck, we saw this huge green turtle just chilling out on the sunken boat

An enormous triton trumpet snail

The rare Triton’s trumpet snail underwater at Molokini Crater

A black and white sea urchin

A beautiful black and white striped sea urchin we saw while scuba diving

A beautiful sunset at Kaanapali

A stunning sunset at Kaanapali


Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Visit Maui, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

5 Responses to “Photoblog: Maui At A Glance”

  1. @yuhum_yuhum May 14, 2013 9:46 am #

    amazing shots!! love the sunset!!

    • Nellie May 15, 2013 9:46 pm #

      Thank you! Sunsets in Maui are magnificent, we saw the sun fade into the horizon every evening and wished time could stand still. :)

  2. Visa USA May 14, 2013 7:54 pm #

    The hawksbill turtle looks lovely in the picture. This reminds me of my previous trip on our local beaches here in the Philippines and I also support local groups to help protect endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle.

    • panetes May 15, 2013 8:26 pm #

      The turtle is huge isn't it? We've seen many turtles while diving in the Philippines, Palau, and Fiji, but none were as big as this one. It's great that you're helping with local groups in conservation projects, they're a vulnerable species these days.

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