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 the Haleakala volcano with the crater before me
Alberto exhilarated to be on the top of Maui
Paragliding off the slopes of Haleakala
The greenery of the Waihe’e Sand Dunes and Wetlands Refuge
A farmer at work at the organic O’o Farm in Kula
Watching a girl surf on the north coast of Maui
A native Hawaiian performs by a traditional ritual at Feast at Lele
This performer shows us his moves
A reef shark at the Maui Ocean Center
An upside-down jellyfish up close
The psychedelic colors of a bioluminescent jellyfish at the aquarium
While diving off St Anthony shipwreck, we saw this huge green turtle just chilling out on the sunken boat
The rare Triton’s trumpet snail underwater at Molokini Crater
A beautiful black and white striped sea urchin we saw while scuba diving
A stunning sunset at Kaanapali
Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Visit Maui, but all opinions expressed above are our own.