One could spend a lifetime exploring the splendor of Hawaii and never come close to experiencing all it has to offer. Each island offers up a kaleidoscope of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a modernity unique to the Hawaiian Islands. If you’re thinking about trying a Hawaii vacation rental but having some trouble deciding what island to spend your time on, Maui’s accolades are plentiful. With everyone from Lonely Planet to Conde Naste calling it the “Best Island” in the world for the last two decades, rest assured there is plenty to see on this beautiful isle. Here are the top 5 things to do in Maui:
1. Whale Watching
From December right through to May, the warm waters just off the coast of Maui are teeming with pods of graceful giants. The Pacific Humpback whales come from afar to the protective and relatively shallow waters of Maui to frolic, mate, give birth, and raise their calves. There are a number of whale watching excursions that depart out of Lahaina daily. This is without question one of the top things to do in Maui, and there are few other places on earth you can get as up close and personal with these majestic creatures of the deep.
2. Learn to Surf Like a Pro
Did you know that Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing? So it should come as no surprise that Maui is home to some of the best surfing in the world. If learning to ride the big one has long been a desire of yours, why not take a surf lesson from a real pro? With more surf-able and swimmable beaches than any other island, a 1-2 hour lesson will have you hanging ten in no time.
3. Horseback Ride Maui’s Highest Peak
Maui isn’t often thought of as ranch country, but like many of the other islands, it’s home to several accomplished “Paniolo’s” or Hawaiian cowboys. Maui’s Upcountry shows off its natural diversity with beautiful sloping hills, dotted with wildflowers and gentle cattle. Throw on your cowboy hat, stick your boots in the stirrups, and take a horseback-riding tour of Haleakala National Park. Learn about cowboy life, and how Hawaiian culture blends seamlessly with this all-American activity.
4. Look for Waterfalls
It takes mere moments to see that the best Maui attractions are what Mother Nature has to offer. If spending your day on the trails, traversing mountains and hunting for waterfalls is your passion, you’re spoiled for choice on the island of Maui. Whether you’re on a guided tour, or you’ve struck out on your own, getting lost in Maui’s lush rainforests or descending through vast, grass-carpeted valleys often leads to glistening, cascading waterfalls worthy of a postcard home. You don’t have to be a die-hard hiker to hike to Maui’s several hundred falls because many parks have paved pathways, accessible to anyone.
5. Golf the Green Isle
With 14 courses to choose from, pro-golfers (and enthusiastic amateurs) can revel in the amazing views while working on their game. Maui’s golf courses are more than a pretty face – they rank among some of the best in the world, and the island plays host to the PGA Tour Hyundai Tournament of Champions annually. So if you want to rub shoulders with the best of the best in paradise, set your sights on the pristine fairways, lush palm groves, and tropical breezes that challenge you with every swing.
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