We've all been there: you're planning a trip to an exciting, new destination, and you have no idea where to start.
Destinations like Maui can be overwhelming in the sheer amount of opportunities for fun and adventure they offer, and trying to balance all of that with a family and trying to squeeze in some R&R can be a bit much to compute.
With that in mind, we've scoured our resources as well as recalled personal experiences to give you a breakdown of the 4 best ways to get the most out of your trip to Maui.
1. Dive Right In!
Hawaii in general, and Maui in specific, offer amazing snorkel & scuba tours to kick off your vacation with an unforgettable experience. Check with your resort for specifics, and don't forget a water-proof camera to capture all the tropical fish, sea turtles, octopi, and coral formations your'e about to see!
2. Have A Whale Of A Time!
Did you know Maui is home to some of the best whale watching in the world? Well now you do, so what are you waiting for? From December to May, Humpback whales flock (do whales flock? Anyway...) to the shallow waters off the coast of Maui, providing an amazing opportunity to see some of nature's largest & most majestic creatures up close. Your kids are going to have the coolest Instagrams ever!
3. Experience The Hana Highway!
Don't feel like staying within the confines of your resort? Want to see what many consider one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers? Pack some sandwiches (on King's Hawaiian bread, maybe?) and make the 50+ mile trek along the famous HI-360 highway to the tranquil town of Hana. Along the way, you'll experience awe-inspiring seascapes, ravishing rainforests, and plenty of views that are too good to NOT get out of the car and spend a few minutes basking.
4. Take Your Trip To New Heights At Haleakala
Sure, you'll be able to see Haleakala (Maui's highest peak) from pretty much anywhere on the island, but making the trip up to Haleakala National Park at 10,023 feet above sea level will most definitely be the high point of your vacation (pun sort of intended). Legend has it that Maui, the Hawaiian demigod, lassoed the sun while standing on the volcano's summit, slowing its journey and making those beautiful Hawaiian days last longer. Thanks, Maui.
So there you have it! Using these 4 pro-tips, you'll have a vacation story that will have your friends regretting simply laying by the pool drinking pineapple margaritas for a week straight....not that there's anything wrong with that.
Have fun, be safe, and for goodness' sake -take pictures!