Missing Maui

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I try not to discriminate when it comes to visiting islands. I’m trying to see how many I can visit in my lifetime. A few recommendations for visiting the beautiful island of Maui include enjoying the gorgeous beaches (Ka’anapali beach is depicted in the picture above), exploring Haleakala crater, snorkeling/snuba at Molokini Crater and Hana coast day trip.

Maui is not as hectic as Oahu but not as secluded as Kaui. If visiting Haleakala crater, make sure warm clothes are included in the excursion. The temperatures at the top, which is over 10,000 feet in elevation can be 30 degrees colder than below. For sunrise enthusiasts (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.), reservations are a must and can be made online up to 60 days in advance. I was lucky to get my group up the mountain by 9:00. At that time, no reservations are necessary.

Molokini Crater is a popular snorkeling destination. Unfortunately, the day we visited this site the waves were anything but calm. Snorkeling was not an option, so a few members of our party, not me, tried snuba and seemed to enjoy it. On the way back to shore, we were accompanied by a school of dolphins!

The Road to Hana is challenging to navigate on your own because of the extremely narrow winding road and steep drop offs. That being said, I wish we would have done it ourselves instead of doing a tour. My husband loves to drive and there are plenty of places to stop, besides the tourist traps where the tour guide receives a commission. Plan on spending an entire day doing this trip because travel is slow. One of the many highlights of the trip was Honokalani Black Sand Beach. Spend the night in Hana, if you have time, and return the next day.

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