What kinds of things to do by land are available on Maui?
Well, do a Google image search of “Maui” and you will get results full of images of an emerald colored island surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Pacific ocean, and gorgeous beaches lined with resorts. This is the broad beauty that is Maui. But it's far from the whole story.
What makes Maui so beautiful in the broad sense is the sum of its beautiful parts. These amazing parts of Maui must be experienced up close. To do that, you have to find things to do on Maui by land.
Maui is not just beaches and resorts. By experiencing Maui close up, your senses will be filled with its essence. The smells, the sounds, the tastes and the sights...they come together to produce paradise on Earth. And that is NOT an exaggeration.
Of all the "MUST DO" things to do by land in Maui, an essential experience is a traditional luau. Talk about an experience for your senses!!
Here is something very exciting to know: It just so happens that the best luau in Maui is considered the best traditional luau in all of Hawaii!
That's the good news!
The only bad news is that if this attraction interests you and you are thinking about making reservations sometime after you arrive at in Maui...don't.
The Old Lahaina Luau is THE luau that all luaus are measured against. It is a spectacle, it is a happening and it is a tradition. Because of its huge popularity with tourists and locals, alike, it is consistently sold out.
To ensure that you get a chance to experience the Old Lahaina Luau, please take one bit of advice, make your reservations as EARLY as you possibly can. Like right now....go ahead...make the reservation. I'll be here when you get back.
In fact, any popular
things to do by land in Maui should be reserved as early as you can. It makes
the trip hassle free and your experiences a joy!
Our reservations were made seven months in advance of our first trip. Since we got in and got a really good seat, we recommend at least six months advanced notice to the establishment.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret too...they are worth the effort and the wait!
Do you like to hike?
Do you like to camp out?
How would you like to hike and camp in a national park formed from ancient volcanic activity?
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of Haleakala National park!
Our first impression looking at Haleakala was: "Mars". It looks like you are looking out upon a Martian vista. Of all the things to do in Maui this is, by far, the most otherworldly. And that is just one small part of this incredibly diverse eco-system that spans over 24,000 acres.
Haleakala is wilderness at its most beautiful and varied. Maui is so much more than sandy beaches and resorts and Haleakala is a perfect example of that fact.
So your trip has been "go-go-go" and you need to relax for a little while but are all "beached" out.
What kinds of Maui things to do by land offer true relaxation without a beach?
Where do you go?
Let me suggest Lahaina.
In the southern part of the town there is a park. It's near the Courthouse. You'll know you've found it because it's the only park of it's kind that I've seen.
You're looking for Banyan Tree Park. Trust me, you'll know it when you see it!
Loose yourself in it's grace, power and uniqueness. Take pictures, trace it's paths. You will NOT leave in the same mood you came in. You can't help but mellow out and enjoy!
I love the park for the people as much as anything. This is one of those visual things to do where the tourist reactions are priceless and the view is breathtaking.
Is exploring Maui by zipline one of those things to do by land OR by air? I'd like to think that it's the perfect marriage of both.
First, you have to get there. And that comes down to one thing: Hike. And if that's not a thing to do on land, I don't know what is!
By the way, don't take the hike for granted. I've seen more beauty just by having a stroll in the wilderness of Maui than I've seen just about anywhere else on the planet. And that's not just talk.
A zipline experience is all about the senses. The wind, the speed,
the height, the view...they all come together in a way that makes it the
one of the most unique and enjoyable ways site see. Just don't close
your eyes or you'll miss so much.
I strongly recommend the experience and will be doing it again on my next trip to Maui.
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