Hawaii is a magical place with so much to offer. This week we are traveling to the island of Maui, join us on a five day adventure:
Day One: You touch down at Kahului Airport in the early-afternoon, collect your luggage, pick up a rental car and are soon on your way to the world-class resort of Wailea – home to the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Nestled between the golden sands of two different beaches, the expansive grounds feature rooms closer to the calm ocean waters than nearly any other resort in Hawaii. Once in your room, you quickly change clothes and head to your pre-booked cabana at the Serenity Pool, with its “infinity” style setup overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific just below. It’s here - with cool drink in hand - you take a deep breath, exhale and get your camera ready for one of Maui’s warm, colorful sunsets.
Day Two: You’re up very early (the jet lag actually helps a bit), and are excited to witness the dawn of a new day from the top of Mt. Haleakala. Rising over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), the dormant volcano is world-renowned for its stunning sunrises. On his visit in 1866, Mark Twain was moved to write that Haleakala was "the most sublime spectacle I ever witnessed and the memory of it will remain with me always." It’s incredibly beautiful, although the temperatures make you forget you’re on a tropical island – but not for long. You hop aboard a bike and begin an organized ride down the slopes of Haleakala and its 21 different switchbacks. For the next couple of hours, you hardly even pedal and are left to enjoy the spectacular views of Maui’s “upcountry” region, and the coastline on both sides below. Exhilarating!
Day Three: This morning you’ll board one of Trilogy’s huge power catamarans pointed toward the “islet” of Molokini. Located just a few miles off the shores of South Maui (and in full view from your room at Wailea Beach Marriott), Molokini is actually a crescent-shaped volcanic crater that reaches just above the ocean’s surface and offers relatively shallow, crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. All of the necessary equipment is provided, and before long you’ve left the boat to explore Maui’s undersea world, full of tropical fish and the graceful Hawaiian honu (sea turtles). The catamaran is equipped with a full barbeque, and the teriyaki chicken seems to taste so much better under the sun!
Day Four: You’ve identified one more opportunity for thrill-seeking before downshifting a bit. You hop in the car for a 45-minute trip to Maui’s windward side and join a small group on an off-road drive through the rugged valleys of Mauna Kahalawai and up to a network of eight ziplines, which enable you to enjoy sweeping views of West Maui, plus the nearby islands of Molokai and Lanai. Your adrenaline is now red-lining, so you head back into Lahaina for some shopping and general exploration. The town was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii and Front Street retains much of the charm of the whaling village it once was. As you tuck into a seat at Aloha Mixed Plate for a late-afternoon Hawaiian plate lunch, a nearby sign reminds you that “Maui No Ka Oi” – Maui is the best.
Day Five: It’s your final full day on Maui and you’re going to spend the day doing a bit of time travel, to visit a town that’s one of Hawaii’s hardest to access and therefore least touched by time: Hana. On the scenic drive through Maui's eastern coastline, you stop to admire flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls and other dramatic scenery. The serene natural landscape begins to transport you to another world. You stop by the Hana Cultural Center & Museum, the Hasegawa General Store to eat, visit the botanical gardens and make your way to the “Seven Pools” at Ohe’o Gulch, where you take a dip in the cool waters. The area’s serene beauty underscores the island’s incredible diversity, and the laid-back vibe gives you time to reflect on several amazing days on Maui.