Maui Day Trip

Maui Day Trip
Maui Day Trip

Maui - heavenly resting place for anyone weary from the office, worn down from the cold seasons that afflict the northern states, or for anyone looking to just plop down in the sand with a book and enjoy the sun. With just the space of one island, Maui day trips can still manage to be incredibly varied.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala Hike
Haleakala Hike

Rise as early as your vacation mentality will allow and head for the Haleakala National Park. A day trip to Maui spent in Haleakala is a day spent scaling a 10,000 foot dormant volcano. Many tourists get up early enough to time their drive to the top of the volcano with the rising of the sun. Even if you can't drag yourself out of bed quite that early, the drive to the mountain and the views from the top is well worth the trip. After checking out the volcano, you can spend the afternoon touring Kula, Makawao, or Paia, smaller communities you will encounter on your way back down the mountain. You can even plan to have dinner in one of these areas.

Kapalua Beach

Kapalua Maui
Kapalua Maui

One of the loveliest beaches on Maui, Kapalua Beach makes for excellent Maui day trips. Maui day trips spent at Kapalua Beach can be enjoyed by simply playing in the water and laying out on the sun or you can divide your time between the beach and the nearby town of Lahaina. If you choose to drive to Lahaina, you'll want to plan for a meal in the town and allow for some time spent walking around and shopping in the historic downtown area. Head back to beach when you're finished, or finish out your day in Lahaina with some dinner.

Hana Highway

Hana Highway Maui
Hana Highway Maui  Image: Laurens Doesborgh (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

Maui day tours of the Hana highway are famous, and for good reason. The Hana highway is a gorgeous stretch of road where travelers can spend the entire day checking out the gorgeous scenery and stopping often to take pictures. Many locals use the road to travel to work and about the island, so if you are moving slow be sure to let anyone going faster than you pass you by. You can take your time along the Hana highway or spend the morning driving and the afternoon in the town of Hana itself. Near Hana travelers will find the Waianapanapa State Park, the Hana Cultural Center and Museum, and the Hana Coast Gallery. There are a few places to eat in the small town of Hana, or you can bring along your own picnic food.

Day Trip to Maui - The Maui Ocean Center

Maui's Aquarium - The Maui Ocean Center
Maui's Aquarium - The Maui Ocean Center

Maui day tours can also be spent simply relaxing. Spend a morning at one of the excellent spas found across the island, and indulge in Maui tours of the luxury shopping stores. Stop for some of the famous Hawaiian coffee somewhere along the way. In the afternoon, head over to the Ulapalakua Ranch. Near the ranch are the Tedeschi Winery and the Maui Ocean Center. After enjoying some wine tasting, you can look at the marine life at the Ocean Center and have dinner nearby to finish out your day trip to Maui.

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