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Maui offers restful escape or active vacation
The Hawaiian Islands
A Hawaiian vacation can be as active or restful as you prefer. Yes, it takes a long flight and several time zone changes to get there from most U.S. cities so take a bit more time to do some planning and decide how you want to spend your vacation.
There are six major islands in the Hawaiian chain, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Hawaii, Kauai and Molokai. Each island has its own unique blend of activities in paradise.
Oahu is the most commercial setting with the big city of Honolulu and the typical problems of traffic although it is still a beautiful setting. A visit to Pearl Harbor is a special event for its history and to show respect for our lost soldiers.
Kauai is great for outdoor adventures with the Waimea Canyon and Napali Coast. It is the wettest island, so expect lots of tropical rain showers.
Maui is my favorite island. It has just the right mix of a quiet escape, serene beauty and plenty of island activities to keep you interested for a week or more. So consider the way you want to spend your time.
Maui for a vacation week
On the restful side of life, a day at the beach or a sunset sailing trip is all the planning you will need to do. The beaches are open and free to the public, so no parking fees. Many beaches have picnic tables and grills and clean up areas. There are a variety of beach activities such as trying a surfing lesson or just find a place to watch the wind surfers and kayaks. The surf may be rough at times so be sure to check the beach reports and weather.
Sunset sailing trips are usually a 2 hour ocean escape that includes drinks and a light food menu. One of the best sailing companies is a 65 foot catamaran sailing boat named "Alii Nui", they offer a full menu of sailing excursions and the staff is excellent at making it the best sailing trip.
For those active, adventurous types, there are many challenging hikes including a trip to Haleakala National Park. With the dormant volcano at the highest point on Maui, it offers some awesome views as a reward for the climb. Be sure to pack a jacket, the weather gets cool. They also offer a biking trip that starts before sunrise to catch the spectacular view and then a bike ride down the mountain.
The underwater views are just as fabulous. Try scuba diving or snorkeling with turtles. One of the best excursion boats for a day sail is the Trilogy Sailing Company. They offer a day sail from Maui to the island of Lanai. During the day trip, you will have time for a full lunch and underwater adventures. The crew is very helpful will beginners learning to snorkel.
Must do list
Shopping days are a must for lots of reasons like bringing back a souvenir or gift. Two of the best shopping locations are Whalers Village on Kaanapali Beach and The Shops at Wailea. They bot a variety of local and luxury clothing stores plus jewelry and unique Hawaiian gifts. Try the Honolulu Cookie Company for a special treat to bring home. The unique shortbread cookies are in the shape of a pineapple.
Add the art galleries to your list for a stroll down Front Street in Lahaina. The galleries offer a Friday Art Night with refreshments and local artists available to meet. You will find oil paintings, glass art and crafts as well.
Fun on a rainy day
If the weather prediction is showing showers, head to the "" and make a day of the aquarium visit. Perfect plan for viewing the underwater critters while you stay dry and it is a great educational lesson for everyone. It takes about 1-2 hours for the tour and parking is free. This is a up close view of the unique Hawaiian marine life including a shark tank. Maui Ocean Center
Find your own quiet escape, enjoy the serene beauty of Hawaii and discover the island activities that will keep the week interesting.