Here today, gone to Maui!
Whether you’re dreaming of secluded coves, or searching for the perfect poke bowl, Flight Centre travel experts guide you to both the off-the-beaten-path, and the tried-and-true. Here’s a quick list to get you started.
Witness sunrise at Haleakala
In Maui, being active is great, but when it comes to volcanoes— not so much! One of the most popular things to do in Maui is to hike or bike Haleakala, the island’s most famous volcano, and yes, it’s dormant. For a truly unforgettable experience, we offer this advice: arrive before the crack of dawn, either with a tour or on your own, to gaze at the glowing orb rising at 10,000 feet above sea level.
Enjoy your aerial view nestled in the ethereal clouds around and below you, as the ascending sun slices the ombré horizon. Even if you’re a chronic snooze button pusher, trust us, it’s worth getting up early for this sheer heavenly sight.
Stroll in Lahaina Town
Lahaina’s oceanside Front Street was named among the “Top Ten Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association. Boasting historic and cultural significance, we recommend a walking tour to learn the colourful narratives that weave through Lahaina’s long and varied history.
Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina is peppered with royal relics, traditional treasures and ancient artifacts. Home to Hawaii’s first lighthouse, dating back to Lahaina’s dark days of whaling, you’ll also learn about Lahaina’s missionary settlements on a stroll through this colonial town.
After your invigorating and informative walk, cool off beneath the canopied shade of the town square’s massive Banyan tree. Dating back to the 1870s, it is as palatial as the royal abodes that only slightly predated it.
Watch traditional Kaanapali divers
Kids, don’t try this at home! Every night at sunset, a time-honoured Hawaiian ritual takes place by the shimmering waters of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. You don’t need to be a guest there to witness mesmerizing lele kawa, or cliff diving. Centuries before the Sheraton name appeared at Black Rock in Kaanapali Beach, a mighty Maui king of the 18th century daringly jumped here, popularizing lele kawa and gaining respect from his people. The ceremonial cliff jump happens from 30 feet in the air, and the bravery and beauty of the divers leave spectators breathless.
Drive the Road to Hana
An established honeymoon destination, no journey to Maui is complete for newlyweds without driving the romantic Road to Hana. Some may argue it’s symbolic of marriage, with its hairpin turns and unexpected twists!
The highway stretches over 70 km of seriously spellbinding scenery, where the ocean flirts with the sky, and rainbow-plumed birds soar past plunging waterfalls. Rent a convertible, drive at a leisurely pace and feel the kiss of the salty ocean wind on your face. Pack a picnic for two and stop where both your lovestruck hearts- and carefree whims– take you.
Eat, drink and be Maui!
Did you know, Hawaiians have the highest life expectancy in the USA? While the active lifestyle and fresh air no doubt are contributing factors, we like to think the enjoyment of food — and enjoyment of enjoyment – play a role, too! The perfect dovetail of these two elements is a Hawaiian luau, part celebration, part banquet. Traditional Hawaiian food, like Kalua pig, chicken, squid, rice, Hawaiian sweet potato, coconut milk desserts, tropical fruits and poi are served. Entertainment includes hula dancers, ukulele players and music, to fire eaters and audience participation. A Maui must!
Much More Maui
With options as endless as the island’s coastlines, these are just some of the many things you will find to do in Maui. Talk to a Flight Centre expert, who will customize your Maui vacation based on your personal interests.