Tugger wrote:I'll chime in having been to Maui several times and it is our favorite. Mush is already said be those above. And the area you are going to be in is my favorite part of the island.
Our NUMBER ONE MUST DO: Get back to our place by 4pm each day to relax and sit and rest and just enjoy . It's not a hard rule (obviously there are some things and events this doesn't work for) but the whole reason we go to Maui is to relax. Don't let "must do things" get in the way of just being in the islands and enjoying it for what it is.
Regarding riding down Mt. Haleakala, yes do it, it is a blast. But it can be cold and wet so be ready for that. Also I advise to not do the sunrise ride. To do it you need to basically leave your area around 2:30-3am to get to the ride place to catch a 6 am sunrise. And its really cold at that time. We did the 9am ride that also included visiting the crater but while the crater was pretty awesome, it didn't contribute to the ride (and I didn't find any ride companies that actually start at the crater anyway). Yes visit the crater at least once but maybe as part of a day exploring the island and driving there yourself.
Snorkeling is awesome in Maui. Go ahead and rent a decent set of mask and fins for the whole time. You may only do it a few times (depending on your schedule) but it is fun and beautiful, easy and relaxing.
The road to Hana is really beautiful and fun, and it is the perfect example of "the journey not the destination is important"! Remember that. We chose to spend the night in Hana so we took 4 hours to drive the road, pulling over any time a car appeared in our rear view mirror. We just cruised with the top down and enjoyed it. There are many tourist spots and just small diversions to go see and most are worth it when time isn't an issue. I recommend Kahanu Garden just before you get to Hana. I nice place to walk around and do a bit of exploring.
Hana itself.... well I didn't find it all that exciting. It is fine and lovely and all that but really it is not set up for tourists. Locals live there and it is a small town with not many restaurants etc. There is one nice hotel/resort and it is nice to walk around but we did not find it any better than other places around Maui.
We actually circumnavigated the whole island even though the rental car company basically says not too (but the last time I noticed that restriction had disappeared). It was fun and worth doing once but it takes time to do it right. Which means slowly and which the locals hate you for and will stare you down as they almost drive you off the road. It is what it is, you are invading their home and looking around and not at the road and saying "ohh how nice!!" and they just want to get home or get their shopping done and you keep getting in their way.
So enjoy yourself, I am positive that no matter what you will have fun!
11725Flyer wrote:We used to have a condo in Kihei, Maui - a few suggestions:
Mama's Fish House
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Snorkeling off the Sheraton
Hana ( if you have time)
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos