The gorgeous island of Maui is the perfect choice for a winter vacation, and it’s no wonder as to why. Offering lush jungles, sunny, blissful weather, and stunning beaches, a trip to Maui can feel like a trip to paradise. Here are the top 7 things to do during a trip to Maui this winter.
1. Go On A Submarine Tour
While the island of Maui may be full of gorgeous sights, that beauty isn’t contained to the land! See a whole new side of the island with a submarine tour, which will plunge you into an aquatic dreamscape. One perk about this is that it’s an option that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. While options such as scuba diving is another great way to explore the waters of Maui, it requires training and may not be suitable for younger children. That’s not the case with a submarine tour, though – visitors of all ages and abilities can have fun on this.
2. Try Out Snorkeling
If you’re looking for a more hands-on way to explore the ocean surrounding Maui, snorkeling is a great choice! Numerous groups in the area offer rentals for snorkeling gear. Or, if you’re looking for an option that will handle everything from where to go to how to get there, consider a tour,which will let you truly just focus on making some great memories.
3. Go Whale Watching
During the winter months Humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters surrounding Maui making the upcoming months the best time to see them, and a tour is the perfect way to do so. Groups such as Makai Adventures offer whale watching tours.
4. Experience Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center is the island’s aquarium, and it’s a great stop to add to your list of activities. It features a 35-foot shark tunnel, a sea turtle lagoon, and of course, countless fish. What really sets Maui Ocean Center apart from other aquariums, though, are some of the unique experiences it offers in striving to foster a connection between human and sea life. Their shark dive, for example, will allow you to get up close and personal with some of the sharks at the aquarium, and learn firsthand how they can be friend instead of foe!
5. Visit Nakalele Blowhole
If you’re looking to take in some of the natural beauty Maui has to offer, head out to see Nakalele Blowhole. This unique natural feature is created by ocean water being pushed through an underwater cave, resulting in a spectacular burst of water similar to a geyser. This is the perfect opportunity for not only sightseeing but also some stunning photos.
6. Drive The Road To Hana
The Road to Hana is a scenic road located along the Maui coast. It’s become notable for offering jaw-dropping natural scenery, and is worth checking out during your next trip! There’s a couple of ways to do this, depending on what sort of experience you’re looking for. If you’re renting a car, you can head out along the road to enjoy the gorgeous views at any point in time. The entire road, especially if you’re stopping to enjoy the scenery, can take a while. Because of this, you may want to consider choosing a day that’s otherwise relatively free or planning to only explore a portion of the road. If you don’t have a car on Maui, you’re not out of luck – several tour groups offer sightseeing tours.
7. Explore Whaler’s Village
Spending an afternoon exploring Whaler’s Village will not only be an enjoyable time but the perfect opportunity to pick up some souvenirs (or any last-minute items you realize you need for the trip). This shopping center offers visitors everything from brand-name shops to local options, as well as a variety of choices for dining.
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