Maui is a popular vacation destination any time of year, but it’s especially favored in the winter things to its warm tropical weather year-round. If you’re planning a trip there this winter, here are eight off-the-beaten-path things to do in adventures to have on the island.
1. Go Whale Watching
December through March are among the best times to go whale watching off the coast of Maui. Tour groups such as Makai Adventures offer whale-watching tours that will take you out to catch glimpses of the thousands of humpback whales that migrate through the area during the winter. While this is a more popular and well-known thing to do on the island, it still offers a one-of-a-kind experience here unlikely to have anywhere else.
2. Relax At Ho’omana Spa Maui
If you’re looking to truly relax and unwind during your trip, consider heading over to Ho’omana spa. This day spa offers a wide variety of treatments including massages and facials, as well as options for couples massages and group spa retreats.
3. Enjoy The Halona Kai Holiday Village
If you’re visiting Maui right around Christmas, or even spending Christmas on the island, consider checking out Halona Kai Holiday Village. Running in the evenings from December 23-25 at Hyatt Regency Resort And Spa, the holiday village includes a holiday-themed buffet, Christmas music, and drinks ranging from hot chocolate to cocktails. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.
4. View The Nakalele Blowhole
See this stunning natural wonder for yourself by heading out to Highway 30. The Nakalele blowhole is the result of water being pushed through an rock formation created by lava, resulting in seawater and mist exploding out the top.
5. Venture Into An Old Lava Top
You can explore an old lava tube yourself by heading out to Hana lava tube. The cave is open to the public with an admission fee of $15 per person, and features handrails in some sections that will make your exploration not only fun and memorable, but also safe.
6. Explore Makawao Forest
If you’re looking to explore the outdoors, head over to Makawao forest for several miles of hiking trails that wind through the gorgeous island trees. Kahakapao Loop Trail is one such trail. Coming in at 6.6 miles total, this is a great choice for those looking for a bit of a longer adventure, while those looking for a shorter hike can opt to not do the full loop.
7. Take A Ride In A Submarine
If you’re looking to see a new side of Maui, consider taking a submarine ride. You’ll experience the wonders under the beautiful blue waters of the island. Atlantis Adventures offers submarine tours that will allow you to see tropical fish and coral reefs up close. Tickets are available online.
8. Go On A Helicopter Tour
Another way to see Maui from a new, one-of-a-kind perspective, is pretty much the exact opposite of a submarine tour – booking a helicopter tour! Groups such as Maui Helicopter Tours offer trips soaring over the lush rainforests and beautiful coastlines of the island. More information, as well as tickets are available online.
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