When you visit Hawaii, you want to get the most out of your trip, don’t you? Era of Maui is one resource that you should keep in mind when scheduling your itinerary! Whether you’re traveling to the islands for business or for leisure, the right locations will make a world of difference. Let us work with you to help you plan the trip of your dreams, filled with adventure and breathtaking sights. From hotels to adrenaline-pumping adventures like skydiving and cage diving with sharks, we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of what visitors to the Hawaiian Islands want to see and experience.
So, you’re finally jetting off to the beautiful shores of Maui! You’ve got hundreds of opportunities for adventure and exploration awaiting you once your plane touches down, so we know that you must be excited for what’s to come. But don’t get so wrapped up in your own excitement that you forget to pack and prepare sensibly for your trip. When you dot your Is and cross your Ts in the days leading up to your big Maui excursion, you can breathe a little bit easier in knowing that everything is taken care of.
From what to pack to how to prepare your home for your absence, we’ll discuss everything that you should do before you get on that plane.
There is a lot of planning that you need to do for your vacation to kick off without a hitch! First, you need to make accommodations for your trip on the days that you are planning to schedule away from home. It pays to book as far ahead of time as possible, as this can get you some pretty decent discounts depending on when your vacation will be taking place.
Make sure to schedule reservations and bookings for:
If anything on your trip requires a reservation, we recommend booking it as early in advance as possible. Spots fill up quickly!
If your pet and/or your young child won’t be going on vacation with you, you obviously need to set up some type of arrangement to have them taken care of in your absence. There are many kennels where you can board your pets for the duration of your vacation, which is a great resource if you don’t have family or friends that you can trust to keep them healthy, happy and fed while you’re gone.
Clearly, you can’t just put your kid(s) up in a kennel, so you might have to take some extra steps to ensure that your child will be cared for while you are away. This is where friends, family or a reputable local babysitter can enter the equation and ease your mind.
Nobody wants to find that their mail has gone missing during the time that they were on vacation. Coming to this realization is a great way to immediately stress as soon as you get back to your hometown, which isn’t exactly what a person wants right after their vacation. You have a couple of options here:
You should make sure that you turn off any unnecessary electronics before you leave. Televisions, radios and other non-essentials need to be unplugged. This will cut down on power utility costs accrued during your absence. If you’re leaving at a time where your area gets very cold, keep your heat running at a lower temperature while you’re gone.
It is also a good idea to call your bank or credit union to inform them of your travel plans. Unless you’re frequently jetting off to exotic lands, you run the risk of your banking institution confusing your legit purchases for suspicious activity. And you don’t want your accounts frozen while you’re on vacation!
Having physical or digital copies of your reservations will help safeguard you against scheduling mishaps, so you should have these on-hand before you leave the house. This is true of everything, from your plane ticket reservation to the reservations for any excursions you plan to embark on while in Maui.
Over-packing can make going to and from quite laborious, but nobody wants to under-pack, either. You should have everything that you will need to enjoy your trip in comfort.
Hawaii boasts beautiful weather year-round, but that doesn’t mean that you can just throw some shorts and t-shirts into your luggage and forget about it. There are several occasions that may call for a different type of dress. To be safe, we recommend packing:
It is much easier to go from place to place around Maui when you have the right accessories. A beach bag is essential for your travels throughout the island. These large bags provide more than adequate and easy storage for everything that you need.
If you’re going to be participating in any water sports, a waterproof bag is a step above an ordinary beach bag. These bags help protect everything that may come into contact with water – including your electronics, like your camera or phone.
The bag isn’t the only accessory you’re going to want to have on-hand. Inside the bag you should have:
Planning a trip to Maui is incredibly exciting. There are so many opportunities for adventure, education, exploration and excitement that it can be overwhelming to plan your itinerary. This is especially true if this is your first visit and you’re not entirely aware of what the island has got to offer its many annual visitors. In this brief guide to Maui adventuring, we’ll give you eight things that you should seriously consider adding to your plans.
On the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, there is no shortage of things to do. There is certainly much more to do than we will list here, but you should consider this list to be a starting point for your Maui vacation planning.
More commonly known as the Road to Hana, Highway 360 is an incredibly scenic route to take when visiting Maui. The drive costs you nothing except for the cost of fuel and takes you by many stunning natural features of the island, including breathtaking waterfalls and lush rainforest landscapes.
Most visitors will begin their drive near the airport, in Kahului. From there, motorists will have a full day that’s rich in opportunities for exploration and sight-seeing. This is the perfect way to kick off your trip – with a relaxing drive.
There is no better way to view Maui than from the bird’s eye perspective. For anywhere between $100 and $400 (depending on the tour you’ve chosen and the duration of your flight), you can view Maui from the leisure of a helicopter. What draws so many people to this option is the fact that helicopter tours allow visitors to see things on the island of Maui that cannot be witnessed by foot, car or boat.
While you’re in Maui, you should take every opportunity to see the island from different perspectives. We’ve already discussed helicopter tours as a means of doing this, but there’s another way to see Maui: from underwater. Beginners can sign up for beginner’s snorkeling sessions that allow them to get an up close and personal look with colorful reefs, fish, sea turtles and other marine life that can only be found off the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
Found right in Haleakala National Park is the world’s largest dormant volcano, which stands at an impressive 10,000 feet above sea level. You can see Haleakala from anywhere on Maui but viewing the island from the summit is a one-of-a-kind experience. We recommend booking in advance to reach the summit for sunrise or sunset, when the view is at its most colorful and beautiful.
Unlike other areas of Maui, the summit of Haleakala is quite cold. Make sure to dress appropriately!
The black sand of Wainapanapa gets its unique coloring from volcanic sediment. Many visitors stop by this beach to get a look at the beach before moving on to the first item on this list: the trip down the Road to Hana. There is also a marked hiking trail that is accented by freshwater caves, which makes this state park an incredible beauty in the Hawaiian landscape.
Maui is home to 14 incredible golf courses, some of which were constructed with the input of golfing legends like Arnold Palmer. Kapalua’s Plantation Course is especially renown for its incredible views and challenging golfscape. The Plantation Course also has great amenities, including dining and a top-notch golf shop.
For first-time visitors and anyone who is thrilled to increase their knowledge of Hawaiian culture, attending a real luau is a must! Maui is host to the Old Lahaina Luau, one of the most popular luaus in the entirety of the Hawaiian Islands. If you can pay the entry fees, you will find an incredible experience awaiting you. The ceremony has received many accolades and awards for the music and dancing that drives thousands of tourists to the performance each year.
Though this park is small, at its heart lies something enormous: one of the biggest banyan trees. The tree was transplanted on Maui after being brought over from India in 1873. It is over 60 feet tall, standing as a true testament to the strength and beauty of nature. If you visit during the right time, you might even get to get a look at the works of local artists! Art in the Park is a very popular attraction for locals and guests of Maui alike.
Visiting Maui is an incredible experience, a privilege that you should appreciate and therefore enjoy to its fullest. The second largest Hawaiian Island features cultural hotspots, stunning views, and many opportunities to adventure and explore. When planning your Maui itinerary, you should definitely keep these eight bucket list items at the back of your mind.
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Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the opportunities for excitement and adventure on the Hawaiian Islands? Having a helping hand to flesh out your itinerary can be a useful resource, one that takes some of the weight off your shoulders. Contact us today to get some help in planning the perfect Hawaiian vacation!