Visiting Hawaii is an amazing adventure for first-time vacationers and the experienced traveler alike. The islands offer a plethora of things to do, stunning natural scenery, and incredible coastal views, but none quite as amazing as those found in Maui. The island of Maui is a favorite for many reasons and one of the best ways to visit is to rent one of its many Hawaii luxury homes. Staying in a luxury home ensures that you have an authentic and comfortable stay— and at once experience the island life and culture while also enjoying all of the comforts and amenities of a hotel. Maui is an incredible place for a wide variety of vacation needs, equally popular as a honeymoon destination or a solo weeklong retreat. Read on to hear some of the top things to do during your stay on one of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Try Snorkeling

Probably one of the most famous pastimes in Maui, snorkeling allows guests to see a different side of Maui and experience its rich and colorful underwater world. Many vacationers are lucky enough to see a wide variety of fish, plants, and sea turtles during a snorkeling tour, or at least marvel at the incredible color of the water while enjoying an easy swim along its surface. Snorkeling is actually an incredibly relaxing activity if you choose the right place. When water is calm most guests simply float along the surface hardly needing to paddle at all, and watch the world below cruise by.

Take A Helicopter Tour

There may not be a better way to see this island (or any island for that matter) than by helicopter tour. Take in the amazingly diverse scenery and colors of the island from up high as you travel past volcanic sites, glimmering beaches, and thick green forests. A helicopter ride also allows you to appreciate the size and scope of the island, understanding the lay of the land and its relative geography even better for the remainder of your stay.

Relax At The Beach

This is an obvious way to spend your time on any Hawaiian island, but worth mentioning nonetheless. With some of the most beautiful beaches of any of the islands, spending time on the gorgeous coastlines of Maui is absolutely a worthy pastime during your visit. Explore famous beaches like Ho’okipa Beach Park where you can spend hours swimming or watching the surfers, or check out the volcanic rock of Waianapanapa State Park. For a more remote beach experience visit Kaihalulu Beach, Koki Beach Park, or Keawakapu Beach. Bring some beach chairs and a picnic then stretch out for hours of relaxation along the bright blue coastlines of the region.

Sample The Local Fare

There’s nothing quite like the food in Hawaii. Fresh fish and produce is served up in traditional and more modern style Polynesian dishes that range from the super-filling meals to lighter food for warmer climates. Be sure to sample some of the amazing rice and fresh fruit dishes, and never pass up an invitation to a traditional luau.

Visit The National Parks

Hawaii and in particular Maui offers a surprising number of national and state parks that make for incredible day trips. In these parks visitors can explore volcanic rock and in many cases see active volcanoes as well. The wild jungles of these islands can be an incredible place to explore and see the landscapes from a whole new perspective. One of the best parks on the island is Haleakalā National Park, which has a dormant volcano and endangered animals like the Hawaiian goose. The park also has some amazing waterfalls and freshwater pools tucked away in its bamboo forests.

Take A Hike

Exploring Maui by foot is a must on your trip, and there’s a wide range of trails to choose from whether you want something challenging or something easy. Check out Lahaina Pali West for a moderately challenging five mile trail with quite a bit of incline. At the end of this trail hikers will be rewarded with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. For a cool hike past waterfalls that lands you in the clouds above Maui, try out a slightly shorter trail called Waihe’e Ridge Trail. If you’re looking for something with a little less elevation gain, opt for a leisurely hike around the coastlines where flat and warmer conditions make for a less aggressive outing. If you do decide to explore the ridgelines of the island be sure to bring layers to bundle up as high winds on the mountains leave many unprepared hikers shivering on the way down. However you choose to explore the island, be sure to spend at least a little time walking it on foot. You’ll experience so much more of what this place has to offer by slowing down and taking it all in.

The islands of Hawaii, and in particular Maui is one of the best places in the world to spend a vacation. With ample opportunity for relaxation and exploration, you won’t run out of things to do and see while still having plenty of time to unwind in this remote and lush paradise. Spend your days on the trails, in the ocean or on any number of world-class beaches. Whatever the pace for your vacation, Maui will provide you with an amazing experience that you’ll never forget.

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