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Exciting Maui Activities

There are a multitude of reasons to choose Maui for your next vacation destination. It could be to enjoy its 30 plus world-class beaches, experience its breath-taking vistas including incredible sunrises and sunsets, discover a tropical paradise, or to just relax and get away from it all. Part of Maui's lure is that it offers such a wide variety of activities, many family-oriented. Below I've summarized 21 exciting Maui activities available to its visitors in no particular order.

1. Sunrise at Haleakala Crater. There's only one way to see the sunrise and that's at Haleakala Crater in Maui. It's an experience that is truly difficult to describe because of its stunning beauty.

You begin to sense the magnitude of it when you see a photograph, but it's something that you have to experience to really appreciate.2. Biking Down Haleakala.

We have seen two wonderful sunrises at Haleakala on two separate trips to Maui. Both times we drove (up and) back in our rental vehicles. Unfortunately, biking down Haleakala has never made it into our agenda. So we have now officially added it to our Maui Activities Wish List.3. The Road to Hana.

The drive on the Road to Hana is an experience of a lifetime. Along the way on this 60 mile winding trek you will see some of the world's most beautiful rain forests, water falls, and enjoy some of the most gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean.4. The Seven Sacred Pools (formally called Ohea Gulch). Almost everyone who takes the Road to Hana ends up at the Seven Sacred Pools.

Waterfalls connect each pool, and the last pool's waterfall empties into the Pacific Ocean. Legend has it that swimming in each pool (in order from one to seven) will bring the swimmer good luck.5.

Snorkeling in Maui. Change your view of the island to an underwater perspective by snorkeling in Maui. There are countless places to snorkel here with amazing views of marine life of all kinds.6. Sugar Cane Train. If you (or your kids) love trains this inexpensive Maui activity is a must! Circling from Lahaina to Puukolii and back, a ride on the Sugar Cane Train will show you all the beauty of Maui from the coach car of an unforgettable real working historic steam engine.

The conductor is more than knowledgeable. He's practically a one man show complete with ukulele and musical repertoire!.7.

Maui Ocean Center. This was a great day activity to do with your kids. The Maui Ocean Center offers many hands-on activities that our kids loved. The three-acre marine park hosts more than 60 interactive exhibits, an outdoor central courtyard, two restaurants and the Maui Ocean Center Store.

8. Sightseeing on Front Street. A shopper's paradise! Quaint shops, restaurants and historical spots line Front Street in "Old Lahaina." Our favorite discovery was the Bubba Gump's Shrimp Shop and Restaurant.9.

Sandcastle Contest Day. An activity the whole family can participate in is a Sandcastle Contest Day on Kaanapali Beach. Our kids have a ball building tunnels and mountains and the adults take the challenge very seriously!.10. Horseback Riding. You don't have to be a cowboy to enjoy some of the best horseback riding you'll ever experience.

You're in Maui - which means you are riding in the some of the most beautiful countryside that you can imagine. Our ride took us through pineapple fields and a rainforest.11. Parasailing.

If you can handle being a human kite and enjoy the silence and peacefulness of gliding 500 feet above the ocean (except for the whisper of a light breeze), parasailing is a must-do Maui activity for you.12. Scuba Diving. If you are looking for an experience of a lifetime and you want to experience a side of Maui many people miss, Maui Scuba Diving is the way to go.

It is not uncommon, on a Maui scuba diving experience, to have water visibility around 100 feet, and it is sometimes better than 150 feet!.13. Golfing. Whether you're the casual golfer that hits the links three or four times a year or the avid golfer that never misses a weekend, you simply will not be disappointed with your morning (or afternoon) of Maui golf. There are over 180 courses in Maui to choose from -- besides the fact that you'll be playing in arguably one of the most scenic places in the world.14.

Helicopter Tours. Several companies offer a variety of Maui helicopter tours that can include viewing some or all of the following: the West Maui Mountains, the island of Molokai (just west of Maui), waterfalls and beaches of East Maui including the Seven Sacred Pools and Haleakala Crater. A bird's eye view of Maui is nothing less than spectacular.

15. ATV/Quad Tours. Not only can you hike parts of Haleakala Crater, you can also now take an ATV/quad tour of this scenic place.16. Submarine Adventures.

If you don't like to scuba dive, you don't have to miss the beauty of Maui's oceanscape and marine life when you are in a submarine with a view.17. Jet Skiing. If you have enjoyed jet skiing anywhere else, just add Maui's unsurpassed beauty to the thrill of the ride and you start to get an idea of how fun it would be to jet ski in Maui.18. Kayaking.

This is an activity that is not only environmentally friendly but will also give you a good cardio workout.19. Jeep Tour. Rent a jeep or other four wheel drive vehicle for an enjoyable excursion around the southern and western end of Maui. Most visitors to Maui don't take advantage of this scenic tour.

You will see two of the most recent Haleakala lava flows that reached the ocean, dating back less than 500 years to 800 years old.20. Cave Exploration. Explore some of the world's largest lava tubes.21.

Surfing on Maui's North Shore. Surf enthusiasts from all over come here to ride some of the biggest waves in the world.This is by no means a complete list of Maui activities, but it should give you a good idea why Maui has become our number one vacation destination.

.This article was written by Scott Grover who considers himself a "Maui enthusiast" with three vacations to Maui over the past 9 years (1997, 2000, and 2004), and another family vacation planned there for December 2006.

You can read about him and his family's Maui adventures at his website http://www.Barefoot-In-Maui.com.

By: Scott Grover

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