My Maui Adventure
I’ve been in the travel industry for 14 years and had yet to visit the Hawaiian Island of Maui. I was really excited about this trip. I had been reading a ton of books and visiting a bunch of websites and had it all planned out. Of course it never works out like you think it will. Sometimes it works out better than you could have ever planned. That was the case with this trip.
This Maui adventure was all about the local experience. I personally love to explore a new destination. I love to rent a vehicle and go 4-wheeling down a dirt road unsure of where I will end up. However, I always love to gather the wisdom of the locals as well. They can point you in the right direction and tell you which roads to avoid. During this trip I was luckily visiting a friend that lives on Maui 6 months out of the year. He works all summer on the Colorado River so that he can chill in Maui the other 6 months of the year. This meant he had plenty of time to show me around and give me the local perspective.
One of my first adventures in Maui was a quick shore dive near the city of Lahaina called Mala Ramp. On this 50 minute dive I was able to see 5 large turtles and 4 white tip reef sharks. The collapsed ramp was the perfect introduction dive on the island.
The following day we headed out on The Road to Hana. I’ve been to Oahu, The Big Island, and Lanai, but this 3 day adventure was the most spectacular Hawaiian experience of my life. The windy road wrapped around the most beautiful tropical views. The ocean was crashing on my left, while breathtaking views of lush green mountainside were to my right. We stopped along the way and took a few scenic hikes to some small waterfalls. Many books and CD’s are available with all of the details on where each of these hikes are located.
My favorite stop was at Waianapanapa State Park. We took the path that runs along the left hand side of the park and ended up at an underwater cave. We grabbed our snorkel gear and flashlight and jumped right in. We were able to find our way through the cave system and out to the beach. I would not recommend this without a local guide, but it was thrilling!
That night we camped at Kipahulu Campground, which is about 10 miles past the town of Hana. The cost was $10 per person per night.
We woke up the next morning and headed to The Seven Sacred Pools. It’s a very touristy spot, but worth the small crowds. We hiked up to the top pool and jumped off the small 20 ft. cliff into the pool below. Soon many in the crowd were doing the same.
We then headed to the largest waterfall in Hana, Waimoku Falls, which drops 400 ft. Right before the falls we experienced the Bamboo Forest where you walk on a boardwalk through bamboo that are 50-60 ft. tall. Both the Bamboo Forest and waterfall were well worth the short 2 mile hike and visit to Hana. The hike was beginner and kid-friendly.
After two nights we made our way back to Kihei. We drove the back way through Kaupo and the views were completely different than the drive to Hana. I highly recommend taking this way home.
Click here for a complete list of tips and tricks to Maui and Lanai that I collected from all of my friends.
– Amy Ochoa