The island of Maui is amazing! Some people enjoy their Hawaiian vacation by simply relaxing on the beach while sipping a cold beverage, but there are several heart-pumping adventures that await adrenaline junkies on Maui, too. Here are 3 adventures you don’t want to miss when visiting this island paradise.
1. Go Road Trippin’ on the Road to Hana
The Hana Highway (Hwy. 36), which runs along the northeastern coast of Maui, is a thrilling road trip that the whole family can enjoy. Called “The Road to Hana,” this 52-mile coastal highway comprises more than 600 tummy-churning curves. Those who brave the route will be rewarded with dramatic coastal views and plenty of photo opportunities by beautiful waterfalls, lush rainforests, parks and gardens.
Top Travel Tip: Plan at least 3 hours to conquer the Road to Hana and take your time. This adventure is all about the journey and sightseeing along the way!
2. Go Zip Lining for Stellar Views of the Pacific
There are several places to go zip lining on Maui, but for the most beautiful views, head to Ka’anapali in the West Maui Mountains. You can’t beat the expansive views of the bright blue Pacific Ocean as you soar above the mountains on this eco-tour. This adventure is great for families, groups and solo travelers — as long as you’re not afraid of heights at a high speed.
Top Travel Tip: Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes — preferably hiking boots or sneakers — and remember to slather on the sunscreen before heading out on this adventure.
3. See the Haleakala Volcano by Horse
It’s bizarre to think about venturing into a volcano, and to ride a horse into one is truly otherworldly. In Haleakala National Park, you can saddle up to descend more than 2,500 feet to the crater floor of the Haleakala Volcano. While horseback riding, visitors will see the Haleakala silversword (a rare plant that’s part of the daisy family), as well as cinder cones and awe-inspiring views of the volcano’s colorful crater. It will make you feel like you’re on another planet.
Top Travel Tip: You can also hike into Haleakala. However, there are dramatic changes in the altitude, leading to extreme weather. The sun can also be more intense on foot than when you’re riding a horse, which may make the latter a better option for truly enjoying the scenery.
Take a deeper dive into the best way to conquer and enjoy these Maui adventures by watching Adventures for Maui Thrill-Seekers.
– By Darley Newman