The island of Maui is a popular destination for visitors to the Hawaiian Islands for a good reason. Maui offers a special kind of balance between the occasionally more urban setting of Oahu and the primarily natural settings found on most of the other islands. This means that a day in a natural paradise and a night out on the town are both easily possible every day on the romantic island of Maui.
On the eastern coast of Maui is the legendary road to Hana, also known as the Hana Highway. This romantic road winds its way along numerous valleys and waterfalls while continuously surrounded by an abundance of luscious flora along the way. It is highly recommended, if at all possible, for a visitor to rent a convertible on a sunny day to best enjoy the wonders that the glorious road to Hana has to offer. There are also many places to stop along the way and enjoy a refreshing dip in a river or waterfall. Alternatively, a group tour is also an option and there are seemingly many making their way along the scenic eastern coast of Maui each day.
Should high altitudes and gorgeous sunrises be your idea of the perfect way to start the day, then the magnificent sunrise at Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park should be high on your list of spectacular morning plans during a stay on Maui. While a handful of early risers do likely make the pilgrimage each day, it is still a relatively early morning adventure happening at a moment when the larger crowds are still sleeping quietly in their hotels. Thus, it is a wonderful way to experience a tranquil and spectacular Maui scene with nature in all its glory. The Haleakala Crater is actually at the summit of one of the dormant volcanoes that is said to have formed the island of Maui itself many centuries ago. Due to the remote location of the Hawaiian Islands in general, and the unique habitat of Haleakala National Park in particular, the park reportedly features more endangered species than any national park in the United States. Likely the most famous of these is the plant known as the Haleakala Silversword, which may be seen shimmering in the morning sunlight at Haleakala.
After a day of fun in the sun on the mystical island of Maui, you may want to enjoy an evening of shopping and dining in leisurely Lahaina, located on the island’s western side. Amid the many shops and restaurants is the scenic Banyan Tree Square, which features an extraordinarily large Banyan tree. The gigantic tree is also apparently a popular social hub for the wild birds of the area, that seem to occasionally chirp in a collective roar in the tree’s many winding branches. It’s a treat for the eyes and the ears, so be sure to swing by when in the area.
Maui is a truly romantic destination and also a great place to take the family. Enjoy your vacation in this island wonderland, should it be your destination of choice.