Just came to Maui Zipline Company in Waikapu, Hawaii and had an awesome time? Then you shared how tubular your time was ziplining to Trip Advisor or Facebook? Radical, so have hundreds of others. Well, before you left, you probably asked your cool guides about some sweet spots around Maui, especially close to our zipline. Nice. Here is a list of the Top Ten places and activities that your guides often will recommend, all within approximately 30 minutes of our course and mostly full family activities.
1. Iao Valley State Monument ~ Iao Valley, sometimes known as the “Iao Valley Needle,” is an awesome spot to spend the afternoon, especially on a Sunny Day in Wailuku. Located near Kahului, this Rainforest features impressive streams, waterfalls, and gardens; including the Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Garden. Sometimes, during sunset, a bright pink sky will come across above the park here. Such a beautiful place, with fading memories of war. The Battle of Kepaniwai occurred here where Kamehameha the Great decimated the Maui armies in an attempt to unify the islands. The summit of this valley is the Pu’u Kukui, the 2nd wettest place in Hawaii, and this can be seen in the mountainside behind the Maui Zipline Company at Maui Tropical Plantation. This location is very easy to access for elderly, but in the upper lot one must pay for parking.
2. Kanaha Beach, a.k.a. Kite Beach ~ An easily accessible day of entertainment can be achieved simply by pulling up to Kite Beach, behind Kahului Harbor on Maui. The kite boarding and kite surfing world loves this beach, as it is a perfect place to catch major wind in the kite. One doesn’t even have to participate to feel the rush. Maui Zipline Company proudly sponsored the 2012 Virgin Kite Jam, held at this beach, where an array of boarders gathered from all over the world to exhibit their skills. Kite boarders can reach up to 80 ft. in the air, and do incredible tricks in this tropical paradise. Kanaha Beach is also an excellent place to watch sunrise during certain periods of the year.
3. Maui Swap Meet at UHMC ~ No better way to start off a Saturday than with a flea market. This swap meet goes from 7 AM until 1 PM, but get there early to get the freshest fruits and vegetables. Crafts vendors, food vendors, and the most random booths with enthrall you for at least 2 hours. Massages and artists here are incredible, and often charge very reasonable prices. This is right next to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, which often has excellent music festivals. Visit their website and learn more information at http://www.mauiexposition.com/MAUISWAPMEET.html
4. Maui Paddler Hawaiian Cultural Tours ~ Also located at the Maui Tropical Plantation, the Maui Paddler crew really knows how to show people a good time when here on Maui. Truly devoted to Hawaiian Heritage, this team offers a variety of mountain walks and outrigger canoe lessons, as well as many other cultural lessons. Their outriggers travel the northern Kihei shores early in the morning, or one may opt to train on an outrigger canoe in the Maui Tropical Plantation pond. Visit this local vendor at http://www.mauipaddler.net
5. Kamaole III in Kihei Town ~ If you leave our tour late in the afternoon, then head to many people’s favorite spot to observe sunset, Kam III in South Kihei. 100′s gather here daily to watch one of the most amazing sunsets on earth, shooting out bright pink and orange rays. Under one of the most incredible sunsets ever laid eyes on, take a dip in an often calm ocean. There is a grassy field to lay out on, and plenty of amenities down by the large beach and clear water.
6. Shopping in Paia Town ~ Paia is a beautiful part of Maui, with an interesting variety of people, shops, and restaurants. Sidewalks are cracked, there are only two major ways in and out of the city, and travelers line the streets; all at a nexus trying to find their way. The people of Paia often boast a smile, and one can shop for anything from bikinis to surfboards. As one walks the streets of Paia, rainbows often crest the hills near Haiku and Pukalani, upcountry. Be sure to visit some of the beaches listed below, which are all within 5 minutes of Paia (Ho’okipa and Baldwin Beach).
7. Twin Falls ~ Twin Falls has a variety of fun activities, including a Fruit Stand and some nice waterfalls further back. This private park is 15 minutes past Paia on the road to Hana, and features a very lush landscape on easy to access trails. Featuring two very nice waterfalls, several streams, and a horticulture unmistakable to Hawaii, this little treat in Hawaii is awesome for the whole family. Make sure that you bring your swimsuits, and be cautious of the currents in the streams! Be sure to check out this cooperative group of workers at http://www.twinfallsmaui.net
8. Baldwin Beach ~ A beautiful and scenic beach that lines a large portion of the incoming streets to Paia. Here one can watch anything from skateboarding to surfing to basketball, or one can just lay back and soak up the sun. There are three major beaches lining this road, and families are cautioned to stay either to the beach closest to town or the beach furthest from town, nothing in between. Just take our word for it. Those who venture here will enjoy a great view of the West Maui Mountains on a multiple mile stretch of beach.
9. Maui Ocean Center ~ The Maui Ocean center is an awesome place for the entire family. The aquarium is beautiful, and they feature a shark tank that is rivaled by few aquariums. Those that are scuba certified can do something truly intriguing and get in with the sharks and manta rays (for a moderate fee)! Check out more information and browse photographs of the aquarium http://www.facebook.com/MauiOceanCenter
10. Ho’okipa Beach ~ Known as one of the best surfing and windsurfing spots on Earth, Ho’okipa is a favorite place to take the family to observe the surfers and play in the tide pools. If the family is a little worn out from Ziplining, than playing on the beach in the waves is always an exciting option for families. Surfing and Kiting are for professionals only here, no amateurs. The reef is shallow and the waves are harsh, and can sometimes reach almost 25 feet! The beach is usually pretty though, so it is fun to linger here! Right up the street, Jaws can cause waves up to 70 ft. high! Exercise great caution when swimming here, but enjoy the views and sports activities!