October 7, 2012

Maui early morning excursions

Most of our guests arrive on Maui from the Canada and the U.S. Mainland.  With the time change most folks find themselves waking up before their first sunrise on Maui.  This makes for a great opportunity for those who want to see and do as much as possible.  Take advantage by using your first couple of days to do those activities that require an early morning wake up.  Watching the sunrise from the top of the Haleakala Crater is a must.  And if you are inclined the bike ride down to the ocean is spectacular and can be enjoyed by all ages as it is mostly downhill.  If you are going to do the bike ride you would need to schedule this before you arrive on the Island.  Make sure to dress in layers as it is cold at the top and nice and warm by the time you reach the town of Paia.  Most of the bike companies provide you with warm gloves, jackets or jumpsuits.  You store your personal belongings with them and they follow you down the mountain.

 

The other activity we recommend an early start on is the drive to Hana and the 7 Pools.  This is a very popular activity on Maui and it can be very enjoyable if you get an early start and beat the crowds.  The road in many places is one way and there are so many waterfalls to stop and enjoy and take photos.  Once you arrive at the 7 pools and if you like to hike the hike upstream to one of Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls is a must.  You hike through giant bamboo forests and end at a very beautiful pool to take a dip and enjoy the waterfall.  Make sure to bring mosquito repellant especially if there have been recent rains.  When leaving Hana if you don’t want to deal with the crowds continue on the same road you came.  It is a beautiful drive and you get to see some of Maui’s most pristine scenery.  The road is gravel but well maintained.  It is often used by the tour vans to avoid the traffic.  Enjoy!