If you love the water, you will adore the great Pacific Ocean. While there are dozens of beautiful sand beaches scattered up and down the West Coast of Maui, (all beaches are public in Hawaii) there are dozens of other water sports to enjoy in Maui.
See hundreds of species of fish right out your front door. Don your snorkel gear, slip off the rocks out front, and enter the amazing underwater world of the Maui shores. Right out in front of the Mahina Surf, there is a school of sea turtles about thirty yards off shore that are both friendly and playful. A little farther out, there are two coral reefs that just abound with colorful sea life. Many guests take a bag of frozen peas to feed the fish while their friends take some amazing underwater photos of this fun experience.
There are many areas around the entire shoreline of Maui that are popular with the surfing crowd. The most popular on the West shore is located about a ten minute drive up the coast from the Mahina. When "Surfs Up !" you won't have any trouble finding this spot, only finding a parking spot! If you are just learning, there are lots of schools around the Island that give lessons at very reasonable prices.
With more than thirty golf courses on the Island, the choices are unbelievable. Just up the road are the three famous Kapalua layouts: The Bay; The Village; and The Plantation, home of the PGA Mercedes Open. Drive the other way and in ten minutes you arrive at the North and South courses of Kaanapali, home of the Senior PGA Hawaiian Classic. All five course are open to the public and all have full amenities.
The quaint harbor Town of Lahaina is just a 15 minute drive East, down the West Shore highway from the Mahina Surf. There are more than three hundred shops that offer everything from bathing suits to bath accessories, and fine art to precious jewels. Whether you just want to pick up some Island memorabilia, purchase a piece of sculptured coral, or select one of the many fine examples of Hawaiian craftsmanship, The Olde Towne of Lahaina is definitely an exciting place to shop.
The last time we counted, there were over fifty great places within a fifteen minute drive to enjoy a great lunch or a superb dinner. Many sit poised over the great Pacific Ocean, all looking out to the West were you can enjoy the spectacular Maui sunsets. From steaks to sea food, Maui style to Mandarin. All of these great dining spots have one thing in common: Excellent food !
There are many outstanding places to visit on the Island of Maui, from the Olde Towne of Hana, to the windswept and craggy North Shore, from the quaint artistic community of Hali Mali, to the famous pineapple plantations on the West Mountains. And of course, for the really adventurous, there are both helicopter and boat cruises.
There are dozens of places to go, all sorts of places to see, but you can't go to Maui without making the trip up this majestic mountain. Sitting 10,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, Haleakala is one of Hawaii's oldest volcanoes, is no longer active, but has a history older than civilization itself.
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