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headed to Maui in mid march. We'll be there 5-6 days and are staying on the north shore east of the airport by 10 miles or so. Have a rental car and expect to hit as much fun crap as we can. The to do list includes sup, snorkel, beach time, horses, and hiking while stuffing myself on as much cool food as I can.

Any must sees? We're going to do the crator boat ride snorkel thing, road to Hana one day, hike/drive the volcano, maybe scope the last of whale season, and sup on the sw coast. Anything big we are missing?

What's the best place for coffee, donuts, sushi, etc?

Thanks for advice! :awesome:

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TheLastOne wrote:
We're going to do the crator boat ride snorkel thing, road to Hana one day, hike/drive the volcano, maybe scope the last of whale season, and sup on the sw coast. Anything big we are missing?

You nailed the big attractions, they're all a lot of fun.

My wife took a surfing lesson and had a good time. Do have dinner at a luau; bring your appetite. I recommend eating at Mama's Fish House on your way back from the drive to Hana.

Let's see, Spam! Spam! and more Spam! And drink lots of the Kona Golden Ale and Pina Coladas, which are the best because of the fresh coconut.

Caveat: Do NOT take anything from the island and bring it home. You will be cursed and badness will happen. Don't believe me? Watch the Brady Bunch.

You're gonna have a great time. Obviously, I really like Maui and can't wait to return. Enjoy.


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You should really take a drive up Haleakala and catch a sunrise!

Took my wife to Maui when I went home to visit. We spent a week there. She loved it.

Might like the Lavender farm and winery that's near there.

Might want to have dinner/lunch at Mama's Fish House. You can get local food and try poi!

Try some Poke (raw fish) if you like sashimi. Aku and Ahi poke are my favorite.


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The Road to Hana was my favorite part of the trip. Though I'd advise you to shell out a little money and take one of the many mini-buses that travel the road. It is insanely narrow, with terrifying drops on the outer side. You can't travel more than 10 mph. So a driver is signing up for a full day of nerve-wracking driving -- and they'll miss many of the best views.


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The Road to Hana was my favorite part of the trip. Though I'd advise you to shell out a little money and take one of the many mini-buses that travel the road. It is insanely narrow, with terrifying drops on the outer side. You can't travel more than 10 mph. So a driver is signing up for a full day of nerve-wracking driving -- and they'll miss many of the best views.


We rented motorcycles and did the road to Hana. I almost died at least 3 times but it was well worth the effort and the most fun I think I've had vertically. I would also highly recommend you take the day and do that in a bus or rent a convertible.

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Cool, thanks for the tips. Glad to know I'm on the right track for activities.

Still need info on the important stuff: coffee donuts food
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I've lived in Kihei before.
You picked a great island to visit!
You may want to hold your nose going by the sugar cane factory :awesome:

There is a certain time of the day to avoid the beach, I think it was between 2-3pm. The winds pick up & you get sand blowing hard everywhere.

If you are going to the food market, buy local it's cheaper.
Name brand OJ can cost $8, but other brands will be less.

I agree with visiting Haleakala. So many tours by bus, bike, donkey...
Bring warm clothes & possibly rain gear if you plan to take in a sun rise.

Maui has many different beaches.
And I don't just mean location, the sand color/texture are sooooo different.
Aqua shoes can be helpful at some beaches.

I took in a helicopter ride while there.
That was amazing.
The pilot tipped us on our side to do a big circle because there was an amazing double full circle rainbow below us.

The Road to Hana is a must.
If you get motion sick, or the slightest chance you might want to bring meds.
Really the road is so small that sometimes one car will have to back up to allow another to pass.
There are local vendors along the way selling produce & such. These are fun stops.
At the end are amazing pools, don't forget swim wear!

And yes, a luau is a must too!

As far as restaurants.
The place that advertises authentic Chicago pizza... don't believe it ;)
And I guess you will have to try the poi, just a bit.
The luaus usually have poi & luau pig. Go take a look at how they prepare the luau pig. Very interesting!

Have a WONDERFUL time!!!!

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I did find some water shoes for $30. I'm actually pretty stoked about my packing and gear list :awesome:

Probably the most practical I've ever been about a trip. Maybe I'll do a post in the gear thread when it gets closer. I rented us a "jeep" from a car rental place to pick up at the airport. Who knows what I'll end up with :lol:

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