MAUI – Surfer’s Paradise
Maui is a surfer’s paradise with untamed jungles, rough rugged peaks, farmlands and beaches that seem to be plucked from a post card. But Maui is more than just a surfer’s hotspot; those seeking activity packed vacations will also welcome what this island has to offer. From swimming in waterfalls, kayaking, whale watching and Hawaiian cowboy heritage on offer Maui truly offers something for everyone.
When to Go
Daytime temperatures are around 26 degrees Celsius (78F) but those who know Maui well will know that higher, more elevated areas can bring with it rain, wind and extremely low temperatures. November through March is usually cooler with a higher rainfall while June through September is warmer with less rain. The North Shore beach pulls in big waver surfers in the winter time with swells reaching up to 60 feet. December to April is prime Whale watching time while October and November are great months for travelers on a budget.
The warm waters of Maui’s oceans have more humpback whales than anywhere else in the state. In whale season between February and March the Maui Whale Festival and the Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts festival is held. Travelers and guests celebrate the arrival of the whales with films, concerts, arts fairs, science talks and many more.
Poke has recently become all the rage around the world but this dish, originating from Maui is a staple. The cubed raw fish dish truly is a delight to the taste buds and Maui has adapted some of these dishes to more western tastes. Traditionally lunch times are for ahi poke, a tuna poke bowl or pohole salad made from fern shoots. Celebrate a beautiful sunset with Spammusubi, a nori and rice wrapped in tinned meat. Traditional banana bread from roadside stalls is the perfect dessert.
What to Take Home
Maui is home to the Maui Gold pineapple, a natural fruit that was almost wiped out in 2010. Now resurrected to its former glory, the new Maui Gold Pineapple Company offers guided tours of its farms. Set against the magnificent Haleakala slopes, the plantation looks like something from a childhood book. Make sure that you are allowed to bring fresh produce back into your country before putting one in your carry on though. Alternatively you can grab a bottle of their Maui Blanc, a lovely fruity wine made on the Ulupalakua.
Travel Tips and Tricks
Guided tours along the Road to Hana are spectacular with cliff sides and ocean views. Before getting into the ocean to surf or swim ensure that you are not using sunscreens that may be harmful to Maui’s coral and other marine life. There are information stations along the beach that offer information to nature lovers on the local sea turtle life and Whale watching tours.