If learning about plantation life while visiting a sugar cane field and then eating fresh fruit from a local fruit stand before going to see some of the world’s most famous waterfalls sounds like a great adventure to you, then this all-encompassing tour is the right fit.
Travel Maui in a Day
This full day island adventure takes you to lava tubes, black sand beaches and the Road to Hana, all must-see destinations on the island. Your journey will begin with a visit to the sugar cane fields of Maui. Here, you will be able to step back in history as you listen to how life was for during the plantation era in Hawaii. After, we’ll take you to a very popular surf spot where some of the world’s best surfers hang out and catch waves. Ho’okipa Beach Park has breath-taking white sand beaches and crystal clear water. There is no wonder why surfers love to hangout here. Another frequenter is the Hawaiian Green Turtle!
After the beach, we will cruise through the rolling hills of the countryside and the bamboo forests. We will stop at the eucalyptus trees before heading down the Road to Hana. The town of Hana is considered the last of the pristine frontiers in Hawaii and the road leading there is a fun and winding highway surrounded by waterfalls, lush rainforest and streaming waterways. Depending on the day, we may stop by a natural pool for a dip before heading over to Banana Bread for some shaved ice and fruit.
After we’ve cooled down, we’ll visit a traditional Hawaiian village at Keanae Peninsula. The village is known for its taro fields, today and historically. The area fascinates photographers and fisherman from all over the world. On the way down, gaze upon the stone church that was built in 1856. It is the only surviving building from the famous Tsunami of 1946.
Adjacent to the Keanae is a small village named Wailua. It’s well-known for having a three-tiered waterfall. If you’d like, we can stop there for a swim and a hike!
Next, we will journey to an underground pathway that is so dark, we’ll have to don our headlamps to see the cave’s features, such as the markings of the lava that flowed in this cave in ancient times. Our expert guide will explain its significance in Hawaiian mythology and tell us about the Goddess of Fire…and this concludes the morning of our Private Family Tour around Maui Island.
Tastes of Maui
By now everyone should’ve worked up quite an appetite, so we will head over to Coconut Glen’s, a popular indulgence amongst tourist and locals alike. While there, don’t forget to taste some of Glen’s coconut treats. Once your bellies are full and your energy level has risen again, we are on to the next destination, Wai’anapanapa Beach Park. The biggest draw for visitors is the black sand beach. Actually, it’s more like black pebbles than sand, but beach enthusiast love taking pictures and soaking up the natural Vitamin-D here.
For the adventurous type, check out the cool little cave that the ocean flows into. And if you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, climb through one of the cave’s larger openings and pop out on the side of a cliff for a jump in the ocean (cliff jumping). We haven’t had a member of our group ever do it, but boy we love watching the random thrill-seeker jump and we are thoroughly amazed at their swimming skills!
Later we will take you to the Nahiku Marketplace. Full of delectable local dishes, locals carving woodwork, native jewelry and stone vendors and ancient spiritual icons, this is the place to find gems to take back home with you and give as gifts to friends and family.
Hana town is the next stop! This native fishing village was once the home of Hawaiian royalty. When Westerners migrated, it became a plantation. As we drive away from Hana, the road begins to narrow and wind. The lush jungle vegetation turns into a desert-like lava field. Take a look at the jagged lava rocks. This is a new formation from the most recent lava flow.
We will get out of the transportation and climb up the backside of Haelakala. This remote beauty offers stunning views of deep valleys and vast undeveloped land. Take in Maui’s coastline.
As the tour comes to an end, meander down the mountain to the Tedeschi Winery. Feeling a bit peckish? Wet your beak, nibble on some refreshments and get your camera ready because the sun is about to set over Maui. Once the sun has set, we will take you back to where we met that morning.
Maui Tour Highlights:
- Black Sand Beach
- Lava Tubes
- Best Waterfalls
- Sea Caves
- Hāna town
- Red Sand Beach (if choosing an active journey)
- Tedeschi Winery
- Fruit & Roadside Stands
- Rugged Terrain