- Date Started: December 15, 2019
- Ending Date: January 31, 2020
- Availability: 18 years old or older, open to residents of United States
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- Prize(s): $5000 Maui – Family Vacation, including flights and accommodation
Maui Resort Family Vacation
Island paradise in Maui Vacation
Maui, part of the larger Hawaiian archipelago, is often voted one of the best islands in the US. With a landscape so awe-inspiring think cascading waterfalls, empty stretches of sandy beach backed by swaying palms and green forest tumbling down the rocky cliffs into the turquoise sea below you can see why. The dominating volcanic interior of Haleakala National Park provides an outdoor playground for hikers and mountain bikers. But if all that sounds like too much effort, you can lie back in a hammock at your Maui vacation rental and watch the sun setting.
Sightseeing Near Maui Vacation Homes
The attractions in Hawaii are mostly centered around the spectacular landscape. If you’re staying in a Maui vacation rental with the family, you can take them all to Ohe’o Gulch Kipahulu, a series of pools and waterfalls that make for the perfect place to splash around and cool off. Also worth a visit is the Waianapanapa State Park where you can see the eroded sea arches, the blowhole and the black-sand beach. You can complement them by swinging by the Hawaii Nature Center, a not-for-profit which aims to preserve the beautiful Maui scenery.
Activities Near Maui
Other than the beaches, one of the biggest draws to Maui is the hiking trail that winds its way up to the volcanic crater summit in the Haleakala National Park. If you’re not keen on the challenging trek, you can hop on one of the day trips, which transport you up the steepest road in the world to reach it. This is Hawaii, one of the birthplaces of surfing. If you’re lucky enough to nab one of the Maui vacation rentals along the coast, you’re not going to be far from the ocean swells. Alternatively, rent a windsurf to take advantage of the strong trade winds.
Best time to visit Maui
The island is a year-round hotspot, but for the best prices on Maui vacation rentals and arguably the most comfortable time weather-wise, try to visit in the shoulder months between April and May or September and November when the skies are wonderfully bright. If you’re coming for the surf (and most will be), it’s best to nab a rental during the winter months when the conditions are most ideal. If you want the weather to be as hot as possible, summer’s the time to go when you can bask in baking sunshine and swim in the calmest waters.
See the gentle giants of the seas in Maui
With Maui being surrounded by the warm Pacific Ocean, it will come as no surprise that most of Hawaii’s wildlife can be found below the water’s surface. A dive or snorkel will reveal everything from solitary reef sharks to Hawaiian green turtles and playful dolphins. If you’re lucky and come at the right time, you may even spot the odd humpback whale. That said, if you’re a landlubber, there are still some critters to spot. Cheeky little mongoose often scamper across the beach passing noisy monk seals, and if you are up in the mountains, look out for color-changing chameleons.
Beaches near Maui
Mauis beaches offer sun, relaxation, and picturesque beauty. Vacation homes can be found near beach locales like Kaanapali Beach, a beach with eateries, shopping, a scenic boardwalk, and clear water for snorkeling, and Wailea Beach, a sandy beach with activities like sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Red Sand Beach, a secluded beach with red sand, hiking trails, and turquoise waters, and Makena Beach, a scenic beach with picnic areas and calm water for swimming and snorkeling, are 2 other beautiful beaches.
Traveling to and around Maui
The nearest airport is in Kahului, HI (OGG), located 8.7 mi (13.9 km) from the city center. If you can’t find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Hana, HI (HNM), which is 21.4 mi (34.5 km) away.
If you’re traveling by train, make your way to Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Station or Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Kaanapali Landing Station and explore the city from there.
Regional delicacies in Maui
Maui is one of the best islands in Hawaii for a traditional luau and a range of authentic Hawaiian and fusion cuisine with grilled beef and pork, poi, and salmon. Maui is influenced by ethnic delicacies from Japan, China, Korea, and France, providing a unique twist on the seafood and tropical fruits that are common on the island. Some specialties to try during your trip include Kalua roast pork, poi, ahi poke, mahi-mahi, and shaved ice, all of which can be found in restaurants and eateries near your vacation rental. (source: www.vrbo.com)
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