Snorkeling Tours#4 in Best Things To Do in Maui
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It can be easy to become mesmerized by Maui's multicolored beaches, verdant hiking trails and breathtaking sunsets, but don't forget about the world that lives beneath the surrounding Pacific Ocean floor. According to travelers, setting aside a morning or afternoon to explore Maui's underwater creatures is an unforgettable experience. With the help of a snorkel or scuba mask, you'll see a bevy of colorful fish, sea turtles and intricate coral formations around the island's reefs.
Many of the island's top hotels will offer guests complimentary use of snorkeling equipment; some will even arrange boat tours for you. With your equipment in hand, consider exploring well-known spots, such as Kaanapali Beach, Ulua Beach and Honolua Bay. The crescent-shaped Molokini (which is located off Maui's southwestern coast) is also a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination (in fact, it's a Marine Life Conservation District home to 250 different species of fish), but it can only be reached on a boat tour. Though a tour to Molokini won't come cheap (individual tickets can cost upward of $135), it's a must-do, according to recent Maui visitors.
Tours typically depart from nearby Maalaea Harbor in Kihei and Lahaina Harbor on Maui's western shores. Sail Trilogy, Pride of Maui and Redline Rafting Co. are just a few of the many operators offering tours to Molokini. Tour prices range by company, but you can expect to pay at least $100 per adult; you can save some coin by booking online in advance. Most tours, which span several hours, provide snorkeling gear and a meal to passengers, as well as underwater camera equipment rentals. Visit the individual websites of each company for more specific information.
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#1 Road to Hana
To find excellent views of Maui's beautiful coastline, all you need to do is drive. The Road to Hana is a scenic highway (Highway 360) that twists through the lush rainforest and past the cascading waterfalls that line the island's eastern shore. Most people start their trip in Kahului (home to Maui's main airport) with the intention of motoring 52 miles to Hana. The trip isn't always easy: The route often surprises unfamiliar drivers with hairpin turns. But those who decide to step on the gas aren't sorry they did. Despite all the hype and mental preparation, travelers are regularly surprised by the drive's beauty.
The Road to Hana might seem short, but traveling it will most likely take all day given the number of scenic lookouts and other places to stop. Those who have driven the Road to Hana highly recommend taking your time and stopping as often as possible. Reviewers also recommend starting your drive early in the morning, as the road grows congested as the day progresses. If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, there are several tour companies that offer tours in luxury vans, including Valley Isle Excursions and Temptation Tours. Though pricier than driving yourself, taking a tour allows you to focus on the incredible scenery while someone else focuses on navigating the winding curves.
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