A Day At The Beach

Maui is the ultimate island for nature lovers and no visit would be complete without exploring the beautiful and diverse beaches here.

Here are some you won’t want to miss:

  • Charlie Young Beach – Named after a long-time resident of the area, the beach is near a residential district. It’s one of the best swimming beaches although there are no lifeguards. There are facilities, including portable restrooms and showers. Parking is limited to the side of South Kihei Road so it’s best to start early, get a good parking spot, and enjoy your day at the beach.
  • Kaanapali Beach – This beach is dominated by a dozen or so luxury resorts, some golf courses, shopping malls and thousands of cabanas and beach chairs. Because of its enormous size, you won’t have a problem finding your place in the sun here – just be sure to bring your own shade. At the northern end of Kaanapali is Black Rock, a great area for scenic views of the coastline and snorkeling or diving off the rocky cliff.
  • Kahekili Beach – Kahekili is the other side of Black Rock, another long stretch of golden sand beach and home to a few sea turtles. Count yourself lucky if you encounter one of these sea creatures on the beach or in the nearby water. It has full facilities including picnic grounds and showers. No lifeguards though!
  • Pailoa Black Sand Beach – The best black sand beach in Maui is part of the Waianapanapa State Park. The scenic view is invitation enough to visit and the velvety black sand set against a backdrop of lush green trees and tropical plants is a rare sight. Pailoa may not be perfect for swimming but enjoy the sand, wade along the shore and hike to one of the lava tubes. It has full facilities except for lifeguards.

Hikes Fit For The Little Ones

The island of Maui is known for its many exceptional hiking spots. Here are a few that are particularly good for families with small children.

‘Iao Valley State Park, Central Maui
This place holds great historical significance, as it is home to the well-known, “Iao Needle and the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai.”

The 0.6 mile paved trail is perfect for small children and older people to explore the blossoming scenery and its wide range of flora and fauna.

The park is known as a “spiritual rainforest”  with picnic and BBQ areas, and swimming holes.

Twin Falls, North Shore
Twin Falls is another easy hiking spot for those traveling with children.

The main path divides into two paths – the left and right fork. The left fork leads to a favorite waterfall at Twin Falls, whereas the right fork leads to an old rock stonework irrigation ditch.

If you continue walking on the right path, you will reach the “Caveman Swimming Hole and Falls.”

Waihou Spring Trail, Upcountry
Located in the Olinda Forest Reserve, the Waihou Spring trail feels nothing like some of the more jungle-like scenery you might typically associate with Maui hiking. This approximately 1.1 mile loop trail is shady and wide and is populated with huge pine trees along the way. Perfect for little ones to explore and play.

For those feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take the short offshoot to a lookout point and then take the steep switchbacks down to Waihou Springs for waterfalls and lava tubes. Just make sure your legs are ready for the hike back up!

 

Kapalua Coastal Trail, West Side
The Kapalua Coastal Trail is an easy walk that begins at Kapalua Beach and winds a mile and a half along the coast to D. T. Fleming Beach. The beginning and end of the trail are paved but there are sections in the middle that turn to gravel, dirt or boardwalk.

Take in the stunning scenery including beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines, native plants, lots of turtles, and multi-million dollar homes, condos, and resorts.

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Plan an Unforgettable Trip to Maui

Maui’s breathtaking natural beauty, resorts, and an assortment of tourist attractions make it a must-see destination to unwind or for adventure.

There is so much to explore and enjoy in Maui that one trip is not enough, but it’s a start.

The best way to explore the island to your enjoyment is to have a taste of everything, sun, beach and the ocean in one day, trekking the different national parks and forest reserve for one or two days and an unforgettable day trip to Hana.

  • Depending on the location of your accommodations you can explore the nearest beach in the area upon arrival. Maui’s 30-mile stretch of beaches offers you soft golden, red and black sand, and of course warm waters. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, perfect for swimming, picnics, and naps in the afternoon, snorkeling and calming strolls as the sun sets. You have a choice of Makena Beach State Park, Palauea, Oneuli and Charlie Young Beach just to name a few.
  • After a good long rest on the first day set yourself up for the adventure of a lifetime trekking the beautiful rainforest and national parks. On top of the list is Haleakala National Park. Prepare yourself for the overwhelming beauty of the summit of Haleakala volcano and its surrounding sacred landscapes with astonishing colors of red, green and dark ash. Soak into a meditative state these landscapes evoke. Other treks and hikes not to be overlooked are Lahaina Pali West trail (a local favorite) – ocean view and Waihe’e Ridge Trail – forest reserve.
  • Enjoy one whole day in Hana – East of Maui, traveling to Hana is as enjoyable as the destination. For this, a guide is a must so you can sit back, relax and soak in the winding Hana highway going to the quaint town almost untouched by time. Explore it on foot, gather picnic goodies and spend lunch and the afternoon at Hana Bay. There’s so much to see in Hana. It’s best to have an early start.
  • Last day and night at Maui, spend it as you wish, either exploring another mountain-side or by the beach, swimming, eating, napping and strolling. Come night time, explore Maui after dark, its bars with live music and entertainment. Enjoy local entertainment, and the different mixes of music Maui’s restaurants and bars offer.

Have a taste of everything Maui offers, the sun, soft sand beaches, beautiful mountains and ocean views, waterfalls and quaint towns. For sure, you’ll be planning your next trip to the island in no time.

Packing Your Maui Wardrobe

When people visit the island of Maui, they expect to be surrounded by paradise. And they are. Roughly 162 square miles of it.

However, packing nothing but beach wear would be a mistake since the island, located in the Central Pacific, has much more to offer than just beautiful beaches.

The island also boasts the Haleakala National Park, a volcano, waterfalls, and natural pools. Don’t let your clothing, or lack of appropriate attire, keep you tied to one place.

Dressing for Hiking

Those wanting to trek through the national park or those wanting to see the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o, should prepare for the elements.

For instance, proper hiking boots will provide better traction on wet, muddy ground than tennis or athletic shoes and afford hikers the security of being more sure-footed.

Water resistant cargo pants or shorts, hiking socks, and t-shirts layered with long-sleeved shirts are also a hiking must.

There are many brands of lightweight, but durable outdoor clothing that are a perfect fit for both novice and veteran hikers.

Dressing for Leisure

Not into hiking? No problem.

Maui also offers more leisurely ways to enjoy nature in the form of some magnificent botanical gardens.

For instance, the Kula Botanical Garden, one of the smaller botanical gardens on the island, offers eight acres to explore. For this venture, hiking boots are probably not necessary, but good walking shoes are.

Don’t forget easy to move in clothes such as capri pants or shorts for women and jeans, slacks or shorts for men.

Depending on the time of year that you visit, casual short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts or T-shirts will do nicely.

This variety of clothing will also be appropriate for afternoon shopping excursions, a trip to an island museum such as the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum or a ride on the Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad, which is an old-fashioned steam locomotive.

Dressing for Zip-lining

Zip-lining is a favorite activity on Maui. But it’s important to wear clothing that won’t diminish the fun.

Zip-lining enthusiasts say closed-toed shoes are a must. In warmer climates, such as Maui, shorts and T-shirts are a good fit, but make sure the shorts aren’t too short.

It’s also imperative to keep in mind that wearing a harness while zip-lining could leave stains or marks on clothing so don’t wear your very best set of shorts and shirts.

Dressing for Nightlife

What about clothes for the nightlife on the island? Thankfully, the restaurants and other evening social places are still mainly about comfort.

For the ladies, a nice pair of wedge sandals or flats with a simple sundress are in order. For the gentlemen, khaki shorts paired with a nice t-shirt or a collared shirt will do.

There’s always room for lightweight slacks, also with a T-shirt or collared shirt.

And while the beach isn’t the only place to visit on Maui, it’s one that shouldn’t be missed, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen!

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Maui Paradise Properties Gets a New Website

We’re thrilled to reveal our new website! We worked hard to make mppvacations.com a one-stop-shop for all of you Maui vacation needs.

It is now easier than ever to find the perfect property for your next visit to our beautiful island. Search by location, property type or amenities. We have more than 150 properties across the island to choose from. Can’t decide? Our new feature allows you to “Favorite” the properties you are interested in and share them with a friend. Or reach out to one of our reservation managers who would be more than happy to help you in your search.

We’ve also included a guide to local activities and adventures, dining, shopping and entertainment. You can even book right through our site.

We hope you enjoy the new site! And check back often because we will be keeping it up to date with the latest Maui news and last minute special offers.