Adventure Activities in Maui -- Try if You Dare Volume 2
Or, you could take a tour of the "wilder" side of Maui -- one that takes some courage to pull off. Here are five adventure activities in Maui you can try -- if you dare!
1. Fill your belly
First things first: I dare you to eat an entire order of The Gazebo's light, fluffy, white chocolate banana macadamia nut pancakes with dream whip topping and a large order of their homemade fried rice for breakfast. If you can polish this off, you can conquer anything and are fit to proceed with the next challenges. Your waitress -- one of many hippies that never grew up -- will love you for it.
The Gazebo is a small, hidden, out-of-the-way restaurant -- but Maui residents and tourists alike have discovered it, so get there early so you don't have to wait in a long line. Don't forget: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so load up; you are going to need all the energy you can get to make it through this crazy adventure activity I am daring you to try in Maui.
Location: Napili Shores condos, 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Napili
2. Get all twisty-turny
Now take a drive on the "Road to Hana" (also known as the Hana Highway). This twisty 68-mile coastal road, Highways 36 and 360, connects the towns of Kahului and Hana, and is one of the most scenic roadways in the world.
Note: This is a good point to pop in one of those travel CDs that tell you where everything is; otherwise, you will have an adventure trying to figure out "where in the heck am I and how will I survive on only pineapples and green bananas?" With the help of your CD, you will be flying around the twist and turns -- but you may have to help a few people along the way who have gotten stuck on a washed-out bridge in a convertible from Hertz that is now leaking a strange liquid as they head through the winding curves with smoke blocking their view of beautiful Hawaii. Luckily you had rented an SUV knowing that you were going to be the hardcore daring type.
If you survive one of the craziest roads ever built and never repaired (they don't really replace the washed-out bridges, either), buy yourself one of those "I survived the road to Hana" T-shirts. You've earned it.
3. Dive into a sacred pool
During that long drive, take time to stretch our legs at the Seven Sacred Pools, one of the most popular Maui tourist attractions located in Haleakala National Park (the handy CD you bought will tell you how to get there). Wear your hiking shoes and start your journey.
Don't just stand there and admire and take photos of the gorgeous pools: Scale the steep cliffs and thick brush down to the water so you can go for a quick swim through the canyons and pools. I am sure you will enjoy sharing the experience with the local wildlife in the pools -- like swimming rats and snakes -- I know I sure had fun. Seriously, I dare you to try it; you'll love it!
Location: Off of Highway 31, about 15 minutes past Hana
4. Sleep in the tree tops
Even sleeping can be extreme in Maui. For a real overnight adventure activity, stay in a one of the Hana Lani Treehouses near Hana. (Note: as of this writing, they were obtaining new permits and so not renting temporarily, so check for availability)
What's the experience like? They sum it up best on their website, and I quote: "WARNING: These are real treehouses in a real jungle and not for everyone. Some people looking for the antiseptic controlled environment of a condo feel they are too RUSTIC! NOT FOR THE FUSSY!!!"
Need I say more?
Location: off Kala Road, neat Hana
5. Bust a gut
Last but certainly not least: Wind down with a night at Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show, "Maui's most fun and amazing show!"
I know what you're thinking: "A magic show? Are you kidding? That sounds lame." I thought that too when it was recommended to me; but boy, was I wrong! It is so much fun -- so go ahead and make reservations. Grab some cocktails and appetizers in the lounge before the show starts and you are sure to have a good time. The show is so fantastic that it always sells out nightly.
Location: 900 Front Street A202, Lahaina
Have fun and dare to make your own adventure activities in Maui. One last word of advice: if someone offers you Maui Wowie, it's not a special Hawaiian "herb." Trust me.
- Overview:Maui Travel Guide