One week in Maui

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If you have a one-week stay in Hawaii, it's better to focus on one of the four most important islands. Due to a fairly strenuous time lag, it is tiring to take up the plane almost immediately to go to another island. Here is thus a stay entirely dedicated to Maui.

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<p>Overview of Kahului.</p> <p>Majestic volcano.</p> Véliplanchistes de Hookipa Beach. Haleakala National Park.

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  • Lahaina
  • Kaanapali
  • Kahului
  • Wailuku
  • Kihei
  • Wailea
  • Makena
  • Paia
  • La Route De Hana
  • Hana
  • Haleakala National Park
  • La Route De Kula
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Details of the stay: One week in Maui - 7 days

Day 1 : Lahaina

Arrival at Kahului airport early in the morning or the day before. Take a hotel in Lahaina on the first day because it is a city where you can do everything on foot and one of the few places of Maui where nightlife is lively. The day will be devoted to the visit o museums and historic monuments, shopping in the shops of the charming streets of the city centre, with a whale watching session if it is the season (from December to April; plan 4 hours). For lunch or dinner, Lahaina offers cheap restaurants and good foods.

Day 2 : Kaanapali beaches

Spend the day on the beautiful Kaanapali coast, discovering its dream beaches where you can bathe safely and snorkel (Black Rock Beach is an excellent spot). Lunch at the Whalers Village, nearby, where you can also make do your shopping. In the evening, it's advisable to sleep in Lahaina, which is only at 15 minute drive and where hotels are much cheaper than in Kaanapali.

Day 3 : Cai Valley and its surrounding area

In the morning, hiking through the pretty and greenish Iao Valley, overlooked by the stunning peak, the "Iao Needle", a result of the volcanic erosion for thousands of years. Around noon, picnic at the Tropical Gardens of Maui (Botanical Garden with endemic plants of Hawaii). In the afternoon, visit the Kepaniwai Park & Hawaii Nature Center, which, through sculptures and pavilions, pays tribute to all groups of migrants coming to Maui and more generally to Hawaii. In the evening, go to Kihei, where you can find an apartment or bed & breakfast for the night. Dinner and exit at Kihei Kalama Village, where you can find all the restaurants and bars.

Day 4 : Makena

Spend the day on the sublime beaches of Magburaka (Black Sand Beach and Big Beach are absolute must!). Picnic or lunch at the Commercial shopping centre of Wailea in the north (15 minutes' drive). At about 5 p. m. take the road to the north and settle down at one of the hotels in Wailuku (in the centre of the island) or Paia on the north coast. Dinner in town in Paia or Wailuku.

Day 5 : The Hana Road

Early departure from Paia. "Hana road" is this long winding road dotted with stunning natural shows, between majestic waterfalls and secret beaches, exotic odorous forests and beautiful panoramas. This road starts in Paia and end in Hana.

Day 6 : Around Hana

Start the day with the stages in the south of Hana: Wailua Falls and hiking on the Pipiwai Trail. Return to Hana for a picnic on the beautiful beach of Red Sand Beach. In the afternoon, go back to Wailuku or Paia and make additional stops on the Hana Road.

Day 7 : he Haleakala Volcano and the Kula Road

In the morning: the Haleakala volcano. You need to leave the hotel early so as to be able to attend the sunrise on the Haleakala volcano between 5.45 and 7 pm. The Haleakala, "the sun's house" in Hawaiian, is a sleeping volcano (3 055 m altitude) that occupies two thirds of Maui. Starting from Kahului, it takes 2 hours to travel 38 miles (61 km) leading to the crater. The ascent is steep and winding. Be patient because you can only see the crater at the end of the journey. In the afternoon: the Kula road. It crosses the entire centre of the island and finishes its race on the plains of Ulupakua. The must-visits: the Ulupakua Ranch, the Roggeri vines and the lavender fields "Alii Kula Lavender". Sleep in Wailuku or Kahului, to be near the airport for your flight the next day.

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