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Maui: Being A Tourist In Your Own Backyard

August 20th, 2012

Beach in MauiJust because you live in Maui doesn’t mean you can’t act like a tourist sometimes. When you live in a beautiful place like Maui, it is easy to become jaded by the landscape and culture just because you see it all of the time. Being a tourist in your own backyard is a great way to fall in love with your home island all over again. So it’s time to get your camera out and pack up the car with snacks—you’re going on a staycation!

Maui is called The Magic Isle for a reason. There are so many hikes, adventures and romantic experience right at your fingertips—it’s no wonder Maui is one of the top destinations for honeymooners! A great way to take in Maui’s unique beauty is by going on a long hike. Hana is a great place to hike because the Haleakala National Park has so many options to choose from. Even if you have been there before, you can have an entirely different experience each time you visit.  A favorite within the park is the Kipahulu area, which is 10 miles past the town of Hana. In Kipahulu, you can hike the two-mile trail along the Pipiwai Trail where you can take a dip in any of the streams and pools adjacent to the ocean. Kipahulu is also popular for its concentration of endangered species and views of the ocean.

If you are looking for something adventurous and exciting, swimming with the manta rays should be the next stop on your staycation. Manta rays are some of the largest fish in the ocean with wingspans up to 20 feet or more. Manta rays can seem menacing, but they are actually quite friendly and docile creatures. The Kona coast of Maui is the best places to spot these lovely creatures. Although there are many resorts where you can see the manta rays feeding at night, the best way to spot them is by going on a night boat tour. This way, you can experience them for yourself by swimming with them. As it grows dark, tour guides set up spotlights where the manta rays are known to frequent. The manta rays are attracted by the plankton and are totally visible as they move around and dance in the water. For scuba divers and snorkelers, this is a treat because the manta rays get close to them without touching, giving spectators an interactive experience.

Lastly, if you are looking for a more relaxing time, look no further than Turtle Bay Resort, famous for its luxury and stunning accommodations. Whether you plan to stay the night or take advantage of the golf course or spa, you will have a chance to revitalize and refresh yourself in one of the most famous parts of the island, the North Shore.

It’s important to take time for yourself, and just because you own real estate in Maui Hawaii, a tourist destination, doesn’t mean you should lose sight of the wonder of the place you call home. You should always seek to explore new things to love about the island, as you will likely find no shortage.

If you live in Maui or Hawaii and don’t own real estate, or if you would like to move to Maui or Hawaii and purchase real estate, contact Maui Sales. Ken Smith and The Smith Team have over 20 years experience selling property in Maui, Hawaii.

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