If relaxing in the sun while cool, clear water laps at your feet is your idea of the perfect holiday, then Maui should be your destination.
I don’t want to cast aspersions on Maui though, if you want to get out and about and do things there is plenty of things to see and sink your sense of adventure into. But, equally, if forgetting the rest of the world is the aim, you can do it here too.
If you do nothing else, you need to eat. The fresh seafood is delicious pretty much anywhere you go – but my mind is and has always been set firmly upon dessert.
Or, in this case, dessert as breakfast. That’s where the Cinnamon Roll Place comes in. Situated in a strip of shops just across the road from the beach, the Cinnamon Roll Place is a mecca for sweet-toothed locals and tourists alike.
I challenge you to find a better cinnamon roll anywhere in the world. The owners epitomise the friendly, easy-going nature that Hawaiians are famous for. Everything’s better with sugar in your veins, trust me.
Mr M and I got into the habit of spending the mornings on the beach, swimming and lazing around, then heading back to the apartment for a snooze and a trip out later in the afternoon.
The sand is beautifully powdery – perfect for sandcastle construction, the water was like looking through glass, there was a notable lack of pesky seaweed, it was cool but not freezing cold and the sea life was everywhere! I saw turtles and fish whenever I went into the water.
Since I don’t see anything wrong with an adult building sandcastles, I bought my own bucket and shovel and we had a great time building turrets and moats and planting leaf-flags. The best.
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If you’re not so much into liquids, you can always head out to Haleakala National Park to see the spectacular sunrise or hike the crater. The park covers the summit of the largest volcanic mountain that formed Maui.
One of my favourite parts of this trip was driving up through the clouds, then standing at the edge of the Visitor’s Centre looking out at the cloud cover below. There are 48 kilometres of hiking tracks within the park and some seem deceptively easy. Just remember you’re up high and the air is thin so everything feels much more difficult up there.
If you’ve never been to a traditional Luau, it’s something that you really have to experience for yourself. Mr M and I were lucky enough to score tickets to the Te Au Moana Luau in Wailea from his parents and while they were expensive, I think they were worth every penny.
If you happen to make it to Lahaina (a more touristy part of the island where cruise ships dock), make a point of visiting the banyan tree.
The trees grow unusually, sending roots dangling from its branches and into the ground below, where they form new trunks to hold the gigantic trees up.
This tree was planted in 1873 to commemorate 50 years since the first American Protestant missionaries arrived on the island. It has now grown to 18 metres tall and its canopy covers 0.6 hectares, making it the largest tree in the US. It is bolstered by 16 major trunks apart from the main trunk planted 143 years ago.
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