Maui Itinerary

We've got a very exciting week planned for you. Boy, are you going to have a blast. You can enjoy Maui without spending much money, but as long as you're on vacation, we do recommend experiencing some of these exciting excursions. Here are some basic descriptions for the tours that we have set up. Once you have signed up for the tours you will receive a more detailed itinerary with directions. We will also have a full itinerary with dinner plans, happy hours and more that you don't need to sign up in advance for.

Scuba Diving:
We take our dives from Ed Robinson, the top dive operation in Maui. Today, we'll visit the Molokini crater, just 20 minutes from the launch. This is the clearest water, averaging 120-150' in visibility! Expect white-tip sharks, eels, schools of butterfly fish, and occasionally manta rays. We may even dive the "Backside Wall" where the crater plummets vertically to the bottom about 200' below. Rodales' Scuba magazine rated this site the most popular wall dive in U.S. waters.

Lanai Rafting & Snorkel Adventure: Start your week off with a bang! Here's a duel purpose tour where half the fun is getting to our destination. The Maui Nui is the best raft tour with plenty of room for up to 36 people, a nice shade canopy and the only raft with a head (not a bad idea). Their guides are great and the snorkeling superb. We may spot some dolphins and may even do some wake jumping behind some of the cattle boats to Lanai. I'll take a photo of you swimming with turtles! A total blast!

Haleakala Downhill Bike Adventure:
Today, we'll do the crater on bikes. It's the Summit Deluxe Tour from the Haleakala Bike Company. This is one of the few companies that is highly professional, yet lets their customers make their own way down the crater. It's much better that way since you might want to stop and "smell the roses" (or maybe take some pictures) along the way. We'll have our own guide along for the ride. This is another experience that you won't get anywhere else but on Maui. Note: If you expect to do this trip, pack some warm clothes - sweatshirt and jacket.

Horseback Riding: Maui is one of the best places on earth for a horseback ride. Itís very green and extremely scenic in the West Maui mountains.  Todayís ride is with Mendes Ranch, the largest horse riding facility in Maui.  This is a great ride that will take you through a working ranch with incredible ocean and mountain views riding right through their cattle. You will be able to run the horses in a couple of places.  Itís a 2-1/2 hour ride that includes refreshments.

Kayak Snorkel: This is a great activity! Today we go kayaking with Maui's #1 Kayak Tour Company - South Pacific Kayak Adventures! They have the best equipment and have knowledgeable and personable guides. We'll snorkel with turtles and maybe even see some dolphins! This tour starts from a terrific reef at mile marker 14 in the Olowalu area, about 30 minutes just south of us. We'll meet our guides at 8:30 a.m. 3 1/2 hour tour with snacks.

Helicopter Tour: This sure is a great way to see the island and very special, dramatic, inner island areas which are inaccessible by ground. There are several helicopter companies to choose from in Maui, but we voted Sunshine Helicopter and their "Black Beauties" the best. We'll be doing their "Circle Island" Tour which will give you a complete air tour of Maui in one hour. From the Haleakala Crater and Hana to the majestic waterfalls and beauty of Iao Valley and the west side. It's the best!

Feeling adventurous? How about a tandem flight down Haleakala Crater? Soar like a bird and enjoy one of the most beautiful views as you do it. We wanted to include this in our itinerary for people looking for some excitement. Cost depends on how many feet you want to soar. From an intro. of 1,000 ft for $75 to 4,000 ft for $175. This is a truly unique adventure you would never forget! Just let us know if you're interested so we can block some space and you can decide later which flight you want.

Waterfall Hike: Here's another reason you came to get into the tropical interior. Join us as we trek into a little known area. Our guide, Randy Warner, is an interesting and knowledgeable guide that can talk about the history of Hawaii as well as the flora and fauna. We'll either do a Haleakala Waterfall hike (weather permitting) or a West Maui tropical hike. This is a great way to meet some new people! This is also the least expensive half-day hike in Maui!

Scuba Diving: If you are a certified diver, don't forget your dive card. Maui has some of the best diving in the world! Today the divers will go to Lanai for a 2-tank dive to a spot called Cathedral Caverns This is one of the most beautiful and interesting dives that you will ever do. Sign up for this trip before you come.

Sunset Sail: We searched high and low for the perfect boat for this private charter and we definitely found it with the Teralani. This beautiful boat pulls right up on the sand to pick us up and hoists the sails for this exciting 2-hour cruise. We'll enjoy a Maui sunset and maybe even spot some dolphins! The Teralani has a great deck for dancing and we'll crank up some tunes to get it going! One of the most fun tours you'll do this week. You might want to do it twice! Includes open bar and pupus. Meet in front of Leilani's on Kaanapali Beach

Molokini Snorkel: This is a great snorkeling experience. With all the boats doing this tour why did we pick the Lani Kai? Because you want to power over to Molokini, get in the water easy, and enjoy a nice ride with fun guides. The Lani Kai is perfect...a very comfortable boat and the crew are very personable. This is absolutely the best snorkeling in Maui! This tour will also take in a second snorkel location called "Turtle Town" where your chances of seeing turtles are very high. Cost includes buffet lunch and sodas and all snorkel equipment. Lani Kai departs Maui's Maalaea Harbor slip #78 at 7:00 am.

Marriott Luau: We checked out every Luau in the Kaanapali area and picked this one because it has the most fun and interactive and very entertaining. The hula girls (and guys) are beautiful! Come join us for a memorable evening! Afterward, we'll walk along the boardwalk and check out some of the other nightlife. It's a great evening! Full buffet dinner and open bar. Check-in: 4:45 p.m.

Hike or ?: When we get together at our orientation we'll take a vote on what you'd like to do today. We can throw a beach party, but some of our groups vote for another option including us leading a hike, beach snorkel or a historic tour of Lahaina. Whatever the group votes for, we'll lead! This is our treat!

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