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Whether you're a first-time visitor or a regular, it's hard not to notice the fields of sugarcane gesturing in the salty breeze, and the remote roads – devoid of cars, exhaust, and people – leading deep into Maui's mysterious and untrammeled interior. It's also hard not to notice the residents who still wear smiles on their faces, as if to say, "Here, there is time enough for everything in life to figure itself out." Maui, in its purest, unadulterated form, can still be found, perhaps explaining why locals frequently refer to the mana of the 'aina, the mysterious spiritual force of the land. You can find it, too; you just have to know where to go.

Day Trips from Maui

Ekahi Tours

Leave the driving to the tour guide while you kick back and take in the scenery. Ekahi offers fully escorted tours to explore the Road to Hana, Haleakala, and Upcountry. Pick-up at hotels.

60 Kanoa St., HI, 888-292-2422 or 808-877-9775,
Tags: outdoors | tour | day trip | road trips

Explore via kayak

Head out to sea on a kayak and discover the beauty of the Makena coastline with its resident turtles, eels, octopus, reef sharks, tropical fish, and dolphins.

Maui Eco Tours, Makena Landing, HI, 866-891-2223,
Tags: kayaking | outdoors | tour | day trip | wildlife


Take the ferry to neighboring Molokai (12 miles away) where you can explore on your own with a ferry-car package. Or choose a guided tour around the island or a hiking excursion to Kalaupapa, the former leper colony.

Molokai Ferry, Lahaina Harbor, HI, 866-307-6524,
Tags: cruise | hiking | tour | day trip | road trips

Sail to Lanai

Snorkel or swim at idyllic Hulopo‘e Bay Marine Sanctuary, take a guided tour of Lanai city, and enjoy a barbecue dinner and sunset sail back to Maui (10 miles from Lanai).

Trilogy Excursions, Lahaina Harbor, HI, 808-661-4743,
Tags: cruise | snorkeling | tour | day trip

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