Maui is one of the most popular Hawaiian islands for travelers and tourists. When you are planning a family reunion and are looking for something a little more exciting and relaxing than a potluck at the local park, family reunions on Maui can prove to be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
There is plenty to see and do while on the island. Of all the islands, Maui, in particular, is home to small town charm and has been rated as the “best island” in the World by Conde Nast Traveler for the 15th time.
Maui is known as a tourist destination. It is home to Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano. Sunrise on the rim of this volcano is a sight to behold for anyone traveling to the island of Maui. When you venture to the 9,400 foot rim of the volcano, you will enjoy being in one of the most beautiful settings that you’ve ever seen. Once the sunrise is over, you can take a hike, horseback tour or even a bicycle ride down into the crater of the volcano, making a great day of the entire experience.
Whale watching is another popular tourist attraction on Maui, and tours leave daily from Lahaina, which is one of the most charming and popular cities on the island. You can also see and learn more about the whales of Hawaii by exploring Whaler’s Village, where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants, and a good time.
Maui also has the Maui Ocean Center, which is also known as the Hawaiian Aquarium. There is also a snorkeling and diving experience at Molokini, which is a volcano crater that barely peeks out of the ocean and plunges hundreds of feet under the water, creating a paradise of sorts for divers and snorkelers.
Nature lovers will delight in a hiking tour of Maui’s rainforests and secluded waterfalls, going where no car or truck could venture. An experienced guide can teach you about various plants and animals of the region as well as local culture and history, and you can choose between half or full day hikes.
The wine enthusiasts in your family might enjoy the Tedeschi Winery in Maui’s “upcountry,” 2000 feet above sea level. Having a picnic on the beautiful winery grounds is a popular activity, and of course, they offer many samples of their wine, including a uniquely delicious pineapple wine.
If you choose to go island hopping, you can usually plan 1-2 days to travel to and from each island, which can be done by charter boat or by small aircraft, depending on which you prefer.
There are a variety of lodgings to choose from on Maui, including luxurious beachfront mega-resorts, smaller inns or bed and breakfasts, or private vacation rental homes. Whether you want your family reunions on Maui to have a luxurious feel or a more private experience with condos and rental homes, you can choose from many great accommodations. Affordable Hawaii vacations are possible, so long as you take the time to see what’s out there.