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USA, Hawaiian Islands – In the Middle of the Pacific VIII

Published: 26.2.2016
In our last trip to the Hawaiian Islands we visit the second largest island – Maui. It is named after the son of the mythical navigator who discovered the islands.

The island has become very popular among tourist and its population has grown rapidly. Especially retired persons came here from the mainland United States. Tourism and agriculture are the backbone of the island’s economy. It produces products like coffee, macadamia nuts, papaya, sugar cane, or pine aples.

Being prospective visitors to Maui you are certainly interested what you can do on the island. Of course, you can enjoy many activities in water. You can do snorkeling at some of its thirty beaches. Or maybe you are interested in kite surfing. Then Kanaha Beach is the place to be. It is located in the island’s north. Even if you are very new to the sport you can still hire an instructor who would learn you everything. If you don’t feel like doing this action-packed activity you can still just sit on the beach and watch experienced kites surfers doing all kinds of stunts.

Maui

Maui’s most beautiful beach is Ho'okipa Beach Park, and if not the most beautiful than at least one of them. There are many rocks but it is the best place to surf. Once you are done with having fun in the water you can refresh yourselves with some fresh coconuts and then return to the beach to watch turtles or surfers.

If you prefer to idle on a sandy beach then go to Slaughterhouse Beach. Until the 1960s a slaughterhouse operated up on the cliff. Even the structure is now gone the name stuck to it.

 Haleakala national park

However, Maui is not just lying on the beach and being lazy. To better known the nature of the island we recommend you narrow Hana Highway. It is 103 kilometers long. Along it you can see many waterfalls, interesting flora, banana trees, guavas and beautiful vistas of the landscape. Its popularity means that it is crowded. When you need to share the road with a huge bus full of tourists going from the other way it can create some unpleasant situations. On the other hand, if you are present on such bus, you might even enjoy Hana Highway better since you don’t have to worry about driving.

Hana Highway Hana Highway

We find it important to mention the Haleakala National Park wchi is another popular destination yearly visited by 1.5 million people. Probably the most famous spot there is the crater of Haleakala volcano (3 055 m) which has 11 kilometers across.

the crater of the volcano

GPS: (Hana Highway) 20°51'16.9"N 156°10'10.3"W

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photo: Wikipedia.org: Michael Oswald, Public Domain, Travisthurston, Vikg, Brian W. Schaller, Public Domain (2), Gerdbru



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