Through the years, our clients at Advantage Vacation have shared their vacation experiences and told us about their favorite activities while enjoying their Maui timeshares – some of which we have listed below.  We’d like to invite you to share your suggestions and comments on what to do, what to see and what not to miss when visiting this magical island of Maui.  We’d really enjoy seeing what you’d suggest adding to this list and encourage you to leave us a comment after you have read the blog!

While this is not a complete list of all the exciting, educational and fun things to do on Maui by a long shot – if this is your first time visiting (or even say your second or third) this can get you started on exploring this glorious island we call home.

Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

1 – A trip to Maui would not be complete without visiting Haleakala Volcano, the crater at the top of Maui.  You’ll never see anything like this anywhere else in the world.  There are a number of options of how to visit the crater which include a van tour, driving it yourself, you can hike down the crater (easy going down, very difficult coming back up), go in by horseback or for the really adventurous – take a biking tour down the mountain!

2 – All the beaches in Hawaii are public beaches and you’ll find each is different and uniquely beautiful. On the west side you’ll discover one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world – Ka’anapali Beach at Mile Marker 14.  On the south side be sure to visit Kamaole Beach Parks III.  The three Kamaole beaches are numbered from north to south.  They are all in the south half of Kihei, south of the Azeka shopping centers and Kalama Park, but north of Wailea. Big Beach at Makena State Park is Maui’s largest, widest, and longest undeveloped beach located just past Kihei and Wailea.

3 – Maui Ocean Center is a large and modern aquarium located in the south end of the central valley of Maui in Maalaea which features a wide variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits.  Among the many fun things to see are the outdoor touch pools, sharks, rays, green sea turtles, the largest live coral display in the U.S., and thousands of fish.  Perhaps most spectacular is the walk through the acrylic tunnel, where you are surrounded by a 750,000 gallon “open ocean exhibit.” Plan on at least three hours to tour the facility and then enjoy lunch at the onsite Seascape Restaurant.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

4 – Book a cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation.  You can do a whale watch cruise where, at this time of year and going through May you are assured of seeing whales or dolphins.  The Molokini and Lana’i snorkel cruise is an all day event out on the water with two snorkel sites at two different islands. Or just sit back and relax and enjoy a sunset cruise or go stargazing at night at sea.

5 – Visit Iao Valley State Park located in the center of the West Maui Mountains near Wailuku.  Here you can see the natural beauty of Maui up close. There are walking trails and stairs up one of the central hills, and down to the stream at the valley floor.  From the top of the path, you can see all the way to the airport on the other side of Kahului.  The highlight of the park is the 2250-foot-tall Iao Needle, a rock formation that is really the vertical edge of an eroded ridge.

6  – Surfing Goat Dairy is a working dairy farm in the Upcountry section of Maui in Kula.  This is a fun place for both kids and adults.  You can pet the goats, feed the goats, see how they milk the goats, and on some days and times you can even milk a goat yourself.  You can see some parts of the farm on your own, or take an informational tour to see it all.  They offer free tastings of a variety of their goat cheeses.  And of course you can buy their goat cheese spreads, gift baskets, goats milk soaps, logo hats, and even gourmet coat cheese truffles.

7 – The Road to Hana which is also known as “Maui’s most famous drive”!  Whether you decide to drive it on your own or take a tour, you will see the gorgeous scenery of the rainforest, including many beautiful waterfalls of various shapes and sizes along the mountainsides. It’s an all day trip, so if you are driving yourself, plan on leaving early and pack a picnic lunch.  FYI – the Hana Road has 617 curves and 56 one lane bridges and you have to come back the same way you drove in.  If you are driving, be sure to take either an audio guide or guide book with you so you will know where to stop and what to see along the way – or you are sure to miss most of the best sights!

8 – Makawao Town is located on the slope of Haleakala and is almost as popular as Lahaina!  Paniolo is the Hawaiian word for cowboy, so you may also hear this called a paniolo town.  This is Maui’s cowboy town, so as you would expect, there are a couple shops with cowboy gear.  Makawao is loaded with small local shops and boutiques selling mostly clothes and art, plus some souvenirs.  The most famous shop in town is Hot Island Glass, where you can watch glass blowing most days, and buy beautiful glass art.

Breathtaking Drive

Jacaranda tree in bloom

9 – A visit to Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch is a must!  The scenic drive up the slopes of dormant Haleakala Volcano to Ulupalakua is all part of the experience of this historic area. Visitors are invited to take a walking tour of the beautiful grounds and learn about the winemaking process and how some of the original lava-rock buildings are now being used as winemaking facilities. In the springtime, stunning jacaranda trees add purple blossoms to the postcard setting.

10 – Feeling adventurous and want something different in the air, on the sea or under the sea?  Try hang gliding, zip lining, kayaking, scuba diving or a helicopter tour over the island of Maui or Molokai.  Maui has it all – and it is all here for you to see, touch and enjoy!

If you are planning a vacation to Maui and are interested in how you could make this an annual event – contact the licensed real estate professionals at Advantage Vacation. We are located on the island of Maui and are specialists in Hawaii timeshare resales of Hilton timeshares on several of the Hawaiian islands.  We also specialize in Westin timeshares and Marriott timeshare resales.

Purchasing a Maui timeshare resale at either the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas or Marriott Maui Ocean Club could be one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself and your family.  Imagine a lifetime of vacations and memories made on the tropical island of Maui!  Let us show you just how easy and affordable purchasing a Maui timeshare can be!

Advantage Vacation is a member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and offers the best buys on the timeshare re sales market today. We never charge an upfront fee for clients who want to sell a timeshare and only receive a commission, paid from escrow, when the transaction is closed.

We are leaders in the timeshare resale secondary market, have been in the timeshare industry for over 30 years and are Accredited Members of the BBB with an A+ Rating.

Advantage Vacation is using Twitter and Facebook to help educate people on the changes in the timeshare industry along with current timeshare tips, up to date timeshare news and timeshare FAQ’s.

We hope you will follow us and our blog, Timeshare Blogging by Advantage Vacation for the latest news and reviews. If our site does not answer your question or questions, please email us your question and we will answer it and add it to our library. Make your voice heard – what questions do you have?

At Advantage Vacation you can be assured you are working with professionals who believe that honesty and integrity are the most important aspects of the business they are in – timeshare resales. Our business has been built on relationships and we pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients.

Would you like more information about Advantage Vacation?