How to Travel to Maui

How to Travel to Maui
From a 10,000-foot-high volcano that stands sentry at sunrise to tropical rainforests, majestic waterfalls and unforgettable beaches, The Valley Isle seduces all who visit its magic shores. Although much of Maui is a major tourist destination, there are plenty of hidden gems to satisfy the most ardent of outdoor adventurers. Whether hiking to the summit of Haleakala or exploring the isolated coast of Molokai'i, visitors to Maui County will behold scenic splendor at every turn.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Travel to Maui

Things You’ll Need:
  • Warm clothes Camping permit 4-wheel-drive vehicle
  • Warm clothes
  • Camping permit
  • 4-wheel-drive vehicle
Step 1
Decide whether you want to take a direct flight to Maui from your mainland point of departure or be routed through the neighboring island of Oahu. Although direct flights to Maui are more expensive on average, you will save yourself the stop-over at Honolulu International Airport, where you must take the Wiki Wiki shuttle from the Mainland Terminal to the Interisland Terminal to catch your connecting flight to Kahului, Maui.
Step 2
Pack warm- and cold-weather gear. This is especially important if you plan to hike, bike or visit Haleakala National Park, where the summit rises 10,000 feet above sea level. Even the park headquarters are located at a chilly 7,000-foot elevation, while wilderness campsites and cabins are also at high elevations. At the park headquarters, you can find information about the more than 30 miles of hiking trails at Haleakala National Park. The park also offers a variety of hikes suited for beginners, families and children.
Step 3
Consider renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. It will allow you to visit places like Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area, where a variety of short hiking trails lead through remote wilderness areas and provide some of the best views on Maui. Other destinations located off the beaten path include the fishing village of Kahakuloa in West Maui and La Perouse Bay, south of Makena.
Step 4
Make reservations if you plan to camp. Maui has eight state parks managed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and destinations like Polipoli Spring and Wainapanapa offer cabins, but they book up fast. Camping permits are available from the Maui Division of State Parks; for information, call (808) 984-8109. If you want to book a cabin at Haleakala National Park, you need a bit of luck to win the lottery for any of the 3 wilderness cabins. For information, contact (808) 572-4400.
Step 5
Take a day trip to a neighbor island in Maui County. The county also encompasses the islands of Lanai and Molokai'i, easily accessible by passenger ferry from Lahaina, Maui. To date, however, there is no high-speed interisland ferry for transporting cars and passengers in the state of Hawaii. In December 2007, Hawaii Superferry began providing twice-daily passenger and vehicle transportation between Oahu and Maui, but the company ceased operations in March 2009.

Tips & Warnings

Bring a rain poncho for the inevitable downpour at higher elevations.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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