Things to Do on Maui Eco Tours

Things to Do on Maui Eco Tours
Eco tours in Maui abound for the nature lover and adventurer. Several companies provide tours with professional naturalists. The ecosystem in Maui is fragile, so be careful not to disturb it. While you're there, consider renting an eco-friendly car powered by biodiesel fuel, made from renewable sources such as vegetable oil.

Sailing Canoes

Book an outrigger sailing canoe trip to learn about Hawaiian history and culture; get free digital photos in the process. You can help the professional crew paddle, watch the dolphins and whales in season, and snorkel with turtles. All gear is provided, along with water and juice. Six passengers go on each outrigger; children ages 5 to 12 may join the fun. You'll need a hat, towels, swimsuit, sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring your waterproof camera.

Fairmont Kea Lani Resort
4100 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Hawaii 96753
(808) 281-9301

Healing Beaches Eco Tour

Get away from all the stress in your life by going on the Healing Beaches Eco Tour, offered by Yellow Bear Journeys. You'll spend five days walking on the beach to get in touch with your inner self, watching whales, snorkeling, visiting waterfalls and botanical gardens, going to the top of Waimea Canyon, exploring a rainforest and more. Lodging, breakfast and lunch are included, along with transportation on a tour bus and boat rides. You should bring towels, swimsuits, unscented toiletries, snacks, a water bottle and your camera. The tours take four to 20 people. The company offers the option to purchase carbon offsets, which go to one of three different eco-friendly organizations.

Yellow Bear Journeys
Haiku, Hawaii 96708
(360) 918-8121

Hike a Crater

Hiking eco tours are a good way to become intimately acquainted with the beautiful island of Maui; some combine kayaking with the hike. Go to the Haleakala crater by van or helicopter, where you can take a strenuous hike into the crater. The plant and animal life includes the rare Nene goose, which is the state bird of Hawaii. This tour includes a continental breakfast and picnic lunch. Four to 12 people can go at a time, and children may go as well. The tour leaves every day at 8 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Sunglasses are required; you'll need sunscreen and good hiking or walking shoes that have a good tread.

Maui Eco Adventures
180 Dickenson St., Suite 102
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
Local phone: (808) 661-7720 Toll-free phone: (877) 661-7720

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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