Maui is an ideal Hawaiian island vacation spot for those who enjoy staying at ritzy resorts as well as those who would prefer to sleep beneath the stars. If you think that a Hawaiian vacation is best experienced by climbing volcanoes rather than lounging around a pool and learning to hula, you can fulfill your dreams on Maui.
Windsurfing at Hookipa Beach
If you already have experience in the thrilling sport of windsurfing, then you probably already know about Hookipa Beach. This Maui beach is one of the greatest locations on the planet to go windsurfing. As home to the Aloha Classic annual windsurfing competition, you might expect to see some truly spectacular leaps. In fact, what you can do here when windsurfing is almost more accurately termed as flying, especially when the most experienced windsurfers attach their rig to a kite to increase the time spent in the air and decrease the time spent on the water.
This amazing underwater site can boast of being one of the most popular sites for diving and snorkeling off the coast of Maui for several reasons. You can actually see the top of the crater poking its way through the surface of the water. The real action takes place beneath the waves, however. More than 250 species of fish gather here. You can see some species at Molokini Crater that you aren't going to see anywhere else. Deeper diving is an excellent way to spend the day around the crater, but you can tap the shallow depths by snorkeling just off the edge of the crater as well.
There is simply no better way to view the spectacular beauty of Maui than by soaring high over this lush tropical paradise. The highlight of your flight will probably be the potentially once-in-a-lifetime view of Haleakala Crater. This volcanic crater is one of the most instantly recognizable national landmarks in all of Hawaii. You will be presented with several options for gliding and may choose to enhance the experience with some actual motorized power. The motorized micro-light aircraft allows you to float overhead even during inclement weather and to gain a bit more control over where you fly. This is truly one of the best ways possible to enjoy Maui.
Hang Gliding Maui
32 Kuukama St.
Kahului HI 96732
Article Written By Timothy Sexton
Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.