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Video:Ensure your Maui, Hawaii Trip is Your Best Vacation Ever

with John Fischer

Tour Maui's best beach and ocean activities and ensure that your trip to Hawaii is your best vacation ever.See Transcript

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Transcript:Ensure your Maui, Hawaii Trip is Your Best Vacation Ever

Hi, I'm John Fischer, your Guide to Hawaii for Visitors on About.com.

Why Go to Maui?

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler continually vote Maui Best Island in the World. Is it any wonder that locals like to say, "Maui no ka oi" or Maui is the best?

Maui's Beaches

Maui is a beach and ocean lover's paradise. It has 81 accessible beaches and more miles of swimmable beach than any other Hawaiian island.

On Maui you'll find beaches with sands of white, gold, green, black or red - all due to ancient volcanic activity.

Maui has big beaches and small secluded beaches which you can have all to yourself on many days.

Maui's North Shore

Located on the North Shore of Central Maui, Ho'okipa Beach Park is one of the top spots for ocean sports and recreation on Maui. Some consider it the best place in the world for windsurfing. The waves which often reach 10-15 feet in winter months. Ho'okipa has also been a favorite spot for surfers since the 1930's.

Frequently selected as one of the world's best beaches and perhaps Maui's most famous beach is Ka'anapali Beach. Here the waves are usually family friendly and you'll see people of all ages enjoying the surf.

Parasailing in Maui

Available from May to December when the humpback whales are away from Hawaii, parasailing is a popular activity for folks of all ages, either alone or in tandem with a partner. For the about 10 minutes you can sail 800 feet above the water, The views are fantastic.

Maui Underwater

If you prefer to spend your time under the water, Ka'anapali has one of the best snorkel locations on Maui. Just off of Black Rock near the Sheraton Maui Resort you'll find thousands of colorful fish and perhaps even a green sea turtle.

Other Maui Beach Activities

There's no better beach in Hawaii to walk than Ka'anapali which offers several miles of warm, soft golden sand and bright sunshine most days of the year.

Beach volleyball is a popular activity for large groups, but if you're alone, don't be shy, just ask if you can join in the fun.

Maui Boating

One of the best ways to enjoy the waters of Maui is from the deck of one of the many sail boats or catamarans that sail in the waters off of West Maui. You'll see what attracted the ancient Polynesians to these beautiful islands. In winter you may even see a humback whale.

A popular attraction which allows you to explore the undersea world of Maui, is an Atlantis Submarine Tour which departs from Lahaina throughout the day. You'll take a tender out to a dive site where you'll board their 48 passenger submarine for a 45 minute trip 100 feet below the surface. You'll see what only scuba divers normally get to see and you'll stay dry while doing it.

Maui at Nighttime- Luaus

As the sun sets on Maui, there's no need to leave the shore. Several excellent luaus are available throughout the island. For a more intimate experience, the Feast at Lele in Lahaina offers a celebration of Polynesian cuisine from Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa accompanied by some of the best entertainment on the island.

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