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If you've spent any time at all on the Hawaiian Islands, the green, pink and blue-striped vans of Polynesian Adventure Tours are probably a familiar sight. These island tours are conducted throughout the state of Hawai'i and offer a wide variety of sightseeing opportunities. Tours conducted on Maui include the Haleakala and Central Maui tour, the Haleakala Sunrise tour, the Haleakala Sunset tour and the ever-popular Hana tour. Check out the website for more information.
A serene getaway by Kahului Bay, Kanahâ Beach Park is a great to seek a peaceful break from your daily routine. This stretch of parkland and beach is a favored location for windsurfing for its sturdy offshore breeze. The beach is also a great spot for a game of volleyball or a quick refreshing swim, while the tall trees flanking it provide cool, well-shaded picnic spots.
Wailea, in South Maui, is one of the most breathtaking resort communities in the world. The air is perfumed with island blossoms, the beaches (all of them public-access) are white sand, and the resorts are architectural wonders. Marvel at the palatial Eastern-themed Fairmont Kea Lani Resort or the understated elegance at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Shopping in this area is decidedly upscale. The best place to go is The Shops at Wailea, which offer high-end stores such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Tiffany & Co, to name a few.
This is an excellent beach for families. The two beaches used to be separated but have since joined together with the removal of the natural barriers. It is located just a mile down from South Kihei Road. Mornings here offer ideal snorkeling conditions, while afternoons are good for sunning and evenings feature gorgeous Maui sunsets. The beach itself is fairly small and tends to be crowded. However, it offers excellent facilities and easy access to a midday snack. As with many Maui beaches, be careful what you leave locked in your car; break-ins are common after dark.
The Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary is an entrancing expanse of wetlands spread across 143 acres (58 hectares) in Kahului. A royal fishing pond in the 1700s, this sanctuary is today a haven for waterfowl including the endangered Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian duck and Hawaiian stilt. Needless to say, this wetland is a paradise for birding enthusiasts, sheltering a melange of winged fauna like geese, tattlers, pheasants, herons, kingfisher, sandpipers and more. Slicing through the massive wetland is a walkway adorned with a pavilion, only further accentuating the sanctuary's scenic landscape.
Wailea Beach in South Maui is located close to numerous high end resorts and hotels. Amazing views can be enjoyed from every part of this beach and the beautiful water is inviting and tempting. On a summer day, the water is filled with swimmers and surfers, and crabs can often be spotted along the seashore. Absence of rocks, makes it safe even for children to take a dip and the winds are never too strong.