Traveling to Maui

It said that Maui started five million years ago. The first people to migrate to Maui were the Marquesas. It seems that they sailed into Maui in 750 A.D. from the pacific in their flagged doubled-hulled sailing canoes.

Maui, also known as the Valley Isle, is the 2nd largest island in the Hawaiian chain. It is known for long stretches of beautiful beaches. Maui is approximately 728 square miles in total. Maui County includes the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Molokai.

There are plenty of must sees in Maui. Here are a few. If you are looking for a history rush, you have to visit the Bailey House Museum. Located in historic Wailuku Maui, this museum was originally a home built for Edward and Caroline Bailey in 1833. This house was built on the royal compound of the last king/ ruling chief of Maui, King Kahekili. In this museum you will find hundreds of Hawaiian artifacts including 19th Century paintings of Maui! There is also a gift shop in the museum where you can purchase books on Hawaiian heritage, Hawaiian music, small treasures, and gifts which were all made in Hawaii.

Are you into Whale watching? The Humpback Whale comes to this beautiful island to breed in the winter and later return to Alaska. What a site to see!
If you’re traveling during the springtime, you may experience a sign of an old Hawaiian legend. Check out the Waianapanapa Caves. Wai’anapanapa translates to “glistening waters” in the Hawaiian language. It is said that the waters ran red when King Ka’akea brutally murdered his wife, Popu’alaea, in this cave where she was hiding from him. Legend has it that year during spring, millions of red shrimp appear in the fresh water of this cave. The people in Maui believe that the glistening waters of Wai’anapanapa turn red (meaning the red shrimp appear) as testimony to the tragic event.

Do you snorkel or scuba dive? You must visit the Ahihi Kinau Bay and Nature Preserve, which encompasses all the shoreline from Ahihi Bay to La Perouse Bay. This preserve is a private, secluded, scuba and snorkel paradise and is said to have some of the clearest waters in Maui. You should be trained or have a professional come along with you because there are no lifeguards or land facilities. Make sure you wear your shoes because there is no sand, but there is gravel access and a rocky shoreline. The rugged landscape and underwater formations were formed in 1790 during the last lava flow from Mount Haleakala. This place is excellent for snorkeling. The water is very clear and the diving waves are said to be calm. There will be a number of memorable underwater views, which include a mixture of coral and lava.

As you can see, there are a lot of fun things to learn, see, and do in Maui. So pack your bags and get ready for the best time of you life!

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