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Maui Travel Tips

Traveling to Maui is always fun, but sometimes the details can get in the way of fun on your Maui vacation. Here are some Maui travel tips that we have found helpful to get the most out of a Maui Vacation.

What to pack for travel to Maui?

With the exception of upcountry and Haleakala, Maui's temperature stays pretty warm. For most people spending a week on Maui you do not need to bring an enormous amount of clothes. A few shorts, a pair of jeans, some comfortable short-sleeve shirts, a couple of bathing suits and of course fresh underwear may be all you need. Most of the hotels and condos have washing facilities for your clothes, so if you run through what you brought, you can always wash them. If you are planning to head to Haleakala for sunrise, you should bring a light jacket or sweatshirt and a long sleeved shirt. It can get pretty cold up there, but layering is important since it does still get hot in the daytime. Some activities, such as horseback riding, biking the volcano or ATV tours require long pants and closed toed shoes so be sure to pack those if you intend to try any of these.

Island attire is generally casual. It is not unusual to see people dining out in shorts and t-shirts, but if you prefer to dress up a little, that is not uncommon either. A few of the more upscale restaurants do require that you not wear swimsuits, but that is generally the limit of dress restrictions. To many who live here, "dressing up" is a a nice aloha dress or a nice pair of khakis with a nice aloha shirt. Chances are, you would feel out of place in any sort of jacket or cocktail dress in all but a few of the fancier restaurants.

Remember, it is your vacation to Maui so dress however you are most comfortable. These are just a few Maui travel tips to help you make decisions of your own.

Do I need to rent a car?

The new bus system has made traveling in Maui without a car much easier. That said, I still believe that renting a car is important to making the most of your Maui vacation. Having your own car allows you to be on your own schedule, so that you can travel when and where you like. If you intend to just spend your time at one of the resorts, then you may not need a car. There are also guided tours that can take you to Hana, Haleakala and Iao Valley available as well. There are still many places such as Makena Beach, Ahihi Kinau and La Perouse that you can not get to without a car. If you have small children, the car rental companies do offer child seats for a fee. You may find that your child is more comfortable in a familiar car seat though.

Do I need to book my activities before arriving in Maui?

There are several advantages to booking your activities in advance of your travel to Maui. Some of the activities you might be interested in tend to book full up to two months in advance. This is rare that they book up that far in advance, but the Old Lahaina Luau is regularly full at least two weeks in advance. Another important reason for booking in advance, is that it gives you an opportunity to build an itinerary. This way you can plan a stay at the beach day, or a go to Hana day as well as figuring out what activities you want to do and how they will impact your schedule. Most activities will allow you to cancel at a nominal fee or free up to 48 hours before the date of the actual activity and almost all companies will allow you to reschedule dates up until 48 hours before the activity free of charge. Most importantly, any time you save doing your work from home means more time for you to enjoy on Maui. If you are looking for a place to book all of your Maui activities try one of our sites such as Maui Vacation Network or Hawaii Discount Activities if you plan on visiting other islands.

What do I need to take to the beach?

Everybody needs something a little different at the beach, but here is a list of necessities and suggestions. These are the things you might want to take.

1. Sunscreen - Maui is very close to the sun, and for some people 15 minutes without sunscreen is enough to burn. Apply liberally, do not forget the back of your neck, the back of your knees and the top of your feet! Go ahead and use a thirty or above spf, you will get plenty of sun while you are vacationing on Maui.

2. Towels - After a dip in the ocean or showering off it is always nice to be able to dry off. If you like to lay on the beach a larger "beach" type towel may be good too.

3. Beach Chair - Bringing a reclining beach chair can make your stay on the beach much more comfortable. You can rent beach chairs from Boss Frog's if you don't want to purchase them.

4. Snorkel Gear - Most of the beaches you may visit will have good snorkeling available, so be sure to bring along your snorkel gear. Take a look at our Maui snorkeling tips page to answer any questions about snorkeling. Quality snorkel gear fitted to your face can be rented at any Boss Frog location.

5. Cooler - Bringing a cooler to the beach can make it much easier to enjoy a day at the beach. Pack plenty of water to keep you hydrated and snack foods or a lunch so you can make a whole day of hanging on the beach.

6. Beach Toys - Beach toys can be whatever you or your little ones enjoy. Anything from a Frisbee or football to some pails and shovels for making sandcastles. It doesn't sound like much, but it can go a long way in making a day at the beach more enjoyable for everyone.

7. A Book - For some folks, the perfect way to relax at the beach is with a good book. Enjoy a vacation on vacation while soaking up some rays.

8. Boogie Board - A boogie board can make playing in the waves even more fun.

How do I prepare for the Road to Hana?

Making the journey to Hana can be one of the best travel experiences in the world. If you plan accordingly, and follow some simple Road to Hana Tips, you'll have a wonderful time. Keep in mind that Hana Highway is also known as the divorce highway. Follow the steps, and turn a possibly stressful drive into the trip of a lifetime.

1. Don't Drive Yourself - You can leave the driving to a professional and enjoy the ride with your family by taking a Road to Hana Tour in a coach or van. This is the best way to see Hana because you won't miss anything and can relax.

2. Get the Road to Hana CD - If you decide to drive, get the Road to Hana CD which will guide you to the best spots as well as give you some cultural and historical information. These CD's are inexpensive and can be purchased HERE.

3. Follow the Road to Hana Tips - See Maui Vacation Network's Key Tips. For more detailed tips, go to the Maui Information Guide.

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