View from “Road to Hana”I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I was thinking about what else I could write about this week and my thoughts turned to the great holidays I’ve had in Maui (my Dad lives in California and it is kind of a family tradition to go there every 4 years). Now I don’t want to shamelessly plug car hire but if you are planning a trip to Maui I would strongly recommend renting a car. Sure you can stick to the south coast resorts where there is plenty to do: chill out in Lahaina, dive into the beautiful, life-rich Pacific ocean, enjoy the luau and catch some waves with the surf board. But limiting your itinerary to just this will deprive you of some of the beautiful sights this Hawaiian island has to offer.

There are a couple of drives that I would highly recommend. Firstly, you can drive to the top of the island’s volcano Haleakala, a dormant volcano that sits over 10,000 feet above sea level. For the most rewarding views, time your visit to the top of the volcano so you can catch the sunrise. It’s breathtaking. My trips to Maui have been in about August time and, at this time of year, the sun rises at about 4.30 am. It was a tiring day but well worth it!

Secondly, is a drive known as the “Road to Hana”. It is not necessarily a long road but, with all the twist and turns and numerous stops you’ll going to want to make, it takes about 3 hours to make your way around. But boy is it worth it. This trip is on the north side of the island and is like a different world to the busier south side. Along the drive you’re going to want to stop on numerous occasions to take in the rainforest, stunning waterfalls and gorgeous black sand beaches that line the blue Pacific ocean. You’ll also want to stop at the small charming town of Hana but don’t let that be the end of your trip. I’d recommend making the extra 45 minute drive to the Seven Sacred Pools at the Halekala National Park and spend a couple of hours here diving into the pools (bring your swimming wear!), splash under the waterfalls and hide in the caves; all encased within the black rock of north Maui.

There is an Avis rental office conveniently located at Kahului airport. So if you are looking for some holiday inspiration in the new year then I’d recommend trying Maui.

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