Maui Sunset Sail as part of your Maui Romance Vacation
Board a custom-crafted luxury catamaran, chasing the sun as it sinks into the horizon. Along the way, couples enjoy champagne and appetizers served from the teak bar,
Maui is known for its luau, often held in spectacular waterfront settings where coconut palms frame vivid sunsets. Typically, these evening events provide a delicious buffet of tempting local dishes and a relaxing evening of island music and dance performances under the stars.
Couples spa treatment
Spa treatments designed especially for couples are among the signature offerings at many of the award-winning resort spas on Maui and Lanai.
Sunrise on Haleakala
A pre-dawn drive up to the top of Haleakala brings the unforgettable chance to watch a glorious sunrise spread across Maui. A leisurely drive down its slopes through the lush upcountry farm and ranchlands is enjoyable as well.
Named the top hotel world for stargazing by CNN Travel, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers a rooftop, couples-only activity called Romance Tour of the Stars. Through the aid of a giant telescope and an astronomer, couples learn to interpret the night skies while enjoy champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. To view stars from the ocean, try one of the stargazing cruises offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, which are accompanied by an astronomer and include appetizers and cocktails served on board.
For many centuries Maui was two separate kingdoms that vied with each other for supremacy. In 1790, King Kamehameha I invaded the island and defeated his Maui rivals at an historic battle in Iao Valley, a beautiful site that is now a state park.
There is plenty to discover and share on the wide slopes of Haleakala. Clients can stop in and visit the rich assortment of farms and flower fields around Kula, touring and sampling goat cheese at Surfing Goat Dairy Farm or walking among the fragrant fields of the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. This region is also where visitors can taste award-winning vodkas at Ocean Organic Vodka or sample the pineapple wine at Maui’s Winery, also known as Tedeschi Vineyards. They will also want to linger awhile in Makawao to explore the art galleries and boutiques of this quaint town whose paniolo (cowboy) heritage is celebrated every 4th of July with the Makawao Parade and Rodeo.
The serpentine Hana Highway, one of the most spectacular – and slowest – drives in the world, starts in Kahului and snakes along 54 miles of east Maui coastline past lush vegetation and countless waterfalls. This spectacular drive can take from three to four hours depending on the number of stops along the way. You can find a tour to book for your clients, hire a private driver or just make sure they have a great rental car to truly enjoy this experience.
Helicopter tours are a popular activity on Maui, a way for clients to get a birds-eye view of inaccessible valleys, steep gorges, remote waterfalls and neighboring islands. Visitors can also soar above rain forests and mountainous landscapes in a powered hang glider; or sail 800 feet above the ocean in a parasail: You should book air activities for your clients well in advance, as they sell out.
Take an eco-adventure Kayak/Hike and see a Secret Waterfall! This is an easy going Hawaiian Style kayak paddle on a Class Zero river combined with a moderate hike through a rain forest, wading through streams, traversing muddy trails; a definite rock solid adventure.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR MAUI ROMANCE VACATIONS
How to get to the island for your Maui Romance Vacations
Kahului Airport (OGG) is the Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui.
You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight.
There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby island of Lanai.
Airport Travel Tips
Check-in baggage is limited to two per person.
Carry-on baggage is limited to one piece, along with one personal item such as notebook computer bags, purses, briefcases, cameras, etc.
Be careful not to have overweight baggage; U.S. weight restrictions when flying domestically are 50 pounds, 70 pounds when flying internationally. The flight from the continental U.S. to Hawaii is a domestic flight.
Hang identification tag on your baggage and affix an identifying label on your laptop.
When departing from Hawaii, all baggage must first pass through Agriculture Quarantine before proceeding to the airline counter for check-in. It is best not to bring fruit or other plants, unless you show proof that you are allowed to export them. Without proof, fruits, vegetables and plants will not clear Customs and will be confiscated.
Once you check-in for your flight, you must go through a security scan. You must have your boarding pass and identification or passport ready.
Follow the recommended airport arrival and boarding time given by your airline or travel agency. It’s always best to arrive at the airport early.
Staying on Maui
There are a wide range of accommodations on Maui, including high-end resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and rentals. You’ll find resorts and hotels in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei, Makena and Wailea, as well as one resort in Hana in East Maui.
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Maui. The average temperature here is between 75–85 F. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side and wetter on the eastern (windward) side.
Traveling on Maui
You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transportation. But to really experience all that Maui offers you should consider reserving a rental car in advance from the Kahului or Kapalua Airport.
Hawaii’s currency is the U.S. dollar. You can exchange currency at Kahului Airport (OGG), at the other major neighbor island airports, and at resort destinations. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.
What to Pack
It’s warm in Hawaii, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings.
Bring warmer clothes if you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park. Suits and ties are very rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Hawaii’s nightlife. You can buy an aloha shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.
U.S. standards on tipping apply:
Restaurants: 15-20%. Check to see if “gratuity” is included for large parties
Bar: $.50-$1 US per drink
Housekeeping: $1 US per bed, per night
Luggage porters: $1 US per bag
Doorman: $1 US for calling a taxi
Room Service: 10-15% of the total bill
Taxi: 15% of fare
The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian, although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken. Major resort areas often have customer service representatives who speak Japanese.
Internet and Electricity
Internet access is readily available in Hawaii. Electricity in the U.S. is 120 volts (120 v) at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. If your device does not accept this voltage, you may need to purchase a voltage converter.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces strict rules regarding the exportation of uninspected plants and animals and requires a declaration form for each person arriving in Hawaii. When departing, your luggage must pass a pre-flight screening for uninspected fruits and plants. You are welcome to take inspected fresh flowers and fruits home. Items purchased at the airport or mailed home form local vendors are inspected for you.
Useful Phone Numbers and Links:
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808) Maui Visitors Bureau: (808) 525-MAUI (6284) Kahului Airport Visitor Information: (808) 872-3893 Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545 Hospitals: Maui Memorial Medical Center: (808) 244-9056, Hana Community Health Center: (808) 248-8294
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