By: Mandy Stephenson
One of the most beautiful places in the world, there is a reason that people from around the world make this their destination. Known as the Magic Isle, after Hawaii’s Big Island, Maui is the state’s second largest island.
With world renowned beaches like the Kaanapali Beach, the waters off of the coast are also great for whale watching during the winter months. Rich with history and culture, Maui is home to great national parks and championship level golf courses.
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When considering a destination wedding, Maui is a great option! One Washington bride got engaged nearly a year ago on Kaanapali Beach and is getting married in the same spot next week. While she admits that planning a destination wedding can be complicated, when it comes to booking the essentials like a florist and photographer, she noted that:
“Booking through a hotel has made it a lot easier, and having a wedding planner is a great way to make sure you have your bases covered. Many beaches have different rules and permits that you have to apply for in order to get married on them. Maui is the most amazing place and our favorite spot to be is definitely in the Kaanapali area.”
Paia. This little beach town is full of boutiques, surf shops, bakeries and a number of award winning restaurants. Make sure you visit Mama’s Fish House, it’s a little pricey but very worth it. With a slow paced local vibe and beautiful white sand Baldwin Beach, this is a great stop.
Haleakala National Park. Home to the highest area on the island, Haleakala Peak can be seen from just about anywhere on Maui. With over 30,000 acres of public land, Haleakala is home to all sorts of activities including horseback riding, hiking above the clouds, or even mountain biking down the infamous Volcano Road. Take in the sunrise for an unforgettable experience.
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Piiholo Ranch Zipline. Located in Makawao, this adventure offers side-by-side dual lines so you can enjoy the aerial view of the native forests next to your main squeeze. With options to have four or five lined trips, you can truly make an afternoon of this fun excursion.
Kaanapali Beach. Named one of America’s best beaches, Kaanapali is near a number of amazing resorts and with miles of white sand and pristine water this is one destination you’ll be sure to enjoy. You can also participate in a daily cliff jumping ceremony off one of the beaches northern cliffs.
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Molokini. A small island off the coast of Maui, Molokini is a conservation spot teeming with marine and jungle life. Over 18 acres, this reserve is full of great areas for snorkeling. If you’re headed over in the winter, try going in the morning for a chance to see whales off the coast.
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