Travel Guide: Discovering Maui
We know you are headed to Maui to have the race of your life at the XTERRA World Championship. But just in case you are in need of some suggestions of what to do after the race (we are looking at you, Hula Grill), XTERRA President, Janet Clark, shares some of her favorite spots.
Kapalua Coastal Trail and Dragon’s Teeth
The Dragon’s Teeth are located just beyond the Ritz-Carlton chapel. If coming from the Ritz-Carlton, you’ll follow the pathway that runs parallel to the hedges that mark the boundary for the Honokahua Burial Site. This ancient Hawaiian burial site is home to hundreds of ancient Hawaiian remains and is the primary reason why The Ritz-Carlton is located so far from the shoreline.
As you pass the golf course that sits just in front of the chapel, you’ll begin to notice the jagged structures – or volcanic “Dragon’s Teeth” that make up the coastline.
Turtles at Napili Beach
The primary draw here today is snorkeling and surfing; you’re always guaranteed to see lots of fish, turtles and coral as long as you’re willing to swim out a bit from the beach.
“There is so much to do in Maui, you could stay for weeks,” says Clark. “If you can catch the Haleakala Sunrise you will see clouds and the colors over the crater that are out of this world. The Road to Hana has great views of waterfalls, and you can spend a whole day just strolling the streets of Lahaina, browsing in art galleries, and stopping for amazing snacks. And don’t miss the upcountry of Paia, where you will find vineyards and authentic paniolos, and lounge on the lovely white sands of Hulopoe Beach, a marine preserve with tons of fish.”
For more information, visit the Maui Visitor’s Bureau at www.gohawaii.com/maui.
Photos courtesy of the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, Hula Grill, Scotty Perkins Photography, and Kapalua Zipline.
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