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Hawaii — By byun on August 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Maui Day Trips

The islands of Hawaii are unique in their own way. Therefore, basing yourself in one place and then exploring hither and yon each day is the key to your happy Hawaiian vacation. What follows is a sampling of the many and varied day trips available on each island. While some of these trips are special to the particular island, others can be experience anywhere if you look hard enough.

Kapalua Resort’s zipline course is one the country’s largest. Nearly two miles of parallel line zipping action takes you soaring within the West Maui Mountains. Zippers ride side by side with a friend on a slower, shorter span as a warm up, then once they’ve gotten the hang of it (so to speak), they progress onto the remaining zipline course. It is the only parallel-line system in Hawaii. Visitors can custom design their ride, enjoying a single zip trip or a combination of lines plus the Giant Swing.

Horseback riding
Outside Makawao, at the edge of an Upcountry rainforest, Piiholo Ranch offers horseback rides and a glimpse of another era of Hawaii’s history. Owned and operated by Peter Baldwin, the ranch has been in the Baldwin family for six generations. Tours, conducted by family and friends, offer gorgeous views, stories about Maui’s ranching history, and glimpses of wildlife like the endangered Hawaiian nene goose, which is the state bird.

Tags: day trip, horseback riding, horses, Makawao, Maui, zip-lining

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