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Three Perfect Days in Maui

Explore Maui beyond the resort and beach by following these suggestions.

Article by By Marti Rosenquist

Day 1: Land, Sea and Air

Enjoy breakfast at The Gazebo at Napili Shores where fried rice and macadamia nut pancakes have acquired cult status.

Feeling adventuresome? Nothing offers a quicker, more awesome overview of the island, (never mind an instant adrenaline rush) than hovering over Maui's towering volcanic peaks and waterfalls on a helicopter tour.

Afterward, dive into the waters you've viewed from aloft. Borrow gear from your hotel or rent from Snorkel Bob's. There are myriad fanastic snorkel sites on Maui, but local favorites include Honolua Bay, Napili Bay, Black Rock, Kamaole Beaches in Kihei and Five Caves in Makena.

Peruse your digital photo memories while lingering over a luscious meal at a seaside location at sunset. Try Kimo's on Front Street for a casual, fun scene; or Mala's, a local favorite with outstanding views and food; or Pacifico, West Maui's premiere waterfront establishment. Afterward, peruse the shops and galleries of Old Lahaina Town.

Day 2: Upcountry Explorations

Grab a coffee then drive to Pa'ia in time for breakfast at Charley's. Stroll the shops and novelties in town before making your way to Ho`okipa Beach to watch world class windsurfers and kite surfers exhibit their athleticism.

From there, visit Mama's Fish House. This is everyone's favorite restaurant for dinner, but lunching at Mama's when the view is clear, prices are lower and the fish is just as fresh is equally delightful.

After lunch take Baldwin Avenue toward Makawao, an enclave of paniolos (cowboys), new-age artists and shopkeepers. From glass blowing demonstrations to chic boutiques, Makawao's storefronts and main street hitching posts offer an unexpected perspective on Maui's upcountry life.

Don your cowboy hat and ride the range past Kula to the Ulupalakua Winery, where breathtaking bi-coastal views of the West Maui Mountains inspire lingering past sunset, sipping samples of Maui wine before migrating down the mountain for dinner at Hali`imaile General Store.

Day 3: Culture, History and Heritage

Learn about the history, culture and heritage of Maui with a visit to the central valley. Begin the day with breakfast at Café Marc Aurel then follow the road out of town to the beautiful I`ao Valley and Heritage Center. Be sure to stop at the Bailey House Museum, a repository of royal artifacts and treasures from Maui's missionary era.

Next, visit the Maui Ocean Center, the most lavish attraction on the Valley Isle. The aquarium brings you face to face with mesmerizing jellyfish, beloved sea turtles, sharks, and reef fish, all without getting wet. Experienced divers can reserve an opportunity to drop into the tanks and feed the sea creatures, while the less bold will be enlightened to learn about whales at the Discovery Center.

Lunch at the Center's restaurant or, if your visit coincides with whale season, December-May, take a Whale Watch Tour or afternoon snorkel to Molokini from the harbor.

Wrap up your perfect 3-days in Maui by dining at The Waterfront, voted Maui's best restaurant in 2007.

Aloha! Enjoy!

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