Even though I've zipped over a canopy of trees and cycled down Haleakalā, I wouldn't exactly deem myself an "adventurous" traveler, unless, of course, you consider eating poi and wild boar organs—as Andrew Zimmern did while here filiming "Bizarre Foods"—an adventure. Personally, I prefer the Anthony Bourdain route, eating and drinking my way through cities. But for those who seek an adrenaline rush, there's no shortage of ways to get your heart pumping. Promising the adventure of soaring like a bird through a natural habitat, zipline rides have become popular in the adventure tourism trade of Maui. As ecotourism or green tourism becomes a more sought out way to spend vacations, ziplining has become one of the fastest growing eco-friendly activities throughout the world. Cycling, too, has gained traction among adventure seekers. Several commercial outfits sell bicycle tours down Haleakalā and as thrilling as the downhill ride may be, the true adventurist will face the challenge of cycling up and down the mountain. And if the adventure proves daunting, just think “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
As the only private 18-hole golf course on Maui, club members enjoy expansive views of the course, as well as vistas of Mt. Haleakala and Maalaea Bay. Originally designed by Ted Robinson Sr. in 1991 and refreshed in 2005 by Ted Robinson, Jr. The King Kamehameha Golf Club will test each club in your arsenal.
Choose from an array of eco-cruises and water excursions whether it’s a snorkeling trip to Molokini or a dolphin and whale watch cruise. Private charters get you up close and personal with Hawai’i’s unique marine life. 100 percent of profits goes towards research, education and conservation efforts.