Maui is the second largest island within Hawaii, with some amazing places to travel to – and vacation homes to rent - including Makena, Kapalua, Kīhei, Makawao, Lahaina, Pāʻia, Kula, Haʻikū, Hāna, Kaanapali and Wailea. Blessed by Mother Nature with supernatural landscapes, Maui provides many wonders of the world to explore of course by the water, but by car as well. You will for sure need transportation on the island from your Maui vacation rental.
There are many transportation options throughout Maui, but the most fun (and highly recommended) would be renting a car. There are many national car rental companies available to rent from available throughout the island as well as at the airport, but take note: Make a reservation WELL in advance.
When renting a car and driving in Maui, a few tips and tricks:
You will receive better rates if you choose a “weekly” option. Even if you plan on just using the car for a couple days, try to take advantage of the weekly rates which are often quite affordable and have the convenience of a car at your fingertips.
Many of the rental cars look alike; to make yours stand out in the sea of cars, tie a colorful ribbon on to the antenna of your vehicle to find it quickly!
Don’t forget your road manners! Be a safe and courteous driver. Local drivers know the roads better. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and pull over to let the locals pass. Don’t get upset if they wave at you with two fingers – this is a local sign, called ‘Shaka’ which is a “Thank You” rather than a “Forget You!”
Crime can happen, even in paradise. Take anything very valuable with you and don’t leave anything in plain view when your vehicle is parked and you are away from it.
Now that you have your own transportation, where shall you go? Check out these great Maui car-friendly sights:
Hana Highway: a beautiful 620 curve, 2.5 hour 68-mile stretch
of highway through lush and tropical rainforest. Pass through
a series of beautiful waterfalls and end at the 'Ohe'o Gulch,
also known as the "Seven Sacred Pools".
Haleakalā National Park: Known for its unique volcanic features, Haleakalā is a 30,000+ acre park divided into two specific areas: the summit and the coastal Kipahulu area. The summit includes amazing volcanic landscapes, whereas the Kipahulu area features a winding coastal road and over a dozen pools. Fun Hawaiian Legend Fact: Haleakalā is Hawaiian for "house of the sun”, and legend goes, the demigod Maui imprisoned the sun here in order to lengthen the day.
Haleakalā Sunrise: Come early – but stay a little after - to experience one of the most amazing sunrises at over 10,000 feet above sea level. Make it a date and bring an amazing breakfast to eat in your car. Plan to stay well after the actual sunrise to experience the amazing colors in the sky as the dawn changes.
Makena Beach: Golden sands, 2/3 of a mile long, Makena Beach, also know as “Big Beach” is located south of Wailea, offering swimming and snorkeling in pristine waters. It is more secluded than other top beaches in Maui.