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Discover Grn And The Natural Beauty Of Maui

Feb 20, 2008
Visitors to Maui experience a natural wonderland filled with lush foliage and topped with a dusting of snow. The unique natural features of Maui enchant malihini (Hawaiian for visitors) at every turn.

Haleakala National Park on Maui has been rated as a top National Park by Consumer Reports. Considered the crown jewel of Maui, Haleakala National Park encompasses 28,655 acres that range from the ocean to the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala.

Haleakala is considered an active but not currently erupting volcano. Haleakala National Park is an ecological wonder not to be missed. Between the snow-dusted summit and the ocean's edge, the park contains microclimates as varied as a high lava desert and a rainforest. Rare tropical plants and endangered birds have found a safe haven in this Maui paradise.

Many Maui visitors consider viewing a sunrise at Haleakala a must-do during their stay. The journey to see this stunning sight must begin in the middle of the night to ensure arrival before sunrise. With temperatures at the summit often below freezing, visitors should plan ahead by bringing warm clothing, jackets and blankets. The best sunrise view is outside, but the small shelter onsite is warmer although crowded. On clear days, the shelter's 360-degree windows allow visitors to view islands neighboring Maui.

Another natural Maui landform, the famous Iao Needle, rises 1,320-feet from a misty jungle setting in Central Maui. A short walk from the parking lot of the Iao Valley State Park leads to a viewing stand with the most dramatic view of the Needle. It is a sight that remains locked in the memory of visitors to Maui forever.

A hike into the valley leads through stands of giant tree fern, past roaring waterfalls and along orchid lined streams. Any visitor to Iao Valley will agree that Maui is truly a paradise on earth.

Two interesting natural formations are located in West Maui. The Nakalele Blowhole was formed by the ocean undercutting the lava shelf. Tides washing onto shore at this site slide under the shelf and spout water out of a man-sized hole in the lava shelf. The water show created by this effect varies based on the tide and the size of the surf.

Another unusual formation on Maui is commonly known as Dragon's Teeth. The lava in this area was light colored and has become bleached white in some areas. Salt spray from the ocean on the upwind side has carved the lava into shapes resembling large teeth.

In addition to outstanding land features, Maui is known for the beauty of its seas. The ocean surrounding Maui is a coral reef lined haven for tropical fish. Snorkeling and scuba diving allow the best views of the underwater beauty of Maui. Two areas in Maui are classified as underwater parks because of their natural beauty.

The waters of Maui serve as the winter home of migrating Pacific Humpback whales. Whale watching on Maui peaks between January and April at Maalaea Bay. The best free spot on Maui to view the whales is McGregor Point. Closer viewing is available through whale watching boat tours.

From the peak of Haleakala to the whale filled ocean, Maui offers visitors diverse natural beauty that is available nowhere else in the world. Paradise is within reach on Maui.
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