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Looking for Photo Outing on Maui

We will be in Maui in May; although I will be with my family, I was hoping to be able to get away for several hours to explore alone. Does anyone know of short (1-day) phototour operators on Maui, or any resources available to a traveler with limited time?


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1/12/2006 6:54:44 AM

John P. Sandstedt
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  Based on my experience [I was in Maui for almost a week in July 1998 (my nephew's wedding,] you don't need a tour operator as much as a car. Most of the Hawaiian Islands are surprisingly small; you can easily drive all around Maui [or any of the islands] in one day.

The "best" time for high surf at any of the islands is Decemebr-January, but on the road around the island you'll be able to pull of at overlooks for fabulous shots of the calmer ocean. And, if the rains are favorable [that is, if there are any - something I missed out on,] there are many, many waterfalls on Maui to photograph.

You can rent a tape that will guide you on the car route around the Island - it's very helpful.

If you have time, you should also drive to the top of Haleakala, the dormant volcano, from which you can see [though not necessarily get good pictures of] The Big Island. Actually, I'd recommend being there at dawn for spectacular shots of the sun rising above the crater.

The best luaus are served at restaurants on the west side of the Island. Try this and you'll also be treated with great locations for shooting sunsets.

Have fun and show us you pictures when you return.

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1/12/2006 7:07:14 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Ditto John's recommendations.

The Road to Hana is pretty narrow and slow going, but takes you past many great beaches, views, waterfalls. It'll take at least several hours, or can take a full day depending on how often/long one stops.

My wife and I did Haleakala on bicycle. Avoid the rental companies that lead a guided ride. Too constraining. We rented from Haleakala Bike Co. They'll drop you off at the summit, then leave you on your own to ride down/explore at your own pace. You can stop and linger at any site as long as you like.

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1/12/2006 8:12:27 AM

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