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Island Heat: Hot Maui Adventures

Maui is hot but not just weather-wise. Though the weather is usually delightfully warm, there are sizzling things to enjoy on the island besides tropical temperatures. Perhaps the sultry sun requires a refreshing dip in the ocean, a “hot” activity in and of itself. Head to a life-guarded beach and enjoy a luxurious swim or rent a surfboard and catch some waves.

Snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding and scuba diving are among other adventures to be had at many beaches along the Maui coast. Baby Beach in Lahaina is great for keiki or Wailea Beach is a spot where you can even cool down out of the water by dining and shopping at a number of establishments nearby.

Consider taking a break from the heat by setting up a picnic at the beach under a gently swaying palm tree. Or participate in a number of other sweltering activities that let you chill, such as a helicopter tour of inaccessible Valley Isle waterfalls and geologic wonders or sipping champagne on a sunset sail while watching the sky explode with colors.

The average temperature on Maui falls between 70 and 85 degrees—on the lower end of the scale during winter months and the higher end in the summer. Many people love to soak in this weather but some yearn for a reprieve to cooler temperatures at higher elevations in Maui’s up-country towns along the slopes of Haleakala. Explore the sensational grounds of Ali‘i Kula Lavender, for example, and sink your teeth into some exquisite fresh strawberries that grew under the hot Maui sun at Kula Country Farms.

Don’t forget that one of the hottest activities in Hawai‘i is hiking. Ironically, it’s also a great way to escape the heat, especially under the flora of a misty rainforest on the Waihe‘e Ridge Trail or along the Sliding Sands Trail that’s perched high in the sky at Haleakala National Park.

It doesn’t matter if you wish to escape the heat or dive right into it, the number of “hot” activities on Maui are infinite.

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