The island of Maui is home to some of the most amazingbeaches. Some beaches offer swimming all year round,while others are best for surfing or snorkelingduring certain times of the year. Depending on where you choose to stay, there are always some famous beaches nearby.
West Maui beachesIf you drive along the west coast of Maui from Lahainato Kapalua, you'll see many breathtaking beachesalong the coast. Kaanapali Beach will offeryou over three miles of white sand with a varietyof watersports, including surfing, sailboating,and even catamaran rides. On the north end ofthe beach is Black Rock, which is well known forsnorkeling.
Visitors like the sandy beach at Napili Bay, because there are no high rise buildings around,and the bay is protected well from waves. The Kapalua Resort in west Maui is home to Kapalua Beach, Oneloa Bay Beach, and the D.T. FlemingBeach.
South Maui BeachesThe rule with Hawaii and Maui is that the furthersouth you travel, the less crowded the beacheswill be.
Kihei offers you a series of beaches along thesix mile coastline, some even offering lifeguards,restrooms, and picnic areas. Polo Beach andWailea Beach offer both restrooms and equipmentrentals. Or, if you prefer a more secluded beach,you should visit Maluaka Beach at the Maui Prince Hotel - where you may even encounter somegreen sea turtles.
A few miles past the Maui Prince Hotel is the Big Beach of Makena, which is one of the bestbeaches on Maui. As the name implies, the beach isquite large, and best of all - empty. It offerswhite sand, picnic facilities, and even restrooms.
East Maui BeachesThe beaches of East Maui are unlike others inHawaii. Surround by lush scenery, the beaches aresecluded, scenic, and very colorful.
Hamoa Beach is a must visit if you plan to visitEast Maui. As you approach the beach from themain road, you'll walk past colorful plants andpalm trees surrounding Hamoa Beach. Just off HanaHighway is Hana Bay Beach, which offers blackvolcanic sand.
The Red Sand Beach is difficult to get to, you'llneed to find a narrow path along the coast. Thebeach offers plenty of swimming and snorkeling,and you should be the only one there - which isgreat for those looking for privacy. Even though it is hard to get to, Red Sand Beach is truly oneof a kind.
Seattle, Washington Wildlife
If you truly love the outdoors and all things that belong to nature then Seattle Washington is really a great place for you to visit. With the climate, the terrain, and the beautiful surroundings, this city truly has the best of most worlds. Mountains, volcanoes, trees, sand, and sea can all be found in and around this truly unique city.
In addition to the great scenery that abounds, there are many places you can go to get a better view of the local wildlife. This is, after all, an integral part of nature and the little ones that you've brought along (if you've brought little ones along) will thoroughly enjoy seeing all of the animals.
Seattle has the distinct benefit of having and/or being within easy driving distance of several zoos and aquariums as well as other unique opportunities to see wildlife in more natural habitats and surroundings. Below I will give a brief overview of some of them that will hopefully whet your appetite and encourage you to at the very least give these outings serious consideration.
The first wildlife exhibit I would like to point out is a bit of a drive from Seattle but well worth every mile. Northwest Trek is a 715-acre park, which offers a tram tour through 435 acres of land where animals are free roaming in their natural habitats. There are 30 species represented along the trek and more than 200 animals within those species. This is a great way to see American animals without cages and bars surrounding them.
The next one I'd like to mention is Wolf Haven International. This organization provides rescue and sanctuary for captive born wolves. Wolf Haven also offers education to the public at large about these great animals. 45 minute to one hour walking tours are offered daily and walking tours are the only way you can actually see the wolves. If you have even the most remote interest in these beautiful creatures, I highly recommend a visit to Wolf Haven as a potential highlight of your trip to Seattle.
Next on my list of unique opportunities to view wildlife is the Cougar Mountain Zoo. This zoo is unique because of its focus on endangered species. Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about this particular zoo is its focus on educating visitors about the animals it hold. The zoo hosts several lectures throughout the day on the various animals it holds. Not only is there the magic of rare and beautiful creatures but a profound lesson that can be learned about conservationism and the importance of each and every creature in the circle of life. I think this is truly a unique opportunity that would be a shame to miss.
One of the activities people think of most when visiting Seattle is of course, whale watching. I would certainly be remiss if I didn't include information about that here as well. There are several charter companies that offer whale-watching excursions leaving daily from Seattle. The most popular time of year to do so is from April through September and the San Juan Islands are a great general area in which to see these magnificent creatures. My recommendation is to make reservations early, especially during the peak whale-watching season. Not only do you get to see the great whales, but you also get to take a boat ride in the process. For me, being on the water is just as wonderful an experience was watching the whales.
These are some of the more uncommon and unique places to view animals in and around Seattle, Washington. If you are planning a visit to this area and you love animals, nature, and wildlife, each of these places has something special and extraordinary to offer its guests. Not only are these places to view wonderful and magnificent creatures but also receive an education about them as well. My fondest hope is that you will visit each of these places and find the experience as incredible as I do.