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Step 3 Experiences in Maui to Last a Lifetime

Welcome to Dream Vacations, a lifestyle column on travelling to amazing destinations with practical advice and my revelations about locales from years of personal experience. Vacation means different things to different people. A current trend in travel is to have ‘Step 3’ experiences, which is defined by mind-expanding experiences, not just simply hanging out at the beach.

Hawaii Expands the Mind

Whether you are new to travel or have been travelling and vacationing for years, personally I find it important to always have at least one or two ‘Step 3’ experiences (as they are now calling it) per vacation. Even if I have been to a destination multiple times, I want to be able to get more immersed in its beauty, culture and activities by seeking out these mini-adventures. Of course, you can sit and relax on the beach for the better part of your vacation, but these mind-expanding experiences can give you and your family amazing stories and memories for years to come.

Just visiting the island of Maui in Hawaii for your first time will be a Step 3 experience in itself, but there is a difference between experiencing it in a roadside motel versus a world-class luxury resort, such as The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, a wellness resort set on 16 acres of beach in Ka’anapali.

Maui’s Mind-Altering Adventures

Maui is a land of natural beauty. On your first trip, the entire experience will be mind-altering, yet there are still some amazing things you can do to help this trip stand out even more. Here are a few suggestions from the still-amazing tourist-centric to some off-the-beaten-path adventures.

  1. Snorkelling with the Turtles – this is not your typical snorkelling, it will be a majestic experience in an underwater fantasy where five-foot sea turtles swim around you, forage for food and provide that truly Step 3 experience. Stick with a reputable provider.
  2. Road Trip! – yes, it is a small island, but not every experience has to be a paid for excursion to expand your mind. If you have heard of the road to Hana as a great day excursion, it is. However, you can make it even more memorable by driving home to The Westin Nanea by the Pi’ilani Highway along the southern end of the Island. It gives you a different perspective of the island by exploring the leeward side.   
  3. Submariner – it’s not every day you get to see the depths of the ocean from a submarine. It is a rare opportunity. The Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure will give you an experience, unlike any other above-water tour. Imagine seeing shipwrecks, sharks, exotic fishes from the comfort of a viewing port without having to scuba dive.  

What is a Wellness Resort?

Nanea (na-neh-ah) is a Hawaiian word that means to be in a state of relaxation, repose, leisure, tranquillity, and to be at ease and having a good time. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas achieves this through a beautiful property that provides luxury and relaxation in plenty. From quiet spa treatments to a cultural center that offers fresh flower lei making classes, hula lessons, and more; it provides an oasis of relaxation from busy adventures.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about our current specials at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas or the Island of Maui.

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