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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. Visiting exciting places can be overwhelming for some people. There are tons of things to do and see, and planning an adventure for the whole family can get frustrating. A new travel tool, the scavenger or treasure hunt, is something that may help you have a great time, involve everyone and still experience the best sites, sounds, tastes and smells of your destination.

Treasure Hunt?

Most seasoned travelers fall into a comfortable routine when visiting new places or even old ones. You search out your favorite things to do and potentially turn a blind eye to some amazing adventure right around the corner. Treasure or Scavenger hunts are a great way to expand your travel horizon and provide a more rounded experience for a whole family or variety of tastes in your travel group.

There are tons of paid-for scavenger hunts that you can buy through travel tour sites, local scavenger hunt companies, scavenger hunting apps and many free ones posted on the internet which we’ll explore below. Whichever option you chose a travel scavenger hunt can often lead you into the heart of the culture and destination you are visiting. It may lead you to small and local cultural institution, a locals-frequented eatery or an amazing vantage point that you would not otherwise have found. Include one for your next trip.

Maui Options

Here are some global and local Maui options for your next scavenger hunt for local treasures.

  1. Lahaina Scavenger Hunt – a short history and cultural tour of Lahaina, Maui.
  2. Maui Treasure Hunt – a great option for families with children to see Hawaiian jungle.
  3. Top Scavenger Apps – looking for the top smartphone scavenger apps?
  4. TripAdvisor or viator.com – global travel sites with tours and scavenger hunts.

Build your own hunt with ease through one of the apps, go for the local-flavour or globally-tested hunts through these options.

Home Base: Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club

Visiting Maui in Hawaii for the first time should be an experience in luxury and it should be beach-side. Why travel all that way to stay at a hotel in a city? The beauty and splendor of Maui’s beaches should be just steps away. With Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, a property with three towers offering villas of one, two and three-bedroom units, right on the beach in west Maui, there is not a better place to make your home base.

A deluxe resort property, the Ocean Club offers you great options to enjoy beach sunsets, ocean-side cabanas, on-site restaurants and of course world-class spa treatments. Being in the heart of Ka’anapali beach gives you direct beach access to one of the most sought-after beaches in the world.

If you want a truly memorable experience in Maui, first stay at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club resort (I can help) and be sure to do a group scavenger hunt.

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