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Maui’s Hotel Wailea Takes Privacy to a New Level with the Surf Safari Experience

A guided tour of the island’s most popular spots and best-kept secrets is only the beginning of the excitement.

January 5, 2021
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It’s impossible not to notice the incredible natural beauty that surrounds Maui’s iconic Hotel Wailea. John Russo/Hotel Wailea

Distance and privacy have always been two of the defining elements of Hotel Wailea. Set on 15 acres, this property showcases and celebrates the best of Maui’s natural beauty, and now reopened, the hotel is focused on promoting sustainable travel through several new experiences. The most thrilling of these concepts will certainly appeal to travelers who head to Hawaii with their boards, as the “Surf Safari” shines the spotlight on Maui’s most legendary areas.

Perfect for couples, this experience takes two guests at a time on a guided tour of Maui’s most popular and remote surf spots, but it isn’t all about riding waves. Yes, there will be plenty of surfing involved, but guests will also learn about the region’s incredible ecosystem and the distinct elements and features that make this island so popular.

Best of all, this experience is not only for experienced surfers. The four-hour tour was conceived so that everyone from beginners to seasoned vets can not only appreciate the sport and ocean, but also pick up a few new tricks from the private surf instructors. Guests will likely work up a big appetite while learning how to read the ocean and hunt for waves, so refreshments and lunch are included.

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After a long day of exploring Maui’s best surf spots, kick back at the fire pit and enjoy the hotel’s revamped food and drink menus. Linny Morris/Hotel Wailea

In addition to surfing, guests who stay between December and April can also enjoy a private canoe trip to the Maui Basin for a humpback whale watching adventure. The goal for this experience is not only to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the majestic creatures in their natural element, but to possibly impose a new trend of low impact experiences that will cut down on larger boats.

Perhaps the wisest decision for any traveler would be to enjoy these activities multiple times as part of the “Stay 30 and Save 30” promotion, which, as the name suggests, offers a 30 percent discount for stays of 30 nights. This package includes an oversized suite, use of a Tesla Model X, private pool cabanas, and the fitness studio with Peloton bikes. Upon arrival, guests will even find reef-safe sunscreen in their rooms, as the line was developed by Hotel Wailea’s leadership during closure.

Before booking and traveling, please be sure to read Hotel Wailea’s health and safety protocol, as well as Hawaii’s latest Covid-19 updates. Pack plenty of masks, too.

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