Exploring Maui’s Magical Skies & Waters


I had always heard great things about Maui and Hawaii in general so my expectations were already pretty high. Yet, I don’t think it sank in until my plane began its descent into Kahului Airport and the vibrant green valleys that make this island so unique began to appear. From that moment I was totally hooked on Maui and I hadn’t even left the comfort of my aisle seat. Having finally gone through all my photos from my trip, here are a few of my favorite moments frozen in time.

Within minutes of landing in Maui I was off for my first adventure – ironically, one that took me back up in the air. My very first helicopter ride gave me a birds eye view of West Maui and Moloka‘i.

helicopter view from sky

Everything Glitters

I like this shot because it looks as though the sun is dancing on the water, creating a glitter effect. Having not gone to a beach all summer, I felt just as carefree as the sun’s rays.

sunset luau

Hello Maui!

I’m not sure I could ever get used to views like this but while I had them, I took full advantage while en route to the Atlantis Submarine, which would take me 100 feet underwater.


A Peaceful Sunset

This was one of my first sunsets in Maui and it completely reflects how I was feeling – calm, thankful and at peace. Plus, I had a sunburn so a few hours out of the sun was not a bad thing!


Road to Nowhere

From the top of Haleakala National Park, it was hard to tell where this road ended. It hardly mattered though because I was about to find out for myself as I started my trek downhill.

bike ride

Staring Down the Sun

One of the most beautiful sunsets happened moments before our Luau began. I had a few moments alone before others began to run over to take a few photos of their own.

sunset at luau

Afternoon Thunder

After endless days of sunshine, it finally rained during my last few hours on the island. When the clouds had departed, there was a quiet stillness in the air and I could see the setting sun in the distance.


Local Indulgence 

I’m not sure why I like this picture so much but I do nonetheless. This local girl seemed so cool as she lazily sat down for her afternoon shave ice. I never got to see what flavors she ordered.

local girl

This trip was hosted by Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau. All opinions are my own.  

Megan McDonough
Megan Eileen McDonough is writer, blogger and social media specialist based in New York City. She also runs Bohemian Trails, a lifestyle blog designed for the savvy and stylish traveler. Bohemian Trails aims to feature must-see places around the world, covering everything from revamped neighborhoods and vibrant street art to innovative tech hubs and everything in between. Her cultural escapades have taken her to Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Megan is also a freelance writer and social media specialist based in New York City. She contributes to various online and print publications in the travel and fashion industries and is an international correspondent for both Jetsetter and Northstar Travel Media.
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