Vacation Island Caters to Disabled Travelers
The Hawaiian island of Maui has long been a favorite vacation destination among travelers worldwide who seek lush scenery, ocean views, tropical flowers and a plethora of leisure activities to fill their days. Physically challenged travelers will find the island welcoming with an impressive variety of accessible activities that range from adventure trips to sightseeing excursions.
The island offers a full range disabled support services. Maui residents and travel experts, Bruce and Amy Bernhardt who offer accessible condominium rentals, recommend the following activities for a memorable Hawaiian vacation.
Touring the island by helicopter provides an awe-inspiring view of Maui’s treasures including the stark moon-like surface of Haleakala Crater, O’heo Gulch (better known as Seven Sacred Pools), lush Hana rain forest, and beautiful cascading waterfalls. A number of helicopter tour companies offer lifts for those who use wheelchairs so be sure to inquire when making reservations.
From approximately November 15 to April 15, the Humpback whales are in Maui's waters. You can watch them from the shore of Makani A Kai or take an accessible whale watching cruise on one of the many boats in Ma’alaea Harbor.
For those seeking some great fun on the water, Maui offers sea kayaking for physically challenged travelers, with a three-person kayak so you and a friend or spouse can go at the same time. See contact information below.
A choice of special island tour packages – on land and by air -- are offered with door-to-door service and accessible transportation provided.
Instruction is available to those with disabilities who want to become certified scuba divers. Special training is offered for paraplegic and visually impaired divers. Three dive packages are offered and tours are led by specially trained divers who have been sanctioned by the Handicapped Scuba Association.
Services for Disabled Travelers
In addition, many airlines now fly direct from the mainland to Maui, which makes vacationing even more convenient and accessible.
Disabled Friendly Travel Resources
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