If you’re interested in long walks down beautiful, warm, sandy beaches, the chance to see exotic wildlife in its natural habitat, eating new foods and imbibing with your love while watching the sun go down over the ocean, you’ll be glad to know that this paradise is a plane ride away, in Hawaii’s second largest island of Maui. And while this luxury may have seemed too good to be true just a few years ago, a trip to the Aloha State is extremely reasonable, as are the activities and events to enjoy within it.

Hawaii is no stranger to adventure, but first, connect with the history of the island and its people by attending a luau in Maui. Enjoy the native dress and hula dance, and then partake in the local cuisine. As the night goes on, you can learn about the culture of the performers, and in some cases, you can participate in the ceremonies. Be sure to book early, as luau’s are incredibly popular and fill up quickly.

For a daytime treat, make sure to book a snorkeling tour. The island of Molokini, just off of Maui, has snorkeling adventures unlike any others in the Caribbean or Mexico. It’s only accessible by boat, and is considered so amazing it’s been named as a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. With experts with you every step of the way, you’ll not only be in for a breathtaking view of the world under the sea, but you can rest assured you’ll be safe while doing so. If you’re wanting something a bit more adventurous but no less beautiful, helicopter tours can get you to places you’ve only seen in the movies. Make sure to bring your camera and be ready for thrills that can only be attained at such great heights.

Maui offers world-famous cuisine, as well. Poke is favorite meal of tourists and locals alike. Containing your choice of seasoned raw fish, this dish can also include pickled jalapenos, mushrooms, onions, avocados, pineapple, cucumbers, and various herbs and spices. If raw fish isn’t your thing but you still love seafood, you’re in luck, as the island is known for its seafood restaurants. For a quick snack to help cool off as you bask in the sun at one of the many beaches, try some shaved ice. With literally hundreds of flavors at your disposal, you can get exactly what you want.

For the ultimate experience, plan to spend your wedding or anniversary in Maui. Six thousand people get married on the island every year, and it’s easy to see why. There are a multitude of hotels to take care of your guests, and plenty of things for them to do in the days before and after your event. The dramatic ocean views act as the perfect backdrop for your bridal pictures, and when the ceremony and party are over, to trash your dress. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a spa day afterwards, as getting married is hard work (and planning every minute of a multi-day party is exhausting).

Maui offers a multitude of experiences for the young or old, making it an ideal destination for families, couples, or even a trip with friends. The planning and researching of the trip is half the fun, simply because of all the options available to see, stay in, or do. So grab your computer, a swimsuit, and lots of sunscreen and get going to the airport to see what kind of experiences await you. Between the luaus, wedding options, hotel accommodations, dining, and excursions available, the saying “Maui No Ka Oi”, or, “Maui is the best”, rings true.