Friday, June 19, 2009

Maui Tropical Plantation

Maui Tropical Plantation's 60 acres sprawl from the base of the West Maui Mountains, planted with an orchard of tropical fruit trees and flowering shrubs, and surrounding a large pond that is home to feedable fish and quacking ducks. The grounds feature a big gift store, no-nonsense restaurant, and a monkey cage. Kids will love it. You are free to roam much of the grounds, or see it all on a 40-minute tram ride (about $11 for adults, $4 for children).

This is the kind of place that used to seem cheesy and touristy. In light of today's big-time developments on Maui, the plantation is now a relaxing throwback and an old-timey good time. See page 95 of Maui Trailblazer.