Friday, June 19, 2009
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.