About Joshua S
Lives in Orange, California
Since Jul 2015
18-24 year old male
Hey everybody! My name is Josh, I'm 22 years old and learning to live with an adventurous heart in this journey called life. Travel, the outdoors, and people are three of my biggest passions and I take every opportunity I can to explore. I grew up in Souhern California my whole life, but when I graduated from High School I moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Spokane to be exact) to attend Bible School. I spent one year there before life brought me home, but the PNW will always have a special place in my heart. I spent a year and a half at home, exploring the Sierra Nevadas, rock climbing, backpacking, etc. until I had the opportunity in 2014 to leave home again. I spent 6 1/2 months abroad doing missions work and service projects, and of course finding time to enjoy the beauty of each new place I visited. I spent time in12 different countries and circumnavigated the globe. I can't always travel as much as I would like, but I always look forward to my next adventure!
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Beaches, Bodies of Water
Other Outdoor Activities
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Mountains, Volcanoes, Geologic Formations
Banyan Tree Park is a great place to start out onan outdoor adventure in Lahaina. As banyan trees grow, they actually send branches down to the ground and form new root systems, and this banyan tree now fills almost an entire city block! When you walk through the park, you feel like you are in a forest, but in reality it all comes from the same tree. This is a great spot for a picnic, or you can simply relax in the shade and listen to the birds sing.
Ka'anapali is one of the longest beaches on the west side of Maui. Despite its proximity to many of the large resorts, it is spread out enough that it doesn't feel too crowded. At the far end of the beach, you'll find Black Rock (Pu’u Keka’a), a formation of lava rock that juts out into the ocean. Cliff jumping here is one of my favorite things to do at Ka'anapali, and there is great snorkeling in the clear waters surrounding Black Rock.
Honokeana Bay is probably my favorite spot for snorkeling in Maui. The crystal clear water and variety of tropical fish are similar to what you'll find at other nearby beaches, with the added bonus that snorkeling at Honokeana Bay usually affords an opportunity to catch sight of sea turtles. One time, I could see six turtles from one spot! You can't touch the turtles, but swim up next to them and snap some pictures with your underwater camera. This is an experience you will never forget!
Napili Beach might just be the nicest beach in all of Maui. I have talked to countless people who have been coming to Maui for years, and this is still their favorite spot! There is something special about the gorgeous white sand beach, hemmed in by the ocean on one side and a line of palm trees on the other. The protected cove is a great place for paddle-boarding and snorkeling, and the warm water will make you feel like you could spend the entire day just floating in and out with the tide. Pack up your beach chair and a towel, and you might find that you never want to leave.
The Kapalua Coastal Trail is one of my favorite spots to get out and enjoy a nice walk in the morning. The trail winds for a couple of miles along the beautiful coastline, offering sweeping views of the coast and access to multiple beaches along the way. If you want to get some exercise with a view, you can't beat this picturesque trail!
Oneloa Bay is my recommendation if you are looking for a secluded spot away from the crowds. The beach is a bit more out of the way, but still offers a beautiful place to enjoy the sand, sun, and waves — along with a bit more peace and quiet.
Honolua Bay is a marine sanctuary in western Maui. Because it is protected, it offers some of the best snorkeling on the island — even from the cliffs above, you can see straight through the clear water. As long as there isn't a northern swell, the bay is completely protected, leaving you free to enjoy the myriad fish and other sea life without distraction.
The Nakalele Blowhole is a tremendous display of natural power and beauty. As each wave crashes on the coast, water is forced down and then escapes up through the rocks. The water and mist can spray probably 20-30 feet up in the air, making it quite a sight to behold. This is a great spot to get pictures or video — be sure to look for the heart rock while you are there.
Twin Falls is one of the coolest spots I have found to explore on the island. A short hike leads to a pretty swimming hole with (you guessed it) two gushing falls, plus a natural grotto cut into the rocks behind.
What better way to enjoy the outdoors in Hawaii than on top of a volcano? Haleakala Crater provides a unique opportunity to explore a landscape that feels other-worldly. Take a hike down into the crater, watch a sunrise or sunset from 10,000 feet, or explore the national park. Haleakala is a Maui classic!