Zipline in Maui
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During your stay, be sure to put down your piņa colada long enough to go snorkeling with the green sea turtles, visit Haleakala National Park and go zip-lining at the Piiholo Ranch.
Green Sea Turtles
These ancient creatures and survivors of the ice age have been swimming the oceans for over 200 million years. The most popular turtle nesting area in Hawaii is the French Frigate Shoals – an important refuge for endangered wildlife which houses a field station for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service who manages the group of islands
The female turtles lay their eggs then swim back into the ocean because their job is done. After about two months the eggs hatch and the baby turtles work as a team planning their escape. They scrape the sand off the roof and pack it to the bottom until the nest is raised to beach level. When they reach an inch above beach level they stop until the sand has cooled then race to the ocean where they swim for the next 36-48 hours before catching a current to the open ocean.
Unfortunately out of the thousands of eggs laid each year, only a handful will reach full sexual maturity. Not all the eggs hatch and many are eaten or destroyed by predators such as rats, mongooses, crabs, dogs and people. New beachfront developments can also wreak havoc on hatchlings that get confused and head towards light of the highways rather than the ocean, while others are unable to dig themselves out of the sand.
Haleakala National Park
Haleakalā means House of the Sun and the rim of the crater is call Ala hea ka la meaning the path to call the sun
Not only was it used for spiritual purposes, the ancients also used to hunt on the crater and bury their dead. Cultural artifacts and burial sites are located within the crater and around the summit. In fact, throughout the park, ancient artifacts such as fishing hooks, octopus lures and stone tools have been uncovered.
The Haleakalā Summit is one of the worlds most sought after locations for ground-based telescopes because of the remarkable clarity, dryness and stillness of the air and the fact it is located above one-third of the atmosphere. There are no nearby major cities lighting up the night which also contributes to the geographical importance of this location.
Also located at the summit is a complex, nicknamed "Science City", an astrophysical complex operated by U.S. Department of Defence, University of Hawaii, Smithsonian Institution, Air Force, Federal Aviation Agency, and others
Piiholo Ranch Zipline
Thrill-seekers would not want to miss their chance to ride Hawaii's longest side by side zip-line. The 2800 foot line reaches speeds of up to 40 miles per hour giving zippers a one minute ride. Full body harnesses custom made to simulate hand gliding gear guarantee visitors the ultimate comfort as they zip across valleys and forests. The zip-line is located on a working cattle ranch that has diversified into eco tourism offering horseback adventures as well. Be sure to ask your guide about the ranches preservation program and what they are doing to protect the endangered plants and animals of Maui. Check out their website at www.piiholozipline.com
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