The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a population of just over 117,000. Maui has a thriving tourism industry and is one of the most popular islands to visit, featuring alluring attractions like the massive Haleakala volcano, the bustling whaler village of Lahaina, the magnificent humpback whales, the infamous stretch of road to Hana and its numerous family-friendly resorts and inviting white-sand beaches. Maui is also the largest island in Maui County, which is comprised of three other islands: Lana`i, Kaho`olawe, and Moloka`i.
TOP ISLAND PICKS
The road to Hana – A meandering drive on the road to Hana, a classic Hawaiian small town, is full of hairpin turns, one-lane bridges, and breathtaking island views.
Pools of Oheo – A series of seven beautiful pools fed by waterfalls.
Iao Valley State Park – Visit the 1,200-foot Iao Needle or hike in the 4,000-acre valley.
Haleakala National Park – Go on an excursion to the “House of the Sun”, an active but non-erupting volcano.
Molokini – A small island just off the southern coast of Maui creates a paradise for snorkelers and divers looking for beautiful coral and tropical fish.
Whale watching – Calm, clear, shallow waters create the perfect environment to attract whales during the winter season (December – May). Visitors will find a variety of options for whale watching experiences departing from Lahaina which can be followed by a visit to the town’s shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
Go to a luau – Rich with Hawaiian history, the shores of Maui are the perfect setting to experience a traditional luau, including the main course cooked in the earth accompanied by live music and a hula dance sharing Hawaii’s stories.
Golfer’s paradise – With 14 courses to choose from and several options falling onto various best course lists, golfers can tee off near ancient lava flows, palms trees or an ocean mist.
Upcountry – Paniolos, also known as Hawaiian cowboys, spent their time in the small Upcountry town of Makawao, where you’ll find famous cream puffs at T. Komoda Store in addition to other boutiques and galleries. While in Upcountry, make a stop at Maui Wine for a tour and tasting – we recommend the pineapple wine.
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