Maui

 

Maui is the mystic island surrounded by the clear, blue waters of the warm Pacific Ocean and miles of white sand beaches. This Hawaiian island is the second largest of the islands in the Hawaiian Island Chain; however, it does not have the population to match. Its population has been growing slowly as more people fall in love with Maui and it becomes more industrial, but it hasn’t lost its picturistic beauty.

From the shores of Maui, glimpses of Kohala on the island of Hawaii, Molokaii, Lanai, and the barron, uninhabited island of Kahoolawe can be seen. No matter where you travel on the island of Maui, you are never at a lost for viewing endless white sand beaches surrounded by beautiful green plants, as well as the bountiful waterfalls on the tropical mountainsides. Look towards the mountain or to the sea, and you will see beauty that can’t be captured in words.

Maui is the most popular visited island in Hawaii, not only because of its captivating beauty, but also because of its fabulous accommodations for staying, dining, and outdoor activities that it makes easily available to its visitors. This island is nicknamed “The Magic Isle”, as it truly is magical being on this island. In fact, the island of Maui was voted as the island with the most beautiful beaches. The scenery and amenities are just perks to Maui’s mystical beauty.

Regions

Maui is separated into five different regions – West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui, and East Maui. Those living in the area of West Maui truly practice and embrace their Native Hawaiian heritage, as this was the place where Hawaiian royalty would frequently gather from other islands. Now it is home to the famous Lahaina town, adorned with resorts, shopping, dining, and water activities. South Maui is the driest and sunniest region on Maui landscaped with endless miles of white sand beaches that surround the popular town of Kihei with the same to offer as Lahaina town.

When you land by plane in Maui, you will arrive in the town of Kahalui, the Central Maui region. This is where your visit begins. It’s a small historical town that is great to explore upon your arrival if it is still daylight. The opposite of the hot sunny beaches is Upcountry Maui located in Maui’s hills of the Haleakala Mountain. Farms and ranches adorn the popular towns of Kula and Makawae. To see more of the rainforests, you can visit the town of Hana in East Maui known for its beautiful waterfalls and rainforests.

Themes

Maui is a great place to visit for families or for couples wanting to experience a relaxing romance. There are many outdoor adventures that support ecotourism, there are endless sunny beaches, and 14 golf courses for all to enjoy. Romance can easily be found when strolling the clean, wide-open white sand beaches in the evening. The white sand beaches and amenities of day spas along the coastline have the magic to relax anyone.

Home to many art galleries and museums, Maui embraces its history with many historical sites that are well preserved. The local people of the island are “laid back” taking in each beautiful day by continuously practicing their Native Hawaiian culture and sharing that with visitors through their art, crafts, food, and language.

Things to Do

There are many land, sky, and water tours and attractions to allow you to drink in the beauty of Maui. Tours by helicopter provide visitors with first-hand views of the entire island of Maui, which may not be accessible by car. The water tours include whale watching or day cruises, as well as surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Or just basking in the sunshine with your toes buried in the nice warm, white sand.

Maui is known for its nightlife in the towns of Lahaina and Kihei, where you can find many dining establishments, bars to watch the sunset, and clubs to dance the night away. After an eventful night, the hotels and resorts offer its visitors additional relaxation in their day spas for massages and facials performed with Hawaiian tradition and with many locally grown and manufactured products.

Places to Stay

Maui has a variety of accommodations for its visitors, such as luxury resorts, hotels, condo rentals, and bed-and-breakfast establishments. All options are offered at prices to match your Maui vacation budget so you can enjoy more of the outdoor environment of Maui. Depending upon what you wish your time to be like in Maui, you can also choose areas that are close to shopping, dining, and of course, the beautiful beaches.

Many of the places to stay on Maui are oceanside, so when you wake in the morning, you are only a few feet from the warm ocean and sand. These establishments are mainly located in Lahaina, Kihei, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, and Makena, because of its mostly sunny weather. Maui makes it easy for its visitors to experience the island no matter where they choose to stay.