The Hawaiian island of Maui, known as "the Valley Isle", was formed by the volcanic eruptions of the extinct Pu'u Kukui and the dormant Haleakala. You can be as active, adventurous, or restful as you wish while enjoying your vacation rental by owner Hawaii
such as villas, condo rentals, apartments and home accommodations. From palm-shaded, powdery beaches and lush rain forests to eclectic small towns, holiday lodging and fabulous shopping and dining
; Maui has it all. Visit our Top Things to Do in Maui
or Beaches of Maui
pages for further ideas.
At the many restaurants near the Kaanapali accommodations
, check the menus for examples of Hawaii Regional Cuisine
– a unique cuisine that blends Hawaii's diverse, ethnic flavors and incorporates fresh, locally grown ingredients. Kaanapali Beach is home to the legendary nightly cliff-diving ceremony, a practice that has been taking place since 1963. With the many vacation rentals condos dotted along the beach, you can even enjoy the event on foot!
Take a walk through the former whaling town of Lahaina
, where you will find an eclectic mix of shops and galleries, as well as historical sites and the world-famous banyan tree – a single tree that has grown to encompass a full city block. Whale Watching charters leave daily from Lahaina
, December through May. You can often spot the giants breaching from the shore or the lanai of your vacation accommodations, but the best views are from the deck of a boat.
A drive trip called "The Road To Hana
" can be done in about 3 hours in either direction. The road's 600 hairpin turns and numerous one-lane bridges will take you through lush rain forests, along deserted beaches, and into some of Hawaii's most spectacular untouched nature. Near the beginning of the drive, check out the town of Paia, an area that offers vacation rentals
Or head into the heart of Maui and visit the natural and historical playground of the Iao Valley. Surrounded by volcanic ridges and bisected by a lovely mountain stream, the valley is the perfect place to escape the warmer temperatures of the coast and ponder the spectacular Iao Needle.
The sunny skies and balmy weather in Kihei make a vacation here a wonderful experience at any time of the year. Walk from the many vacation rental accommodations
to swim in the warm waters of the many beaches in Kihei. Birdwatchers and nature lovers want to explore the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Reserve and the avid golfer will surely want to tee off on one of the courses.
Located a short walk from Maalaea vacation rental accommodations (and the Harbor), the Maui Ocean Centre
highlights include live coral displays and up-close encounters with green sea turtles, sharks, rays and much more; it's a very fun and educational visit. Ma'alaea offers day cruises that leave from its harbour, trips such as to the volcanic crater of Molokini. This is a beautiful snorkel and dive destination that is home to around 250 species of fish. Accessible through several charter companies, the crater is generally considered one of best dive sites in the world. Plunging hundreds of feet below the surface, the crater is a wonderland for experienced scuba divers, but is equally accessible to snorkelers.
Maui has plentiful beautiful sandy beaches. If you are staying in an Owner Direct vacation home or vacation condo rental
in the areas of Wailea or Kihei, you will be a short drive from Makena Beach. At almost 2/3 of a mile long and over 100 yards wide, it is one of the largest in the state.
Your choices include
Lahaina vacation rental
Maalaea vacation rentals
A trip to the Big Island and the scenic bay front fishing village of Kailua Kona, is a blend of old Hawaii and a modern resort town. Kailua Kona vacation rentals
offers the best of both worlds.