Because of Maui's superb beaches, exotic scenery, endless activities and magnificent hotels, it is known one as one of the world's best vacation destinations. Maui landscapes range from desert-like to tropical rain forest, even snow in the winter months near the summit of Haleakala. Maintained roads and trails throughout much of these areas make hiking tours available year round. Kahului Airport is the main airport for the island of Maui.
View a magnificent sunrise from Haleakala (Maui's dormant volcano). Visitors can hike or take a horseback ride into it's crater. Another option is to coast 38 miles (61 kilometers) on a bicycle down it's outer slopes. Haleakala is 10,000 feet above sea level. Maui's coastline has the largest number of swimable beaches in Hawaii.
Demanding roads wind around the windward coasts of both halves of the island. In the East, narrow winding roads lead to the quiet little town of Hana (lush, rainy and the least developed). Along the way enjoy the exquisite waterfalls and countless ravines, a feast for the senses. East Maui is an outdoor paradise for all to enjoy. West Maui's Kahekili Highway enables visitors to explore the remote Waihe`e Valley, and provides a taste of how Maui must have looked before the many visitors and tourists.
Maui, which was named for the demigod who stood on the rim of Haleakala Volcano and snared the sun, has the reputation of being the best island of Hawaii. Stroll the streets of old Lahaina to get a sense of some of this Islands history. This old Whaling town was once the capital of Hawaii. The central isthmus, between the volcanoes, holds Kahului, the main commercial center, and the faded but appealing town of Wailuku, standing guard over once-sacred Lao Valley.
Maui draws the greatest concentration of humpback whales. December through April is mating season. These amazing mammals give birth in the warm waters which have been designated a national marine sanctuary. Learn about the unique mating habits on a naturalist-led boat trip. During winter this is the first part of Hawaii visited by migrating whales.
There is much to do on Maui: more than just sitting on the beach, although that ranks high on most lists. There are various levels of hiking available. Or one can bike, ride or drive around Maui for a guaranteed adventure. Offshore snorkelers and divers are captivated with the Molokini crater with it's exciting marine life. There are many beaches great for swimming, surfing, and windsurfing. There are also several golf courses and a host of tennis courts. Accommodation Maui or Hawaii vacation rentals by owner offer your best options to be close to the action or find an oasis of paradise on your next trip to the Hawaiian Islands.