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With warm waters, swaying palm trees, and the towering Haleakala volcano, Maui is a paradise on earth. Few places can match the island’s postcard-perfect scenery and year-round good weather, and Maui packs a lot into a small package. Take a road trip to Hana, dive beneath the waves to observe sea turtles and tropical fish, or get an introduction to traditional Hawaiian culture. And let’s not forget the numerous options for adventure-minded visitors, who can choose among surfing, hiking, zipline courses, and other tropical experiences.
Born and raised in the United States, Andrea is a writer who has traveled extensively both inside and outside the US. Having friends who reside in Maui has allowed her to explore the island like a local and a tourist.
put on your sunblock, sandals, and best relaxation face and grab some lunch at Down the Hatch before snorkeling at Kaʻanapali Beach — great for seeing sea turtles, coral reef, tropical fish, and more.
starts with breakfast at Kihei Caffe and includes cliff jumping into the Venus Pool on the Road to Hana, dinner at Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop, a sunset at Kaʻanapali Beach, and piña coladas at rockstar-owned Fleetwood’s on Front St.
completing the Road to Hana. The beauty is in the journey, and it's an eye-opening one that showcases the lush, nature-rich island of Maui. Bonus: There are waterfalls along the way, some of which you can swim in.
don’t be afraid to veer off the tourist path. Front Street is good for shopping and food, but be sure to explore neighboring Kihei, Wailea, and Makena and make stops at local food trucks, outdoor flea markets, and farmers markets.
hike in Haleakala National Park, which offers summit trails for those who want to see the park’s enormous crater and coastal paths for those who want to see waterfalls and freshwater pools.
is thinking that Maui isn't much different from other beach towns. The best way to appreciate Maui and the pride locals take in preserving its natural beauty is by simply taking in the views and appreciating its pristine beaches.
Though small in size, Maui packs a large punch. This Hawaiian island boasts an appealing mix of natural beauty, outdoors thrills, and cultural heritage. The Valley Isle's most famous activities include driving the Road to Hana, spotting humpback whales in Makena Bay, and watching the sunrise from the summit of mighty Haleakala....More
Maui boasts superb weather all year round so there’s really no bad time to visit, but visiting in the shoulder seasons (April, May, September, and October) has the advantage of avoiding the crowds that arrive in summer and winter. However, if you want to surf or spot whales, you should book a winter visit (December through March)....More
Five days on Maui should be enough time to explore the island thoroughly; see all the most important sights, such as Haleakala; and spend some time out on the water. If you are able to stretch the trip out a little, it’s definitely worth it to reserve a day or two for simply relaxing on a beautiful beach....More
The curving, 52-mile (84-km) Road to Hana hugs Maui's northeastern shore and journeying along it, past black-sand beaches and teeming waterfalls, is the island's quintessential experience. With 600 hairpin turns to tackle and more than 50 bridges to cross, it can’t be rushed, so set aside the whole day....More
Most visitors stay in either West Maui or South Maui and many divide their time between the two. If you have limited time, it’s a good idea to base yourself in West Maui where you will find a greater concentration of attractions, such as Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina; restaurants, and shopping....More
No. Maui is generally a safe destination, especially compared to mainland cities. The greatest risks to visitors come not from people, but from the natural environment. Pay attention to warnings about dangerous currents in the ocean; take heed of signs on hiking trails; and always carry water and sun protection....More
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