Maui - Hawaii


Readers of top international travel magazines vote Maui The World’s Best Island consistently because Maui boasts scenery that satisfies the most discriminating travelers. Maui is home to emerald rainforests moon-like vistas of Mt. Haleakala, rolling Alpine-like meadows of Upcountry and the jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls of the West Maui Mountains.

The central Maui town of Kahului/Wailuku is the island's business center, while West Maui hosts sprawling beaches, upscale hotels of Ka'anapali and the historic whaling town of Lahaina. South Maui is home to a high-end Maui resort district, Wailea plus offers a good spot for snorkeling, diving and wildlife watching. Kihei is the economical Maui hotel district. Maui's best area to explore underwater is the lava rock crescent-shaped Molokini, so take a 25-minute boat ride and explore.

Iao Valley, reposing between the volcanoes near Kahoolawe, is a place the modern world seems to have left behind. There is fascinating and dramatic history here, much of it violent, with the Iao Needle rock pillar having served as a natural altar.

In the case of Hana, the journey may be as important as the destination. With giant waterfalls, artist hamlets and rainbows along the way, make it a day trip and stop for picnic supplies in Pa'ia. The infamous Road to Hana is curvy and minimally maintained. It takes about 4 hours to drive it each way.

Once Maui's bawdy whaling port, today's Lahaina town is picture perfect, hosts lively nightspots while daytime brings crowds of tourists. If you need a T-shirt, souvenir shops aplenty along Front Street will have you covered. Cheeseburger in Paradise is a great place for lunch.

Whale watching season on Maui is from November to April.