‘The Valley Isle,’ as Maui is also known, is the second-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, renowned for its world-famous beaches and incredible scenery. Explore Lahaina, the erstwhile capital of Hawaii and a surfers’ paradise. Its oceanfront main street is lined with timber-frame buildings, and a mighty banyan tree dominates the courthouse square. Molokini, just a few nautical miles away, is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world, and Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary. It is an excellent spot to go snorkeling and observe deep-water species. Take a whale-watching cruise with marine naturalists to learn about humpback whales. A drive to Hana offers a delightful view, with the road hugging the coastline and lush valleys bursting with waterfalls along the way. In Upcountry Maui, meander through Makawao, famous for its Hawaiian cowboys and a thriving arts community with galleries, glassblowers and wood sculptors’ workshops. Find fascinating exhibits at the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center. Visit the 100-year old Komoda Bakery for tasty cream puffs.
Haleakala National Park
Surfing, Snorkeling & Diving
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Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is a luxurious property, spread across the beautiful Wailea Beach by the Pacific Ocean. Stay in an elegant ensuite room, done up in soothing whites, with polished wood accents and large floor to ceiling glass doors leading out to your private lanai, facing the lush island and the deep blue ocean.
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger, barely a ten-minute drive from the nearest airport, is an apartment-style property on the west coast, by Napili Bay. Find lush gardens, fragrant with plumeria blossoms, and enjoy marvelous views of nearby Polynesian islands.
Plantation Inn, less than an hour’s drive from the airport, is a charming B&B in the heart of Maui’s historical town of Labaina. Enter a classic plantation-style property, hemmed by lush tropical gardens.
Royal Lahaina Resort, a ten-minute drive from the nearest airport, stands on the white silken sands of Maui’s famed Kāʻanapali Beach by the Pacific Ocean. Get ready for a Polynesian island escape amid lush tropical gardens, nodding palm trees and an azure blue ocean.