Maui at a Glance
Maui is a true vacation paradise, with unspoiled villages, dramatic coastline, glorious beaches, welcoming locals, tantalizing cuisine and first-class resorts & inns. The second largest Hawaiian Island, Maui has a surprising small population making it often feel like your own private vacation haven.
Not to be missed For seventeen straight years the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine have voted Maui, ‘Best Island’. These are just a few of the reasons why:
- Haleakala National Park: Maui’s highest peak, Haleakala, can be found here. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, this is one of the most popular places to watch the sunrise.
- Iao Needle: One of Maui’s most recognized landmarks, the Iao Needle is a 1,200ft green-mantled rock found in the Iao Valley State Park. Overlooking Iao stream, the "needle" is easily accessed through hiking.
- Lahaina: Located in West Maui, this historic whaling village is now a hot spot for restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
- Makena Beach State Park: Known as ‘Big Beach’, Makena is one of the largest beaches in Maui. Its golden sands measure 2/3 of a mile in length and nearly 100 yards (in width).
- Molokini: Less than 6kms from Maui’s southern coast, this tiny island is ideal for snorkelling and diving. Surrounded by coral reef, the waters around Molokini boast more than 250 species of tropical fish.
Uniquely Maui Nestled into the rugged East Side of Maui, Hana is one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian towns. What makes Hana truly famous is the scenic drive taken to reach it. While the Hana Highway is less than 85kms from Kahului, the drive can take up to four hours to complete. With 620 curves and 59 bridges, drivers will pass through rainforests, waterfalls, pools and seascapes. Stops are available along the journey, so make sure to leave plenty of time to break and marvel at the views.
Good to know about Maui Before departing for one of Maui’s award-wining beaches, don’t forget to review these Practical Details:
- Climate: On average the temperature ranges between 24°C and 30°C. The western side of the island tends to be the driest, and temperatures in Upcountry Maui are 8°C – 10°C cooler than on the coast.
- City Transportation: Most travellers to Maui find that a car rental is the most convenient way to travel the Island. Additionally, taxis, trolleys and city buses are available.
- Accommodation: Maui has many world-class resort areas to choose from. See Maui hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: From traditional Hawaiian luau meals, to the renowned Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, classic American and fresh seafood, Maui’s dining offerings are exotic.
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