Hawaii Travel

Maui – The “Valley Isle” of Hawaii

Maui vacation – the best way to have an amazing travel adventure. With some of the world’s best beaches, you’re sure to have a great time on this beautiful island. Maui is blessed with clear waters, majestic landscapes, nice waterfalls, and lush rainforests.

 

A Hawaii vacation in Maui is the perfect gift for yourself and your family. Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience on this paradise island. If you are not familiar which sites to visit in Maui, we’ll give you some suggestions, so read on.

 

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The Island of Maui

 

Maui, also referred to as the Valley Isle, is the second largest island in Hawaii. Dubbed as one of the best islands in the world, Maui is home to beautiful beaches, a dormant volcano, waterfalls, and lush rainforests. It is one of the most well-known islands in Hawaii, with 2.5 million tourists arriving each year.

 

Famous Tourist Spots in Maui

 

  • HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

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The Haleakala National Park is the home of the dormant volcano Haleakala, the highest peak on Maui with an elevation of 10,023 feet. This place is famous for its beautiful sunsets, majestic landscapes, and rich flora and fauna.

 

The Summit Area can be reached via the Haleakala Highway, and will take you to the highest point in the park. Surrounding landscapes can be described as volcanic and rocky, which will make you feel that you’re walking on the surface of the moon.

 

To the east is the Kipahulu Area, which can be accessed via Highway 360 or more popularly known as the Road to Hana (Hana Highway). In this region, you can see beaches, waterfalls, and lush forests.

 

  • HANA HIGHWAY (ROAD TO HANA)

 

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The Road to Hana, also known as Hana Highway, has a total length of 64.4 miles (103.6 kilometers). It runs along Maui’s east coast, curving around mountains and passing by waterfalls and beaches.

 

With 620 curves and 59 bridges (46 of which are one-lane wide), this highway is the most famous stretch of road in Hawaii. Along the way, you can see rainforests and beautiful white, black and red sand beaches. Your journey thru Hana Highway will surely be a memorable one.

 

  • LAHAINA

 

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To complete your Maui vacation, you might want to visit the bustling town of Lahaina. It is the main harbor in West Maui, where the majority of fishing, snorkeling, and whale watching tours depart.

 

The restaurants along Front Street offer a wide variety of food and entertainment, which makes it the center of West Maui’s nightlife. This street was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Streets” by the American Planning Association.

 

You can also find lots of shops in Lahaina which sell souvenirs, handicrafts, gift items, and jewelry. If you like art, you can view and purchase works of local artists in the art galleries located on Front Street.

 

  • KAANAPALI BEACH AND BLACK ROCK

 

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With its clear waters, long stretch of fine sand and beachfront hotels, Kaanapali is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Maui. Windsurfing, jet skiing, and parasailing – you can do all these on this fascinating beach. It can be the perfect destination for your Hawaii vacation.

 

Located on the west of Kaanapali Beach, Black Rock is a famous tourist spot ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Check out the coral reefs, different species of tropical fish, and the sea turtles of Hawaii. Nice!

 

  • MAKENA BEACH (BIG BEACH)

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The Makena Beach, more popularly known as the Big Beach, is one of the well-known tourist spots in Maui. The beautiful orange-white sand and clear waters are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.

 

  • LITTLE BEACH

 

For a different kind of beach experience, you can check out Little Beach. This spot is a watering hole for people who want to have fun and entertainment. Usually, on Sundays, crowds gather for some merrymaking like dancing around a bonfire. It is one of the only few nudist beaches in the world, where you can see some people skinny dipping.

 

  • KAMAOLE BEACH

 

The Kamaole Beach is divided into three areas, Kamaole I, II and III. From here, you can get nice views of Kahoolawe, Molokini, and Lanai. Kamaole I is the largest and most beautiful of the three beaches, with good swimming environment and fine white sand.

 

The second beach has nice waves and is ideal for body surfing. Kamaole III is popular among the locals as a picnic area because of its lush greens. All of these three beaches have complete facilities like parking, showers, and restrooms.

 

  • MALUAKA BEACH

 

Located in front of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, this gorgeous beach is a good spot for swimming or snorkeling. The area surrounding this beach is commonly referred to as Turtle Town Maui. You can find picnic areas, showers, and restrooms here.

 

Fun Things to Do in Maui

 

  • Whale Watching

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Prepare for a close encounter with the gentle giants of the sea – the 40-ton Humpback Whales. The best times to see these magnificent creatures are from December to April when they migrate from their feeding grounds in Alaska.

 

Watch their incredible acrobatics such as tail slapping, blowing, and breaching. Each year, the Humpback Whales come to Hawaii to mate, give birth, and nurse their offspring. Bring a camera so you can capture this rare encounter.

 

  • Sunset Cruises

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Have a romantic cruise with your loved one. Enjoy stunning views of the beautiful islands and watch as the sun sets on the horizon. Listen and be serenaded by live music as you savor the spirit of Hawaii.

 

To complete the romantic ambiance, dinner will be served along with a glass of wine. Maui is the perfect travel destination for newlyweds who want to have an unforgettable honeymoon. Enjoy the sights and sounds while holding hands with your sweetheart.

 

  • Hiking

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Explore the trails of Haleakala, a dormant volcano whose summit offers tourists an incredible display of colors and hues as the sun sets on the horizon. The view from up here will leave you speechless.

 

Another popular trail is the Pipiwai Trail, which is located above the Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools). The hike can take anywhere from three to five hours; there are several waterfalls along the route, the last of which is the Waimoku Falls – a nice 400-foot waterfall.

 

  • Water Activities

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Maui is where you’ll find some of the best beaches in the world. And what better way to enjoy your vacation than to engage in water activities. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, parasailing, kiteboarding – you can do all of these during your Maui vacation.

 

  • Kayak Tours

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Explore the waters of Maui Island by having a kayak tour. Off the coast of Wailea and Makena, you can find Turtle Town.  Get up close and personal with Hawaiian sea turtles, spinner dolphins, different species of fish, and amazing coral reefs.

 

Conclusion

 

A Hawaii vacation in Maui is a fun, exciting, and memorable experience. The world’s most beautiful beaches, majestic landscapes, and tropical rainforests – you can see all these on the beautiful island of Maui.

 

Some of the places to visit in this island are the Kaanapali Beach, Makena Beach, Hana Highway, Lahaina, and Haleakala National Park. There are lots of activities that you can enjoy during your stay in Maui: whale watching, sunset cruises, hiking, kayak tours, surfing, and scuba diving. Discover for yourself why Maui is considered as one of the best islands in the world.

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