Stand above a sea of clouds high atop Haleakala. Watch a 45-foot whale breach off the coast of Lahaina. Lose count of the waterfalls along the road as you maneuver the hairpin turns of the Hana highway. One visit and it's easy to see why Maui is called "The Magic Isle." The second largest Hawaiian island has a smaller population than you'd expect, making Maui popular with visitors who are looking for sophisticated diversions and amenities in the small towns and airy resorts spread throughout the island. From the scenic slopes of fertile Upcountry Maui to beaches that have repeatedly been voted among the best in the world, a visit to the Magic Isle recharges the senses. But like every good magic trick, you'll have to see it for yourself to believe it.
Top 5 things to do:
- visit Haleakalā, a dormant volcano, in the early morning to see a breathtaking sunrise
- snorkel at Molokini Marine Preserve
- whale watch along the beaches of the West Coast (Dec-Apr)
- play golf at one of the many first-class golf courses
- take the road to Hāna, one of the most scenic drives in the world
Information on Maui provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.