Maui – The Valley Isle
Maui is nicknamed the Valley Isle. Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian island chain. Less than 25% of Maui is inhabited. From its heavenly beaches to its scenic wonders there are plenty of reasons why Maui has been voted Best Island by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for many years. Watch the sunrise at Haleakala National park or discover the arts and culture of Kahalui and Upcountry Maui. Take the road to Hana and visit the Seven Sacred Pools or stroll the seaside streets of the Whaling Town of Old Lahaina. From championship golf courses to over 30 miles of beautiful beaches, your vacation to the “Valley Isle” proves to be unforgettable. It’s no wonder why thousands of humpback whales migrate to Maui’s warm waters year after year. One visit to Maui and you might want to join them too!
Top reasons to visit Maui
1. Haleakala National Park: Take a ride up to Haleakala and watch the sun as it rises, seemingly from within the volcanic crater, then turn in the opposite direction and watch as stars and purple night skies quietly recede into daylight.
2. The road to Hana: Drive 52 miles to the sleepy little town of Hana, past rustic towns, green valleys, lush rainforests and flowing waterfalls. Roll down your windows and breathe in the scent of guava and ginger. Don’t forget your swimsuit!
3. Resorts: Opulent gardens, pools, spas, restaurants and golf courses. Some of the best resorts in Hawaii are found on the south and west shores of Maui.
4. Waianapanapa State Park: Stop along the road to Hana and take a dip at the black sand beach or in the cave pool where a Hawaiian princess once hid.
5. Hookipa Beach: Watch the world’s top windsurfers perform amazing maneuvers at this gorgeous windswept beach.
6. Whale watching: Maui is the gateway to the best whale watching in the world. Humpback whales begin arriving in Hawaii in November and head back to Alaska in May.