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About Maui

 

 

 

Also known as the “Valley Isle,” Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island and is home to a wide array of spectacular beauty, from the scenic slopes of the fertile Upcountry region to beaches that have repeatedly been voted among the best in the world. With such a wide selection of natural wonders — not to mention outstanding dining and shopping options to choose from — it’s no wonder Maui has long been the destination of choice for travelers the world over. 

Maui Resources

On these resplendent shores you’ll find white, black and even red (!) sand beaches, outstanding surfing and windsurfing spots, and some of the best beaches to swim, snorkel and sunbathe.

Get a bird’s-eye view of Maui’s varied scenery and topography. From helicopter tours to parasailing, there are plenty of ways to get a whole different perspective on the island’s abundant beauty.

Now’s your chance to take in a magnificent sunset from the summit of Haleakala, or to soar through the jungle on an adrenaline-pumping zipline adventure. There’s plenty of rest and relaxation to be had as well in spending a relaxing day perusing shops and art galleries over on the west side in Lahaina as well.

Would you like to spend a leisurely day swimming at Ka’anapali Beach? What about embarking on a snorkeling or scuba adventure near the island of Molokini? The Valley Isle offers an enticing selection of water activities for you and your ‘Ohana to enjoy.

You’ve had your special day…so now it’s time to start your life together in one of the most popular romantic destinations anywhere in the world. Take advantage of our honeymoon resources and start planning the vacation of your dreams!

Make sure you pack a hearty appetite, because Maui offers an exotic blend of savory dining options. Indulge in the flavors of Hawai’i regional cuisine, often made from produce picked right from the farms of Kula and fish caught fresh from the sea. 

Experience one-of-a-kind cultural performances, stage shows, musical events and sports competitions at any time throughout the year on the Valley Isle. 

Travelers arriving on Maui can take a taxi to most resort and hotel destinations, and private airport transfers can also be booked ahead of time. Some hotels in larger resort areas offer complimentary shuttles to nearby towns and attractions as well.

The culture of the Aloha State is steeped in the values of kuleana (responsibility) and malama (care). Now that travelers can once again safely enjoy our islands, we are asking you to join in our efforts to help keep our island kama’aina (locals) safe.

Maui contains a number of microclimates:

Drier on Maui’s leeward side 

Wetter on the windward side 

Warmer along the coast 

Cooler in Upcountry Maui

There are generally two seasons in Maui. Winter (November through April), when temperatures typically range in the low-70s to mid-80s, and summer when the high can run into the low-90s. The trade winds keep you comfortable year-round so any time of year is a good time to visit Maui.

Maui Regions

Central Maui

Home to Kahului Airport  and much of the island’s local community, Central Maui offers plenty of off-the-beaten-path treasures to be discovered:

  • Browse the small-town shops and restaurants of Wailuku
  • Visit historic and sacred spots like Iao Valley State Park
  • Discover Maui’s thriving arts community at galleries and visit the Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • Explore the streets of Kahului for its unique variety of shops, malls and restaurants
South Maui

You’ll find the sunniest, driest area of Maui on the peaceful southwestern coast. Blessed with miles of sandy beaches and clear views of the islands of Lana’i, Molokini and Kaho’olawe, South Maui is definitely the place for lazy days and romantic nights. Explore the immersive underwater aquarium at the Maui Ocean Center in the whale-friendly Ma’alaea Bay, golf at world-class courses in Wailea and Makena, or shop and dine in some of Maui’s finest restaurants and resorts.

 

East Maui

The lush East Maui coast is famous for the winding Road to Hana. Beginning in the Central Maui city of Kahului, the Hana Highway runs for 52 miles amongst waterfalls, dramatic vistas and flowering rainforests. Hana itself is a small town where aloha is very much still a way of life. Beyond Hana is the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park, the site of the beautiful Pools of O’heo. 

 

West Maui

West Maui is home to spectacular resorts, shopping, restaurants, a wealth of activities and some of the most amazing sunsets in all the world. Traveling north on Honoapiilani Highway takes you from one sun-kissed resort to the next, beginning with the historic whaling town of Lahaina and on through the vibrant Ka’anapali Resort, all the way up to elegant Kapalua with its championship golf and private getaways. 

 

Upcountry Maui

Located on the high elevations around Haleakala, the fertile rolling slopes of the Upcountry region carries cool breezes through ranches, botanical gardens and farms with soaring views. Take a farm tour in Kula and discover the small town of Makawao, home to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and a thriving art scene. And don’t forget to drive beyond Upcountry up to Maui’s highest peak to explore the rare flora and fauna of Haleakala National Park.

Maui Beaches

With 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches. On these world famous shores you’ll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to simply swim, snorkel and sunbathe.

Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, “secret spots” found off the beaten path.

Discover Maui’s world-famous beaches below.

Please note: Heed all warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your comfort and ability. View the Maui County Ocean Safety Guide for more information.

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