Maui is considered by many who visit as the closest thing on earth to paradise. Blissful surroundings and idyllic temperatures force all who visit to unwind and immerse themselves within the relaxed, heavenly atmosphere. The second largest Hawaiian island, Maui was initially created from the fusion of two volcanoes. The stunning landscape astounds all who visit; two volcanoes inhabit the island, namely the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala Volcano. Nicknamed the ‘Valley Isle’, the inhabited area of Maui is located in the gulf between these two, awe-inspiring structures. Beaches galore and striking forestry greet those who visit, forcing all to appreciate the inspiring natural beauty of this island.


Visitors lucky enough to be taking a holiday in Maui sometime between December and March will benefit from the unique opportunity to see humpback whales in the surrounding waters. Many of these creatures migrate to the nearby ‘Au’au Channel during this period, thus granting holidaymakers the chance of a lifetime. Specially constructed viewing points are located at key spotting areas, thus aiding each visitor’s hopes. Whales typically travel in pods; no one will forget the experience of seeing a migrating family of these beautiful and endangered creatures.

[ Haleakala National Park] allows visitors to walk around this tremendous dormant volcano and enjoy the beautiful hiking trails weaving around its remains. Sights include a magnificent waterfall and a bamboo forest. The summit provides incredible views, not only of Maui, but also of five of the eight principal Hawaiian Islands. Wainapanapa State Park offers an entirely different experience. Here visitors can see such natural wonders as sea caves dotted around the black sandy beach, as well as an intriguing blowhole. Holidaymakers should take advantage of the stunning surrounding oceans and learn how to scuba dive or snorkel. Although the beaches are beautiful, nothing can match the sights on offer underneath the water. Many local shops sell the necessary equipment and it is easy to locate a centre which will teach pupils how to enjoy these activities safely.

Those hoping to stay on dry land can catch a glimpse of the surrounding area’s wildlife at the [ Maui Ocean Center]. Here visitors can see marine life such as sharks, eels and stingrays in a stunning and informative environment. After exploring the depths of the ocean, visitors can also discover what beauties are located underneath the ground. [ Maui Cave Adventures] allows holidaymakers to explore one of the island’s natural caves and witness the wonders which are usually tucked away out of sight.

[ The Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum] is a testament to the local sugar industry. Every aspect of the production process is explored and explained, from the geography of the area to life on the plantations. Those who worked in this industry are honoured and many pieces of memorabilia aim to depict what their life would have been like. Visitors can explore a worker’s house and learn about the importance of religion within the communities. This in-depth and fascinating study is a must for all holidaymakers.


All who visit Maui will definitely want to purchase something special to remind them of their trip. Many galleries offer the opportunity to purchase a unique piece of art; particular favourites include the Gallerie Hawaii, Madaline Michael’s Gallery and Pizzo Glass Art. Those hoping to indulge in local water sports will find an abundance of shops hoping to provide you with the necessary equipment. Surfers can visit Local Motion Hawaii and Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport. There are many beautiful jewellery shops located across the island; The Pearl Connection provides timeless pieces suitable for all budgets. Hilo Hattie is a fantastic clothes shop specialising in Hawaiian fashions, perfect for those hoping to purchase something which cannot be found back in Great Britain. Book lovers will find paradise at the Old Lahaina Book Emporium, home to 25000 books. Such an ample collection is sure to astound all who visit. Fantastic souvenirs and gifts can be purchased at Gifts from Maui or the Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery.


After a long luxurious day on the beach, or an action packed adventure in the water, visitors should treat themselves to some of the island’s delicious culinary treats. One of the most popular restaurants is [ The Seawatch Restaurant], where only the magnificent views threaten to distract attention away from the incredible food. [ The Plantation House Restaurant] is another favourite; serving traditional dishes with a twist, the homely atmosphere beautifully complements the comforting meals on offer. Fish is a speciality here and the opportunity to sample the vast array on offer should not be passed up. Attracting many celebrity patrons, [ Chez Paul] serves delicious French cuisine in picturesque surroundings. Those who cannot choose one type of cuisine to try will find their problems solved at Roy’s, where Hawaiian recipes are mingled with European and Asian flavours in order to create new and exciting dishes. Those searching for nightlife should head towards Kihei where there are many bars waiting to be explored. However, all should be aware that most places do not stay open late. Favourite spots include the Lobby Lounge and the Sunset Terrace for cocktails and the Nalu Sunset Bar for beautiful views and delicious sushi. Typical Hawaiian activities can be sampled at the Royal Lahaina Luau where all the family can prove their luau skills, enjoy an extensive buffet dinner, witness a traditional island ceremony and sample some of the delicious drinks on offer.

Tourist Information

Maui Visitors Bureau1727 Wili Pa LoopWailuku, HI 96793

  • Tel: (808) 244-3530
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=Kahului Airport is the island’s principal gateway. Served by several major airlines, Kahului is the second largest airport in the state. Transport links to and from the airport are accessible and stress free, thus making travel to Maui pleasant and relaxing. For more information potential holidaymakers should visit the websites of individual carriers or []

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