The second-largest Hawaiian island, Maui is a tropical paradise teeming with waving palms and turquoise waters rich with pristine reefs for spending endless afternoons snorkeling.
Whether watching the sun rise from Haleakala Crater or swimming beneath waterfalls, Maui is the premiere destination for relaxing, unwinding and exploring some of the most breathtaking sites in the world.
Things to Do When You Get There
There’s plenty to experience on the magical island of Maui. Start with a drive along the Hana Highway and stop by Haleakala National Park, home to the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala. Follow the signs pointing to the warm, natural pools and waterfalls of Ohe’s Gulch to engage with nature’s wonder.
Spanning a massive stretch of land across Maui’s southeastern region, Haleakala boasts the island’s highest peak at 10,023 feet. One of Maui’s most popular sites, this region contains five distinctly different climate zones, jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets, mesmerizing landscapes and flora and fauna like nowhere else in the world. Haleakala covers more than 30,000 acres including a volcanic expanse known as the Summit Area which can be accessed from central Maui on the Haleakala Highway. The other side, known as the Kipahulu Area, gives visitors spectacular access to lush, tropical landscapes, pools and waterfalls.
Maui is home to many unique varieties of plants including the rare, silver sword plant. A volcanic subspecies found only on the island, visitors awe at its gray, swordlike spines reaching for the sky, each spine glistening with distinct, silver hairs. This unique succulent thrives in the region’s environment of chilly temperatures and high altitude.
Exceptional dining experiences await visitors to Maui such as Merriman’s, the stunning oceanfront restaurant on magnificent Kapalua Bay offering locally-sourced specialties, an award-winning menu and of the island’s freshest seafood, fish, meat and produce. The opulent dining experience offers indoor-outdoor seating, impressive sunset views, an open-air bar, and ocean front lounge and fire pit.
Whale watching is another activity drawing visitors to Maui each year. From December to March, North Pacific humpback whales migrate to the tropical waters of Hawaii. The island of Maui enjoys the largest concentration of these amazing mammals and whale watching in Maui is considered some of the best in the world.
The best time of year to visit Maui is in the shoulder season when the weather is best and tourist traffic lowest. Airfare and hotel rates historically dip between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, while peak season runs between December and March.