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Lahaina

Known for Beaches, Snorkelling and Sea


The former capital of Hawaii was once the heart of the global whaling trade. Today, it’s a popular beach city and starting point for whale-watching tours.

How do you get to Lahaina?

You can still get a sense for the old Lahaina by taking a walk down Front Street, the town’s main artery. This street is lined with well-preserved timber-framed homes that date back to the early 19th century. Today, these houses are restaurants, art galleries, T-shirt stores and trinket shops.

Lahaina sits between the Au'au Channel and the peaks of the West Maui Mountains on Maui’s northwest coast. After King Kamehameha conquered Maui at the turn of the 19th century, he made Lahaina the seat of royal power. It remained in ascendancy until 1845, when the Hawaiian capital was moved to Honolulu.

During its the peak of the whaling industry, from 1825 to 1860, hundreds of ships were berthed in Lahaina’s harbor each year while their sailors took shore leave in town. One such sailor was Herman Melville, author of the classic American novel Moby Dick.

Whales are no longer hunted from Lahaina, but you can still get up-close to them. Set sail on a whale-watching tour from the town’s harbor. The tours last between two and five hours and the best time to see the mammals is between December and May.

While you are visiting Lahaina, grab the opportunity to sit under the shade of the colossal banyan tree in Front Street. It’s of the largest banyan trees in the world.

At night Lahaina, many of Front Street’s stores and galleries stay open late. Book a seat at the Maui Theater for the Ulalena Show, a performance running most nights of the week that tells the story of Hawaii’s people through a combination of song, dance, and acrobatics.

Lahaina is a good base from which to explore the rest of Maui. The island is approximately 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) at its longest length and 23 miles (37 kilometers) at its longest width. Journey through the 'Iao Valley State Park for a close-up view of the 'Iao Needle. This colossal lava formation is one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks. Swim in the freshwater pools at Kīpahulu and enjoy spectacular views from the mountain peaks of the Haleakalā National Park. For some gentle relaxation play a round of golf or laze on the sandy beaches at the luxury resort of Kapalua.

Things to do in Lahaina

As one of the highest-ranking luxury beaches in the U.S., this stunning stretch of sand with crystal-clear water is lined with high-end hotels and shops.

Calm, luxurious, picturesque and visited by amazing marine life, this is one of West Maui’s more family-friendly swimming and snorkeling destinations.

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It’s all about the journey on the Road to Hana! Brand new luxurious Grech mini coaches will have you touring in style and comfort past cascading waterfalls, scenic vistas and 59 bridges around 620 adventurous curves.

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Discover the must-do cultural and outdoor activities in Maui with the Maui Value Pass, which gives you access to the Atlantis Submarine, the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, the Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Bailey House Museum.

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Experience an authentic luau on Kaanapali Beach, located at the foot of the famous cliff-diving spot, Black Rock. After witnessing breathtaking cliff dives, sit down to an all-you-can-eat luau buffet and a Polynesian revue that takes you on a voyage through the South Pacific.

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Set out for an early morning island excursion with a sunrise tour to the peak of Haleakala, Maui's sleeping volcano. Travel by van to the 10,023-foot (3,055-m) summit to experience Haleakala National Park at dawn, and take in sweeping island vistas from the Pu'u Ula'ula Overlook.

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Take the journey of a lifetime to “Heavenly” Hana Town. Your all-day tour goes full-circle around the beautiful windward region of the “Magic Isle.” Discover some of the most diverse and scenic landscapes found on any of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Follow the sound of trumpeting conch shells to Maui's longest-running luau, where beach-side seating, free-flowing drinks, all-you-care-to-eat dinner, and dazzling Polynesian shows combine for the perfect Hawaiian evening.

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