Hawaiian Holidays: Maui Island
The Hawaiian island of Maui is a popular destination for luxury and romantic breaks, but the Pacific island offers so much more than a tropical getaway. Miles of sugar-white beaches line Maui Island, perfect for sunbathing but also great for having a go at surfing and windsurfing, body- and boogie-boarding. Whale watching from Maalaea and snorkelling in Kaanapali’s Black Rock provide a chance to meet some of Maui’s exotic sea creatures. Back on dry land, you could hike across volcanic craters or sit back and enjoy a traditional luau party to experience Hawaiian life and culture on Maui Island.
Getting to Maui Island
A number of large international airlines, including Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, fly to Maui Island’s main airport, Kahului Airport (OGG), throughout the year. There are also two smaller commuter airports on either side of the island: Kapalua (JHM) and Hana (HNM). Daily ferries run between Maui and the islands of Lanai and Molokai.
Hotels on Maui Island
There’s a wide choice of accommodation on Maui Island, from affordable bed and breakfasts within towns to luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Much of the low-cost and mid-range accommodation is self-catering, offering plenty of practical facilities and located close to supermarkets and restaurants.
Where to Stay on Maui Island
Maui Island may only be small, but it can easily be split up into distinct areas. Once a holiday spot for Hawaii’s royalty, West Maui is now a busy area of large resorts, shopping and offering a range of leisure activities. One of West Maui’s highlights is the former whaling town of Lahaina, where you can head out to spot whales off the island’s coast.
Hana is a small town on Maui’s largely unspoiled eastern coast. The only way to get to the town is past stunning coastal views and through tropical rainforests along the famous Road to Hana. The black-sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park is a perfect snorkelling spot and the large Hawaiian temple of Hale Piilani is in one of Hawaii’s five National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
When to Visit Maui Island
Maui Island has hot weather all year round. July can be an expensive time to visit especially during the island’s 4th July celebrations, which involve a large rodeo and cowboy parade. January to March is the best time for whale watching. The island’s quiet season is in October and November, and while the weather is still good in both months, many hotels lower their prices.
Things to See and Do
Maui Ocean Center gives you the chance to explore Hawaii’s shores without stepping foot on a boat. As part of its mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits, the aquarium contains the world’s largest collection of live corals from the Pacific.
To explore Maui’s landscape, head to Haleakala National Park. The area is linked to many ancient stories from Hawaiian culture and is also home to a few endangered species. Popular with hikers, the park’s landscape is made up of volcanic terrain and rainforests. You can adventure in the park around the clock and many people head to its highest point to watch the night sky.