Resorts line Maui Island’s coastline between the crystal-clear Pacific Ocean and lush rainforest and valleys. Join a boat trip out into the ocean to get up close to humpback whales, shop for designer names in upscale malls, and relax on secluded bays watching paddle boarders and surfers brave the waves. End the day at one of Maui Island’s many Polynesian shows and dance performances or sip cocktails at a beachside tiki bar.
West Maui is the island’s liveliest area and its resorts feature a variety of restaurants and bars. Stay in the old whaling port of Lahaina for a taste of 19th-century Hawaii. Its narrow streets are home to family-run stores sporting original facades, and its former dance halls and saloons are now family restaurants.
One of the best spots on Maui Island for whale watching, Lahaina’s harbour sees boats leave regularly for whale-watching, diving and snorkelling trips. And for more time in the water, drive just up the coast to Kaanapali Beach, one of Maui Island’s best beaches for water sports.
Join a boat trip at South Maui’s Maalaea Harbor to go snorkelling and diving at Molokini Crater, a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. There is more native marine life to see at Maalaea’s Maui Ocean Center, a large aquarium complex.
For a luxury stay on Maui Island, book a condo at one of Wailea’s five-star resorts. Renowned for its manicured golf courses and pristine beaches, Wailea also has high-end shopping and gourmet dining at the deluxe Shops at Wailea.
Head to the eastern coast for Maui Island’s famous road trip. The 65-mile long Road to Hana takes in striking seascapes and dense rainforest. A number of car parks punctuate the route, so there is plenty of chance to pull up and explore secluded bays and hike to waterfalls and swimming holes.
Public transport is limited, so to make the most of your time on Maui Island, hire a car to explore and get off the beaten track to breath-taking shores and dense rainforest .