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While Maui is a perfect lush paradise for lovers and honeymooners, it is also one of the best places to take a family. As you would expect, beaches and resorts are a large portion of Maui attractions, but the island is also an ideal destination for adventurers and nature buffs alike. True tree-huggers will want to take a trip to Banyan Tree Park, home to these huge, fascinating trees.

Most Maui visitors enjoy the Oheo Gulch and Bamboo Forestfor itsbeautiful bamboo trees, pools and waterfalls. You are not limited to tree gawking, either. You can also swim and wander in the gardens and hike the nature trails. If you need an incentive for physical exertion, you should do your hiking in the early hours at Haleakala Crater.The reward will be one of the most beautiful sunrises you will ever see.

You do not have to walk everywhere. You can tour the wilder areas of Maui via horseback through one of the Maui Stables daily tours. This unusual tour company offers spiritual meditations as well as a complete tour of the Maui countryside, and inexperienced riders are welcome.

Maui Top 10

10. Skyline Eco Adventure is an- exhilarating zip-line tour of the gorgeous Maui cliffs.

5. Waianapanapa State Park is a breathtaking place to camp, hike and tour the wilderness of Maui.

9. Check out a comedic magic show that rivals any Vegas nightclub act at Maui's highly rated Warren and Annabelle's Magic Dinner Theatre.

4. Haleakala National Park is a fabulous way to enjoy the beauty of nature with the family for a reasonable fee.

8. Take an exciting Hiking Safariand explore rarely travelled trails in the Maui countryside.

3. See the glorious coral reefs and exotic sea life while snorkelling at Black Rock Kaanapali Beach or in Turtle Town in Maui.

7. Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve is a unique nature reserve that spans both the land and water, where you can see dolphins and other aquatic wildlife.

2. A Road to Hana tour is a hugely popular guided Jeep tour of the rugged Maui jungle, and you get to see wonders of which most travellers have no knowledge.

6. Iao Valley State Monument in the Iao Valley State Park is a great place to take the kids for fun interactive science exhibits at the arcade and museum. The park features gentle water rapids that you can ride with rafts and inner tubes.

1. You cannot leave Maui without having an authentic Polynesian Village Luau, complete with a roasted pig and hula dancers.

Hawaii - Maui History

  • Bailey House Museum – Learn about the history and early settlers of Maui at the island’s oldest preservation and historic society.
  • Baldwin House – Historic home built by Rev. Dwight Baldwin in 1834.
  • Wo Hing Museum – Dedicated to the preservation of Chinese history and artefacts on Maui
  • Hale Aloha – Built in 1831, it has been restored with a replica of the original tower.
  • Whalers Village Museum – Collection of 19th-century scrimshaw and scale models of whaling ships teaches about the whaling days.

Hawaii - Maui Art & Culture

  • Maui Pops Orchestra – Go see everything from Broadway to classical to choral music.
  • Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum – Everything you want to know about sugar production in Maui.
  • Hana Cultural Centre – Check out an exact reproduction of a Hawaiian village.
  • Lahaina Heritage Museum – Ongoing interactive exhibits, videos and demonstrations about the culture of Maui.
  • Hana Coast Gallery – Art collections by Hawaiian, Polynesian and Pacific Rim artists.

Hawaii - Maui Shopping

  • Queen Ka’ahumanu Centre – So many stores at this mall you may never leave.
  • Front Street – Restaurants, galleries, jewellery stores and shops for souvenirs in Lahaina.
  • Shops at Wailea – Open-air shopping centre with 70 designer shops, stores and restaurants.
  • Lahaina Cannery Mall – Visit the old pineapple cannery and enjoy approximately 50 stores and a food court.
  • Whalers Village – Some 90 stores and restaurants and a hula show that will get you dancing.

Gay & Lesbian Hawaii - Maui

  • Both Sides Now – This non-profit organization lists all the gay activities you could want.
  • Maui Gay Pride – Do not miss the annual Gay Pride Weekend in June.
  • Gay Whale Watching Tours – See humpback whales off the western Maui coast between December and March.
  • Purple Unions – Plan your commitment ceremony or wedding and reception with your partner.
  • Kihei Community – South Maui is the gayest part of the island.

Hawaii - Maui Outdoor

  • Haleakala National Park – Features exhibits about ecology, geology, culture and archaeology.
  • Hawaii Nature Center – Education centre with exhibits about Maui's ecosystems and the environment.
  • Maui Ocean Center – All the tropical fish and marine life native to Maui's coral reefs, so no underwater trip is necessary.
  • Maui Eco-Tours – Hiking trails for all skill levels to volcanic craters of Ka’eleku Cavern or Oheo Gulch pools.
  • Haleakala Sunrise Tour – View the Maui sunrise from Mt Haleakala if you get up early.

Hawaii - Maui Sport

  • Maui Stables – Enjoy a daily tour with a group leader.
  • In 2 Scuba – Open-water dives and private diving lessons available at Ka'anapali.
  • Haleakala Bike Company – Tour Haleakala National Park and bike to the summit of Haleakala to see the volcanic crater.
  • Kapalua Plantation Course – Convenient golf course close to the centre of town.
  • Leilani Farm Sanctuary – A non-profit organization created to care for rescued animals.

Maui Events

Halloween in Lahaina, Maui, is quite an event to behold. The parties are outstanding and merry celebrants parade through the streets in elaborate and flamboyant costumes, many of which take the creators months to complete.

You can feast and imbibe to your heart's content at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival for four daysin June each year. World-renowned chefs and vintners gather on Maui to showcase their finest creations during daily exhibitions, and the festival finishes with an elegant gala event.

The Maui Eco-Fest inHana is an Earth Day celebration featuring live music, a farmers market, food booths and plenty of fun ecological activities.

The Senior PGA Tour EMC Kaanapali Classic takes place every year in January on Maui. It is a prestigious professional golf tournament for champions only.

Lanai Pineapple Festival is the Maui way to celebrate the 4th of July. It is a huge community picnic with plenty of food and activities for families.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing isa world-class professional surfing competition that takes place in November and December in Maui, and spectators can watch for free.

East Maui Taro Festival is a cultural fair celebrating the history of the indigenous taro plant complete with arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and various agricultural demonstrations.

Mercedes-Benz Championship PGA Event in Maui is a tournament for champion golfers held at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course in January. Only the best compete here.

If you enjoy whale watching,you should take a Pacific Whale Foundation tour in Maui in February or March when the season is at its peak. The company offers 16 tours throughout the season, which spans from November through May.

Maui Whale Festival offers a series of whale-related events from November through May each year including water sports, educational seminars, festivals, parades and charity runs.

When To Go

The weather in Maui is typically warm year-round, and the seasons do not change drastically, so you may want to plan the trip according to the activities that interest you rather than by the weather.

The temperatures in the summer and spring months are usually in the 80s F (high 20s C) with lows in the 70s F (low 20s C). During the autumn and winter months, the temperature drops less than 10 degrees.

There is very little rainfall in Maui, but it rains more in the winter months than any other time of year.

Getting There

Kahului Airport is the main hub in Maui for air travel, and it is the second largest airport in Hawaii. Most major airlines offer service to this airport.

For those who like to drive, the main roads on Maui are Honoapiilani Highway, Hana Highway, and

Haleakala Highway. Be sure to keep a map with you, and watch out for roads that narrow to single lanes abruptly.

Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad, alsocalled the “Sugar Cane Train” by the locals, is a novel and leisurely way to travel between the Kaanapali resort area and Lahaina Town.

General Information

The Hawaiian island of Maui provides the promise of a paradisal vacation to honeymooners, surfers and families alike. Home to breathtaking volcanic landscapes, "The Valley Isle" welcomes almost 2.5 million visitors a year. Second in size to the "Big Island" of Hawai'i in the archipelago, Maui is especially popular with tourists from the continental U.S., many of whom purchase property and homes on the coast after retirement. As a result, Maui's population has surged in recent years.

The principal town of Kahului, home to just over 20,000 people, is not a big draw with tourists, as most resorts on the island are concentrated in West Maui and South Maui. In order to make the most of any Maui vacation however, it's imperative to get around the island and view the spectacular scenery. The Road to Hana on the east coast of the island snakes around mountains, waterfalls and black sand beaches and Haleakala National Park preserves superlative natural wonders.

Attractions & Activities

Attractions

  • Makena State Park
  • Banyan Tree Park
  • Kamaole Beach Parks
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Oheo Gulch
  • Activities

  • Maui Whale Festival
  • Mercedes-Benz Championship PGA Event
  • East Maui Taro Festival
  • Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
  • Lanai Pineapple Festival
  • Restaurant & Nightlife

    Restaurants

  • AK's Café
  • Chez Paul
  • Gerard's
  • Nick's Fishmarket Maui
  • Café O'Lei Kihei
  • Nightlife

  • Mulligan's on the Blue
  • Pacific'o
  • Casanova
  • Yorman's by the Sea
  • Paradise Bluz
  • Maui Climate

    Like the rest of Hawaii, Maui has warm temperatures that hold steady throughout the year. A dry season from May to September and wet and cool season from October to April are the main features, with a temperature range between 18°C and 32°C.

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