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The "Valley Isle"
Maui is a wonderful blend of everything that you think of when Hawaii comes to mind. "Maui No Ka Oi" (Maui is the best) is the local saying, and over 2 million visitors a year agree. There is a wonderful diversity of beautiful beaches, volcanic mountains, lush tropical rainforests, dry sunny climate, beautiful resort areas and areas of small town charm.
Why vacation on Maui?
One of the great things about visiting Maui is that it has something for everyone. Here are a few of the Island's offerings for when you venture from your vacation rental:
Drive up Haleakala - Haleakala National Park was created to preserve the fragile ecosystem of this dormant volcano, as well as Kipahulu Valley, the scenic pools along Oheo Gulch to the coast. Going up to see the beauty of the rising sun has become one of the favorite activities. There are hiking trails that lead through the crater itself, as well as going all the way down to the coast.
Drive around the Island - There are roads going completely around and over the island passing by beautiful beaches, beautiful resorts, small towns, and many points of interest. One of the most famous roads in all the Islands is the Hana Highway. This winds for 56 miles along the northern shore with 54 bridges. It passes small plantation towns, spectacular waterfalls, towering forests, beautiful beaches, and through the picturesque little town of Hana.
Watch the whales - Maui is the main destination in Hawaii for the Humpback whales when they do their seasonal migration into these warm waters during winter to mate and give birth. They are easily seen from shore, and there are whale watching trips available for a closer look.
Dive - The waters around Maui are some of the best for diving, and there are dozens of reputable dive operators to take you out. Diving the more remote waters around Lanai is also possible from here.
Swim and snorkel - There is over 120 miles of coastline and more than 80 beaches on Maui, so it is never hard to find one to suit you. The sand comes colored in gold, red, black, green and white. Be sure and go to some of the popular snorkeling areas to see hundreds of colorful reef fish and huge turtles. The ocean on the windward side is sometimes a bit rough for swimming (this is when the surfers like it), but on the leeward side of the island the waters are nearly always calm enough for trouble free swimming. See Maui Beaches for more information.
Hike - There are trails to waterfalls in the rainforest, trails through Haleakala Crater that make you feel like your in a Lunar landscape, and trails offering grand ocean vistas. Trails for every ability. You can get a free Maui Recreational Map with a list of the trails from Maui's Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Bike - There are bike rentals all over the Island, and many commercial bike tours. The most exciting tour is a ride down the slopes of Haleakala, through small upcountry towns, and perhaps ending up at the beach in Paia.
Do a Luau - For a taste of Hawaiian style food and entertainment, you should definitely book space at one of the several Luau's. Try the kalua pig which wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground with hot rocks, poi (made from taro), and haupia (coconut pudding) along with a buffet of many other more familiar foods. During and after dinner, you will be entertained with Hawaiian music, hula, and even Fire Dancing.
And More - This was just a small list of activities on Maui. There are many more things to occupy your time while here, and make you wonder where the time went.
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