5 Reasons to Choose Maui

If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii but aren’t sure which island to visit, consider these five reasons for booking a holiday in Maui.

Humpback Whales

Those who would love to watch these majestic whales will have the best chance to see them from Maui. North Pacific Humpback Whales tend to choose the surrounding waters here as there are virtually no predators other than a few sharks that will feed on the injured or very young.

As Maui County is actually made up of four islands, this unique topography provides a shelter forming a shallow basin as compared to the deep Pacific which has one to three mile depths. The optimal time to see them is between mid-December and mid-May.

Best U.S. Island

This past fall, Conde Nast Traveler named Maui the “Best U.S. Island” for the 19thtime. In their readers’ choice awards, it also beat the other islands as the most desirable.

Maui Visitors Bureau executive director believes that it is the wide variety of activities here combined with natural beauty and the gracious aloha of the people are the reason it is consistently chosen as the ultimate choice for travelers.

The Road to Hana

This 55-mile spectacular winding drive is one of the top attractions in the state of Hawaii, and located on Maui, although it’s not really the destination but the journey itself. It begins in Kahuli and ends in the tiny town of Hana with many travelers venturing beyond to the basalt-lined pools and waterfalls – ideal for taking a dip. There is an abundance of falls and emerald pools within the lush, tropical scenery as well as an incredible variety of gorgeous beaches with scents of guava and ginger wafting through the air.

The Hana Lava Tube is another highlight of the drive, allowing visitors to do a little spelunking going deep into one of the world’s largest and longest underground lava tubes.

Makena Beach

With crystal clear, pristine water and ultra-soft golden sand stretching for a mile, this beach is a favorite of many and the specific reason that a number of travelers return to Maui again and again. Located on the south-side of Maui, the water is especially brilliant due to having little reef which makes its sand bottom shine up through the water.

Haleakla Crater

Driving up to this crater in Haleakala National Park to watch the sunrise is another one of the highlights for many vacationers, and considered a crown jewel of the island. The dormant volcano is especially awe-inspiring, and was a sacred place for Hawaii natives. The summit is wild and remote, and with more room at the top, it’s not as crowded as Diamond Head in Honolulu. Take in the breathtaking views and the vibrant colors or hike into the crater and explore.