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Hawaii-Maui Destination Guide

The mythic aura of this island begins high atop Mauna Haleakala, a towering, dormant volcano whose crater is big enough to hold Manhattan. Its slopes descend down to 33 miles of pristine beaches, then further into the waters off its shores, where endangered humpback whales find a safe home. Maui could be called the activity capital of the world, with more than one hundred optional activities to be experienced by land, sea or air. Relax on the beautiful sandy beaches or explore historic Lahaina, once Hawaii's Royal capital and later a famous whaling town. Taking the Road to Hana and the Seven Pools is an unforgettable trip. The road itself is a twisting narrow ribbon that weaves in and out of sea cliffs, mountains, valleys and waterfalls, and through rainforests and jungles of ferns. It is a visually spectacular journey that should not be missed.


Maui is a true haven for golfers. Practice your swing on a great variety of courses, each with unique characteristics and spectacular vistas.

Maui Highlights

Beaches – Maui has more than 80 amazing beaches with a combined shoreline that spans 120 miles. On these beaches you will find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing, windsurfing and some of the best beaches for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Many of these beaches are easily accessible, but there are those that are off the beaten path waiting to be seen.

  • Kaanapali Beach – West Maui’s “signature” beach offers three miles of white sandy beaches. This beach also offers easy walking distance from all of Kaanapali hotels.
  • Hana Beach Park – This beach is a favorite of local families and one of the most popular swimming beaches on the island. There are many community held events here.
  • Wainapanapa State Park – This is an excellent camping facility with black-sand beaches, good swimming, snorkeling and freshwater pools. This is one of Maui’s best beaches.

Whale Watching – The winter months are the time to come experience whale watching. The waters off of West Maui and South Maui allow for clear calm waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are drawn to shallow waters making Maui a prime spot for whale watching in the months of December to May.

Haleakala National Park – Watch an incredible sunrise here at 9,740 feet atop Haleakala Crater. Those who have witnessed this event say they’ve never seen the same sunrise twice. You can travel atop the highest peaks of Haleakala, take a hike above the clouds or horseback ride across unbelievable deserts. You can also visit lush tropical areas full of waterfalls and streams. Camping is also an option at the park.

Lahaina – This historic town has been turned into a hot spot with a variety of dining options, art and entertainment as well as shopping. Watch some of Maui’s best seaside luaus where you can eat, drink and watch traditional dances of Polynesia.

Hana – This is considered one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers. Take a drive on the Road to Hana, with 600 curves and 54 bridges; this is one of the world’s most scenic drives. This road leads you through flourishing rainforest, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the scenery, so take your time and get an early start!

Not sure where to start?  Ask a travel agent specializing in Hawaii Vacations to help you plan the ultimate vacation to Maui, Hawaii.

Weather in Hawaii-Maui

Day-time summer high temperatures range from an average of 85°-88°F, with night-time lows an average of 66°-70°. Winter day-time highs range from an average of 81°-85°, with night average lows of 63°-67°.

Tipping in Hawaii-Maui

Tipping is at the discretion of the customer.

Wedding Requirements for Hawaii-Maui

There is no waiting requirement for marriage licenses in Hawaii, but the bride and groom must obtain the license in person ($25 payable in cash, valid statewide for 30 days). Guests can check at their hotel for the nearest licensing agent.

Airport Information for Hawaii-Maui

Travel to and from Hawaii-Maui uses the OGG - Kahului International Airport.

Rental Cars in Hawaii-Maui

Many major agencies are available throughout the Hawaiian Islands.