Why Maui for my Vacation?
When considering where to go in Hawaii for your next vacation, you have many options available to you. But why choose Maui over all the others? There are many reasons. As the second largest of the main islands, Maui boasts about 120,000 people as of last count and spans 727 square miles. Known as the Valley Isle, Maui has a natural beauty that encompasses lowlands, coastal areas, mountain ranges and deep valleys. It’s this diversity of topography that offers so many different experiences within one island.
Known for its gorgeous beaches and natural surroundings, Maui’s largest city is Wailuku and its main offerings include native flowers, sugar, pineapple, coffee, macadamia nuts, and papaya. If you need more reasons to visit Maui, here they are:
You can’t miss catching the beauty of a sunrise over Haleakala, a dormant volcano thousands of years in the making. The reach of this volcano is enormous; in fact, half the island is covered by Haleakala National Park. From the top of the volcano, you can see the sun peeking out at the world from above the cloud line, which is like no other sunrise you’ve ever seen.
The beaches are breathtaking, even around the popular resort areas. You won’t find them as busy as Waikiki so you get a bit more space and breathing room. Don’t miss these beaches on Maui:
• Ka’anapali Beach
• Kapalua Beach
• Napili Bay
• Keawakapu Beach
• Kahekili Beach
• Makena Beach State Park
• Baldwin Beach
• Wai’anapanapa State Park
• Honolua Bay
• Hamoa Beach
Road to Hana
You would be remiss in going to Maui without taking a ride on the Road to Hana, a winding, narrow road that offers breath taking views throughout 600 curves and 50 bridges. You can choose where you want to stop, from Wai’anapanapa State Park and local wineries to Puohokamoa Falls and Wailua Falls. For surfing, you can’t miss Hookipa Beach and for church and history buffs, stop at the old Kaulanapueo Church, established in 1853. Go hiking along the Waikamoi Ridge Trail and take in the beauty of the Garden of Eden and Botanical Arboretum. Explore caves in Waianapanapa State Park, get a blessing at St. Sophia’s Church and swim at Hana Beach Park. To tackle the whole route in one day, you’ll have to leave your hotel by sunrise without returning till after sunset. You can stay overnight in Hana for an unforgettable experience.
If you love to snorkel, head to Molokini, a famous crescent-shaped crater created from a half-shaped extinct volcano that’s now a bird and marine sanctuary. The marine life and coral reefs are abundant here, and if you’re lucky you can check out whales frolicking in the waves.
Maui is a natural wonder that so many people enjoy staying at year after year. Plenty of visitors pair their stay in Maui with one in Oahu, another beautiful major island of Hawaii. Hoku Hawaii Tours will bring you around our island as part of our Circle Island Tour to learn all about our culture, diversity, and history.
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