is a diverse and scenic island with immaculate beaches, upscale resorts,
charming small towns and great places to eat and shop. Maui is also home to
Haleakala National Park with outstanding hiking and breathtaking views from
atop a ten thousand foot volcano. On
Maui's eastern tip enjoy lush and tropical Hana known for its spectacular
waterfalls and scenic coastline. Visit flower farms and ranches on the fertile
slopes of Maui's scenic
Upcountry region, which you can see your way to the top of Haleakala Volcano. In
Lahaina town on the west shore you will find the vibrant excitement of a former
whaling village that is now a center for arts and also a departure point for
sailing cruises and humpback whale watching tours. To
the south in Wailea experience the luxury of one of Hawaii's prestigious resort
areas with pristine white-sand beaches, fine dining and championship golf
courses. To the north at the resort areas of Kapalua and Kaanapali enjoy more
amazing beaches with excellent snorkeling and romantic sunsets.
Things To Do
is no shortage of things to do on Maui from waterfall hikes and sunset sailing
to scuba diving and snorkeling amidst colorful fish on tropical coral reefs.
Drive to the top of Haleakala Volcano for breathtaking views and great hikes
through the high forests and down into the volcano's summit crater. The
drive out to "Heavenly Hana" is renowned for its many turns, one lane bridges,
waterfalls and expansive coastal views. Just past Hana in Kipahulu is the lower
section of Haleakala National Park where you can hike through a bamboo grove,
swim in the Pools of Oheo and see thundering waterfalls. Ocean
lovers will enjoy the beautiful beaches on Maui's western shore from Kaanapali and Kapalua to Makena
and Wailea. Take a boat ride out to the crescent-shaped islet of Molokini about
three miles offshore to snorkel or scuba dive in an ancient crater amidst
myriad colorful fish and an array of fascinating marine life.
More than 80 beaches on Maui provide many opportunities for water sports, beach strolls, picnics and pleasant days in the sunshine and azure waters. Maui beaches are also among the best beaches in Hawaii for viewing humpback whales passing by offshore during the winter months. Kapalua Beach on the western shore is a lovely golden crescent with waters relatively well-protected from the open ocean by lava promontories providing calm waters nice for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming, and with lifeguards and facilities. Just to the south is Kaanapali Beach with exceptionally clear water and excellent snorkeling near the Black Rock section of the beach. A paved beach walk onshore connects the resort restaurants and shops including Whalers Village. Further south on the western shore is Wailea Beach with views of Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini Islet offshore and protected on each end by lava points. Just south of Wailea is the palm-fringed crescent of Makena Beach, a long stretch of golden sand between two lava rock points. Waianapanapa State Park on Maui's eastern coast just before Hana town is known for its stunning shoreline scenery. The half-moon shaped Hamoa Beach in Hana sits beneath lava sea cliffs in a tropical setting and is popular for surfing and bodysurfing as well as snorkeling when ocean conditions are calm.
Maui dining does not disappoint with exceptional restaurants all around the island from the resort areas of Kaanapali, Kapalua and Wailea to Lahaina, Kihei and Upcountry towns. Lahaina Grill is located in a historic inn with a unique 1890s decor and serves up innovative American cuisine featuring fresh local seafood and products from local farms and dairies. The restaurant is often one of the busiest in Lahaina. Merriman's in Kapalua also specializes in a farm-to-table menu and offers unparalleled ocean views. Chef Peter Merriman is one of the pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine utilizing Island flavors in creative and delicious ways. Maui also has many weekly Farmers Markets which are a great place to meet local farmers and taste the finest Island produce. Maui communities with Farmers Markets include Lahaina, Kihei, Kahului, Kula, Pukalani, Launiupoko and Hana.
Shopping is just as diverse as dining on Maui with many art galleries and boutique shops as well as local crafts and souvenir shops providing gifts for all budgets. Major resort shopping areas include Whalers Village on Kaanapali Beach and the Shops of Wailea at Wailea Resort. Stroll down Front Street in Lahaina and browse the many art galleries and boutique shops, or enjoy Maui's only enclosed, air-conditioned shopping center at the Lahaina Cannery Mall. Across from a landmark Banyan tree in Lahaina is the three-level Wharf Cinema Center. In the old cowboy town of Makawao and other Upcountry Maui towns you will find some boutique gift shops, art galleries and lots of local treasures. Maui's largest shopping mall is the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului with about 100 stores and also a food court. Kahului is also where you can find many big chain stores including Costco, Home Depot, KMart, Walmart, Lowes and Whole Foods.
A rental car is recommended when visiting Maui so you can explore the islands' many great beaches and attractions. Maui's public bus system operates 7 days a week and provides service between most major communities including West, South and Central Maui including Haiku, Kula and the Maui Upcountry.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Maui weather may vary considerably on different parts of the island with the west and south sides enjoying nice weather year-round while the north and east shores, which are more exposed to the northeast trade winds, see more rain. Expect temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees F most days, sometimes dipping into the 60s during winter and topping 90 during the hottest days of summer. Trade winds typically help to make conditions comfortable even on the warmest days. Higher elevations such as the summit of Haleakala Volcano can see very cold temperatures so bring some warm gear if you are driving to the top. Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the northern shores will have the calmest waters during the summer months and the southern shores will have the calmest waters during the winter. For swimming and ocean activities visit Maui's lifeguarded beaches, obey all posted warning signs and ask about the ocean conditions on that day for the activity you choose.
From Maui beachfront homes and villas to condos and houses, we offer vacation rentals in all of the "Valley Isle's" most popular destinations. Enjoy your Maui vacation with all of the luxuries of resort living and all of the comforts of home. Stay in a Wailea vacation rental to experience beautiful white-sand beaches and the luxury of one of Hawaii's finest resort areas. From your Lahaina vacation rental you can enjoy the artsy culture of the former whaling village with easy access to whale watching and sailing adventures. For country living try a Kula vacation rental or nearby in Paia or Makawao in the beautiful Upcountry region. From Kapalua or Kaanapali vacation rentals you can enjoy idyllic beaches and resort amenities, and in Hana on the eastern shore experience breathtaking scenery and abundant waterfalls. Browse through our Maui vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Maui vacation home for your dream Hawaii getaway. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals in Maui, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product and make sure only the best of the best Maui properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Maui rentals or which destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
Maui history is steeped in myth and legend. The island is named after the demigod Maui who is said to have pulled the Hawaiian islands up from the sea and lassoed the sun at Haleakala Volcano. When the renown Hawaiian King Kamehameha was a young warrior in 1790 he took control of Maui by winning a fierce battle in Iao Valley, and Lahaina soon became the capital of the united Hawaiian Islands under King Kamehameha. From the 1840s to the 1860s Lahaina was a major port for whaling ships. Sugarcane soon became a driving force of Hawaii's economy with plantation workers coming from China, Japan, the Philippines and many other places. Maui's first sugar mill opened in 1828 and the industry would have a major role in shaping the future of the island's economy. Hawaii became a state in 1959 and jet airliners began bringing more tourists to the Islands. By the mid-1970s about one million visitors were coming to Maui each year, and that number would double during the next decade as new Maui resort areas including Kaanapali and Wailea were developed. Learn about this region's past on the self-guided Lahaina Historic Trail visiting 62 sites of historic significance with bronze plaques providing information about everything from the whaling era to missionaries and architecture.
by Jeff Berzolla
Molokini Snorkel Tours - For years Kai Kanani has been Wailea's best kept secret, known for its gorgeous sailboat, value, convenience and proximity to Molokini Crater.