As 2016 approaches, the time to figure out your next great vacation comes closer as well. Whether you've been to Hawaii a thousand times or have never set foot on these islands' sunny shores, 2016 is your year to visit Maui. Here are five great reasons to check out a Maui vacation rental and make this beautiful location the site of your next adventure:
"You can find beautiful weather all year round."
Each region of Maui experiences a slightly different weather pattern and climate, but you can find beautiful weather somewhere on the island all year round. East of the mountains tends to be a bit rainy, particularly in winter. This has to do with the direction the wind travels – it blows west, bringing precipitation and humidity from the Pacific Ocean. This rain falls when the front reaches land, and it usually has all fallen before it can make it to the other side of the mountains. This means Maui's west coast is usually sunny and dry, making it the perfect place for rest and relaxation by the water.
Of course an island has plenty of beaches, but Maui's shores are something else. The water is clear and warm, and you can get nearly any kind of beach experience there. If you're looking for a soft, sandy seaside perfect for lying around and making sandcastles, you can find it at Makena Beach State Park. If you'd rather explore a rockier environment and get a glimpse of Maui's geographical wonders, check out La Perouse Bay. You can even find a black sand beach along Maui's coast – Wai'anapanapa State Park offers this fascinating site, along with the chance to check out lava tubes and sea arches.
If you visit Maui during the colder months, you'll have the chance to spot a humpback whale! These enormous creatures travel to Hawaii's warm, tropical waters when it gets too cold for them further north. There are plenty of tours and voyages available in Maui that allow you to get close to these majestic animals. Even if you're visiting during the summer, you can still check out the wildlife that makes its home in Maui with snorkeling and bird-watching tours.
Have you ever wanted to know more about the sugar industry? You can find that information at the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum. This museum takes you through the natural and industrial elements of how sugar is grown and refined in Hawaii. If you're looking to learn more about Maui's history and heritage, the Lahaina Heritage Museum is a great place to start. Although this museum takes you through the history of Lahaina specifically, it helps you understand the town's place in the wider context of the island. Lahaina is also home to the Old Lahaina Luau, which prides itself on historical accuracy in its celebrations. You're bound to not only have a good time but leave knowing more about Hawaiian culture than you did when you came.
If you like to get out and explore, Maui has plenty of places ripe for your next adventure. Hikers will find trails of all lengths and difficulty levels on the island – there's no better way to get to know Maui's landscape than to hike through it. Those drawn to the water will find plenty of opportunities to kayak or sail around the island. If you're a climber, Maui's mountains and cliffs offer the chance to test your strength in an absolutely beautiful setting. Finally, the many zipline tours on the island will help you soar above the sights and get a truly thrilling glimpse of the island.