What you should know about Maui: The Island

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Beach Holiday, Destinations, Family Holiday, Tourism, Travel Tips

 

Maui Island

Discover your own reasons to love Maui as you stroll the seaside streets of Lahaina and the lovely beaches of Kaanapali. Feel the mana (power) of Haleakala National Park or discover the arts and culture of Kahului and Upcountry Maui. From championship golf courses to the scenic road to Hana, your vacation on the “Valley Isle” promises to be unforgettable. It’s no wonder why thousands of humpback whales migrate to Maui’s warm waters year after year.

Stand above a sea of clouds high atop Haleakala. Watch a 45-foot whale breach off the coast of Lahaina.  Lose count of the waterfalls along the road as you manoeuvre the hairpin turns of the Hana highway. One visit and it’s easy to see why Maui in Hawaii is called “The Magic Isle.” Though second in size among the Hawaiian Islands, the Maui Island is first in people’s hearts. Repeatedly at the top of the “best island” surveys of consumer travel magazines, Maui possesses a magic that lingers in the heart and grows.

Getting to Maui
Kahului Airport (OGG) is the Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.

Getting around on Maui 
You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transportation. But to really experience all that Maui offers you should consider reserving a rental car in advance from the Kahului or Kapalua Airport.

The main airport on Maui

The main airport on Maui is Kahului Airport (OGG). There are smaller commuter airports in Kapalua (West Maui) and Hana (East Maui). It’s about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport to Lahaina. Both Molokai and Lanai are served by their own airports.

Dining

Pack a hearty appetite because Maui offers an exotic blend of savoury dining. Indulge in the flavours of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, made from produce, picked right from the farms of Kulaand and fish caught fresh from the sea. Try a traditional Hawaiian meal at a sunset luau or get off the beaten path to try some local favourites in small towns like Wailuku and Paia. In Maui you can feast on everything from haupia to hamburgers. Learn more about Maui restaurants in KaanapaliKahuluiKapaluaKiheiLahaina and Wailuku. Visit www.gohawaii.com orwww.worldtraveland.com

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodations on Maui, including resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and condominium rentals. You’ll find resorts and hotels of every size and budget in KapaluaKaanapaliLahainaKiheiMakena and Wailea on the sunny western coast as well as one resort in Hana in East Maui. Whether you’re looking for a 5 Diamond resort or a seaside cottage, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Maui. Learn more about Maui hotelsbed and breakfastscondominiumshostelsvacation rentalsKapalua vacation rentalsKaanapali hotelsKapalua hotelsKihei hotels, and Hana hotels. Visit www.gohawaii.com orwww.worldtraveland.com

Activities: Places to be on Maui

From Luau to land adventures, fine art to fine dining, Maui has a wide range of activities to make your vacation unforgettable. From whale watching to surfing, you’ll have plenty of chances to experience an array of outdoor adventures on Maui.

On Maui, you’ll have plenty of chances to try an array of outdoor adventures you’ve never experienced before. Snorkelers will be rewarded with unforgettable sights in Molokini’s luminous waters. See your first humpback spout as you whale-watch from Kaanapali Beach . Or feel the rush of your first surf lesson off the shores of historic Lahaina .
On land, horseback ride atop Haleakala: Maui’s highest peak. You can even take your first helicopter ride to see breathtaking views of Maui’s pristine valleys and waterfalls.
Plan your trip during one of Maui’s many special events. Experience one-of-a-kind cultural performances, stage shows, musical events and sports competitions throughout the year on Maui. But if you didn’t have enough time to do it all, you can always come back for more. For most visitors, their first adventures on this miraculous island are rarely their last.

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