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Maui – "The Magic Isle"

The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui showers the senses with dramatic scenery stretching from its pristine bays to the "House of the Sun" summit at Haleakala National Park. It's no surprise that "The Magic Isle" is recognized year after year as the "Best U.S. Island" in Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards. How could it miss with 80 beaches that come in shades of white, gold, salt and pepper, green and garnet?

While you may be content simply relaxing on the shore, this action-packed Hawaiian Island lures you to explore. Known for its intense beauty and winding white-knuckle route, the legendary Road to Hana challenges with some 620 hairpin curves and 56 one-lane bridges. Countless waterfalls, lush rainforests, snorkeling off a black sand beach and charm of the isolated town itself make the road trip worth the effort.

Long hyped for its surreal sunrises, Haleakala Crater delivers more thrills via zipline adventures, horseback riding, ATV treks and eco-excursions. Experienced cyclists can add to the rush on guided downhill bike tours descending 23 miles to Haiku from just outside the National Park.

From winter whale watching and sunset catamaran cruises to valley hikes and upcountry horseback riding, the Island of Maui's tropical playground lets you make the most of your Hawaiian Island getaway.

Visit our Concierge at The Whaler for assistance with planning your Maui adventures.


Top To-Dos On Maui

  • View the innovative exhibits at Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • Carbo load like a local with plate lunch favorites on a Tour da Food outing
  • Enjoy a tasteful visit to Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery
  • Paddle a Hawaiian outrigger canoe to "Turtle Town" off the Wailea/Makena coastline
  • Explore sea caves and ride waves aboard a rigid hull inflatable craft
  • Lend a hand with the Maui Humane Society's "Helping Paws Visitor Program"
  • Feast on authentic cuisine and culture at a Hawaiian luau
  • Go pineapple wine tasting at Tedeschi Winery on Ulupalakua Ranch
  • Avoid the sand traps on one of Maui's 14 championship golf courses
  • Indulge with famous cream puffs at T. Komoda Store in Makawao Town
  • Catch sunrise from the summit of Haleakala Crater
  • Visit the eclectic shops and eateries of plantation-era Paia
  • Spot the spouting humpbacks frolicking offshore from November through April
  • Hike through Iao Valley's rainforests to view Iao Needle
  • Plunge into Molokini's crystal clear water via a snorkel cruise from Maalaea Harbor
  • Marvel at Maui Ocean Center's below-the-surface wonders
  • Be awed by acrobatic windsurfer maneuvers at Hookipa Beach
  • Take time to smell the flowers at Kahanu Botanical Garden
  • Witness Maui’s dramatic coastline along the 2- to 3-hour drive to Hana


Top Maui Attractions

  • Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • La Perouse Bay
  • Iao Valley State Park
  • Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
  • Surfing Goat Dairy
  • Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
  • Baily House Museum
  • Maui Tropical Plantation
  • H.A. Baldwin Beach Park
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach and Little Beach)
  • Hana's Seven Sacred Pools
  • Maalaea Harbor
  • Hookipa Beach Park
  • Kahanu Botanical Garden
  • Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
  • Hana Cultural Center & Museum


Top Maui Events

  • Maui Oceanfront Marathon (January)
  • Chinese New Year Festival (February)
  • World Whale Day (February)
  • East Maui Taro Festival (April)
  • Taste of Makena (May)
  • Olukai Hoolaulea (May)
  • Maui Film Festival & A Taste of Wailea (June)
  • Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival (June)
  • Makawao Rodeo (July)
  • Maui Marathon (September)
  • Maui Fair (September)
  • Lahaina Halloween Block Party (October)
  • Whale Watching (November - April)


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