Maui no ka oi – Maui is the best. It’s true. Each year, travelers rate The Magic Isle among the best islands in the world. Renowned for its diverse microclimates – rainforests, deserts, snowy peaks and sun-kissed tropical beaches, Maui offers a plethora of activities for everyone. Bundle up for the chilly 10,000 foot climb up Haleakala to catch the magical sunrise, then go snorkeling amid teeming tropical reefs the same day. All within easy driving distance from your Maui resort.
Humpback whales love Maui, too. Each winter, more than 10,000 of these extraordinary mammals migrate here from Alaska to mate, nurse their newborn calves and cavort in the warm Hawaiian waters. From December to April, bring your camera, board a whale watching cruise and prepare to be thrilled. You might even see them from the beach, or from your hotel. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
*Photo provided by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
There is nothing like a day at a luxury spa or secluded retreat to heal the body, mind and spirit. Maui’s spas and retreats are world-renowned. So too are its artists and craftspeople. Stroll through the galleries in Wailea and Lahaina, and the glassblowing studios upcountry. If the art of cooking is on your mind, you’ve come to the right island. Maui boasts some of the finest international and Pacific Rim cuisine in Hawaii.