Visiting Maui

Also known as the Valley Isle, this second-largest Hawaiian island boasts breathtaking scenery and some of the world’s best beaches, making it a perennial favorite for nature lovers, beach bums and everyone else in-between.

The island boasts a robust national park system. Wai’anapanapa State Park is a great example of the island’s coastal geology, with its anchialine pools, caves, natural arches, seastacks and blowholes making for great photo ops. Winding through the popular Road to Hana brings you to Haleakala National Park, housing the massive Haleakala Volcano and Crater, and the waterfalls and pools of Oheo Gulch. The well-maintained paths and park accommodations (hikers can even rent cabins in the Haleakala Crater) make Maui a definite hiker’s destination.

If you think Hawaii, you think beaches, and with sandy spots like ... Read More
Also known as the Valley Isle, this second-largest Hawaiian island boasts breathtaking scenery and some of the world’s best beaches, making it a perennial favorite for nature lovers, beach bums and everyone else in-between.

The island boasts a robust national park system. Wai’anapanapa State Park is a great example of the island’s coastal geology, with its anchialine pools, caves, natural arches, seastacks and blowholes making for great photo ops. Winding through the popular Road to Hana brings you to Haleakala National Park, housing the massive Haleakala Volcano and Crater, and the waterfalls and pools of Oheo Gulch. The well-maintained paths and park accommodations (hikers can even rent cabins in the Haleakala Crater) make Maui a definite hiker’s destination.

If you think Hawaii, you think beaches, and with sandy spots like Ka’anapali Beach, Makena Beach and Hamoa Beach, the Valley Isle doesn’t disappoint. Nightly torchlighting and cliff-diving ceremonies grace the sands of Ka’anapali Beach nightly, while Makena Beach and Hamoa Beach provide calm, protected waters and clean sands perfect for family picnics.

The clear waters of Maui are rife with reef life, and provide some of the best snorkeling around. Green sea turtles abound in La Perouse Bay, while the waters of the Molokini Crater play home to over 250 species of tropical fish and is ranked in the top 10 snorkeling destinations worldwide.

So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who’ve found their paradise in Maui. See you on the beach.    Close

Stories and Tips Maui

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Two Restraunts on Two Levels

Written by two cruisers on 16 Aug, 2013

Moose McGillycuddy’s is at 844 Front Street in Lahaina.We wanted lunch and decided to go with a recommendation of a former co-worker. One problem. The restaurant is on the second floor and we had a steep stairway to negotiate. One good thing. Being on the…Read More


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Day Trip to Paia

Written by two cruisers on 16 Aug, 2013

On one of our leisure days we took a drive from Lahaina to the paniolo (cowboy) town of Paia. This started out as an agriculture center, but now has a mix of art colony, tourist shops, and is known as the world capitol of windsurfing.…Read More


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This is Why I Need Pack and Ship

Written by two cruisers on 16 Aug, 2013

Forty-nine years ago when my husband and I started traveling together our souvenirs were post cards and found treasures like pine cones and rocks. Things have escalated since then. We both love to shop. He doesn’t buy as much as I, however he enjoys the…Read More


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Road Trip North of Lahaina

Written by two cruisers on 16 Aug, 2013

We were located in Lahaina, which is a perfect jumping off place for day trips in many directions. One day I promised my friend a real surprise from our usual sightseeing. We headed North on Hwy 30 (Honoapiilani Hwy). The drive itself is interesting leaving…Read More


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Looking for Neat Old Stuff and Fresh Good Food

Written by two cruisers on 16 Aug, 2013

Every time Bill and I travel we look for consignment or antique stores where we might stumble on some indigenous treasures or finds for our collections. Fortunately our travel companion Marilyn also liked these shops. We decided to make a day of it, searching Maui…Read More


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Worthy Repeats

Written by two cruisers on 16 Aug, 2013

I have a tip for you, if once was good, twice should be too. I may have written reviews of these places before, so this is just a reminder that they are worthy of a revisit or another meal. We went back to these places…Read More


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Haleakala Sunrise

Written by jwdorris on 12 Feb, 2008

There it goes again, that loud, obnoxious, and extremely annoying buzzing sound that seems to be coming from somewhere nearby. The sound is some how familiar but I can’t quite make it out. As my mind struggles toward…Read More


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The Road to Hana - Not to be Missed!

Written by MilwVon on 26 Dec, 2006

The Hana Highway, aka Road to Hana is famous in Maui and around the world. There are over 600 hairpin turns and nearly 60 small one-lane bridges on the 68 mile route that takes you to Hana Bay. The roadway is narrow and at times…Read More


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Luaus on Maui

Written by MilwVon on 26 Dec, 2006

During our week on Maui, we took in two Luaus. Call me a sucker for the Hawaiian combination dining and entertainment experience, I just love the luau! Many of the local hotels feature them, timeshare companies give them away... and tour operators package them with…Read More


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Maui Notes/Thoughts

Written by jenandfrank on 07 Jan, 2005

Maui was a beautiful island that made for a great trip. It provided endless options for relaxing, exploring, and really enjoying ourselves. It’s really impossible to explain how beautiful this island is and how it’s part of the United States—not Bali or French Polynesia,…Read More


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