When many of us think about tropical vacations, the word “paradise,” or balmy, white sand beaches, one of the first places that comes to mind are the beautiful islands of Hawaii. It has almost become a cliché, however, the mixture of exotic terrain found among Hawaii’s eight islands have earned its reputation for a reason— the place is tireless in its allure. What’s more, each of Hawaii’s islands possesses an individual charm as well as activities that are unique among the sisters. One of the most visited among the seven open to tourists, is Maui, voted “Best Island” by Conde Nast Traveler readers for over ten years. Take a look below to see some of the top things to do in Maui.
Road Trip to Hana
Maui’s majestic green mountains hugged by the ocean make a road trip along the coast a drive of a lifetime. The coast line to Hana consists of 52 miles of unspoiled beauty, consisting of a variety of stops for hiking, site seeing, and exploration. Along the way, make a stop to see the historic Travaasa Hana village, the Pools of Oheo, or incredible waterfalls.
Old Lahaina Luau
Hawaii is synonymous with the luau, however the Old Lahaina Luau may be considered one of the most authentic versions found throughout the islands. The city of Lahaina is known for its whaling history and quaint shops that line Front Street. The oceanfront location of the town makes a beautiful backdrop for a luau where guests are greeted with music, regional cuisine, and firelight.
Considered a signature of Maui, Kaanapali Beach was named “America’s Best Beach” in 2003. Visitors are just a stone’s throw from some of the area’s most popular resorts, and can enjoy the famous Black Rock, walking the three miles of white sand beach, watching out for breeching whales, and visiting Kaannapali’s Whalers Village.