'Maui no ka Oi' The Hawaiian slogan meaning
Maui is the best! The word vacation is synonymous to
Maui, with visions of dream like scenery that include white sandy
beaches, empowering pinnacles rising high into the sky, complete with
magical mystical waterfalls gushing to a valley floor full of lush
tropical vegetation, that is Maui. Temperature in Maui as in all the
Hawaiian Islands is fairly consistent, averaging 80° F year round. Enjoy
pristine beaches on Maui. Vacation here in one of the most desirable tropical
climate's in the world. Located slightly south of the tropic of Cancer, right in
the middle of warm ocean currents, Maui boasts some of the Top beaches in the entire
Western Hemisphere. There is always something to do on your Maui vacation. Whether you
want to go biking, scuba diving, sailing, surfing or horseback riding in Hawaii, Maui has it all.
When you're ready, check out our Maui Vacations
guide at CheapHawaii.com for more in depth information about your travel to the island of Maui.
Places Of Interest:
Haleakala National Park Eastern Maui peninsula.
Lahaina Town Historic Maui Vacation town.
Whalers Village Fine Maui Shopping.
Ioa Valley Tropical Maui wonderland.
Hana Where Old Hawai'i still exist.
Wailea The golden sand beaches of Maui.
This is Haleakala State Park,
on the eastern peninsula Maui. This volcanic crater in
Maui, Hawaii is larger than the size of Manhattan. If you have time, visit Maui on your
There is something about Haleakala that cannot be
found anywhere else on earth. Whether it is the existence of
moon like lava rock formations found atop Haleakala Crater, the
5 different climate zones in this region, or the aura left over from
Maui, the demigod that once reined his power over the volcano, is in the
eye of the beholder. The size of Haleakala National Park is 28,665 acres.
The road to the summit climbs nearly 10,000 feet in 38 miles, making this
the highest climb in the shortest distance in the entire world. Whatever it is,
visit Haleakala National Park and you will know you have traveled to a place unlike
any other place on earth. As with any adventure like this, the effect of high elevation
should be considered, before making the trip. Admission to the park: Vehicles,
$10; Hikers and bikers, $5.
Nestled along Maui's southwest shoreline and protected from the northeast Trade winds,
the old whaling town of Lahaina is a favorite among vacationers and for good reason. A
national historic area with 31 designated historic sites; Lahaina is blending history of the
past with Hawaii's present day tourism. Lahaina boasts an array of galleries for local
artist, souvenir shops and restaurants. Year round sunshine, white sandy beaches and
19th century flavor attract visitors to Lahaina from around the world every year.
Whalers Village is located in Kaanapali near some of Maui's most popular resorts. Step off the sand
and stroll into Whalers Village, where you'll find a wide selection of restaurants, shops and art galleries.
Find everything from flip-flops to fine jewelry and learn about the whaling days of old Lahaina in this quaint
little village. With two outstanding whaling museums and a host of shops that include Tiffany, Gucci, Versace, Chanel
and so many more, you are sure to enjoy your visit to Whalers Village during your Maui Hawaii Vacations.
Ioa Valley State Park
If you get the chance to tour Ioa Valley, one of the most tropical places on Maui, it is well worth
the time. Nestled in the mountains just above Wailuku and extending all the way up to Puu Kukui,
the wettest place in Maui is Ioa Valley State Park. This lush tropical valley is rich in plant life,
exotic tropical plant life that will almost take your breath away. Clear water pools, with scenic
waterfalls lie at the floor of this deep valley and a spectacular view of Kahului Harbor awaits you
at the ridge top lookout. The park is open daily from 7am to 7pm, there is no drinking water,
bring mosquito repellent, be sure to bring a rain coat or plastic and it is always best to go early,
so you can get a good view of Ioa Needle before the morning clouds set in.
The road to Hana is a journey like no other. Some refer to the
Hana Highway as the road to heaven; others just call it a wonderful
drive along a winding road through tropical rain forests with lots of
waterfalls, bridges and out of this world scenery. Cross over 54 one-lane
bridges, make the bend around 600 hairpin turns and end up in a place where
people are laid back, friendly and seem to get on with life in no big hurry. It
is not the destination though that makes this an exciting adventure, but rather the
journey getting there. Travel along 53 miles of Maui's scenic ocean cliff highway.
Everyone has their favorite town and ours is the town of Wailea.
Why, because we like the beaches in this area, there are always
plenty of things to do and we enjoy the restaurants in Wailea.
We also enjoy watching whales breach off shore, while having
breakfast at our favorite spot. Wailea is in south Maui, so
you can expect to get your share of sun. Be sure to use your
sun block liberally, and bring your hat and sunglasses. Resorts in Wailea
are a bit pricy, but you don't have to stay at the resorts to enjoy all
there is to see and do in the beautiful Maui town of Wailea. Makena
is just a short drive south where you'll find some nice beaches as well.
Perhaps the shear magnitude of the view atop Haleakala Crater which
measures some 7½ miles wide, 2½ miles long and 3000ft deep is
enough to leave visitors with the sensation that they have traveled to another planet,
a place of unknown origin, unlike anywhere else on earth. Truly spectacular, this
amazing site can only be described as breathtaking, literally and your view of The Big Island,
Hawaii as well as the cinder cone shaped hills that dot the valley floor of Haleakala Crater
on a clear day is nothing short of Awesome. There are many ways to journey through this part of
the island. Whether you tour Haleakala by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot is entirely up to you.
National Park rangers as well as private tour operators provide guided hikes and tours of the Park
on a regular basis. Get more info.
In early times, there were many places of worship [Heiaus] on the island of Maui and
two still remain. Halekii [house of images] and Pihana [gathering place of supernatural
beings] are among Maui's most significant historical sites. These two temples have been
restored and are now State Monuments. Capturing the entire region from central Maui clear
across the plains up to Haleakala, the view from this site is nothing less than magnificent.
It is easy to see why this site was chosen for these two important religious structures.
Whalers Museum takes you back in time, to the old whaling days on Maui.
The whaling era dates back to the early nineteenth century during a period
between (1825-1860). This history-oriented museum is the only one of its kind
on Maui and displays many artifacts, photo murals and interpretive graphics of
this era as well as one of the largest scale models of a whaling ship anywhere
on display. Self-guided tours [audio] in four languages are
available from 9:30 am to 10 pm daily.
Maui Ocean Center
South West Maui
Truly remarkable, this state-of-the-art ocean center is the only marine park
of it's kind, in the entire world, dedicated solely to fostering understanding,
wonder and respect for Hawaii's marine life. Get a glimpse of the largest
collection of live coral on display in the entire nation. Here you will see the
most unique collection of marine life in all Hawaii that include sharks, eels,
lionfish, green sea turtles just to name a few. A journey through Maui Ocean Center
takes about 1½ to 2 hours; however, many visitors stay the entire day. The
center provides digital audio guides in English, Spanish, German and Japanese.
There are two restaurants and a store located on the grounds. Open Daily 9am - 5pm.
Check admission fees.
There are many waterfalls on Maui and Wailua Falls takes the cake.
From the top of the falls to the base, it's about a 200-foot drop. Depending
on the amount of rain on any given day, the falls can either be gushing with water
and lots of mist to just flowing with no mist in the air. In either case, it is worth
the drive around the island to Maui's most unpopulated area. Plan a day for the trip
and enjoy the scenery along the way, or as we like to say on the way back. It is best to see
the waterfalls in the morning, mainly because you'll get the morning sun and maybe even see a rainbow.
The Humpback whale is the State of Hawai`i's official marine mammal.
They begin their 6,000-mile annual migration from Southeast Alaska during
the fall and generally arrive in Maui Mid November with the majority arriving
in January and staying in the shallow warm waters off Maui until March. The whales
spend much of their time along the western coastline of Maui near Maalaea Bay, mating,
giving birth and nurturing their calves. Maui is more than a tropical paradise and it is no
wonder the Humpback whales migrate here each year to winter in the shallow waters of the
blue pacific. Whale watching is a top attraction in Maui during the winter months.