USA · Maui
Within the Hawaiian-island family, Maui is the celebrity sibling: radiantly beautiful, a bit rebellious, and with glamour to spare. The island has attracted “seekers” for its healing energy since the 1960’s and, more recently, Internet millionaires and Hollywood A-listers who want to rejuvenate in five star spas. It lures travelers with an invigorating mix of natural beauty and outdoor fun, all shared with warm alohas.
It is no wonder Maui is such a sought-after destination, either: it is a vision of green, where wind-rustled palms casting shadows on turquoise waters, with snorkeling above reefs that teem with turtles and schools of tropical fish. Whether watching the sunrise from Haleakala Crater or swimming beneath waterfalls, dining each night on fresh island fish or Hawaiian regional cuisine, it’s a place where anyone can relax, escape, unwind, and where there is constantly more to explore—regardless how often you visit.
Maui is known as the Valley Isle as two major volcanoes form the island with a verdant valley nestled between. It seems like Maui is always having a moment because the Valley Isle always brings something new and exciting, even to repeat travelers. It is a tropical paradise blessed with beautiful beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and year-round warm temperatures. A Maui vacation, honeymoon or anniversary trip will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
Visit Maui for views of the technicolor sunset from a catamaran while you cruise amid lush islands. Take the road less (or more) traveled to Hana. Stop by rocky shores and white sand beaches to surf or snorkel.
The golden sands of Keawakapu Beach. The rumpled green flanks of Haleakalā. The graceful beauty of Wailua Falls. These gorgeous sights have drawn admirers for generations. But it is funny, just when you think you have a handle on Maui’s sublime scenery, an unexpected view catches you by surprise. It is these unplanned glimpses of beauty that linger in your memory. Maybe it is the ʻahinahina (silversword) staking out a claim on a stark crater slope. Or the jagged lava along the Ke’anae Peninsula, looking protective for a moment, not menacing. And the Waiakoa Loop Trail at Polipoli? Spookily pretty – until that baby boar snuffles into view.