Welcome to Maui. West Maui’s reef lined coastal waters and miles of sandy beaches are a
vacation playgrounds. The west coast is the main resort area and offers plenty of beautiful resorts
and first class golf courses. Pack your clubs snorkeling gear of book and head for the sunny west
In the Northwest popular resort area Kapaula is quietly nested among Cook Island Pines. Kapalua offers visitors three stunning white sand beaches two tennis complex award winning restaurants and a number of boutiques and galleries and three renowned golf courses. Do like the professionals and play the Plantation Course, home to the prestigious PGA Tour Mercedes Championship.
Located just two miles up the coast from Lahaina, Kaanapali offers a good variety of accommodations, activities, shopping and dining. This stretch of coast is famous for whale watching. If you visit Kaanapali December-May you are a very likely to spot a giant humpback whale. Shop for art and souvenirs at Kaanapali’s Whalers Village shopping center and visit the whale museum, located in the shopping center.
Lahaina was once royal capital, whaling port and missionary headquarters. The town still retains
the charm of its past and offer its visitors well restored museums and historic buildings, one of a
kind shops and art galleries and brilliant restaurants.
A large part of Lahania is a historic district containing several National Historical landmarks. Take a stroll through Lahania’s history and visit Baldwin House, filled with furniture and household items from the missionary area, the old jail, or the 100 year old Pioneer Inn, which is still operating. Make sure to stop at athe century old banyan tree in front of Courthouse. On Saturdays and Sundays 9pm- 5pm a market is held under the giant tree.
Many of Maui’s ocean adventures starts in Lahania’s picturesque harbor. Head out on a snorkeling trip to Molokini Cneter a marine reserves teeming with fish or set sails on sightseeing cruise or whale watching adventure. From Lahania you can also take the ferry to neighboring islands Lana’I and Moloka’i.
The historic town of Wailuku and bordering Kahului form the commercial center of Maui. A historic
sight not to be missed in Wailuku is the Bailey House Museum. Constructed of lava rock and
native hard woods the museum houses Hawaiian artefacts and artwork from the 19th century.
Kahului is down the hill from Wailuku and where you’ll find Maui’s big town shops, cinemas and
Maui Art & Central Center.
Nestled among lush mountains and only 5 lm from Wailuku is Iao Valley State Park, a beautiful valley with wonderful vistas. A short walk from the car park you will have an amazing view of the valley and Iao Needle. A vertical peak rising 365 meters straight up from the valley floor.
The road to Hana is one of the most beautiful drives in the world and a highlight of any
Maui visit. The winding Hana Highway begins in Kahukui and ends in the isolated town
of Hana. On the way drivers will cross 54 one-way bridges and numerous hairpin turns.
Expect breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific and rugged wilderness. Set plenty
of time aside for the trip to enjoy the scenery and make side trips to waterfalls,
rainforests and quiet villages scattered along the way. The road is narrow and demands
slow and attentive driving. If you want to leave the driving to professionals join me one
of many tours to Hana.
Hana is where you can get a taste of old Hawai’I, it’s a small quaint town full of charm and one of the most Hawaiian communities in the state. Many of its resident have Hawaiian blood and a strong sense of Ohana (family), something visitors will notice in the genuine hospitality.
The drive to the summit of Haleakala, the enormous dormant volcano dominating the island of Maui, will take you from tropical to lunar landscapes. Haleakala National Park greets its visitors with a lunar like landscapes and deep red earth. The red landscape is spectacular and the crater rises high above the rest of the island-offering visitors amazing panoramas. The area is a dream for hikers and nature lovers. Get up bright and early one morning to see a dramatic sunrise over Haeleakala- it’s well worth it! To finish off with a bit of adventure, jump on a bike and freewheel down the side of the mountain.
South Maui offers beach lined shores and calm waters sheltered by reefs. The area is on the slopes
of Haleakala with makes a beautiful backdrop.
Learn about the Pacific Ocean and its inahabitanats by visiting the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. View rare and spectacular species as you walk through an aquarium tunnel. Snorkel,diving and whale watching tours depart from Maaleas harbor.
Just south of Maalaea is the vibrant community of Kihei, offering a mix off affordable hotels and condos . Spend a day relaxing on the beach,kayak along the pretty coastline or snorkel the clear waters.
Continue south and you will get to Wailea, a resort area nestled at the base of Haleakala and surrounded by five pristine beaches. The weather in Wailea is perfect for outdoor activities with sunny days and clear nights. Play the Wailea Gold Course home to the Con Agra Champions Skins Game and the LPGA Skins Game. Spend at least a few hours on one of Waileas famous beaches.
Upcountry Maui is home to Maui’s oldest and largest ranches where paniolo, Hawaiian cowboys, still roam the land. Plenty of flower farms are located in the area where you can enjoy the wonderful fragrance of protea, carnations, bird of paradise and orchids. Farms also grow sweet Kula onions and giant strawberries. Sweeoing vistas, cool dewy mornings, rainbows and botanical gardens is all part of the upcountry experience.