Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Maui - A Paradise on Earth
Maui is a very special destination that deserves a place on your bucket list. Find cheap flights to Hawaii and get to your dream destination. This is one place you will love island hopping as there are many wonderful and varied places to visit in Hawaii. The state of Hawaii consists of eight major islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii. If you can, get your flight tickets to Hawaii during the spring and fall seasons so you can have the most pleasant weather and also avoid the crowds. The best months to visit Hawaii are April through May and September through November.
Start with O’ahu which is also called ‘The Gathering Place ‘and is the easiest place to fly to as this is where you will find the capital of Honolulu. Honolulu is on the south shore and here you will enjoy Hawaiian city life centered around shopping, dining and nightlife in the Waikiki neighborhood. This area is renowned for its picture-perfect crescent beach surrounded by palms and high-rise hotels, with a view of the volcanic Diamond Head crater in the distance.
If you are a nature lover style of tourist then you will love Kauai, the northernmost island also called 'Garden Island', offering lush, tropical rainforests and tumultuous waterfalls. The striking cliffs and pinnacles of the Na Pali Coast have been chosen by many Hollywood productions. The Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails cross the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge and will offer wonderful hikes. You will want to take in the falls of Mount Waialeale that pour into a canyon accessible via a hike. Bring your surfboard to the blissful and beautiful Heavenly Hanalei Bay which is also the perfect sunset spot.
In Molokai, the most remote island, you can admire sea cliffs that are among the highest in the world and enjoy traditional Hawaiian culture. Some of Molokai’s highlights are the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Papohaku Beach, and Pali cliffs. From the clifftop of Kalaupapa Lookout in Palaau State Park, you can admire the park’s Phallic Rock that has been attributed to fertility powers.
Lanai, the smallest inhabited island, has been chosen by tourists that enjoy exploring spots that are off the beaten path or simply want solitude and soul searching. Explore Shipwreck Beach, where you will find the offshore wreck of a WWII tanker and views of Molokai and Maui islands. Polihua Beach attracts green turtles and you can catch a glimpse of humpback whales from the shore. Go inland to admire the impressive Garden of the Gods, a lunar landscape of rocky towers and boulders.
You will find relaxed locals and nature lovers on the Island of Hawaii. This is the youngest island and has the surname of “The Big Island” because it is also the biggest. You can experience 10 out of the 14 different world climates, including Tropical Monsoon, Tropical Wet and Hot Desert caused by its mountains and volcanoes.
In the face of all these beautiful islands, it would be difficult to say there is the best island in Hawaii. But if one had to be picked based on reputation it should be Maui, the second-largest island, nicknamed ‘The Valley Isle’, after the sacred Iao Valley.
In Maui, you will find one of the only three volcanic atolls in the world, the Molokini Crater. This island also has the coveted reputation of having Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches.
There are many things to do in Maui no matter what style of tourist you are. Maui attractions include hiking the dormant Haleakala volcano or taking a helicopter tour over it. The activities range from snorkeling to whale watching or enjoying any of the 14 golf courses. Maui activities are also focused on history and culture if you opt for a visit to Iao Valley State Park known for the striking rock, the Iao Needle or visit the Banyan Tree Park which is a park surrounding one of the largest banyan trees in the country, brought to the island in 1873 from India. Some fun things to do with kids in Maui are taking in the Old Lahaina Luau show which is a fun intro to Hawaiian culture or a visit to Hawaii's underwater habitats at the Maui Ocean Center.
Maui is known for watersports but keep in mind you should schedule water sports in the morning as winds are stronger in the afternoon. Explore the best snorkeling beaches in Maui. Take your pick from Honolua Bay to admire a diverse marine life, Kapalua Bay for its sheltered cove, Turtle Town Maui & Maluaka Beach, Kaanapali Beach or Black Rock which has been rated one of the top beaches of the world. Of course, we cannot omit Molokini, renowned for offering the clearest water in all of Hawaii.
Maui offers top things to do for couples. Enjoy a romantic sunset dinner on a cruise, take a guided kayak tour of Makena, visit Maui's beer and wine crafters and don’t forget to take in a spectacular evening luau.
You will find many options for where to stay in Maui. Some of the best Maui resorts are Andaz Maui At Wailea Resort, the Royal Lahaina Resort, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas or the Wailea Beach Resort Marriott.
The best hotels in Maui are the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hotel Wailea and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Finally, if you are looking for some off the beaten path and unusual things to do in Maui there are many interesting options. Canoe among the sea turtles, discover Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, go stargazing at Haleakala National Park, check out the blowhole at Nakalele Point on Maui’s north shore. Feel like a Hawaiian and go for lunch out of the Geste Shrimp Truck for shrimp served four ways in a mixed plate and finally do attend the Maui Upcountry Fair in Makawao.
If you are going to Hawaii you are no doubt a pleasure seeker so indulge in desserts made with tropical ingredients such as macadamia nuts, coconut, bananas, chocolate, and fruits such as Hawaiian passion fruit, tangerine, mango, berries, guava, and lychee. So, hop on and find cheap flights to Hawaii. This is one unforgettable destination you will very rapidly fall in love with.