Consistently voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Maui continues to draw in travellers to its breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventures and world-class resorts. The island has over 80 beaches of different hues that will take your breath away. It's tempting to just stay in the resort and soak up the sun, but there are plenty of things to do and see in Maui that can't be missed.
Sunset at Haleakala Crater
Drive up to highest mountain in Maui, Haleakala, to see the sunset. It takes over an hour's drive to reach the peak, Pu'u 'Ula' ula, but the long journey is well worth it. While there, make sure to visit the Haleakala Crater. This volcano formed more than 75% of the island of Maui. Looking at the big hole, you can easily imagine lava bursting out from here thousands of years ago. It gets quite windy and chilly up at the peak, so make sure to bring a jacket with you to keep you warm.
Mama's Fish House
Stop by the famous seaside family-owned restaurant, Mama's Fish House for lunch. Food is exceptionally fresh! All the fish are caught in the morning, and delivered to the restaurant directly. Given the opportunity, have a chat with the owners as they inspire you with their story.
Considered by many as the 'Real Hawaii', Hana boasts several scenic attractions. The small town of Hana has a population of less than 1,000 people. What makes this an interesting spot is its unspoilt nature. Drive through the Road to Hana (Hana Highway) and stop by towering waterfalls and stunning coastlines. It's a long and winding road, so drive with caution. Fun fact: Mark Twain dubbed the Hana Highway as the "Great Ocean Road of the Pacific".
Waianapanapa State Park
At the end of Hana Highway is the Waianapanapa State Park. A perfect spot for nature lovers, the state park offers a stunning sweeping panoramic view – the hills of verdant jungle giving way to rugged coastline. The state park also has a lot of trails for hikers to explore. Check out the Pa'ilo Beach, the 120-acres that make up the park. Explore the legendary freshwater caves, burial sites, ancient temples, and more.
Maui is famous for whale watching as humpback whales migrate to the country at certain time of the year. Make sure to time your visit around December to April and take advantage of this experience. Thanks to the North Pacific Humpback Whale conservation, the whale population has been steadily increasing (approx 21,000 whales according to conservationists).
By Pde Tse