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Watch a humpback whale breach the sea. Tee off at a championship golf course. From the summit of Haleakala Crater to the shore of Big Beach in Makena, Maui has a breadth of exhilarating outdoor sights, activities, and entertainment for every visitor. Maui No Ka 'Oi in Hawaiian, means "Maui is the Best".

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Imagine, a Maui Vacation with crystal waters, golden beaches, beautiful scenery, tropical breezes, swaying palms, award-winning cuisine and world class resorts just to name a few.

Maui's diversity will amaze and delight you. You'll marvel at cascading waterfalls, the remote village called heavenly Hana, the picturesque Lahaina, a National Historic District, where history and fun combine to create a 'must see'. You'll discover the Marine Preserve of Molokini, teeming with exotic sea life, and the majesty of Haleakala Crater. Forty-two miles of glistening Maui beaches meet the blue Pacific, where every year, from December until April, Maui's favorite wintertime visitors are in residence. The humpback whales, over 2,000 of them, migrate from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to the warm and sheltered waters of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Facts: Population 117,644, Area 727 sq. miles

The "Magic Isle" produces sugar, pineapple, cattle and horses. The 10,023-foot Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano crater in the world.

Maui Flower: Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose)

Maui Island Color: Pink

Lahaina (Virtual Tour)

Lahaina was Hawaii's capital before 1845, and still has some of the atmosphere of an old whaling town. Today, it's a National Historic District with restored buildings, museums, missionary homes and a replica of a 19th century whaling ship - not to mention fun places to eat and shop along the historic waterfront.

Maui Nature Center (Virtual Tour)

The Hawaii Nature Center's Rainforest Walk is woven through ancient footsteps of the Alii (Hawaiian Royalty) through the Iao Valley. After crossing Iao Stream, visitors pass by a live Taro patch and an old village site where evidence of 'terraces' can be found. This is a must see while on your Maui vacation to Hawaii.

Maui Ocean Center (Virtual Tour)

Check out the marine life at The Maui Ocean Center without ever getting wet! This is best place to get nose-to-nose with 2,000 fish and even sharks that can be viewed safely through the clear acrylic tunnel of a 750,000-gallon tank. You can explore the stingray cove, turtle lagoon or get a hands-on encounter with starfish, sea urchin or sea cucumber in the "touch" pond. From mid-December through May, over 1,000 whales come to Hawaiian waters to give birth.

Hana (Virtual Tour)

Hana is a quaint little town on Maui's northeast side. To get there, you'll take a long, windy drive down the famous "Road to Hana," where drivers can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Be sure to visit Hana's beautiful beaches: Hamoa Beach, Koki Beach, and Waianapanapa State Park.

Haleakala Crater (Virtual Tour)

There's nothing like a Pleasant Hawaiian Holiday when you can get up before daybreak and watch the sun rise above the clouds at the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano. You can gaze out over the ocean to look for humpback whales, snorkel coral reefs, golf the same course as Tiger Woods or simply soak up the tropical sun on a white sand beach.

Kapalua (Virtual Tour)

Located on the island's northwestern shoulder, Kapalua begins and ends in two spectacular nature preserves. In between, you'll find an abundance of beach activities and some of the best golf in the world. It's no surprise that the prestigious Mercedes Championships are held in Kapalua each year. Kapalua is just minutes away from Kaanapali and the whaling town of Lahaina. Kapalua Airport, a small commuter airport, allows visitors tofly in directly to West Maui.

Kaanapali (Virtual Tour)

On Maui's west coast, Kaanapali encompasses some of the best shoreline, shopping and golf action available. Sunbathers and snorkelers share in the large expanse of white sand beach and pristine waters. To take a break from the sun, Whalers Village offers fine dining and shopping galore, while its free Whale Museum provides an educational spin. Golfers delight in two excellent courses, one designed by Robert Trent Jones and the other by Jack Snyder.

Wailea (Virtual Tour)

Nestled along Maui's spectacular southern coastline, Wailea is home to world-class resorts, nationally acclaimed beaches, challenging golf courses and first-rate dining and shopping venues. The Wendy's Champions Skins Game is held in beautiful Wailea and brings together some of today's top golfers. Wailea beaches are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Check out Mokapu Beach Park, Polo Beach Park, Ulua Beach Park and Wailea Beach (named "America's Best Beach" in 1999).

Makena (Virtual Tour)

At the southern end of Wailea, Makena is the perfect place for working on your swing - or your tan. The North and South Makena courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., showcase 1800 acres of breathtaking landscape. Makena Beach State Park is home to Big Beach, which is considered the ideal spot for sunbathing and swimming. Nearby Maluaka Beach is a good place to spot green sea turtles, but please observe the turtles from a respectful distance.

There's nothing like a Pleasant Holiday when you can get up before daybreak and watch the sun rise above the clouds at the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano. You can gaze out over the ocean to look for humpback whales, snorkel coral reefs, golf the same course as Tiger Woods or simply soak up the tropical sun on a white sand beach. No matter where you go on your Maui vacation, you're bound to see rainbows.

Molokini Island is a popular dive spot; Molokini is a partially submerged, inactive volcano and nature preserve off the Maui coast. One of the best diving spots, Molokini's underwater life is home to kikakapu (lemon butterfly fish), puhi (eel), honu (sea turtle), hahalua (manta ray), mano (reef shark), orange cup coral and a whole lot of marine life. During winter months, scuba divers can hear the haunting songs of humpback whales.

Check out the marine life at The Maui Ocean Center without ever getting wet! This is best place to get nose-to-nose with 2,000 fish and even sharks that can be viewed safely through the clear acrylic tunnel of a 750,000-gallon tank. You can explore the stingray cove, turtle lagoon or get a hands-on encounter with starfish, sea urchin or sea cucumber in the "touch" pond. From mid-December through April, over 1,000 whales come to Hawaiian waters to give birth. This is a must see while on your Maui vacation to Hawaii.

McGregor Point is Maui's best viewing spot from land to see the hundreds of humpback whales arrive in Hawaii each year. Spectators say they often see "smoke" rising from the water, but that's actually water vapor being exhaled by the whale's blowhole! McGregor Point also includes a lighthouse to warn ships of the rocky coastline and numerous reefs in the area.

As the world's largest dormant volcano rising 10 000 feet above sea level, Haleakala's landscape looks a lot like the moon! You'll have to be up extra early to see the sunrise, but it'll be worth it as you stand at the crater's summit where you'll see a rainbow of colors as the sun peeks through the clouds - it's a totally awesome experience! Look for the rare silversword plants and endangered Hawaiian nene goose that live at the "house of the sun."

 

Island image courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan
 

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