A Polynesian Pacific Paradise
Receiving it's nickname "The Valley Isle" from the great valley that lies between its two major volcanoes, Maui is known for its stunning natural beauty.
Maui offers a multitude of activities throughout it’s 30 miles of world-famous beaches! Soak up the sun on the sparkling white sands of Ka’anapali Beach, venture onto the lava rock wall and try out surfing at Launiupoko Beach, or snorkel at the black-sand beach of Waianapanapa Beach. Perhaps you’d prefer kayaking through the calmer waters of Makena Bay. Paddle through “Turtle Town” where you’re sure to see many Hawaiian green sea turtles, tropical fish, coral reefs and other marine life. Maui beaches are sure to offer an activity that’s right for you and an experience you’ll never forget!
Maui is also known for some of the best whale watching in the world! Particularly, in the shallow waters of the Auau Channel. Watch pods of Humpback whales, as they return to their native Hawaiian waters for winter breeding. This annual migration, from Alaska, dates back as far as the 18th century. Today, as many as 8-10,000 whales return. These magnificent mammals can grow up to 60 feet in length, weigh 25-40 tons and have an average life span of 90 years. Be sure to check out one of the many options available to view these gentle giants up close!
There are also countless activities for those that may prefer dry land. Drive the scenic road to Hana – one of the last “unspoiled” Hawaiian frontiers - along the island’s northeastern shore. Along the way, explore rainforests, waterfalls and scenic lookout points where you’re encouraged to stop enjoy the view! Step back in time with a visit the historic town of Lahaina (aka: "Relentless Sun"). Once a whaling village, this town set the stage for "Moby Dick" and is host the oldest living banyan tree. Hike among the lush Lao Valley, an historic 4,000 acre park with Maui’s most recognizable landmark – the Iao Needle.
Of course, no trip to Maui would be complete without a trip to Haleakala National Park (aka: “House of the Sun”). Described by Mark Twain as "the most sublime spectacle I ever witnessed," this colorful, dormant volcano sits at 10,000+ feet above sea level, among 30,000 acres of land and offers some spectacular views! Touted as the spot to view the “most spectacular sunrise on earth,” breathtaking sunsets and beautiful starry nights! This land also displays a wide-range of landscapes, from red deserts, to rock gardens, waterfalls and more!
Savor every moment as you enjoy full days of adventure or relaxation in a polynesian paradise.