Traveler impressions of Maui Hawaii
Maui is a beautiful island that has the most scenic drives, beautiful beaches, and is great for families and couples.
There are a lot of beaches, restaurants, and activities to do for all ages. We were so happy with our vacation that we would like to return to the island this year!
My husband and I spent two full days in Maui, following the road to Hana. If you want to invest lots of time checking out every site the road guide explains, you would need about two full days.
The other place we had visited was the Haleakala National Park, which is definitely worth seeing. We didn't have must chance to explore the west side of the island--which is more popular for tourists. With the little time we had, we checked out a small shopping mall, which seemed to cater more for locals. Things seemed cheaper and the mall, and it wasn't as crowded as other locations in Hawaii. We loved Maui, and we definitely want to visit the island again to do more hands-on activities, such as hiking and snorkeling.
My travel time was perfect. I landed in Kahului, Maui on July 3rd. On the 4th I watched the fireworks and beach concert in Lahaina which is about a 25 minute drive from Kihei.
On the 6th I went to the annual rodeo in Makawao, a great little western style town. The evening of the 6th I attended the annual Japanese Obon festival in Lahaina and saw taiko drummers, dancers, and the lantern ceremony where prayers are offered as hundreds of lanterns are floated in the ocean. Beautiful. On the 7th I went to the summit of the Haleakala Volcano (10,033 feet and very cold) to watch a breathtaking sunrise. BRING A VIDEO CAMERA!
There is so much to do in Maui, wish we had more time here. Top points, road to Hana, horse riding (visit a ranch) snorkelling, scuba diving, beaches, Lahaina, Mt Heleakala at sunrise, bike riding!!!
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More about Maui Hawaii
The island of Maui is comprised of nearly a dozen cities. Each one offers its own slice of sea, sand, and sun, but some have come off as more popular than others. Accommodation lines the coast, with most major hotels found in Lahaina and Kaanapali. These city’s offer a destination catered to the traveling tourists with festivals, whale watching, and beach tours. From the cultural melting pot of Haiku to the luxurious resort areas of Kapalua, visitors to Maui can find the modern world nestled between the bliss of the rainforests.
As to be expected of an area with an abundance of natural wonders, nationals parks are aplenty. Consistently strong trade winds have made Maui the world capital of windsurfing. Canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports are popular activities of the area, and visiting the islands of Lanai and Molokai make for excellent day trips. Find the most suitable accommodation for you by clicking on our interactive map and exploring Maui for hotels and must-see destinations.