The islands of Hawaii have so much to offer to people who are planning to vacation on one of the islands. Of all of the islands, one of the islands that you may want to consider, is the island of Maui. Maui is an island that has over 700 square miles of beautiful and interesting terrain. From tall, dormant volcanic peaks, to a tropical and lush rain forest, to over 30 miles of gorgeous beaches, a visitor to Maui will have no trouble finding something interesting to see, and fun and engaging activities to do.
Sometimes referred to as the “Valley Isle”, Maui is a mixture of volcanic peaks and sloping, or flat, surfaces. Much of the island is covered with a lush, tropical rain forest. Although the temperatures are relatively constant throughout the entire island, and all throughout the year, you can see differences, in temperatures, in terms of elevation, while on the island.
The beaches on Maui vary by location, sand color, and their surroundings. Some of the beaches are undeveloped and mostly unpopulated, while others are lined with multiple accommodations and see much more traffic from vacationers and residents.
One of the quieter beaches on Maui is Makena Beach. Also known as “The Big Beach”, Makena Beach offers an uncrowded beach area, white sand, and plenty of nature along the perimeter of the coastline. This beach is a great place to go fishing, snorkeling, swimming, or just relax and enjoy the afternoon sun.
If you are interested in a beach environment that is a little busier, then perhaps a visit to Kaanapali Beach is in order. This beach is much more populated, mainly due to the presence of large hotels, resorts, and villas, in the area. Once dubbed, “America’s Best Beach”, Kaanapali Beach is a wonderful place for sunbathing, swimming, and even cliff diving. In fact, if you would like to see a traditional cliff diving ceremony, then venture to the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, where a professional cliff diver showcases his/her expertise, on a nightly basis.
The area of Kaanapali is also a great place for golfing, ziplining, hiking, shopping, eating, and many other entertainment venues that may be of interest to you. Kaanapali is located in the western part of the island.
Maui is known for many things beyond scenic views, a tropical rain forest, and inviting beaches. It is also a place where you can enjoy windsurfing, kiteboarding, kitesurfing, surfing, and even watching the humpback whales, especially during the cooler months of the year. You also have a wide range of places to stay while on the island; from high-rise hotels with plenty of activities for everyone, to house rentals on a quieter part of the island, or even on your own quiet cove.
With so much to offer, Maui is a favorite island, by many people, among the islands of Hawaii; however, you may also wish to check out some of the other Hawaiian Islands, while you are in the area. Each island has its’ own unique vibe, and amazing things to see and explore.