Maui Destination Guide
Hike the moonscape of the world’s largest dormant volcano, tour farms, shop quaint towns, ride with paniolo (cowboys), snorkel and learn to surf. We tap our network of Maui’s best to connect you with top island experiences and adventures in our Maui Destination Guide.
Why Maui? While that might be a rhetorical question to most, here’s why savvy vacationers across the world, including readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, consistently rank it the “Best Island in the World.”
First off, beaches: Maui has 30-plus miles of accessible shoreline, more than any other Hawaiian island. Spend the day on some 80 picturesque spots with black, red, white or gold sand. Then there’s “The Valley Isle’s” lush, tropical rural landscape, dotted with farms and plantations, rushing waterfalls and hidden valleys, punctuated by dramatic steep mountains. Coral reefs teeming with colorful sealife line the coast, while on land, there’s Haleakalā, the biggest dormant volcano on Earth, and its colorful crater, Haleakalā National Park and the fabled Road to Hāna. Epic hiking, horseback riding, whale watching and water sports abound — namely, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and paddling. And finally, there are the warm, welcoming locals with their aloha spirit and distinctive Polynesian culture.
Find out what to do, see, taste and try on Maui, the globe’s top-ranked island. Take a look at our insider list of the best activities, favorite spots, sights and to-dos.
We recommend calling ahead before visiting shops, restaurants and attractions to confirm hours of operation. Many businesses across the island have modified operations in response to the global crisis.
The sunny south coast is famed for its superlative beaches, primo snorkeling and whale-watching, and in Wailea, championship golf and upscale resorts favored by honeymooners.Learn More
As much a way of life as a place, “Upcountry” is the proudly rural and agricultural area on the slopes of Haleakalā. You’ll find the locals in Makawao and Kula, and modern-day Hawaiian cowboys here. Watch the sunrise or sunset from the volcano summit, tour farms and ride the range.Learn More
The island’s iconic state park ‘Iao is here, with its striking landscape and historically significant landmark, not to mention charming heritage towns, cultural offerings, epic hiking, ziplining and shopping at Maui’s largest mall.Learn More
Take your time driving the celebrated Road to Hana through tropical jungle and awe-inspiring waterfalls along Maui’s rugged eastern coast — which many call Hawai’i’s “last unspoiled frontier.” Then relax in the peaceful, remote town and play on the beach.Learn More
You’ll find Hawaii’s small-town culture on the gorgeous North Shore, known for its uncrowded, diamond-in-the-rough beaches and great surfing. Stop in at the tiny towns, especially favorites Pā’ia and Haʻikū, and take life in the slow lane.Learn More
Snorkel in the clear water and swim, sail, play and lounge at Maui’s most celebrated beaches. Spend an evening at a traditional luau, and stroll, shop and see art in historic Lāhainā town. West Maui is one of the islands’ two top visitor draws, especially popular with families.Learn More