The island is covered with lush rainforests, golden beaches, and fringed by palm trees. This is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The island gets its name from the Maui, son of Polynesian navigator Hawai'iola. The mild and unvarying climate of the island makes it a great place to visit, and hordes of visitors frequent the popular tourist attractions of Maui, namely Haleakala National Park, the scenic Hana Highway, and the seaside streets of Lahaina.
A typical hike across the rainforests with tropical birds filling the air with their sweet voices is worth going for. You can get a free Recreational Map of Maui from the Department of Land and Natural Resources of Maui and plan which trail to take. Biking in Maui can be great fun especially if you follow the route right from the East End to Kapalua in the West. Downhill bicycle tours, Maui sightseeing tours and ECO tours are also available for those who wish to savor the island in its entirety.
For those who like fun and adventure in the water, you will find a whole range of exciting activities including surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The island has some of the most amazing diving spots and you can take diving lessons or go for a snorkeling excursion at Ma'alaea or Lahaina. Kayaking across the white waters can also be arranged for as there are several trustworthy operators.
As thousands of humpback whales complete their migration to warmer waters, the spectacle is nothing less than a feast for the eye. Whale watching is an unforgettable experience for those who witness it. Horseback riding is a favorite recreational activity tourists enjoy. A horseback ride on the highest peak of the island – Haleakala is something you must not miss.
As for fine food and dining, you will be spoiled for choice. The island has a fine selection of Luaus that you can attend. The Polynesian entertainment, regal wines, traditional gastronomical delights, and the essence of the true Hawaiian spirit at a luau are known to rejuvenate everyone who partakes in the festivities.
Golfing is a memorable experience as most of the golf courses are set amidst heavenly palm groves, ancient lava flows, and along the breathtaking shore lines. In reality golfing on Maui is as good as it gets – where surf meets turf!
People have their own reasons to visit the Valley Isle and the exciting activities that can be enjoyed make them come back for more year after year.