Maui is known as the “valley isle” because of the isthmus of land that connects the West Maui Mountains with Haleakala (the 10,000 foot volcano that is sleeping right now, but still considered potentially active). Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island, with the third largest population at 117,600. From tip to tip Maui is 40 miles long, and 25 miles wide. Maui offers the most swimmable beaches of all the islands, and offers a wide variety of accommodations and a wealth of recreational activities for visitors. If you like to DO THINGS on vacation, this is the island for you!
Maui has been voted “best island in the world” again and again by the readers of Conde Naste Traveler magazine. No where else on earth offers the diversity of beauty, exciting activity, and lavish luxury of the island of Maui.
The major airport is in central Maui in the town of Kahului. Most resorts are on the west side of the island, from the old whaling town of Lahaina and the beaches of Kaanapali to the golf course villas and resort hotels of Kapalua. The other major resorts are south, in the Wailea area, with a number of older condos in the town of Kihei. Popular day trips include excursions into the Hana rain forest or daily snorkel tours to Molokini or across the channel to the island of Lanai.