Maui nō ka ʻoi! Means Maui is the Best
Visiting Maui, one of the beautiful Hawaiian islands, offers a plethora of experiences and attractions that make it a worthwhile destination for travelers. Some compelling reasons to visit Maui are its stunning natural beauty and activities like snorkeling, diving, whale watching, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and ziplining. Overall, Maui's natural beauty, outdoor activities, cultural experiences and opportunities for relaxation make it a top-notch destination for travelers seeking a mix of adventure, serenity and cultural immersion.
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Where to stay in Maui, Hawai'i
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa
Upscale beachfront resort with seven restaurants and bars set in 40 acres of lush tropical gardens.
$100 hotel / resort credit.
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Montage Kapalua Bay
On Maui’s northwest coast, this all-suite resort incorporates Hawaiian culture into everything from its architecture and restaurants, to kids’ club and spa.
$150 spa credit.
$60 breakfast credit daily.
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Wailea Beach Villas, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
Experience the pinnacle of luxury living at Wailea Beach Villas, a Destination by Hyatt Residence, where exquisite villa accommodations, breathtaking oceanfront views and world-class amenities create an unparalleled Hawaiian getaway in Wailea, Maui
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Things to do in Maui, Hawai'i
Explore the Road to Hāna
Drive the scenic Hāna Highway, stopping at waterfalls, scenic viewpoints and exploring the charming town of Hāna. The journey is an adventure in itself, with numerous opportunities for hiking and enjoying natural beauty.
Visit Haleakalā National Park
Witness the sunrise or sunset from the summit of Haleakalā, an extinct volcano. You can also explore hiking trails that take you through unique landscapes and even bike down the mountain.
Snorkel or Dive at Molokini Crater
Take a boat tour to Molokini Crater, a partially submerged volcanic crater, for exceptional snorkeling and diving experiences amidst vibrant coral reefs and marine life.
From December to April, go on a whale-watching tour to observe humpback whales as they migrate to the warm Hawaiian waters to mate and give birth.
Sunset at Kaanapali Beach
Enjoy the stunning sunset views from the beautiful Kaanapali Beach, known for its golden sand and clear waters.
Iao Valley State Park
Explore this lush valley, known for its iconic Iao Needle, a volcanic rock pinnacle. There are trails and lookout points that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.
Attend a traditional Hawaiian lū‘au to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture, enjoy local cuisine and witness captivating performances.
Engage in water sports like snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing and windsurfing at various beaches around the island.
Maui Ocean Center
Discover the marine life of Hawaii at this impressive aquarium, featuring local species and interactive exhibits.
Maui offers several world-class golf courses with stunning ocean views and challenging layouts.
Besides Haleakalā, explore other hiking trails such as the Waihe‘e Ridge Trail, Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls and more.
Take a horseback ride through Maui's scenic landscapes, including ranches and trails with panoramic views.
Visit the Maui Wine tasting room and winery at Ulupalakua Ranch to sample unique Hawaiian wines.
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Experience local arts, music and performances at this cultural hub.
Maui Tropical Plantation
Tour a working plantation to learn about Hawaii's agriculture and sample fresh tropical fruits.
Explore Upcountry Maui
Discover the quaint towns of Makawao, Paia and Kula, each offering their own unique charm and attractions.
Places to eat & drink in Maui, Hawai'i
Mama's Fish House: Known for its fresh seafood and stunning oceanfront location, this iconic restaurant offers a memorable dining experience.
Hula Grill: Kaanapali
Paia and Upcountry
Mama's Coffee House: A great spot for breakfast or lunch in Paia, offering fresh, local ingredients and a welcoming vibe.
Paia Fish Market: A casual eatery known for its fish tacos and seafood plates. A must-visit for seafood lovers.
Hali'imaile General Store: An upcountry gem offering contemporary Hawaiian cuisine with a creative twist.
Kula Bistro: Enjoy farm-to-table dining with beautiful views of the island. Known for its brunch and homemade desserts.
Wailea and Kihei Area
Morimoto Maui: Celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant featuring modern Japanese cuisine and oceanfront views.
Gannon's Restaurant: Offers Pacific Rim-inspired dishes with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy sunset views from the lanai.
Maui Brewing Co.: A popular local brewery offering a variety of craft beers and pub-style food.
Cafe O'Lei: With locations in Kihei and Wailea, this restaurant offers a mix of Pacific Rim and Hawaiian flavors.
Coconut's Fish Cafe: Offers affordable and delicious fish tacos and other seafood options.
Geste Shrimp Truck: Located in Kahului, this food truck is famous for its garlic shrimp plates.
Flatbread Company: Enjoy wood-fired pizza with organic ingredients and a variety of toppings.
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