Watch a humpback whale breach the sea, a 45 foot whale surface off the coast of Lahaina. Lose count of the waterfalls outside your window as you drive the hairpin turns of Hana highway. There’s a reason why Maui is nicknamed “The Magic Isle.” Maui has a breadth of exhilarating outdoor sights, activities, and entertainment for every visitor.

The second largest Hawaiian island has a smaller population than you’d expect, making Maui popular with visitors who are looking for sophisticated diversions and amenities in the small, intimate towns peppered throughout the island. Maui’s unique vistas also make it a much anticipated destination. From beaches that have repeatedly been voted among the best in the world to the scenic heights of Haleakala Crater, a visit to “The Magic Isle” recharges the senses. But like every good magic trick, you’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.

Quick Facts

-   Approximately 3,000 Humpback whales visit Maui each winter.
-   There are 81 beaches with a combined shoreline that spans 120 miles.
-   Iao Needle is a 2,250-ft stone pillar that was once used as a natural altar.
-   Lahaina was a thriving whaling port in the mid-1800s.
-   The Haleakala Crater is roughly the size of the island of Manhattan.

Things to do

-   Watch the sunrise atop the 10,000-foot Haleakala Crater
-   Spot a humpback whale on a whale watching excursion
-   Drive up the scenic, 53-mile Hana highway
-   Snap a picture of striking Iao Needle in Iao Valley
-   Spend a day browsing the museums, shops, and restaurants of Lahaina


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Hawaii, U.S.A.

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