Maui, Hawaii, nicknamed the Valley Isle has been named best island world-wide by Condé Nast readers for 12 consecutive years and for 2 consecutive years has been named best island world-wide by readers of Travel & Leisure. The reasons:
- Ideal tropical climate year round
- Best beaches world-wide
- Rural, friendly Atmosphere
- 10,000 ft. Majestic Crater
- Hiking, Horseback Riding
- Surfing, Snorkeling, Diving, Fishing,
Waterfalls, Waterfalls, Waterfalls
Maui is Best – Maui No Ka Oi
Read the history of Maui and learn why islanders call Maui No Ka Oi (Maui is the Best)
Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, and has the second largest population of appox. 130,00. It is known for its world famous beaches, First class resorts, Haleakala Crater, Waterfalls, and exciting nightlife. It is becoming the honeymoon capital of the world due to it’s offering of romance, exotic wedding locations, and remoteness.
Here on Maui many of the best things in life are free. And, many others are just right for the budget-minded visitor. Maui’s cultural heritage is rich and proud — check out our museums for intriguing presentations on many highlights of Maui’s past. Maui’s favorite visitors — the humpback whales — are often on view from Maui’s west-side highways and beaches.
Maui’s beaches are consistently rated in the top 5 beaches every year. South Maui beaches are the best. Just be sure to pull completely off the road or instead of enjoying the show you will become part of it! Maui’s remarkably diverse climate and topography also offer unique opportunities. Explore the Island’s most recent eruption — just 200 years old, or an alpine forest planted with dozens of varieties of trees from around the world. Or, take a break from watching the beach action in Makena or Lahaina.
THINGS TO DO ON MAUI FOR FREE OR UNDER $20
Free Maui Activities
Haleakala – 10,000ft Volcanic Mountain. 1 1/2 hour drive from most hotels, great sightseeing and hiking.
Waianapanapa State Park – Caves, Old King’s Trail- a must see
Hale Kohola Humpback Whale Museum & Whalers Village Museum, Kaanapali
Friday Night is Art Night, Front Street, Lahaina Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina voluntary donation for exhibit gallery
Historic Sites in Lahaina
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao voluntary donation for exhibit gallery
Tedeschi Vineyards, Ulupalakua tour and visit tasting room
Kula Lavendart Farm – see how lavendar is grown
Haleakala National Park, Ohe’o Gulch marked hiking trails, “Seven Pools”
Cloud’s Rest Protea Farm,
Kula Botanical Gardens
Heritage Gardens, lao Valley
Hana Cultural Center–free (voluntary donation)
Picnicking in the park
Watching a sunset
There are countless waterfalls on Maui that you can see from your car or hike to.
Maui Island Activities for Under $20
A&B Sugar Museum, Puunene $3 Adults, $1 .50 kids 5-17 yrs.
Bailey House Museum $3 Adults, $2.50 Seniors, $1 kids 6-12 yrs
Swap Meet, Kahului – 50 cents per person – Wednesday and Saturday morning
Tropical Plantation, Waikapu Free admission, tram tour $8 adults, $5 children
Tropical Gardens of Maui, lao $3 adults, children under 12 free
Enchanting Floral Garden of Kula Maui $3.50 adults, $1.50 children
Keiki Petting Zoo, Kula $3 per person
Haleakala National Park Summit–$5 per private vehicle
Kula Botanical Gardens, Kula $5 adults, $.50 kids 6-12 yrs.
Hawaii Dome Theater, Lahaina $5.95 adults, $3.95 children (4-12 yrs.)
Sugar Cane Train, Kaanapali round-trip tickets– $12 Adults, $6
Baldwin Home & Brig Carthaginian, Lahaina $5 family, $3 adults, $2 seniors, kids free
TRANSPORTATION RENTALS ON MAUI
Holo-Holo is Hawaiian for “day-tripping.” For Mauians and visitors alike the Magic Isles offer an unmatched inventory of Holo-Holo options. Many prefer to toss the kids, snorkel gear, coolers, cameras and sunscreen in the trunk and take off for destinations unknown.
Maui’s transportation providers are all excellent resources for itinerary suggestions and tips on making your day-trip exciting, fun and safe. Most provide detailed maps, discount coupons for many of our Island’s attractions and the reassuring information that we are on an island — it’s almost impossible to get lost!
Maui is known for it’s breathtaking sunsets
Spend a day in the rainforest and hike to one of many spectaular Maui waterfalls
Iao Needle, in the Iao Valley is a short drive from Kahului airport in central Maui