Maui Travel Guides

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What to see and do in Maui – a guide to notable attractions and landmarks

One of the most romantic of Hawaii’s islands, Maui is an island paradise. Beautiful beaches are matched by a diverse interior of lush rainforest, volcanic moonscapes and hidden swimming lagoons. Hire a car and explore the island through a series of stunning drives, where you can stop at small, characterful towns and sink onto secluded beaches. For adventure enthusiasts, Maui is brimming with surfing opportunities, while those who like to explore nature in a more relaxed way can dip beneath the waves to snorkel, or hike up to Mt Haleakala to experience an unforgettable sunrise. Keep yourself fuelled with organic, locally sourced cuisine, or blow off steam at a traditional Hawaiian luau.

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Where to stay in Maui – an island guide to the best accommodation

Maui lives up to stereotypes of paradisiac beaches, spectacular scenery and world class surfing. That’s not to forget its world-renowned locavore food scene, and traditional Hawaiian luaus. Choose between sleepy, rural towns surrounded by secret beaches, tourist centers lined with 19th century historic buildings, or luxurious ocean front resorts for five star treatment. 

Maui shopping guide – where and what to shop and buy

Organic food, island crafts and the eponymous Hawaiian shirt – Maui is a great place to fill your suitcase with quirky souvenirs. Head to sleepy towns like Makawao and Wailuku for traditional Hawaiian crafts, or stop at beachfront resorts like Kaanapali and Wailea for high-end brands and designer shops. Lahaiana, Haiwaii’s former capital, is good for shopping like a local, as you wander through the characterful streets to old book shops and markets.

Where to eat in Maui – a food and dining guide

It’s not just beautiful beaches and pristine nature that draw people to Maui. Its food scene is unique among the Hawaiian Islands – food caters for dedicated locavores, and a drive across the island can leads you to renowned restaurants and roadside food stalls, tucked into the curve of valleys and on the backstreets of characterful towns. 

A Maui island guide – whale watching, world class surfing and slow food

Nature can be seen in all its glory on Maui, an island paradise with diverse scenery. Explore the spectacular landscape by hiking through barren moonscapes, trekking through verdant jungle, and soaking in secluded swimming lagoons. Then, take to the seas, as you watch visiting humpback whales and try your hand at surfing like a pro. Finish up with some souvenir shopping – Maui’s scattering of sleepy towns are filled with independent shops selling the wares of its artistic population.

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