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Sub-Region: Maui County, Hawaiian Islands


Ideal duration: 6 days

Best time: 365 days (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Kahului (Check Flights)


"Lazy suburb beach town "

Maui Tourism

Sunshine and comfort, Polynesian heritage and modern American lifestyle, together go hand in hand on this beautiful Hawaiian island. If you are one of those who could never decide whether you're more inclined towards sand and water or hilltops, you might have found your next destination as this lush island retreat has it all.

Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian islands is a popular tourist destination, mostly among North Americans. Its called the 'Valley isle' as it sits between the east and the west volcano, which shape this majestic island. It is home to 150000 people, and soon you would want to be one them. Popularly known to be the lazy laidback beach town majorly due to the water sports and other activities wearing people out, you cant get enough of this island. From dramatic volcano slopes to magnificent pacific views, Maui serves as the best combination of 'thrill and chill'. From hiking expeditions to camping at 10000 ft. above sea level under the stars, its best of both the worlds that will urge a traveller like you to take the plunge, pack your bags and head to one of the most serene islands on this planet. One of the best ways to experience Maui is the return journey from Kahului (Lao Valley, central Maui), where the airport is located and where most of the tourists stay, on the Hana highway. 600 turns, driving along the coastline of this massive island and splendid weather forces you to continue this journey. The sunrise at Haleakala Volcano Summit, the world's largest dormant volcano peak is once in a lifetime experience. Bonus if you go paragliding here. Exquisite cuisine along with warmth of the people make you feel home in a couple of hours of your stay on this beautiful island. In addition to this, Snorkelling in the day and Cocktail cruise in the evening is the pride of Maui. It is a dream package, ideal for splurgers as well as budget travellers.

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We go far away from the city to experience something other than what we do here. Live music, waves hitting the shore and breezy evenings. Maui is all about kicking back and taking off that frown, those worries off of your face, for a reason its called the 'lazy suburb beach town'. Whether its Front street at Lahaina, Charley's at Paia or Whaler's village at Kaanapali, the music is bound to make you feel calm yet energetic. For dance lovers, there is Casanova at Makawo and Old dance parties in Central Maui. For splurgers, the Sunset cruise is the perfect opportunity to witness the ever so beautiful sun hide behind the ocean, with some cocktails and Hawaiian delicacies to make your evening even better. An interesting ritual which happens here in Maui is the access to the free town party at different corners of the island arranged by the Maui County Office of Economic Development every Friday to celebrate Maui's culture, art and music. If you like this, then you would love the Makena Sunday beach party, a secret of the locals and an age old tradition.

Maui has two malls in the Kahului area called the 'Maui Mall' and 'Queen Kaahumanu centre'. Other than that there are small independent boutiques scattered across Makawao and Paia. For people with a loose hand on money, Whaler's village is the perfect destination. Souvenir shopping can be done best at Kahului at Maui Swap Meet and for a taste of the local bred food and clothing, yes the printed shirts and skirts, Takaniya market in Central Maui is the place.

USD is used everywhere on the Hawaiin Islands.

Since itês a tourist destination, there are plenty of money exchange outlets across the towns of Maui and various ATM machines available.

A daily budget of USD 150 excluding accommodation and shopping is ideal for a traveller with a goal to experience Maui at its best. This includes one meal at restaurant (under USD 30) and then you have the option of exploring the ever so delicious vendors across Maui. One the best highlights of this island is its food, and some of the best Tacos as well as local delights are available at the food trucks/vendors, hence pulls strings and saves you money. You can filter out the activities as per your budget, for a Atlantis Submarine experience, you would have to shell out USD 115, but Maui Turtle Watch Snorkeling would cost you USD 42.

Maui has no dominant ethnic group or religion, but a variety of them. However, Christianity is the most prominent of them all.

Since itês a beach town, clothing is extremely casual in Maui. From shirts, skirts, loose tops, summer dresses and hats.. Anything and everything.

English is the most widely spoken language in Maui however, the native language is also prevalent, like the ever famous 'Aloha' which means 'Hello' in English is the way to go about in Maui.

The Polynesians migrated to Hawaii and established communities here. It was only after the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778 that the scenario changed. At the time, each island was a separate kingdom. According to popular mythology, the demigod Maui pulled Hawaii from the sea and hence, Island Maui is named after him, as its shape resembles a man's head with shoulders. Soon after, King Piilani became the first ruler who united all habitants of Maui under the same belt, He was defeated by Kind Kamehameha and Lahaina was made the capital for decades ahead. Agriculture came into being in Maui after the plantation of the first sugar mill in 1828, soon when the whalers industry had started to grow immensely. As the Sugar industry started booming, there was a massive influx of plantation workers from Asia, mostly China, Korea, Japan, Philippines etc. These workers were the foundation ground of the multicultural society we have today in Maui.

Since it is an island, seafood is in abundance to cater your tastebuds. However, for vegetarians there are plenty of options as well. Maui is home to a variety of agricultural activities and hence, a lot of its food has a dominant fruit or vegetable base. The island thrives on the vegetation of avocados, onions, cabbage, broccoli etc and most majorly Pineapple. A must try is the pineapple wine which is available across the island however you could go to the only wineyard of the Island 'Maui's winery Ulupalaku' for some wine tasting. Your trip is incomplete if you dont indulge in some local Hawaiin food. One of the best restaurants for local cuisine is 'Da Kitchen' in Kahalui, but dont forget to try the classic Hawaiin dessert 'Shaved ice' which consists of shaved ice inundated with flavoured syrups. Fish lovers can head to 'Coconut's' in Kihei for the best fish tacos in town. Try Lomilomi (Salmon) as well as Locomoco (Rice, brown gravy, hamburger patty with fried egg) which is a sought after delicacy of the island, a must for spice lovers. Dont forget to try the Old Lahaina Laus! It is a unique blend of authentic Hawaiin food, local wine and Hula dancers whilst you fill your tummy.

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Maui can be reached only by Air via the United States mainland from the rest of the world. The island has an airport at Kahalui. There are direct flights from the US to Maui and also from the US vi... (Read More)

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