Maui is one of the most beautiful islands in Hawaii. Maui tourism along the west coast flourishes, dominated by two commanding volcano pinnacles banded together by a low rise strip of land. West Maui Mountain is the smallest of the two mountains near the charming seaside community of Lahaina which most visitors use as a base for their Maui vacation. Lahaina boasts small inns, beachside resorts, museums, art galleries and some of the best restaurants in Maui Hawaii.
From Lahaina there are numerous exciting Maui activities to enjoy for the entire family. Due north of Lahaina along the coast are the beach resorts of Napili and Kaanapali which both enjoy plenty of Maui tourism. Napili is the lesser known counterpart but is beautiful nonetheless with small coves and some of the best championship Maui golfing at Kapalua. From West Maui visitors enjoy tranquil vistas with the islands of Molokai and Lanai in the midst.
Kihei Town, also on the west coast of Maui, is the most commercial of all Maui vacation areas. Timeshares, condos and hotels line the strip and border the sweeping beach areas of Kihei. South of Kihei is Wailea, home to the famous Wailea Golf Courses and a number of illustrious resorts. Just north of Kihei is Maalaea Bay where a number of Maui tours leave for journeys to the Molokini Crater. It's also a popular departing point for Maui fishing charters.
Even further south visitors can enjoy Makena Big Beach, several other Maui beaches and the Makena North and South Golf Courses. If you don't have your own transportation there's nothing to worry about as this area is well serviced by buses making it easy to travel around Maui Hawaii. There are plenty of Maui activities in this area including sailing to the nearby islands and Maui snorkeling trips as the west side has come of the best conditions for aquatic adventure.
Though the north coast enjoys the least of Maui tourism there are many charming seaside towns, excellent windsurfing, peaceful coastal paths, some of the prettiest and best beaches in Maui, and pleasant historic farming settlements close to the serene slopes of Haleakala Mountain. Once a bustling port for sugar plantations, Kahului is now a busy industrial town with a lack of any really fun Maui activities.
The heart of Maui is dominated by arid, desert-like scenery and the idle Mount Haleakala. Standing more than 10,000 feet high, the national park surrounding the mountain offers some of the most exciting outdoor Maui activities on the island. The landscape, once lush and fertile, became arid and barren after the last volcanic eruption in 1790.
The east coast enjoys some of the highest levels of rainfall creating the most lush, tropical environment in all of Maui Hawaii. Plunging valleys and the twisting, tapered Road to Hana make the east coast drive one of the most impressive scenic routes in Maui. The wild and undulating mountainous region is replete with waterfalls and flourishing rainforests. There are numerous beaches near Hana, the most unusual being Red Sand Beach, only a short walk from the heart of Hana. On the other side of Hana is a rare black sand beach. Though swimming at the red and black sand beaches isn't that good, Hamoa Beach south of Hana makes up for it.
The best attraction for a Maui vacation near Hana is the cascading Wailua Falls and the Seven Sacred Pools of Oheo Gulch. The captivating trail leading through bamboo forests and dense tropical foliage to the pools is one of the best Maui hiking trails.With Maui's electrifying cliffs, abundant, blooming rainforests, fantastic resorts and idyllic beaches it's easy to understand it's rank as the Polynesian paradise. For those who want ideal conditions in which to enjoy a grand variety of things to do, Maui is the perfect place for you.