Ahh…I just returned from a relaxing, fun-filled week on the Hawaiian island of Maui – and what an amazing week it was! If you’ve never been to Maui, now is the time to start planning your trip (and saving for it, because WOW, it’s expensive!). Maui really has something for everyone – whether you’re into daily water and land adventures or just want to lay on the sand, sipping a blended beverage and soaking up the sun. Need more convincing? Let’s take a look at what makes Maui the incredible island destination that it is.
Top Reasons to Visit Maui, Hawaii
Beaches – It’s no surprise that Maui beaches often rank at the top of the best beaches in the US and even the world (ie. Kaanapali Beach). From white sand to black sand….the beaches in Maui are beautiful, clean and, best of all, they are all open to the public (although access points are sometimes restricted).
Weather – The weather in Maui (and maybe all of Hawaii) is fairly consistent in the best possible way. In fact, I’ve visited Maui several times and each time the weather was about 82 and sunny nearly every day. And, even if it rains a little, it usually doesn’t last long (like Florida) and if it does, you can typically drive to another part of the island to find some sun. And keep in mind, puffy clouds can also help make some amazing sunsets!
Entertainment – Although there’s plenty of live music all around the island (including resorts and open air malls), you just can’t beat a good old fashioned luau to get into the proper Hawaiian spirit – and Maui has some of the best luaus! This trip, we were fortunate to attend the luau at the Grand Wailea Resort for the first time and it is by far my favorite so far! From the drinks, to the food, to the fire throwing, to the service, I loved it!
Food and Drinks – And speaking of drinks, like many other tropical vacations, it’s hard to walk a block and not find a place that is selling frozen cocktails, shave ice, or some other tasty treat. If you’re looking for something more substantial, Maui has a great selection of restaurants all over the island, some featuring posh menus while others have more laid back bites. And while we’re on the subject of food…although I’m not a fan of seafood, you really can’t go wrong with any seafood on Maui (so I’ve been told) as it is typically very fresh and prepared in just about any way you choose.
Outdoor Activities – Whether you’re exploring the lush Iao Valley, hiking near Haleakala after watching the sunrise, snorkeling in Molokini or whale watching from a catamaran, you will have no problem finding one adventure after another.
People and Culture – Everywhere we went in Maui, we were met with welcoming smiles, kind “Aloha” greetings and excellent service. From my perspective, whether they are native Hawaiians with a long family history on the islands or just transplants who decided never to leave Maui after a long vacation, you will find that the locals (for the most part) are friendly and very appreciative of your business and interest in their Hawaiian culture.