Flights from the mainland to Hawaii land most often on the island of Oahu. A major destination, Oahu features some of Hawaii’s and the U.S. most well-known and popular attractions. From Waikiki and Honolulu to Pearl Harbor, it should come as no surprise that it and the Big Island, are the two most popular islands to visit. So what about the others?
From Lanai to Kauai, Maui to Molokai, Hawaii is made up of many other islands renowned for their beauty, culture and charm. One of the lesser visited but no less amazing islands is the island of Maui. Nicknamed the Valley Isle or the Magic Isle, Maui is a paradise in the Pacific. Voyager Vacation Club invites you to come with us as we review the Magic Isle and why you won’t want to miss it.
The second largest Hawaiian Island in terms of land mass, Maui is roughly 727 square miles in area. Despite its larger size (17th largest island in the U.S.), Maui is home to less than 150,000 residents, fewer than Hawaii and Oahu. Named by a historic Polynesian navigator who is said to have discovered the islands long ago, Maui is known for its beauty, geology and diversity. Much like the island of Hawaii, Maui is home to a number of climatic conditions which range from lowland to mountain slopes and vary depending on your location on the island. From the dryer Leeward side of the island to the Upcountry which is known for its varying temperatures especially in winter, you will be surprised at all this island has to offer in terms of geography and climate.
In terms of history and culture Maui is known for its many small villages and artist colonies but is most often noted for its whale watching opportunities. Each year thousands of humpback whales come to the sheltered waters of Maui to winter and give birth. Aside from whale watching however, this renowned destination offers much more in terms of cultural activities and experiences as well. From the rich mystery and beauty of the Ioa Valley to the history of the 19th century whaling village of Lahaina, Maui is proud of its past and embraces it for a better future.
Popular sites and areas on the island include the Historic Lahaina trail which tells the story of the village of Lahaina visiting a number of significant historic landmarks along the way. Another popular destination on Maui is the popular Haleakala National Park. Home to the highest concentration of endangered species in any national park, it is beautiful and diverse offering amazing views, unforgettable experiences and exciting activities including horseback riding across deserts or hiking the highest peaks above the clouds.
Like all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is unique and offers its own charms. Make time to simply relax and enjoy the views, the water and the experiences special to the islands, you will be glad you did.