With over 2.5 million visitors per year Maui belongs to the most visited islands on the archipelago. Over and over travel magazines are voting Maui as the most beautiful travel destination in the world. No surprise, deserted picture-book beaches, curved tropical palm trees, turquoise water, lush rainforests, a beautiful upcountry and a scant but impressing volcanic landscape attract visitors.
Maui is Hawai’i’s second largest island and carries the nickname “Valley Isle”. The name is based on the lush green valleys that are cutting through huge mountain ranges. You will get a first impression about them during your landing approach. All planes are descending over a sugar cane plantation through the widest of all valleys on Maui. It splits the island that actually looks like the number eight, into two areas. The bigger part is located in the East dominated by the inactive volcano Haleakala. The volcano is the island’s highest elevation with 10.023 ft (3055m) and rises over the hilly Upcountry.
Along the North and East spreads the rainforest framing the town of Hana and its famous coastal route. The South is mainly covered with hotel resort towns like Kihei, Wailea and Makena that are located along beautiful beaches.
The island’s western side is much smaller and contains the former fishing village Lahaina and more popular tourist and beach areas like Kaanapali, Napili, and Kapalua as well as the remote residential area around Kahakuloa and Waihee.