This beautiful 'valley isle' is regularly voted one of the world's best islands
Known as the ‘Valley Isle’, Maui boasts some of Hawaii’s most diverse and beautiful scenery and is regularly voted one of the world's best islands. Explore the lush tropical and volcanic landscapes by car, stopping along the way at dramatic black and white sandy beaches.
- Discover the fascinating volcanic landscapes at Haleakala National Park – best seen from Pu’u ‘Ula’ula Summit
- Watching the sunrise from above the clouds on the volcano's eastern slope is an unmissable experience
- Spot humpback whales from the shore or a during a whale watching trip from December to May
- Maui is a quieter alternative to Oahu and these two islands make the perfect Hawaii twin-centre
- Away from the beaches you'll find the Iao Valley State Park where you can take a leisurely walk to view the Iao Needle – early morning is best for clearer skies
Best time to visit Maui
• Hawaii enjoys a good climate all year, especially in coastal areas with warm seas.
• Summer (April to November) is warmer and drier while winter (December to March) is a bit cooler.
• Whale-watching season is from late December to early May.
Maui holiday highlights
sea turtles in Molokini’s underwater volcanic crater, or from December to May spot the vast numbers of humpback whales that migrate off the coast of Wailea to bask in the warm waters.
Discover the 30,000-acre Haleakala National Park, home to Maui’s highest peak, Mount Haleakala. Thanks to the conditions at the summit, the Haleakala Observatory is possibly the best place in the world for stargazing. Watching the sunrise from the summit is a must (go early to secure a good spot – it does get busy) before an adrenalin-pumping bike ride down its rugged slopes. On the way down, stop for a well-deserved pancake breakfast at the famous Kula Lodge with its sweeping mountain and ocean views.