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.

Maui key facts

Time difference

GMT -10 hours

Currency

US dollar

Flying time to destination

17¼ hours to Honolulu

Language

English and Hawaiian

Passport & visas

•   Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
•   You'll also need a USA visa or waiver form/ESTA. Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling (http://esta.cbp.dhs.gov).

Maui good to know

Etiquette

Dialling code
+1 808

Health/Vaccinations
•  No vaccinations are compulsory but it's recommended you have one for tetanus.
•  For more information, contact your GP or a specialist vaccination centre.

Tipping

•   If you're happy with the service, tip 15-20% in restaurants, bars and taxis.
•   Porters can expect anything between $3 and $5 per case – there's normally a Union Rate displayed in reception.
•   Give tour guides about $5 per day.

Sports

Every imaginable sport is available - horse-riding, tennis, golf, sailing and watersports, plus whale-watching and free-wheeling on a bike from 10,000ft to sea level.

Best Maui beaches

Maui is fringed with white- and black-sand beaches lapped by warm waters.

Food & drink

•   A popular local dish is 'plate lunch' - rice, macaroni salad and meat or fish such as kalua pork, chicken katsu and mahi mahi.
•   'Pupu' means 'appetiser', and restaurants serve up sumptuous platters of them for you to enjoy.
•   Hungry types should tackle a 'loco moco' - a filling feast of a hamburger steak, an egg, rice and gravy.
•   Cool down with a refreshing 'shave ice' - a snow cone on top of ice cream or azuki beans.
•   When you fancy something sweet, visit a bakery for a hot malasada or Portuguese doughnut.