Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is as diverse as its landscape and climate. Fondly called The Valley Isle, the island is made up of two volcanoes and a seemingly endless array of lush valleys in between, making it a playground in paradise. There is no shortage of activities to delight your senses, from hiking secret waterfalls to windsurfing at world-famous Hookipa Beach to snorkeling at some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
After you land at Kahului Airport, pick up a four-wheel drive or convertible car from Discount Hawaii Car Rental to cruise the island in style. The team will provide the best Maui car rental rates but also the best service. The company can even accommodate last-minute rentals during peak times and last minute changes are a cinch. Maui has an abundance of amazing sights, and renting a car is a must if you want to get the most out of your time here.
Once you have your car, drive to Wailea in south Maui to enjoy its pristine, white-sand beaches, picturesque sunsets, and to watch the horizon for a humpback whale or two breaching in the distance. While you wait out your jetlag, stop by The Shops at Wailea to do some shopping at Tori Richard. You’ll be feeling plenty of aloha spirit in their island prints, breathable fabrics, bright colors and relaxed fit.
If you’re fortunate enough to be on Maui from June 15 through 19, make time to take part in the 17th annual Maui Film Festival—Maui’s answer to Sundance. It’s a highlight to summer on the island, with upwards of two dozen films and performers over five days. You’ll enjoy watching the movie screenings on the beach under the stars.
Finally, check in at Condominium Rentals Hawaii for a relaxing night in with the family. Rentals offer budget-minded accommodations in paradise that allow you to make Maui feel more like home, with a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and even a swimming pool. You’ll love how staying in a condo allows families to pick and choose when they want to eat out or cook, using produce from a local farmer’s market, and explore the island or stay in for the day enjoying the condo’s amenities.
The next day, wake up early and indulge in Maui’s most popular attraction, the Road to Hana! Sit back and enjoy the ride as you let Journey Travel’s “R2H: Experiencing the Road to Hana … and Beyond! ” CD be your tour guide, while navigating the 64 miles of lush rainforest, waterfalls, towering bamboo, and coastal cliffs at your own pace. If you decide you need more time on one of America’s most beautiful drives, Journey Travel lets you choose between one and two-day itineraries.
Reward yourself after a tiring day of adventure with an all-inclusive night at the award-winning resort, Travaasa Hana. Once there, it will be easy to see why Travaasa has consistently ranked as one of the most romantic getaways. It offers five different pathways for you to explore: Adventure, culinary, culture, fitness, and spa and wellness. Each gives suggestions on things to do at the resort, such as yoga, coastal walks, lei making and Hawaiian bamboo pole fishing, which are sure to satisfy on every level.
The next stop is exploring the resorts, shopping, dining and sights of West Maui. Old Lahaina Luau is one of the most authentic Hawaiian experiences in Hawaii. The show is educational in nature, depicting the different waves of migration of Hawaiian people from the central islands of the Pacific to Hawaii. It also incorporates traditional Hawaiian foods, like taro, into the buffet line. Many of the ingredients used in the dishes are grown on Old Lahaina Luau’s private farm, giving you a real Hawaii farm-to-table experience.
For lodging, consider Kaanapali Beach Hotel, referred to as “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel.” Its commitment to Hawaiian culture is evident in every detail. The hotel offers charming garden view, ocean view, and oceanfront rooms that effortlessly mix luxury with the laid-back attitude Hawaii is known for. Treat yourself to its famous Sunday Champagne Brunch, with local foods, live Hawaiian music and, of course, champagne!
If the busy resort area of Kaanapali is too much excitement for you, consider Kapalua Bay further west. Montage Kapalua Bay Resort is a place where you go for the breathtaking scenery and stay for the creative cuisine. If the highlight of your day is one gorgeous sunset, this is where you want to watch it. Montage Kapalua’s Cane & Canoe restaurant offers contemporary Hawaiian cuisine that honors Hawaii’s diverse cultural influences and has an oceanfront setting with a relaxed feel.
After being wined and dined in West Maui, you’ll want to explore the nearby West Maui Mountains and beyond. There are few Maui adventures that rival a ride in a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter above 400-foot cascading waterfalls, hidden rainforest valleys, beaming rainbows, and even the neighboring island of Molokai. Let’s face it, a helicopter ride above Maui is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you splurge on and will never regret.
Speaking of splurging, let the travel planners of Adventure Quinn handle every aspect of your Maui vacation. These seasoned experts know how to cater to your every need during your trip and offer luxury concierge services. These specialists will have you living out your wildest Maui dreams in no time, from snorkeling off the back of a yacht to having a helicopter drop you off to a private dinner on the slopes of a dormant volcano.
With so many mountaintops, swimming holes, eclectic cuisine and cutting edge culture to explore, the hardest part about visiting Maui is leaving. However, these activities, restaurants and resorts will leave you with many exciting memories for years to come.