Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is fondly known as the Valley Isle. Travel beyond its pristine, sandy shoreline and it’s easy to see why. A playground of emerald green mountains and jungle valleys await the traveler who ventures beyond the island’s quaint towns and sprawling beaches. Home of the famous Haleakala (“House of the Sun”) volcano, Maui is a destination primed for romance and adventure. If you’re looking for a Hawaii experience that runs the gamut from enchanting bamboo forests to world-class ocean sports, Maui is where you’ll find it.
Explore Maui’s waterfalls, valleys, and volcanoes with the highly trained, NAI Certified Guides of Valley Isle Excursions. Tour sustainably, in safety and comfort with a Green Award winner. View sunrise on Haleakala, see the Iao Valley, photograph waterfalls in Hana—visit Maui’s best in comfort and style. Elevated cruisers, captain chair seating, extra-large viewing windows and more are available.
Settle in for an exciting itinerary at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Perched along the crescent-shaped shores of South Maui, you’ll enjoy a selection of opulent suites and villas with a private lanai (porch) and diverse opportunities to acquaint yourself with the Hawaiian culture. The ocean fronting your door is perfect for swimming or canoeing adventures. In the evening, take part in the Feast at Mokapu, an interactive luau dinner and show, or relax at the spa with a signature lomi lomi massage.
Wind down from your morning adventure with an afternoon at West Maui’s acclaimed Kaanapali Beach. With miles of soft, white sand and blue, crystalline waters, you’ll enjoy excellent snorkeling on the beach’s north end. Stroll along the beachfront promenade, which passes by the whaling museum, restaurants and shops of the open-air Whalers Village. And don’t miss the traditional cliff diving ceremony off Puu Kekaa, aka Black Rock, a sunset ritual that pays homage to Maui’s revered King Kahekili.
When the sun dips into the sea, it’s time to check into your accommodations. At Kaanapali Beach Hotel, you’ll find a selection of cozy garden, pool or ocean-view rooms. Officially recognized as “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel”, Kaanapali offers daily cultural classes for the whole family, including lessons in hula, ukulele, lei-making and Hawaiian language. An Aloha Passport program for kids ages 12 and under provides participants with prizes as they learn about Hawaii’s unique and exciting culture. There’s also an ocean activities center staffed by experienced watermen ready to help you have fun and stay safe while exploring the water and reef.
Another excellent lodging option on the Kaanapali waterfront is the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. With a vast range of guest rooms and swimming pools, the Sheraton accommodates travelers seeking both romance and family fun. Daily activities abound, including tennis, scuba lessons and unique culinary experiences at the property’s half-dozen bars and restaurants.
No trip to Maui is complete without an ocean excursion. With Pacific Whale Foundation, you can enjoy an award-winning eco-tour specializing in whale watching ($49), sunset cocktails ($69) or snorkeling ($125) at Molokini, Honolua Bay or Lanai. Every excursion from Maalaea and Lahaina harbors is led by a certified marine biologist equipped to let you in on the zany facts and secrets of the sea. And you will feel good knowing that proceeds from the tours help to support the foundation’s science research and marine conservation.
After a day of adventure on the open ocean, rest your head at Montage Kapalua Bay. A destination in itself, this secluded resort features 50 residential-style accommodations on 24 beachfront acres. Ocean-view rooms with expansive living spaces and a full gourmet kitchen will make you feel right at home. With a full-service spa, three restaurants, championship golf and watersports, you’ll have little reason to leave the lavish confines of the resort.
At the end of the long, winding road to Hana stands Travaasa Hana, an upscale boutique resort in the remote rolling fields above Hana Bay. Here you can choose from a selection of private suites or resort cottages as the home base for your stay. From stand-up paddling and coconut husking to outdoor yoga and workshops that teach you to string a flower lei, there is much to do in this quiet, country pocket of the island’s eastern tip.
Condominium Rentals Hawaii is your source for diverse, affordable accommodations during your stay on Maui. Save on laundry with in-room washers and dryers and use the available beach gear. If you're feeling adventurous, take advantage of the generous rental car package deals. With so many options to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the condo that’s right for you.
Round out your Maui adventure with a game of golf. Rated among the best golf courses in the country by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, Wailea Golf Club championship Gold, Emerald and Blue courses are enhanced by panoramic ocean views and lush, tropical landscaping. Blessed with consistently sunny skies and gentle breezes, Wailea is truly a golfer’s paradise.
This special section can be found in our May/June 2018 issue.