The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands is also one of its most special. Known lovingly as “The Valley Island,” this majestic area served as the backdrop for huge movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Hulk, adding its incredible scenery to these blockbusters.
And why not? Every inch of Maui is an eyeful of tropical beauty that almost seems too good to be real. But real it is and year after year, visitors come here for the incredible ocean activities, the great food and the hiking opportunities through some of the most pristine rainforests in the Pacific.
About 160,000 people make Maui their home, providing lots of elbow room on the ample island. It’s a given that this is a surfing spot that draws professionals from around the world. The snorkeling, SCUBA and fishing here are also second to none. Not to mention the whale watching! But once you’re past enjoying the beach and the waves, there’s still plenty more to check out. Culinary hounds will find everything from fancy seafood bistros to local wineries and of course, the renowned coffee grown here. Take a drive through the stunning ‘Iao Valley. Leap over some lava beds at the Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park. Or hike through a fairytale setting on the Pipiwai Trail.