The perfect balance of unadulterated, natural Hawaiian beauty and urban adventures, Maui offers absolutely everything you look for in an island vacation. In fact, the locals have a not-so-subtle saying about their island: Maui No Ka Oi, which in Hawaiian means "Maui is the best."
Maui is the creation of two separate volcanoes, Haleakala, or House of the Sun, and Halemahina, or House of the Moon. The two non-active volcanoes are connected by a lush valley floor from which the island draws its nickname, the Valley Isle. Scenery on this majestic island ranges from lush, waterfall-rich rain forests to the moon-like landscapes of a lava field. And, since Maui is a relatively small island, each activity and postcard-perfect scene is within easy reach. Travel the coastline and experience the island landscape on the famous Hana Highway - or view the island from above on a high-flying helicopter tour.
The ruggedly beautiful island boasts outdoor recreation as varied as kayaking, hiking, whale watching, and even bike riding from the Haleakala Crater. Those looking for a little rest, relaxation, and entertainment to go with their adventure will find much to enjoy on Maui as well. Play a round of golf in the morning, then spend the evening at an Old Lahaina Luau, Ulalena Show at Maui Theatre, or on a romantic Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise.
Photo 1: Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ)