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The heavenly Island of Maui is the second biggest of the Hawaiian Islands. The Island is also known as ‘the Magic Isle’. The scenery is gorgeous, the water is warm and the people are friendly; it’s no surprise that readers of Conde Naste Traveller have voted the island as the best in the world. This tranquil island is favoured by honeymooners, families and everyone who is looking to get away from it all but yet have it all. Though the island is very calm compared to Oahu; it still offers all the modern facilities one would require. There are lavish hotels, fantastic shopping malls and adventures galore!
The beach is surely a major attraction in the Magic Isle but if you’re done soaking up the sun and catching up on your tan; amazing adventures await you. It’s time to take a hike! Haleakala National Park has a number of hiking trails offering scenic views and a lesson in nature. It has more endangered species than any other National Park in America. The park has Maui’s highest peak; hence the name Haleakala which translates to ‘house of the sun’ in Hawaiian.
Makawao is a thriving arts community that was once voted as one the top 25 arts destinations in the USA. There are several fascinating galleries and boutiques in Makawao. The charismatic town is the home of the Hawaiian cowboys locally known as ‘paniolo’. The town hosts the Makawao Rodeo every 4th of July; it’s the biggest rodeo festival in Hawaii.
Dive right into the Pools of Oheo. Located in Oheo Gulch; discover pools that are graciously tiered and fed by waterfalls. Alternatively; you can explore the nature
wonderland, take in the views of the waterfalls and cascading bamboo forests.
The south and west coastlines of the Island are perfect for whale watching, and there are boat excursions available too if you feel like getting out on the open water. You can
take an exhilarating whale watching tour sailing from Lahaina Harbor.
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Maui has an array of restaurants, the culinary scene has everything; from seafood to Italian, and Japanese to American cuisine. Mama’s Fish House (799 Poho Place, Paia) will provide you with a memorable oceanfront dining experience. The restaurant specialises in fresh fish and offers old-fashioned Hawaiian hospitality. The Plantation House Restaurant (2000 Plantation Club Dr. Kapalua) offers fine dining in relaxed island atmosphere. Kincha (3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea) is an authentic Japanese restaurant serving sushi and Asian-Pacific cuisine. Cheeseburger in Paradise (811 Front Street, Lahaina) is an Oceanside restaurant providing casual family dining in a relaxed
Maui is the perfect place to get that something special. The island is full authentic Hawaiian shops selling souvenirs, art work and diverse fashion items. Of course like any other American destination; there are also Malls with mainstream and luxury brands. The advantage of shopping in Maui is that you can shop for anything you want in a relaxed atmosphere.
Maui Shirts (222 Papalaua Street, Lahaina) sells authentic Hawaiian apparel. It stocks men’s and women’s shirts, sarong dresses, Capri pants, flip-flops and sandals. Hilo Hattie (297 Pi'ikea Avenue, Kihei) sells a large selection of souvenirs, jewellery and Hawaiian fashion items.
The Shops at Wailea (3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea) is an upscale shopping center. The mall is in an award winning Hawaiian architectural setting. The mall has a number of luxury boutiques including; Luis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Coach. There are also popular brands like GAP and Banana Republic.
The weather is generally warm in Maui, particularly in areas in and around the coast. There is plenty of sunshine year round, making the island a fabulous tropical destination. Summer temperatures generally are between 28 to 31 oC. Even during winter the temperatures rarely drop below 18 oC.
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