Whether you’re eagerly awaiting the start of the school year, lamenting the fast-approaching end of the summer season, or you’re ready to kick off a brand new adventure, one thing is for sure: no time is a bad time for a trip to Maui, Hawaii.
Though you certainly don’t need a specific reason to book yourself a trip to the land of aloha, we’re offering up some inspiration for why a well-deserved venture to The Valley Isle could – and should – be on your list of to dos.
Why you Deserve a Trip to Maui
Besides the obvious reason of Maui being one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world, other reasons to travel to North America’s own Never-Never-Land include…
It’s Home to a Range of Alluring Microclimates
With 3 of the world’s 6 Köppen microclimates, Maui appeals to just about everyone who isn’t concerned with snow sports. According to the Köppen Climate Classification System, you can find the following microclimates on Maui in the following locations:
- Desert: Lahaina, Kihei, Wailea, Haleakala & Kaupo
- Rainforest: Haiku, Hana, Kipahulu, West Maui Mountains & Makawao
- Mountainous: Haleakala, Kula & Ulupalakua
We have the Most Delicious Street Food
From Huli-Huli chicken and shave ice to garlic shrimp, bento boxes, malasadas and poke bowls, Hawaii is home to some of the world’s most multicultural, delectable and memorable street food around. On Maui in particular, we can’t get enough of places like Kihei’s Sugar Beach Bake Shop, TJ’s Warehouse and Geste Shrimp Truck. Ono!
Haleakala has More Endangered Species than Any Other National Park in the Country
With a total of 103 endangered species, including 81 flowering plants, 10 birds, 6 non-flowering plants, 3 insects, 2 mammals and 1 reptile, Maui’s own Haleakala National Park provides prime opportunities to witness a huge concentration of some of the world’s most rarely seen species. When headed toward the summit of Haleakala Volcano, be sure to keep an eye out for the state bird of Hawaii, the Nene Goose!
There are 81 Public Beaches to Explore
In the state of Hawaii, private beaches – barring those on Federal Government territory – are not allowed. Additionally, with 81 beaches on more than 120 miles of coastline, Maui has the most miles of accessible beach – 30, to be more precise – in all of Hawaii.
It has World Class Stargazing
Considered one of the top astronomical observation sites on earth, the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakala Volcano is one of the world’s best stargazing destinations. Though the Haleakala High Altitude Observatory is not open to the public, you can participate in stargazing tours at the summit.
There are No Poisonous Animals or Insects
If for no other reason, you can at least rest easy knowing you won’t have to worry about snakes, poisonous spiders, bears, lions, or any other dangerous animal or insect while hiking through the various landscapes of Maui. The worst thing you’re likely to run into? A centipede, a cane spider (while large, they are not dangerous), and a kiawe thorn in your slippah.
It has the Highest Life Expectancy in the Country
With an average life expectancy of 81.5 years, one thing is apparent: Hawaii is good for the soul, and even better for the body.
It’s the Most Isolated Population Center on Earth
Located pretty much smack dab in the middle of Nowhereland, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is home to the world’s most isolated populated center. So for those really wanting to ‘get away from it all,’ there’s truly no better place. Though Maui is much less populated than Oahu, we also recommend making a visit to Maui’s neighbor islands of Lana’i and Moloka’i for an even more remote experience.
It’s a Favorite for Humpback Whales
With year-round warm water and a particularly well-frequented shallow channel between west Maui and the island of Lana’i, Maui is home to a part-time annual population of humpback whales, who swim from Alaska to give birth to their young and teach them how to swim in the months between November and May.
You Love Quality Food & Drinks
Last but not least – and we know we’re partial, but still – Maui is home to some of the top food and beverage crafters in the world. From locally-roasted coffee to artisanal goat cheeses, locally-crafted wine, fresh pineapple and produce, craft beer and farm-to-table craft cocktails and innovative menu items, you simply can’t leave Maui without visiting them on a tour with one of our Maui Craft Tours guides.