Maui Holidays

From watching the majestic humpback whales migrate from Alaska, to seeing the sun rise or set through the clouds at the highest peak in Haleakala National Park, Maui offers a splendour of stunning sights so it's not surprising Maui has been voted 'Best Island in the U.S.' by Condé Nast Traveler for more than 20 years running.

With miles of sparkling coastline, lush valleys and tropical rainforest, Maui is one of the most popular Hawaiian islands thanks to its dramatic volcanic landscapes, peaceful surroundings and abundance of natural beauty. One great way to see the island is by road; drive the 620 curves of the road to Hana, stopping at waterfalls and plunge pools to cool off en route. Visit the fog-covered forests and valleys of the Iao Valley State Park and take an easy hike to view the 1200 foot Iao Needle; one of Maui's iconic landmarks. 

We also recommend paying Lahaina a visit; a historic town for shopping and dining and a few minutes further north from here, you will find the vibrant Kaanapali Resort, which is great for families and the resort of Kapalua; known for championship and private getaways. From Lahaina, why not take a boat over to neighbouring Lanai or Molokai, which together with Maui are collectively known as 'The Magic Isles'. Both islands are underdeveloped and unspoiled so you can experience local culture and see Hawaii back in time. Visit the fog-covered forests and valleys of the Iao Valley State Park and take an easy hike to view the 1200 foot Iao Needle; one of Maui's iconic landmarks. 

Towering over the island and visible from almost every point; Haleakala Crater is one of the most popular sights to visit across the islands of Hawaii and our most memorable. Haleakala National Park forms more than 75% of Maui, ranging from cascading waterfalls and streams in the coastal areas to Mars-like red desert near the summit and the panoramic views from this dormant volcano are nothing less than breathtaking. Get up early and watch the sun rise from beneath the clouds and witness the colours of orange, yellow and red change the sky into day or after a full day exploring the island, take a picnic and a blanket and watch the sun disappear below the horizon and await the twinkling and bright stars fill the night sky. Which is the best? You will have to come and find out for yourself.

Destination Highlights
  • Watch the sunrise from atop Haleakala
  • Drive the winding roads to Hana
  • Look for the whales spouting water from their blowholes
  • Soar above in a helicopter and overlook neighbouring islands

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Maui

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£4,019 pp

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Maui

H&J Rating
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Westin Maui

Westin Maui

Maui

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,039 pp

Westin Maui
Lobby

Travaasa Hana

Maui

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,839 pp

Travaasa Hana

Time Zone

GMT -11 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 16 hours; flights are indirect via mainland USA

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

Hawaii is the only American state to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to Hawaii

Discover hidden beach coves off-the-beaten-path or soak up the sun's rays on the world famous shores of Kaanapali Beach. Snorkel, dive or swim in the oceans surrounding the 120 mile Maui coastline or try your hand at many water based activities such as windsurfing and paddleboarding. Head to the skies in a helicopter and land in a remote part of the rainforest or take a boat trip to look for whales, dolphins and other wildlife. And of course a visit to Maui would not be complete without a trip up to Haleakala; with so many things to do, what will you choose.

  • Green Sea Turtle

    Underneath the sea

    Snorkel or scuba dive among the colourful coral reefs, where you can watch the green sea turtles grazing on the sea grass while the yellow butterfly fish dart between the rocks. Maui is most popular for whale watching and between late November through early May you will see water spouts across the horizon from the humpback whales that migrate to these warmer waters to breed and nurse their calves.

  • Road to Hana

    Road to Hana

    The Hana Highway has 620 curves and 59 bridges where you can enjoy flowing waterfalls, lush rainforests and dramatic sea cliffs. Get up early to start your drive and wind your way along the rugged eastern coastline, taking your time to stop off and enjoy the lovely views.

  • Haleakala

    Visiting this national park, also know as 'the house of the sun' is a must visit on anyone's trip to Maui and is breathtaking no matter what time of day you choose. Whether you decide to wake up in the early hours to witness the first glimpse of light on the day as the sun rises from beneath the clouds or await the sun to descend to the horizon at sunset and reveal the bright, starry sky.

  • Helicopter tours

    Some of the best views around Maui and the neighbouring islands can be seen from above on a helicopter tour. Witness towering sea cliffs and dense rainforests, hidden beach coves and cascading waterfalls all from a unique vantage point.

  • Whale watching tour

    Whale watching

    Whales from Alaska come to Hawaii to enjoy the warm waters to breed, birth and raise their young in safety. Each winter from December through May, thousands of humpback whales can be seen in the waters surrounding Maui as they are drawn to the shallow waters and the Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Take a boat trip and enjoy scenic ocean views as your expert guide takes you to the best spots for seeing the spouts of water shoot up into the air from the whales blowhole or swimming playfully and tail slapping the surface. If you don't have the sea legs, there are also plenty of areas where humpbacks can be frequently seen from land during whale season - McGregor Point Lookout and the beaches of Kaanapali, Kihei and Wailea to name a few.

  • Steven, Destination Executive

    Steven

    Destination Executive

    "It was an early start, but the sunrise at Haleakala was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Make sure you dress warmly though, as it is pretty cold before the warmth of the sun breaks through and you are at 10,023 feet above sea level."

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    "The road to Hana can get quite busy, so make sure you set off early to give yourself plenty of time to stop off at waterfalls and lookout points on route throughout the day. Once you get to Hana, you can either continue around the island through the south side of Haleakala National Park or get a different perspective and drive back the way you came."

Types of Maui holidays

Sunset over tide pools, Hawaii

Maui Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Driving around the Island

Self Drive Hawaii

Self Drive Hawaii

Frequently Asked Questions

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