Maui Vacations

Maui Vacations can be Island Paradise

The island of Maui is the second most popular destination in Hawaii and is known around the world for its waves, whale watching and volcanic history. More than any of the other Hawaiian Islands (there are eight), Maui has a reputation for providing the postcard-like beaches and two story surfing waves, which send waters through the shallow canals between the smaller islands. Maui vacations, therefore, have been enjoyed by ocean-lovers and beach bums for as long as Hawaii has been a hot vacation spot.

When it comes to vacationing in Hawaii, most tourists initially view all of the islands as being very similar in scope and offerings. After all, Maui vacations, like all Hawaiian vacations, offer no shortage of snorkeling, sun bathing, surfing, dining and adventure. However, Maui is distinct from its neighbors and should be explores independently of the other islands. Here is a brief overview of some of the most classic things that you can expect from Maui Vacations:

Get Adventurous

The island of Maui was formed by the eruptions of six different volcanoes. When the volcanoes erupted, hot lava flowed from them and settled into the land mass that eventually grew to an inhabitable state. As the sea level surrounding Maui rose, the pressure on the lava beds increased until the island broke off into smaller islands, known as Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe. It is important to note that Maui vacations, like Hawaii vacations, offer a rare glance at nature’s power and force – as demonstrated by the formation of Maui.

Due to the change in the geographical landscape of Maui, the business and social environment altered. As such, Maui developed districts and townships that are very distinct in their culture and landscape. For example, the business district formed on the Western part of the island while the more rustic, whaling district developed on the south of the island.

While Maui is one of the most popular destinations for tourists, there is one section of the island that remains rather isolated from the flock of visitors. The North shore of the island contains few Bed and Breakfasts and has the most secluded beaches available on the island. Natives, who are often rumored to be weary of tourists, often spend time only on the beaches of the Northern shore, where they feel they can have privacy from the masses.

Whale Watching

Maui offers some of the finest whale watching in the world. It is widely known that on a typical Maui vacation in the winter month, travelers can catch a rare glimpse of a humpback whale giving birth. Humpback whales travel to Maui to give birth because the island is surrounded by shallow waters in places where the island broke into smaller pieces.

A Weather for All Seasons

Maui, like its sister islands, has a moderate climate that averages at about 75 degrees year round. However, if you plan to trek into the mountains of Maui, be sure to take along a jacket, as you’ll face harsh wind and colder temperatures at the higher elevation. The slopes of Haleakala Crater often see lows of 40 degrees. Pack for everything and prepare for anything on your Maui vacation!

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