The thought of lying on sun soaked beaches regularly named "the best" by travel magazines is enough to make any of your friends jealous. But once you arrive on Maui, youll see theres so much more for them to envy.
Most flights arrive at Mauis main airport, Kahului Airport (OGG). Many airlines fly direct to Maui while others include Maui as a stopover. Youll find resorts and hotels of every size and budget in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei, Makena and Wailea on the sunny western coast as well as one resort in Hana in East Maui. Its about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport to Lahaina.
Once youve settled in youll want to explore Mauis sweeping canvas of attractions. The western, or leeward side, is the drier side of the island and features Mauis world-famous beaches including the beautiful Kaanapali Beach, home to a nightly sunset cliff diving ceremony. West Maui is also home to historic Lahaina, where you can find great shopping, dining and entertainment.
The eastern, or windward side, of the island is the wetter side of the island, home to the lush Iao Valley and the scenic road to Hana. The cool, elevated slopes of Haleakala are where you can find the farms and gardens of Upcountry Maui and the soaring summit of Haleakala National Park. There is so much to see and do on Maui its best to plan ahead. Just dont forget to send your friends a postcard.