Located in Hawai, Maui is the second largest island in the region. It is also the 17th largest island in the United States, measuring at 728 square miles. Maui is a very popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty and splendor. The island, apart from its white, sandy beaches, is also known for its majestic mountains and the vast expanse of rain forests.
It is also a famous whale-watching destination as Humpback Whales have been known to take shelter, during winters in the Au’au Channel, between the Maui County Islands. Maui’s beaches have been, time and again, voted as some of the best beaches in the world by several travel publications.
The Island of Maui is very popular for traditional Hawaiian cuisine, as well as modern fusion recipes. It is not uncommon to find restaurants that serve food that is a blend of Chinese, American, Polynesian, Korean, and Filipino cuisine.
Open air restaurants by the seaside are a common sighting here and are known for their exquisite sea food specialties. Popular dishes include the tequila shrimp and crab lumpia. If that’s not enough, you can always find several other seafood options.
Some of the most popular dishes include the Kalua Roast Pork, which is basically roasted pork meat. The meat, which is usually an entire pig, is prepared in a traditional imu pit. This is a Hawaiian delicacy that cannot be missed, especially by those who love their pork. Other popular Maui delicacies include Poi, Ahi Poke, Mahi-Mahi.
Maui is also popular for its desserts, that are known for their rich ingredients. Ingredients in these desserts usually include chocolate, tropical fruits, macadamia nuts and coconut.
There are tons of places to explore in Maui for both adults and children. The island is home to wonderful flora and fauna, housed within its pristine rain forests. There are also mountain ranges, where adventurous families can take off for a day of trekking and exploration. There are quite a few attractions that are specifically suited for children as well, such as the The Hawaii Nature Center, which is known for its educational and entertaining nature programs that teach children to preserve the environment.
There is also the Maui Ocean Center, which is a high end aquarium that provides visitors with a glimpse of marine life. Adults and children are taught ocean ecology through informative displays here and have the unique opportunity of observing the Hawaiian Tako or Octopus. The Maui Ocean Center is also America’s largest tropical aquarium.
Other popular points of interest include Haleakala National Park, Wainapanapa State Park, Iao Valley State Monument and Ohe’o Gulch Kipahulu.
Activities in Maui
There are plenty of things for tourists to do in Maui. Visitors can engage in a ton of activities such as windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing and the likes. There are plenty of operators and clubs in the island. Visitors can sign up with these service providers in order to indulge in a range of exciting activities.
Snorkeling tours are also quite common in Maui and are a favorite activity among first time visitors. So if you are visiting Maui for the first time, make sure you sign up for a snorkeling tour. For instance, the Molokini Snorkeling Tour hosted by Pride of Maui is a great option for families. The snorkeling trip takes visitors through the 150,000 year old Molokini Crater, where one can experience unique marine life and observe the famous Spinner Dolphins and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.
Other activities include mountain biking in the Makawao State Forest and whale watching with Pacific Whale Foundation.