Thousands of tourists flock to Maui, Hawaii’s second largest island every year, and it’s not difficult to see work out why. Asides from its obviously picture-perfect beaches, it’s also a mecca for outdoor activities. So if you’re after sun and relaxation, or you’re more of the adventurous type and would like to try some of the myriad activities Maui has on offer, it’s the place for you. Here are 4 reasons why you should make Maui your destination for 2016.
The Best Beaches in the World
There are over 30 miles of pristine sandy beaches flanking this tropical isle, which have been consistently voted some of the very best in the world. You can find white sand, black sand and even unique red sand beaches, creating a landscape that is as unusual as it is stunning. In addition to being perfect settings for sunbathing and swimming, many of the island’s beaches are renowned surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing spots, so if its tranquility or adrenaline you’re after – Maui’s got them both.
The Swankiest Accommodation
Maui has digs to suit all budget – from small surf hostels and camp grounds by the beach to some of the most beautiful villas around. Maui vacation villa rentals from Luxury Retreats, for example offer everything from private staff to elite concierge services, and stunning beachside views where you can enjoy your sunset cocktail to boot!
The Outdoor Activities
As mentioned previously, Maui has become the destination when it comes to diversity of outdoor activities. Spend the morning surfing the dauntingly sizable waves, the afternoon hiking or horse-riding through the lush Hawaiian landscape, reward your inner adrenaline junkie with one of the island’s many jungle-grazing zip-line rides, and spend the evening out fishing on a boat. That’s not to mention the snorkeling, scuba diving, kite-surfing, sky-diving or nature watching. Maui also happens to be a top whale-watching destination. During the right season – December to April – Maui is the best place in the world to observe humpback whales. There are tons of tours on offer to get the best sighting of them, but you can often also see them (aided by binoculars) form beach-side balconies.
Hawaii may not spring to mind when you think of culinary destinations, but recent years have seen a thriving food scene flourish on the islands, and the emergence of some seriously innovative (and delicious) cuisine. Maui is the birthplace of the ‘Hawaiian Regional Cuisine’ culinary movement, which combines fresh island ingredients, such as its fish, with European and Asian influences. Several of the original chefs behind this movement have restaurants in Maui – a visit there would not be complete without checking them out and stuffing your face…in a classy, ladylike manner of course!