Lounge on a white-sand beach and watch the sun dangle above a 10,000-foot volcano, or dive into the Pacific Ocean and swim among tropical fish. Maui is hugged by turquoise water and offers world-class water sports and golf. Thrill-seekers can trek through the Bamboo Forest or tour the island by helicopter.
A rugged lava coastline and pristine white-sand surround Ka'anapali Beach, one of Maui's most sensational snorkeling spots. Hit the water in the afternoon, when the sun is high and the sea life is glowing, then stay for a sunset torch-lighting ceremony. There's also great golfing and Whalers Village, an oceanfront marketplace where you can enjoy more than 60 shops and restaurants.
Begin your ascent to the summit of Mount Haleakala, Maui's dormant volcano. Rising 10,000 feet above sea level, this breathtaking spot is famous for its sunrises – make sure to bring a jacket to stay cozy. Kahului is also the starting point for the famous Road to Hana and onward to the "seven sacred pools" of O'heo Gulch. Before you hit the road, stock up on snacks, sunscreen and souvenirs at local shops.
Enjoy the good life at Kapalua, home to one of the country's most exquisite beaches. Play in the waves, scuba and snorkel, or take to land and test your swing at a championship golf course. Consider visiting Kapalua in March, when you can experience Hawaii's premier cultural festival: Celebration of the Arts.
Take advantage of this lush, budget-friendly destination by exploring its seven miles of coastline and eight sandy beaches. Haleakala Mountain protects Kihei from clouds and rain, making it an ideal spot for water sports. You can also lounge at Kamaole County Park, or cross the street for food and shopping. You're also close to luxury resorts and upscale stores, just up the road in Wailea.
Wondering when to head to Maui? There's really no bad time to go: Maui enjoys gorgeous weather all year 'round. You'll pay high-season rates from mid-December to early March, as travelers flee their snowbound towns for sunny shores, and again from June to Labor Day, when the island's condos host many family vacations. Whale-watching season runs December through April.