Maui is the perfect all-in-one Hawaiian Island. Wanna catch sunrise breaking over a volcanic summit? This is the place. Go snorkeling or scuba diving inside an underwater crater? Yup. Laze on white-sand beaches where sea turtles bask in the sun, or hike through rain forest to jungly waterfalls? Go here.
In West Maui, the old whaling village of Lahaina is the busiest hub. Visit the town’s historical sights, then amble along the oceanfront at sunset before grabbing fresh seafood for dinner or feasting at the Old Lahaina Luau as Polynesian dancers sway. Heading north a string of golden beaches await, from Kaanapali to crescent-shaped Kapalua Bay.
Maui’s southern end is just as sunny. At the chic beach resort of Wailea, you can snorkel with sea turtles. Over on the eastern side of the island, take a drive on the unbelievably scenic oceanfront road to Hana, a place that time almost forgot. Get up early to see sunrise atop Haleakala, where you can hike or ride horses down into a volcanic crater.