If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii for the first time, you’re probably wondering which island to visit. It’s almost impossible to go wrong – each of the six Hawaiian Islands boast their own unique flavor, and many people choose to go island hopping to experience them all. But, for a truly unforgettable vacation, we recommend visiting Maui.
The Valley Isle is Hawaii’s second-largest island, offering excellent food, amazing snorkeling, and some of the planet’s best beaches. It’s a wonderful place to visit over and over again! Read on to find out what makes Maui so special and use our free Vacation Guide to plan the rest of your trip. It’s full of recommendations for things to do and see!
5 Reasons Maui Is the Best Island in Hawaii
1. Rich History
For centuries, Maui’s history has intrigued visitors from around the world. From the legendary demi-god Maui to the whaling, ranching, and sugar industries, there’s plenty to discover during your stay. We recommend checking out a few of the historic sites listed below. These places have been visited by the people of Hawaii for generations and offer a glimpse into the island’s storied past.
- Haleki’i-Pihana State Monument
- Lahaina Historic Trail
- The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
- The Bailey House Museum
- Ka’ahumanu Church
- Spiritual Centers
2. Sun & Surf
Maui is also famous for its glorious sands and has a beach for every mood. A drive along the coast takes you past windy kiteboard meccas, calm snorkel coves, and some of the biggest surfable waves on Earth. One of our favorite Maui beaches is Ka’anapali Beach, which is located on the western side of the island. It’s been named America’s Best Beach and offers three miles of soft, white sand. Guests can enjoy sunbathing, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming with sea turtles on this popular shoreline.
3. Hiking Trails
Hikers of all ages and skill levels will appreciate the incredible trails that wind through the Valley Isle. Whether you want to explore bamboo forests, waterfalls, or a volcanic state park, you’ll find it all on Maui. Feel free to head out solo or sign up for a guided tour with a naturalist. They’ll take you to remote destinations you may not be able to find on your own!
4. Local Eats
Are you a foodie looking for a true taste of Hawaii? You picked the right island! With a large bounty of tropical ingredients and plenty of eateries, Maui boasts world-class dining in paradise. Stop by a food truck for kalua pork tacos and a plate lunch, or splurge on dinner at a five-star restaurant. You’ll find grass-fed beef from Upcountry pastures, day-boat fish, and fresh, organic produce on the menu.
5. Unparalleled lodging
Island hopping in Hawaii has its perks, but so does slowing down and taking it all in! If you’re searching for a convenient location in the heart of Maui, look no further than The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono. We offer the best lodging on the island! You’ll feel right at home with our comfortable accommodations, top-notch amenities, and beautiful views.
We have seven main house guest rooms as well as three comfy rooms in the Vagabond’s House. Each comes with a delicious, homemade breakfast every morning. Our property is perfect for honeymoons and family vacations alike, and no matter the occasion, we promise that your stay on the best island in Hawaii will be unforgettable.