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When it comes to deciding which Hawaiian island is the right choice for your family getaway, a lot of things get considered. Do you want a quiet trip where your days are mostly spent on the beach? Do you want an adventurous excursion where you can ride ATVs or fly over rainforests? Do you want a place with tons of great restaurants, shops, and entertainment? If your answer is all of the above, there’s only one island that’s guaranteed to deliver, and that’s Maui! With opportunities to do everything on your Hawaiian bucket list, you’re sure to have a vacation you’ll remember forever. Read on to find out why you should choose Maui for your Hawaiian vacation and start planning your dream getaway today!

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Visit the Best Beaches in Maui

From the striking black sand at Wai’anapanapa to the vibrant red shores of Kaihalulu Bay, if you’re looking for the most stunning beaches in Hawaii, Maui delivers on every front. From picture-perfect golden expanses to the wonderous shades created by volcanic rock and unique minerals, no two Maui beaches are exactly the same.

For epic surfing competitions, head to North Shore, where the swells can reach 60 feet! If getting out in the water and trying stand-up paddleboarding, outrigger canoeing, or even taking surf lessons of your own is on the agenda, Wailea Beach in South Maui is the place to be! Looking for snorkeling or just floating on the gentle waters near your vacation rental? Kamaole Beach Park I, II, or III has you covered and even offers the convenience of public restrooms, picnic tables, and skate parks! From Kihei to Kaanapali and from Hana to Kahului, you can discover the best beaches in Maui when you visit. 

Explore Top Maui Adventures

If getting out and experiencing adrenaline-packed activities is a must for your Hawaiian vacation, you’ll find all kinds of things that are sure to fit the bill. Check out some of our favorite activities on Maui and see how many you can do during your visit!

  • Maui Off-Road Adventures – Get off the beaten path and discover parts of the island only accessible via ATV or helicopter when you take a thrilling ride through West Maui’s pristine terrain. As you drive through miles of wilderness, you’ll be treated to incredible views and insights into the island’s ecosystems from knowledgeable guides. Though operations temporarily halted in the wake of the Lahaina Fires, the team at Maui Off-Road Adventures is excited to open their doors to the public once more and introduce you to the beauty and wonder of the island.
  • Maui Helicopter Tours – Take to the skies on a 45-, 60-, or 90-minute flight in an A-Star helicopter and marvel at the thundering waterfalls, deep valleys, and rugged coastlines of Maui. Choose from West Maui, Hana, or a complete island tour when you book, and get ready for the best photo ops you’ll find. When you book, be sure to consider the time of day so the sun won’t be blinding, and ask about seating so you’ll know which seats get the best views.
  • Paraglide Maui – If the first two activities don’t have your blood pumping, this one will certainly do the trick. At Paraglide Maui, their most popular adventure launches you from a 6,500-foot elevation and carries you on a 3000-foot descent, providing panoramic views and heart-racing fun the whole way down. From tandem flights to solo instruction, they do it all. Check them out on your Maui vacation and experience flying like you never have before!

No matter which Maui adventures you try during your trip, you’ll be treated to experiences that will stay with you long after you return home.

Must-See Sights in Maui

Beyond relaxing at the beach or daredevil adventures, Maui is also the best island for self-guided exploration. If you’re visiting from the mainland U.S., you’ll likely arrive in Central Maui at the Kahului Airport. From here, it’s easy to start a journey on the famed Road to Hana. As you drive, take advantage of visiting the small towns and farms along the way!

After Hana, incorporate some gentle hiking into your stay when you visit the Seven Sacred Pools or up the challenge with a trip to the Iao Valley in West Maui. For a view that can’t be beaten, reserve a spot at Haleakala for the most incredible sunrise of your life. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls or cruising scenic highways, these must-see sights in Maui are a great way to explore at your own pace during your vacation.

Where to Eat, Play, and Stay in Maui

When it’s time to check out the local food scene, you’re truly in for a treat! Maui has some of the best restaurants in all the Hawaiian Islands. From Mama’s Fish House and Da Kitchen to Miso Phat Sushi and Dukes Beach House, you’ll find the freshest ingredients and most innovative dishes, all crafted to indulge your tastebuds and leave you craving more. Be sure to research the best restaurants in Maui before you visit so you can make reservations if necessary. Popular places like Mama’s can require several months’ notice.

Get your retail therapy fix when you visit the Shops at Wailea and support local businesses by checking out farmers' markets and independent businesses during your stay. From high-end stores to artisans crafting hand-made goods, you can find all the necessities and even your perfect keepsake in Maui.

For unique entertainment during your stay, places like MauiWine, the Lā Kāhea Community Farm, and the Kula Lavender Farm offer incredible opportunities to try Maui-made specialties like fresh-grown tropical fruit and one-of-a-kind wines. Local luaus are a great way to learn about Hawaiian culture and often feature delicious feasts of traditional dishes. And for a more conventional entertainment scene, local breweries, bars, and clubs are scattered across the island, so no matter where you stay, you’ll be able to find some fun. If you’re in one of our Bello Realty, Inc., vacation rentals, be sure to check out the local places near Kihei and Wailea!

Choose Maui and Book Direct with Bello Realty, Inc.!

Once you decide Maui is the best choice for your Hawaiian vacation, the next thing to do is book your vacation rental! At Bello Realty, Inc., we have exceptional homes in the heart of South Maui where beautiful beaches, excellent shopping, delicious dining, and exciting activities abound. If you want a location that puts you near it all, browse Maui beachfront rentals and book your trip directly with us today!

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