The second most-visited Hawaiian island after Oahu, Maui's rising popularity is richly deserved. It boasts some excellent choices for dining and lodging. You can also swim, hike, surf, snorkle, bike, and lounge in breathtakingly beautiful settings.
Some of the most popular hotels on Maui include the Four Seasons Wailea, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, and Hana Accommodations. The Kaanapali Beach Hotel in particular is popular, and is a place where even locals come to enjoy the fine food and entertainment. For a great restaurant experience, try either I'O on 505 Front St., or the Hula Grill on 2435 Ka'anapali Parkway.
While there are several possibilities for inspiring hikes around the island, the Haleakala National Park is spectacular. Home to the largest dormant volcano in the world, its center is Haleakala Crater. A hike across the crater floor is an unforgettable experience. However, experienced hikers may wish to grab a map and go their own way. Bikers won't want to miss an opportunity to go with Mountain Riders (808-242-9739), a tour company that organizes spectacular sunrise bike rides beginning at the summit that go all the way down.
If you have a rental car or if you can rent one for a day or a half day, you ought to take a drive on the Hana Highway. Widely considered Hawaii's best coastal drive (which in turn makes it one of the best in the world), it is steep cliffhanger of a ride that threads from valleys to cliffs to the ocean, a whirlwind of natural beauty. Test your brakes and bring extra film before setting out on this one.