The current COVID-19 pandemic might have left most of us unable to travel for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning our next trip ready for when things get back to normal! Whilst it may still be some time before all the international borders open again, traveling within the US is likely to be a safe and realistic possibility much sooner. Of course, there are a wealth of destinations within the country you can choose from for your next trip; however, one you should definitely have at the top of your list is Maui. Here’s why.
There is no denying that Maui is a breathtakingly beautiful island. From the epic coastlines where golden sands kiss cobalt ocean to the cooler interior of green canopies and rugged hillsides, everywhere you look, there’s a new sight to admire. Whether you want to watch the sunrise from a mountaintop or bask in the glow of the sunset on the beach, being here is like vacationing in paradise. With so much natural beauty around you, it’s hard not to feel relaxed and inspired, plus share it all on Instagram – with no filter needed, of course!
Maui isn’t just to be admired from a distance; it’s begging to be experienced first hand! There are so many things to do here you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking through the lush Iao Valley National Park or climbing to the peak of Haleakala, the island’s highest mountain. Meanwhile, at the beach, you can try your hand at a huge variety of water sports, from paddleboarding to kayaking and, of course, surfing. Alternatively, book a snorkeling or scuba diving trip to dive below the waves and get up close and personal with the local marine life.
Maui benefits from a warm tropical climate that remains relatively consistent all year round, with highs of 85°F during the summer and absolute lows of 60°F during the winter, and rainfall is low throughout the year. The best time of year to visit is during the spring or fall, when tourist numbers are lower, but the weather is still very pleasant. There are a number of microclimates on the island, but the majority of resorts in Maui are located in the sunniest and driest spots, so you can enjoy the very best weather during your vacation.
Maui’s local cuisine has a long and rich history that draws from a diverse variety of cultures and is packed with delicious local and seasonal ingredients. Expect generous portions with plenty of freshly caught fish and homegrown fruits and vegetables, including taro, coconut, lime, and sweet potato. Plus, with eateries ranging all the way from food trucks to fine dining establishments, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. Try attending an authentic luau feast to sample a wide range of Hawaiian dishes and also enjoy traditional music and dance performances showcasing the island’s fascinating heritage at the same time.