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Being a super travel destination, Maui offers super of everything – landscape, ocean, comfort, shopping and dining. Nowhere is such a profusion of luxurious resorts fronting gorgeous ocean views and rimmed by magnificent landscapes as in Wailea, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailuku. A stunning road to Hana will overwhelm the senses with the splendor of natural beauty around you. And of course, there are miles of amazing golden sand beaches with strong trade winds and consistent surf, such as in Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach, Big Beach, Makena Beach and others.

The beautiful island Maui has been voted "Best Island in the World" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for eleven consecutive years and one of the "World’s Best Islands" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for six years. It is so popular among the travelers due to its stunning beauty and many attractions it has to offer. Maui has more miles of swimmable beach than any other Hawaiian island, the largest dormant volcano in the world, Haleakala and the second highest waterfall in the United States.

The gorgeous Hawaiian island of Maui is famous all over the world as an exciting and romantic destination with its peak season in winter when humpback whales swim past the coast of this divine island. Up to 10,000 humpback whales spend their winters in warm Maui waters which are ideal mating grounds. There are only 18,000 Northern Pacific humpback whales surviving today. An adult whale can reach up to 45 feet in length and weigh over 40 tons. Baby whales born in Maui waters often weigh 2,000 pounds at birth. The arrival of these graceful powerful creatures is the cause of celebration in the island. Every year, in February, there is all day celebration with live music by popular stars, exquisite food from famous Maui restaurants and grandiose craft fairs featuring works of local artists, environmental displays and entertainment activities for children.

There are many whale watching cruises for those tourists who would like to have a closer look at the playful behavior of this state Hawaiian mammal. The cruises are led by experienced naturalists and the boats are equipped by high tech devises including hydrophones to let you hear live whale song. Especially popular are sunset whale watching trips with added splendor of Maui unforgettable sunset views.

Of course, whale watching is not the only Maui draw. Maui is one of the world's premier golf destinations with sixteen golf courses appealing to every level of player. It is home to the annual Mercedes Championships at Kapalua, the first tournament of the PGA tour featuring winners from the previous year. Each January on Super Bowl weekend Maui is home to the Champions Skins Game at Wailea featuring four of golf's legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Another popular attraction of the island is the Maui Ocean Center, located Maalaea Harbor Village. More than 40 aquariums with tropical fish are fitted into the walls of this $20 million center that has been drawing the visitors through a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Living Reef building is the home to a large number of live corals where you can go eye-to-eye with moray eels, other garden eels and an octopus. You can even go behind the glass of the aquarium and dive with sharks, stingray and tropical fish. The dive site is 75 gallon open ocean exhibit where you will descent about 20 feet to meet well-fed sharks; it goes without saying that an experience dive master will accompany you. The open ocean exhibit is designed to simulate a walk in the ocean with thousands of fish flashing by. There is a 52-foot long, 4 inch thick 240 degree acrylic tunnel through the exhibit, where it is hard to resist a temptation to look a shark in the eye or hitching an imaginary ride on the winds of the passing eagle ray.

Haleakala, a huge shield volcano and the highest peak of the island, is an extremely popular and easily accessible tourist destination. In fact, it has become a ritual for the visitors to rise before dawn and mount its top to watch the sun come up. Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and offers plenty of activities such as hiking, horseback riding and guided nature tours. But naturally the premier attraction of this place is the volcano itself, called "House of the Sun" by the early Hawaiians. Though the summit’s cinder landscape is commonly referred as crater, it is actually a valley which had been carved into the volcano by thousands of years of erosion. The volcano is the centerpiece of a 30,058-acre park, the place of legends and intriguing natural diversity, and has been attracting more than 1 million visitors a year.

Maui provides excellent opportunities for water activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, bodysurfing, boardsurfing, kayaking and, of course, diving. If you are itching to try out your underwater gear, go to Molokini islet where warm transparent waters are teeming with marine life. About 3 miles off Maui shore, is Molokini, a world-class snorkeling and diving spot, that has more than 100 feet of visibility. In the center there is a lush reef area with excellent viewing, another hot place that is worth visiting is Turtle Tower, a home of large colony of Green Sea Turtles.

With the ideal combination of strong trade winds and consistent surf, Maui is one of the world’s top windsurfing destinations, with a wide array of beaches, warm clear water and year-round surf. The hottest places are Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach, Big Beach, Haoma Beach.

Maui vast underworld lures scuba divers, having a premier dive site in Molokini Marine Life Conservation District, just three miles off the coast, which hosts spectacular marine life and coral formations. Other well-known diving spots are an artificial reef off Mokapu Beach in Wailea called St. Anthony, ancient Hawaiian fishing site called "85 foot pinnacle", Makena area and South of Wailea.

Here, on a 727-square-mile island lying just below the tropic of Cancer the Pacific gives way to 120 miles of coastline and at least 80 golden sand beaches. If you want to see and be seen, try Dig Me Beach in Kaanapali, for swimming go to the West coastline. If you prefer more solitary rest at the beach, Southwest Maui offers the best and the biggest beach of the island called Big Beach.

Breathtaking beautiful is the Highway to Hana, an ingenuous little town. The whole of the road to Hana is a wonderful photo opportunity with its waterfalls, tropical jungle, black lava rocks rimmed with white foam, towering green cliffs set in an ocean of the bluest blue. It is a drive that overwhelms the senses with the splendor of natural beauty around you.

10 miles past Hana are Seven Sacred Pools which are great to sun, swim and hike. Actually there are at least 20 streams carved from volcanic rock and fed by Oheo’s Stream. It is a chain of pools, some of them are large, the others are small, but all they are connected by waterfalls or short cascades.

If you are looking for a place jammed by people searching for a good time, good buy or good meal, go to Lahaina which has got plenty to choose from. There are upscale fine dining restaurants, lots of oceanfront bars featuring late night live music, dancing, jazz, blues, rock and Hawaiian, a top-drawer luau, an exquisite, late-running stage show, dozens of shops, galore of galleries. Lahaina is amous for events like Taste of Lahaina and "Mardi Gras of the Pacific" or "Halloween in Lahaina" celebration. This is a week of sole entertainment culminating in a wild street party. This is the place where you definitely won’t feel bored.

Recreational infrastructure of the island Maui has everything to satisfy even the most sophisticated and unusual whims of the visitors, providing luxurious hotel and lush resort areas, the principal and the most popular of which are Kaanapali and Kapalua; South Maui's prime resorts are Makena and Wailea; Hana, Kihei, Maalaea, Napili, Honokowai. Most of them provide excellent spa featuring treatments infused with ingredients indigenous to the Valley Isle, like kukui nut, coconut, ginger, and eucalyptus. Plus, you're sure to find a spa product or two to bring home.

Maui is an outstanding shopping destination. Whether you're searching for a dashboard hula dancer or an original Curtis Wilson Cost painting, you can find it on Front Street in Lahaina or at the Shops at Wailea. Art sales are huge in the resort areas, where artists regularly show up to promote their work. Alongside the flashy galleries are standards like Quicksilver and ABC store, where you can stock up on swim trunks, sunscreen, and flip-flops.

Don't miss the great boutiques lining the streets of small towns like Paia and Makawao. You can buy boutique fashions and art while strolling through these charming, quieter communities. Notably, several local designers—Tamara Catz, Sig Zane, and Maui Girl—all produce top-quality island fashions. In the neighboring galleries, local artisans turn out gorgeous work in a range of prices. Special souvenirs include rare hardwood bowls and boxes, prints of sea life, Hawaiian quilts, and blown glass. Specialty food products—pineapples, coconuts, or Maui onions—and "Made in Maui" jams and jellies make great, less-expensive souvenirs.

Being a super travel destination, Maui offers super of everything – landscape, ocean, comfort, shopping and dining. It is a place where you can relax in your heart’s content. Being in the center of Nowhere, you can’t resist the feeling of being in the center of Everything. Just go and you won’t regret.