Holidaymakers looking for an island paradise need look no further than the island of Maui in the Pacific Ocean. This is the second largest Hawaiian island and is blessed with wonderful scenic views and many interesting things to do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, cottages, B&Bs and campsites.
Maui has some wonderful white sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing. Swimming and other watersports such as scuba diving, surfing, snorkelling, wind surfing, kite boarding are very popular. Tourists can also try jet skiing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing and parasailing. Boats can be chartered for fishing trips from places such as Lahaina Harbor, with marlin one of the most popular catches here. Golf is very popular here and the island has over 15 courses to choose from with wonderful ocean views. Visitors will find walking along the coast a wonderful experience on Maui’s beaches as well as hiking in other areas such as Haleakala National Park. There are plenty of places for shopping on Maui with all manner of items from designer clothing to small crafts and gifts. Self catering holidaymakers will find plenty of places to purchase food and drink from. Many bars and restaurants on the island offer a wide variety of cuisine from Hawaiian specialities to Italian and Japanese.
Boat trips take tourists out whale watching or it is possible to visit some of the other Hawaiian Islands. Visitors will find a number of interesting buildings and museums such as Hale Kohola Museum and Whalers Village Museum. Another way to learn about sea life is to visit the Maui Ocean Center. The Sugar Cane Train is a pleasant ride for families to take through a sugar cane plantation. Haleakala National Park is a great place to visit for its volcano and other natural features.
Hawaii has only two seasons, summer from May to September and winter from October to April. However, the temperatures do not vary too much with average highs of about 29 to 30 degrees centigrade in the summer and 24 to 25 degrees in the winter. June and July are generally the driest months of the year. Visitors should pack warmer clothing if they intend to head up in to the mountains on the Big Island.
Kahului Airport (OGG) is the biggest of the regional airports on the island. Flights arrive here from Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Vancouver. Holidaymakers from Europe will not be able to fly direct to Hawaii and therefore are best advised to fly to Los Angeles and get a connecting flight to Maui. Flights from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Moscow and Paris go direct to Los Angeles. Eight car rental firms are located in a building on the walkway past the end of the baggage claim area at Kahului Airport.