Maalaea is small harbour-side settlement to be found on the island of Maui, which is the second largest Hawaiian island. The idyllic Hawaiian Islands are dotted across the middle of the Pacific Ocean and combine to form one the fifty United States of America. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Maalaea will find that there is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation within the village and this region of Maui. There are apartments and villas suitable for all tastes and budgets, many enjoying spectacular harbour and ocean views beyond.
As is the case for most of Hawaii, the main focus for visitors looking to spend their holidays in Maalaea is its beaches. The nearby Coral Gardens Beach is especially popular amongst surfers and is considered to have one of the fastest rideable waves in the world, although this is only on southerly swells. As well as boasting some of the best beaches in the world, the interior of Maui is also popular amongst walkers and hikers. Known as ‘The Valley Isle’ the dramatic landscape of deep valleys and steep forested mountainsides are is formed by several dormant and active volcanoes, and are a geologists’ and volcanologists’ dream.
Perhaps the biggest tourist draw for visitors spending their holidays in Maalaea is the modern, state-of–the-art, Maui Ocean Centre. The three acre site boasts one of the largest tropical reef aquariums in the world and provides the ideal coral reef habitats for a wonderfully diverse range of species of marine life, to include sharks, sea turtles and humpback whales, which can all be viewed at close quarters by visitors. Other attractions to be found close by on Maui include the black sand beaches and mighty waterfalls, to be found on the east coast and are accessible thanks to the scenic route of the Hana Highway. To the west of Maui, the bustling port of Kahuliu is a popular draw for shoppers and souvenir hunters.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Maalaea will discover that the Hawaiian Islands, as a whole, enjoy a warm sub-tropical climate. Temperatures remain pretty constant throughout the year, averaging between the mid-20s and early-30s degrees Celsius. Maalaea receives an average annual rainfall of around 20 inches, the majority of which falls in the winter months.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Maalaea will start their journey by first flying from London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) on the United States mainland. United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are amongst the airlines operating these flights on a regular basis. They will then fly on to Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui Island with either American Airlines or United Airlines.