Conde Nast Traveler is a world class magazine, so it’s a pretty big deal that it voted Maui the Best Island in the U.S. in 2015. The most impressive part? This is the 22nd straight year that Maui took the title! Travelers voted for Maui to put the oasis at the top of the charts not only for its stunning natural beauty and perfect climate, but also because of the huge array of vacation activities to enjoy on the island. Read on for 22 reasons why Maui reigns supreme, and then hop over to Island Air to book your convenient, direct and affordable Maui flights today!
1. Lavender Fields Forever
Upcountry Maui is home to the world famous 13.5 acre Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, where fields of the fragrant purple flower stretch as far as the eye can see. Come for the view, stay for lunch, and pick up some lavender scented mementos to take back to the mainland with you.
2. World Class Resorts
From the Four Seasons to the Ritz Carton, Maui knows how to do luxury right. It’s also home to the state’s only all inclusive resort, the stunning Travaasa Hana. No tipping allowed!
3. Seafood Paradise
From Eskimo Candy Seafood Market to the famous Geste Shrimp Truck, there’s no better place for seafood lovers than the fertile shores of Maui. Check out our post on Maui for Foodies for more great local restaurants.
4. State Parks That Stun
You might not be able to pronounce Wai’anapanapa State Park, but you’ll definitely appreciate its natural beauty. Pull over for a picnic and a stroll on the way to Hana, and enjoy Maui’s famous black sand beach.
5. The Road to Hana
Give your daily commute new meaning with this stunning 64-mile stretch of superbly scenic road winding along the coastline connecting Kahului to the small town of Hana. Photo opportunities galore.
6. Ice, Ice Baby
Shave ice, that is. A Hawaiian favorite, be sure to try Ululani’s Shave Ice for tons of flavors and portions perfect for sharing.
7. Seven Sacred Pools
While you’re visiting Haleakala National Park, be sure to schedule some time for a dip into the stunning pools at ‘Ohe’o Gulch, commonly called the Seven Sacred Pools. Come early to beat the crowds!
8. Luau Like You Mean It
Because no trip to Hawaii is complete without a traditional luau, be sure to visit Old Lahaina for the authentic experience of dancing and feasting. A plentiful buffet lets you sample traditional Hawaiian foods, and outdoor seating lets you take in the show along with the sunset.
9. Did We Mention the Beaches?
You can’t go wrong with Makena Beach for family fun and great swimming conditions. Two black lava outcroppings at either end protect this beach from the trade winds, and frame a stunning view of Molokini and Kahoolawe.
10. ‘Iao Valley
Be sure to visit Iao Valley State Park for a lush valley, a landmarked peak, and a great spot for an easy hike and a natural history lesson.
11. Haleakala National Park
Hike, horseback ride, or camp at the House of the Sun—Maui’s most photogenic vista, featuring a dormant volcano that peeks above the cloud cover. Sunrise is spectacular here.
12. World Class Snorkel Spots
Head to Molokini Crater for close encounters with friendly tropical fish, sea turtles, and more. With clear waters and a naturally protected habitat, this is a great day trip.
13. Friendly Dragons
The Dragons Teeth are a natural phenomenon in West Maui, formed by rushing lava colliding with the ocean waves when the Maui Volcano last erupted. This is also a favorite hangout for sea turtles!
14. Maui Swap Meet
Get your shop on with local produce and one of a kind island finds to take home with you.
15. Whales <3 Maui
November to May brings humpbacks galore! Check out our post on tips and tricks to make your whale watching trip bountiful!
16. Maui Arts & Cultural Center
We’re more than just pretty beaches. Maui’s cultural center boats over 1,800 concerts, plays and performances a year!
17. Golfer’s Paradise
From the Dunes at Maui Lani to the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, Maui has some amazing golf courses.
18. Kanaha Beach Park
Kitesurfers and windsurfers love Kanaha for its perfect breezes. It’s also a great spot for cmping, picnicking, and playing beach volleyball.
19. Local Brews
Maui Brewing Co. brings the aloha spirit to craft beers with their unique flavors honoring the flavors of Hawaii.
20. Drones Love The View
If nothing else will convince you to pick up and move to Maui, this 3D drone footage will.
21. Surf’s Up
What’s a Hawaiian vacation without a surf lesson?
22. Aloha Spirit is the Way of Life
You don’t get voted best island in the country for 22 years running without a friendly welcoming vibe that sets the tone for travelers and locals alike. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re in paradise.