Maui has a wide variety of plant and animal life. Many species are rare and endangered including the nene (Hawaiian goose) and the humpback whale. Vegetation zones include: coastal, dryland forest, mixed open forest, rain forest, subalpine and alpine.
Maui (the second youngest island in the Hawaiian chain) is made up of two volcanoes: East Maui’s Haleakala (the world’s largest dormant volcano); and the extinct Puu Kukui caldera (the West Maui Mountains). Both erupted many years ago and erosion over the years joined them into one island, giving Maui its nickname the Valley Isle.
|HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
From the crater’s top most rim to its floor is a drop of 3.000 feet. The floor measures 25 square miles, a fascinating area of richly colored cinder cones. Haleakala’s last eruption was more than 200 years ago. A public observatory stands on the rim of the volcano’s crater.
| HALEAKALA CRATER
Volcanic crater with hiking trails through unique scenery and fabulous views.
There is no official public transport in Maui although many hotels and resorts have regularly bus services to beaches, to the east coast and Haleakala.
Elevation 8,800 feet. If cloud conditions are right, the “specter of the Brocken” can be seen (a full-circle rainbow around your own shadow projected onto clouds below you).
Former royal seat and National Historic District with many interesting buildings and streets. Walking tours.
KANAHA BEACH PARK AND HO’OKIPA BEACH PARK
Two world famous windsurfing destinations confirming Maui as the “Windsurfing capital of the World”.
AHIHI MARINE PRESERVE
Scuba diving and snorkelling in pristine surroundings. South of Makena
Lush area at the far eastern tip of Maui with scenic winding coast road to waterfalls and lava formations.
The luxurious Kapalua Resort on the northwest coast of Maui offers its residents and guests golf, tennis, three beaches, restaurants, luxury hotel and vacation condominium accommodations.
Several operators offer flights over the island, the volcanic area and neighbouring Lana’i.