The Big Island? Maui? Or both? Plan your trip to Hawaii by comparing the activities, volcanoes, night life, beaches, and natural variety.[read post]
Post about Maui
Maui has long been a favorite of visitors because it represents everything that people think of when they picture Hawaii, a beautiful blend of beaches, volcanoes, palm trees, an agriculture without the crowds. Now, that last part is subjective, of course – Maui certainly has its fair share of visitors, and you can find all those things mentioned above on Oahu – but because Maui lacks a big city, it’s overall vibe is much calmer than what you find on Oahu.
That said, Maui does have a pulse. It has plenty of medium-sized beach towns that provide a spark of life, making it a popular destination for people who want variety but not at the expense of open space (i.e., many residents of Molokai and Lanai go to Maui for shopping and nightlife). Much of Maui’s appeal comes from its natural landscape and biodiversity, including its two large volcanoes, whale watching season, and remote, undeveloped parts of its island, like Hana.
If you are planning to visit Maui you should have a look at our Maui overview article, which lists our 5 favorite activities and must-see places in each of the 6 districts