regions of maui

Once you’ve settled in you’ll want to explore Maui’s sweeping canvas of attractions. The western, or leeward side, is the drier side of the island and features Maui’s world-famous beaches including the beautiful Kaanapali Beach, home to a nightly sunset cliff diving ceremony. West Maui is also home to historic Lahaina, where you can find great shopping, dining and entertainment. The eastern, or windward side, of the island is the wetter side of the island, home to the lush Iao Valley and the scenic road to Hana. The cool, elevated slopes of Haleakala are where you can find the farms and gardens of Upcountry Maui and the soaring summit of Haleakala National Park. There is so much to see and do on Maui it’s best to plan ahead. Just don’t forget to send your friends a postcard.

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There are generally two seasons in Maui. Winter (November through April), when temperatures typically range in the low-70s to mid-80s, and summer when the high can run into the low-90s. The trade winds keep you comfortable year-round so any time of year is a good time to visit Maui.

Maui is separated into 5 distinct regions: West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui and East Maui. The Hawaiian Islands are generally drier on the western, or leeward side, and wetter on the eastern, or windward side. Most Maui resorts can be found in sunny West Maui and South Maui while you can find the lush drive to Hana in East Maui. Haleakala volcano dominates the southeastern region of Maui with a crater 3,000 feet deep and 21 miles around.

 - Whale watching in the winter months  in the Auau channel between Maui, Lanai and Lolokai is one of the best places in the world.

 - Enjoy 120 miles of coastline with over 30 miles of world class beaches.

Explore the Road to Hana with 600 curves and 54 bridges, one of the worlds most scenic drives.

 - Get ready to watch a sunrise on Maui's highest peak in Haleakala National Park.

 - Head out to Maui's upcountry on a horseback excursion with Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolo.

Legends say the demigod Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands from the sea and lassoed the sun atop Haleakala the island’s highest peak. The island of Maui was named after this mythological being, perhaps because the shape of the island is said to resemble his head and body.

The second largest Hawaiian island has a smaller population than you would expect, making Maui popular with visitors who are looking for sophisticated diversions and amenities in the small towns and airy resorts spread throughout the island. 

From the peak of Haleakala to the sands of Maui’s beautiful beaches, Hawaii’s second largest island is separated into five distinct regions: West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui, Upcountry Maui and East Maui.

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