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Maui is a beautiful island, with lush green hills, waterfalls, and home to many of the best beaches in Hawaii. Maui is also home to Haleakala Crater, the largest dormant volcano in the world.
Maui's most popular resort destinations are located along its long west coast. The north west section is home to Ka'anapali and Kapalua, while the south coast has the Wailea resort.
The Ka'anapali area offers long stretches of golden brown sand beaches, shopping, golf and an array of various price range hotels and condos to choose from. There is a beach path to walk along, just slightly inland from the sand. Nice to stroll at sunset, or in the brief tropical twilight.
Nearby Lahaina town provides many choices for dining and entertainment. Lahaina was the Royal capital of Hawaii until 1845 and attempts to have the atmosphere of an old whaling town. Lahaina is extremely walkable, with many small boutiques interspersed with cultural sites.
Just north of Ka'anapali is the destnation resort area, Kapalua, a favorite among golfers. Many nice beaches are tucked around Kapalua and the area has several upscale condo developments along with the Ritz-Carlton Maui above Kapalua Bay.
In contrast to the Ka'anapali coast, Wailea beaches have a more secluded and exotic feel. Wailea offers high-end shopping, luxury hotels, golf and fabulous day spas. If you want to experience the luxury of Wailea without paying the price to stay there, consider a sunset stroll along the public beach path in Wailea. The path skirts the beach and passes through the grounds of several posh resorts.
Just north of Wailea is the beach town of Kihei. Kihei offers many condo developments and tends to be a little more affordable than the resort areas.
Maui is a wonderful choice for those who want to bathe in the sun all day, as well as those who want to explore and experience new sights and adventures.