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 west section is home to Ka'anapali; the northwest curve to Kapalua, and the southwest is home to Wailea and Makena.

The Ka'anapali area offers long stretches of golden brown sand beaches, shopping, golf and an array of various hotels and condos to choose from. There is a beach path to walk which goes from the Hyatt Regency Kaanapali all the way to Honua Kai (about 3 miles). The path is nice to stroll at sunset, early morning, or to explore the resorts and Whaler's Village. The hotels have luxury spas, pools, and wide choice of other amenities. Condos range from inexpensive to full service resort style, like the Westin Villas and the Honua Kai. Some condos have spas in addition to elaborate pools and excelllent restaurants.

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. The town itself is a designated Landmark.

Just north of Ka'anapali is the second resort development on Maui-- Kapalua, a favorite among golfers. Many nice beaches are tucked around Kapalua and the area has several upscale house and a few condo developments scattered through the area. The Ritz-Carlton Maui is above DT Fleming Beach, and looks over to Kapalua Bay.The new Montage Kapalua (2015) is also located in Kapalua, right on Kapalua Bay and Oneloa Beach.

Wailea beaches can have a more secluded feel than Kaanapali, depending on which area. Wailea offers high-end shopping at the Shops of Wailea, various hotels, condos, golf and fabulous day spas. The Four Seasons, the Fairmont, and the Grand Wailea are all fun to go see. If you want to experience 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 resorts. There are some lovely condos in Wailea and Makena as well.

Just north of Wailea is the busy town of Kihei. Kihei offers many condo developments and tends to be a little more affordable than the resort areas. It has many restaurants, mostly cafe style, and lots of shopping. 

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.