Top Islands: Maui
Beaches, beaches, beaches, and
stunning vistas around every corner.
Few beat those at Haleakala National Park,
whose peaks rise upwards of 10,000
feet and offer views up to 115 miles
away. Rare flora and varied bird life, too.
No question, on Maui life centers on the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific. When you're not swimming, snorkeling, or
surfing, learn more about the island's aquatic ecosystem at the hands-on
Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku.
Immigrants from Asia, Polynesia,
Europe, and the U.S. mainland make for true fusion cuisine. Be sure to try malassadas (Portuguese doughnuts), saimin (a Japanese noodle soup), and Spam (try it at Tasty Crust in Wailuku).
Maui's mad with tourists year-round, but you can mix with the locals at the Saturday Maui Swap Meet in Kahului, where more than 100 vendors sell everything from local fruit to South Asian furnishings.
Hotel and restaurant prices can be
steep, so save on activities: a tour and tasting at Tedeschi Vineyards in
Ulupalakua is free; a gorgeous six-mile journey on the Sugar Cane Train is
$15.75 per person (watch for whales).