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No. 8: Maui

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2009 ranking:
No. 6.
Verdant,
gorgeous, and far more manageably sized than its southerly Big Island sister,
Maui makes for a perfect weeklong Hawaiian holiday. You’ll be able to hit all
the high points, like the flower fields and pastures of the up-country, the
cliff-hugging drive to the historic north-coast village of Hana, and the trails
around Haleakala—the world’s largest dormant volcano, which peaks at over
10,000 feet. A particular experience you shouldn’t miss in winter, though, is
humpback whale–watching in the protected Auʻau Channel, between Maui and
Lanai; each year, pods of whales migrate all the way from Alaska to feed and
calve in the warm waters.

World's Best Islands 2010

No. 8: Maui

2009 ranking:
No. 6.
Verdant,
gorgeous, and far more manageably sized than its southerly Big Island sister,
Maui makes for a perfect weeklong Hawaiian holiday. You’ll be able to hit all
the high points, like the flower fields and pastures of the up-country, the
cliff-hugging drive to the historic north-coast village of Hana, and the trails
around Haleakala—the world’s largest dormant volcano, which peaks at over
10,000 feet. A particular experience you shouldn’t miss in winter, though, is
humpback whale–watching in the protected Auʻau Channel, between Maui and
Lanai; each year, pods of whales migrate all the way from Alaska to feed and
calve in the warm waters.

R Garnett/AirScapes/Courtesy of Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

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