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The Maui map is a fascinating one and is surprisingly varied in its features and topography considering that it is not a tremendous space.  In fact, there are entire countries in the world that do not have the variety of altitudes, weather systems, and even ecosystems. 

The island is typically divided into the five different distinct regions, which are:

  • West Maui – This region is located at the north-west side of the Maui map.  It is a coastal stretch that was traditionally the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, though it is currently the location to luxury resorts, fine restaurants, ample shopping, and a plethora of fun activities. It is best known for Lahaina, its historic harbor town, which offers gorgeous walking tours, whale watching, or cruises out on the water to watch the sunset. Kaanapali Beach is the location of Black Rock, which is a top cliff diving spot where there is a ceremony involving the sport every sunset. Golfers love the championship-level courses in Kapalua.  The famous Honolua Bay is world famous for its pro surfing.

  • South Maui – This part of the Maui map is its driest, located on the south-west coast of the island. It features miles of sandy beach stretches from which there is a clear view of other islands, including Molokini, Lanai, and Kahoolawe.  Though this is a popular location for romantic getaways and lounging on beaches, it can also be fun and exciting with trips to the Maui Ocean Center’s underwater aquarium.  There are many fine resorts, restaurants, and shops throughout this region.

  • Central Maui - This is the portion of the Maui map where the majority of tourists begin their stay on the island, as it is the home of the island’s Kahului Airport.  That said, most of the activities and sights in this region are considered to be hidden gems, as most tourists then move on to the other regions, missing out on the sacred Iao Valley State Park, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the restaurants and small town shops of Wailuku.

  • Upcountry Maui – The large central portion of the eastern segment of the island is the home of many higher elevations where eucalyptus grows and releases its fresh and invigorating scent.  It is the location of the botanical gardens, ranches, and many of the state’s farms.  Its altitude offers spectacular views of the island, and its nearness to farms means that the food in its restaurants is exceptionally fresh and flavorful.

  • East Maui – The entire eastern coast of the Maui map makes up this region, which is famous for the meandering road to Hana.  It is 52 miles in length and includes unequalled views, from waterfalls to tropical flowers through the area’s rainforest.

Maui Hawaii County encompasses the areas of Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i and Kaho`olawe. Maui, or the Valley Isle, is the 2nd largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The island of Maui was actually formed by two separate volcanoes, one being Mt. Haleakala which is the worlds largest dormant volcano.

The second of Maui's volcanoes is Puu Kukui, which is located on the west side of the island and receives over 400 inches of rainfall annually. This rainfall is predominantly limited to the mountain ranges, however, and is not typical in the lower beach and resort areas.

Maui has an amazing 42 miles of beaches with white, gold, black, red, green, garnet or salt and pepper colored sand. Although the Big Island has almost twice as much coastline as the other Hawaiian Islands combined, Maui has more swimmable beaches than any other Hawaiian island.

 


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