Condé Nast Traveler has rated Maui as the Best Island in the World for over 15 years, and for a reason. This Hawaiian paradise casts a spell on anyone who visits with its striking natural wonders and inherent magical charm. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, there's a never-ending list of activities and attractions to look forward to that it can be overwhelming. To help you plan your vacation, we've narrowed the list down to the top 5 things to see and do on this enchanting island, all coming from an insider's perspective.
Take a walk around town. To truly experience Maui, you need to understand its people, its history and its place in the modern world. Walk around any of Maui's historic towns and you'll find that its rich Polynesian heritage and modern American lifestyle go hand in hand.
The town of Lahaina, Maui's second most-visited attraction, combines history with soul. Its museums, art galleries and historic sites all have compelling stories to tell. The town is probably best known for its whaling history, but that's only a small slice of its past. Lahaina is the place where the immigrants first landed in Hawaii and where missionaries first came to press their ideals on the natives. Now, its harbor is bustling with stores, dance halls, souvenir shops, art galleries and watering holes but the town remains faithful to its past. Another highlight in this town is the massive Banyan tree in front of the old courthouse which was planted in 1873 by the town sheriff to commemorate the first Mission.