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Stand above a sea of clouds high atop Haleakala Crater. Watch a 45 foot whale surface off the coast of Lahaina. Lose count of the waterfalls outside your window as you drive the hairpin turns of Hana highway. There’s a reason why Maui is nicknamed “The Magic Isle.” The second largest Hawaiian island has a smaller population than you’d expect, making Maui popular with visitors who are looking for sophisticated diversions and amenities in the small, intimate towns peppered throughout the island. Maui’s unique vistas also make it a much anticipated destination. From beaches that have repeatedly been voted among the best in the world to the scenic heights of Haleakala Crater, a visit to “The Magic Isle” recharges the senses. But like every good magic trick, you’ll have to see it for yourself to believe it.
Maui Quick Facts: • Approximately 3,000 Humpback whales visit Maui each winter. • There are 81 beaches with a combined shoreline that spans 120 miles. • Iao Needle is a 2,250-ft stone pillar that was once used as a natural altar. • Lahaina was a thriving whaling port in the mid-1800s. • The Haleakala Crater is roughly the size of the island of Manhattan. Island Name: Maui Capital City: Kahului
Time Zone: Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).
Languages: English Hawaiian Currency: US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.
Average Temperature: 75°-85° F. Area Code/Cell phones: The area code for all of Hawaii is (808).
Transportation: To explore the island, rent a car at Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua Airport serving West Maui (JHM). Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis, or city buses.
Clothing: Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights, heavier if you plan to visit Haleakala. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.
Tipping: U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters, and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.