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Maui , the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is known as the "Valley Isle". Maui's name came from the Polynesian navigator Hawaiʻiloa who is noted for discovering the Hawaiian Islands. Legend has it that Maui is named after Hawaiʻiloa's son Maui. The original name of Maui was ʻIhikapalaumaewa.
Maui is approximately 48 miles (76.8km) long and 26 miles (41.6km) wide, totaling 728 square miles. The island has 5 areas, South, West, North, East and Central. South and West Maui tend to be warmer with less rain and also have the most resorts and people. The East gets the most rain and therefore is the most tropical. while the east coast beaches are beautiful most are not suited for swimming or snorkeling. Central Maui is mostly Mount Haleakala and surrounding towns. North is the town of Paia and Hookipa Beach which is a world class wind surfing destination.
Maui Explored is a photo travel guide to help make your trip the "Valley isle" a memorable one. The website was first designed to showcase the many photographs taken during vacations to Maui (click on the image links to view the slide shows). Since then we have added helpful guides: Road to Hana, Best Beaches, Maui in Ten Days, Snorkel Tips, Tropical Flowers and Plants. Google maps with directions can be found on each page which include images, links and information to help you navigate the island. The Travel Guide section contains a Maui travel / local business directory , weather, news, maps, and helpful links to make planning your trip easy and less confusing.
Latest Maui News and Updates
NEW Travelers are strongly advised to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test from a trusted testing and travel partner PRIOR to the final leg of their trip to the State of Hawai‘i. Trans-Pacific travelers arriving WITHOUT a confirmed negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Click here for latest covid news
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NEW Link to new snorkel equipment guide with paid links to amazon products.
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UPDATE Mount Haleakala now requires a pre-paid ($1.50 per car) parking pass (separate from the entrance fee) to view the sunrise. You can get your pass at recreation.gov
ALERT!! In May 2018, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to pass legislation banning sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, which destroy coral reefs. Click here for reef safe suntan lotions.
ALERT!! Due to heavy rains and rock slides Oheo Gulch is closed indefinitely. Hiking trails in Kīpahulu remain open. You can find current updates at nps.gov
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