Your Destination Guide to Maui

Destination Guide Maui - Your Destination Guide to Maui, HI

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Having trouble deciding where to stay or visit during your Maui adventure? This section will explain it all for you, from the best places to party to the funnest roads for driving. If you're looking for something low key, we've got you covered. If it's awesome beaches you want, look no further. Maui has a little bit of everything.

Maui | Areas

Central Maui
  • Central Maui
  • There are no fancy resorts here, no fabricated thrills designed purely for visitor pleasure. This is where the locals live, play, and thrive. Central Maui, a hub of commercial activity and cul-de-sac charm, offers an array of attractions often overlooked by vacationers.
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East Maui
  • East Maui
  • Forget the traffic lights, busy intersections, condo complexes, and brand name resorts, the strip malls, Costcos, Walmarts, and ABC Stores. East Maui, instead, is characterized by raw, unfettered nature.
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Lower West Side
  • Lower West Side
  • To get to the West Side, drive west on Highway 30 from Ma'alaea Harbor. This curvy, two-lane stretch of pavement wraps along the pali, or cliffs, of the West Maui Mountains while also bordering the ocean.
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North Shore
  • North Shore
  • For Maui's North Shore, the considerable contrast between its laid back towns and adventure packed shorelines offers a unique glimpse into this once sugarcane-mill town turned windsurfer's paradise. Paia The cultural and racial melting pot of Paia town is a snapshot of Maui's past.
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South Maui
  • South Maui
  • An uncountable number of beaches lining South Maui's 15-mile shoreline create a laid-back vibe among visitors and residents that resonates from the quirky beach community of Kihei to the upscale resort area of Wailea, and on to the secluded sandy shores of Makena.
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  • Upcountry
  • Favored by many of its residents for the cool climate and unparalleled views, Maui's Upcountry resembles nothing of its west side counterpart.
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