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Maui is one of the islands belonging to the Hawaiian archipelago which comprises eight islands and is located in the North Pacific Ocean. Maui is the second biggest island of this archipelago. Some of the most significant settlements in Maui are Kahului, Kīhei, Wailuku, Lahaina, Kula and Makawao. Maui is a frequent destination for tourists worldwide who come here to enjoy the warm climate, turquoise waters, and golden sand.
Maui’s landscape is diverse and delights the sight with a peculiar combination of volcanic formations, high cliffs, dense forests and wild beaches. Most visitors are drawn by the exotic beaches where they can swim, dive, windsurf or book a berth and sail around the island.
The territory of Maui was initially inhabited by Marquesan and Polynesian people. In the 18th century, the island was conquered by King Kamehameha I who joined almost all Hawaiian Islands in a single kingdom. In the same century, European explorers started to visit the island and slowly establish their first settlements. In the following century, a long process of cultural alteration began as the missionaries began to educate the local population and change their lifestyle. However, many native customs and traditions were maintained and passed on from one generation to another. Today, Maui’s culture still evokes the previous centuries through its many traditional festivals and celebrations that take place all year round like the Ukulele Festival, the Whale and Ocean Arts Festival, the Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival and many others.
Most tourists are fascinated by Maui’s sight; there are many terrific places to visit either on foot or by booking a berth and sailing from one destination to another. At MarinaReservation.com plenty of availabilities can be booked online. Some of the best places to go are: the North coast where people admire the panoramic view from Kapalua, La Perouse Bay, whose lava flow draws many curious travelers, the Iao Valley with its lush vegetation and sparkling cascade, the Haleakalā National Park praising its precious wildlife species or the Kula Botanical Garden where people can admire exotic species of plants, cliff formations, and waterfalls.
Whale watching is one of the most common touristic attractions in Maui and one of the most popular places where tourist use to go for observation is the Auau Channel.
For those who want to find out more about the cultural heritage of the island, the Bailey House Museum offers a wide collection of vestiges. The Kaʻahumanu Church in Wailuku and the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Waiakoa are other points of interest that are worth seeing.
Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago, some of them are the Honokalani Beach, the Kalama Beach, the Polo Beach, the Puamana Beach, the Kite Beach, the Baldwin Beach Park, the Honomanu Beach.
The beautiful sights and cozy atmosphere make Maui one of the most suitable destinations for tourists who want to unwind by the sea.