The Island of Maui

The Valley Isle

Welcome to the Valley Isle

Maui - The Hawaii of Your Dreams

The slogan Maui No Ka Oi! means, “Maui is the Best.” Conde Nast Traveler readers have agreed, voting this beauty as “Best Island” for 20-plus years. The historic whaling town of Lahaina is a perennial “must do,” with galleries, cafes, Friday Night art walk, and harbor bustling with snorkeling, whale watching and sunset dining excursions. 

Castle features accommodations on West Maui’s Kaanapali Coast and South Maui’s Kihei. Both are prime springboards for exploring artsy upcountry towns en route to the majestic summit of Haleakala. Or tackle the serpentine road to Heavenly Hana, where waterfalls, rainforests and stunning coastline overwhelm the senses. 

If you’re into snorkeling, hiking and windsurfing, the 734 sq. mile “Valley Isle” has you covered with lush rainforests and powdery beaches to eclectic Upcountry towns like Makawao. From December through April, this humpback playground often delivers close encounters during whale watching excursions. 

Explore the Island

Maui Island Facts

Explore the Island

With its summit at 10,023ft., Haleakala National Park overwhelms as home to the Earth’s largest dormant volcano. The 40-mile drive to the crater’s lookout point for sunrise (or any time!) weaves through Maui Upcountry pasturelands to the rocky summit and the crater’s lookout point. If going for sunrise, Haleakala Summit Sunrise Reservations are required year-round for a $1.00 fee per vehicle. Those without reservations may enter the park after 7am. Activities include horseback riding, hiking and ziplining with Piiholo Zipline or Skyline. You can also book an island-wide helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of this massive marvel. 

Considered among the top snorkeling and diving sites in the world for its clear water, crescent-shaped Molokini Island takes you face to face with tang, damselfish, snapper, triggerfish and Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa. For the best conditions, hop aboard a morning charter from Maalaea Harbor that’s beyond the town of Wailuku. Other top spots are at the calm sheltered cove at Kapalua Bay and Honolula Bay with its vast diversity of marine life. At Kaanapali Resort, Black Rock is another top pick.

Rich in cultural and spiritual values, Iao Valley State Monument is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai, where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. A paved 0.6-mile walk travels to the needle that stands nearly 1,200sf from the valley floor. Along the way, the route passes natural gardens, dense rainforests and shimmering waterfalls. 

The former whaling port of Lahaina merges Maui’s historic seafaring charm with trendy eateries, boutiques and artisan galleries. On the cultural front, a popular spot is the restored missionary-era Baldwin House built in 1834, and Banyan Tree that provides ample shade for enjoying Lappert’s macadamia nut ice cream beneath the massive 60-foot-high Front Street icon revered as the largest banyan in the U.S. Head to the Lahaina Harbor to book snorkeling, fishing and sunset ocean treks.  

Absolutely! With 600 curves and 54 bridges, the 30-mile Road to Hana trek from Kahului definitely requires patience and concentration as it winds along a narrow bluff through tropical rainforests to utter isolation. It’s best to hit the road pre-dawn for the six-hour round-trip drive. Be sure to stop at Honokalani Black Sand Beach, a beautiful Hana spot with the jet-black tiny polished lava pebbles and surrounding jungle-like foliage of Waianapanapa State Park

Each year between December through April, more than 12,000 kohola (Humpback Whales) travel 3,500 miles from Alaska to Hawaii to breed, birth and nurse their calves. The waters surrounding Maui are the stage for some of the best whale watching in the world, with these gentle giants drawn to the Maui’s shallow offshore waters–especially the Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Maui whale watching tours take off from Lahaina Harbor and Maalaea Harbor. Onshore spots for sighting humpback action include scenic McGregor Point Lookout west of Maalaea, and the beaches of Kaanapali, Kihei and Wailea.   

Debuting on Haleakala’s slopes in 2002 as the first zipline in the U.S., Skyline Eco-Adventures features lines soaring above 90-foot drops, and the island’s only "Pendulum" up and back line that paces in excess of 45mph. In Kaanapali, Skyline’s four- or nine-line “Zip n' Dip” lets you race along a tandem line before dropping into a mountain pool. Or check out Kapalua Zipline with its Moon Zip and Flyin Hawaiian Zipline with eight ziplines ranging from 250-3,600ft.    

With plantation-era storefronts, colorful boutiques, casual restaurants and new buzzing art scene, Paia still reflects its Hawaiian plantation village heritage. It’s the springboard to windsurf-centric Hookipa Beach Park and to Upcountry Maui, where you’ll find the towns of Makawao and Kula. 

Upcountry’s Kula is known for its agri-tourism scene that plays out with farms growing protea, lavender and sweet Maui onions, as well as the eclectic Surfing Goat Dairy. In Kula, foodies savor the farm-to-table bounty at eateries like Kula Lodge and Kula Bistro. Or check out Haliimaile General Store in Makawao, a rustic Upcountry town with paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) roots that today swaggers with a thriving arts scene and Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center. You’ll even stumble across Maui Wine, with its vineyard and historic tasting room on the slopes of Haleakala at Ulupalakua Ranch.

Yes, as a member of Castle's rental program, you are automatically enrolled in our Castle Owner Circle Program. This will allow you to save an additional 10% off our best available rate at all of our participating Castle properties in Hawaii and New Zealand. All Owner Circle members also enjoy free room upgrades and save when booking with Dollar-Rent-A-Car.


Maui Attractions, Tours and Activities

Maui is consistently voted one of the world’s best and romantic destinations in part because of the almost endless opportunities for adventure. Experience Maui's beauty by Hana Highway Land Tour or swimming with tropical fish and Green Sea Turtles at Molokini or experience the enchantment of a romantic Dinner Cruise at sunset. Check out more Maui activities and attractions.  


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