Honeymoon in Maui Hawaii
The island of Maui, Hawaii, deserves its reputation as a top vacation destination: It’s covered with pristine white-sand beaches, calm ocean bays and thrilling surf, stunning mountain and volcano vistas, sugarcane fields, highland ranches, waterfall-fed pools and twisting mountain roads.
But Maui is no hidden gem—it’s the second most-visited Hawaiian island, and you’ll have to do some work to find tropical solitude. Still, Maui’s beauty and the mix of different areas make it a good choice. Regardless of where you’re staying, the entire island can be seen in a series of day trips.
Most Maui hotels and resorts line the leeward, dry western shores of the island in West Maui and South Maui. The majority of the island’s visitors stay there. Beyond the perimeters of the beautiful resort areas, however, the rest of Maui is open for exploration.
Maui is a leading whale-watching center in the Hawaiian Islands due to Humpback whales wintering in the sheltered ʻAuʻau Channel between the islands of Maui county. The whales migrate approximately 3,500 miles (5,600 km) from Alaskan waters each autumn and spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui, with most leaving by the end of April. The whales are typically sighted in pods: small groups of several adults, or groups of a mother, her calf, and a few suitors. Humpbacks are an endangered species protected by U.S. federal and Hawaii state law. There are estimated to be about 10,000 humpbacks in the North Pacific. Although Maui’s Humpback face many dangers, due to pollution, high speed commercial vessels, and military sonar testing, their numbers have increased rapidly in recent years, estimated at 7% growth per year.
Maui is home to a large rain-forest on the northeastern flanks of Haleakalā, which serves as the drainage basin for the rest of the island. The extremely difficult terrain has prevented exploitation of much of the forest.
Agricultural and coastal industrial land use has had an adverse effect on much of Maui’s coastal regions. Many of Maui’s extraordinary coral reefs have been damaged by pollution, runoff, and tourism, although finding sea turtles, dolphins, and Hawaii’s celebrated tropical fish, is still common. Leeward Maui used to boast a vibrant dry ‘cloud forest’ as well but this was destroyed by human activities over the last three hundred years. “Wikipedia”