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Destination guide

Island paradise in Maui vacation home rentals

Maui, part of the larger Hawaiian archipelago, is often voted one of the best islands in the US. With a landscape so awe-inspiring – think cascading waterfalls, empty stretches of sandy beach backed by swaying palms and green forest tumbling down the rocky cliffs into the turquoise sea below – you can see why. The dominating volcanic interior of Haleakala National Park provides an outdoor playground for hikers and mountain bikers. But if all that sounds like too much effort, you can lie back in a hammock at your Maui vacation rental and watch the sun setting.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Maui vacation homes

The attractions in Hawaii are mostly centered around the spectacular landscape. If you're staying in a Maui vacation rental with the family, you can take them all to Ohe'o Gulch Kipahulu, a series of pools and waterfalls that make for the perfect place to splash around and cool off. Also worth a visit is the Waianapanapa State Park where you can see the eroded sea arches, the blowhole and the black-sand beach. You can complement them by swinging by the Hawaii Nature Center, a not-for-profit which aims to preserve the beautiful Maui scenery.

Activities

Activities near your Maui summer rental

Other than the beaches, one of the biggest draws to Maui is the hiking trail that winds its way up to the volcanic crater summit in the Haleakala National Park. If you're not keen on the challenging trek, you can hop on one of the day trips, which transport you up the steepest road in the world to reach it. This is Hawaii, one of the birthplaces of surfing. If you're lucky enough to nab one of the Maui vacation rentals along the coast, you're not going to be far from the ocean swells. Alternatively, rent a windsurf to take advantage of the strong trade winds.

Weather

Best time to visit Maui vacation rentals

The island is a year-round hotspot, but for the best prices on Maui vacation rentals and arguably the most comfortable time weather-wise, try to visit in the shoulder months between April and May or September and November when the skies are wonderfully bright. If you're coming for the surf (and most will be), it's best to nab a rental during the winter months when the conditions are most ideal. If you want the weather to be as hot as possible, summer's the time to go when you can bask in baking sunshine and swim in the calmest waters.

Natural features

See the gentle giants of the seas in Maui

With Maui being surrounded by the warm Pacific Ocean, it will come as no surprise that most of Hawaii's wildlife can be found below the water's surface. A dive or snorkel will reveal everything from solitary reef sharks to Hawaiian green turtles and playful dolphins. If you're lucky and come at the right time, you may even spot the odd humpback whale. That said, if you're a landlubber, there are still some critters to spot. Cheeky little mongoose often scamper across the beach passing noisy monk seals, and if you are up in the mountains, look out for color-changing chameleons.

Beaches

Beaches near Maui vacation rentals

Maui’s beaches offer sun, relaxation, and picturesque beauty. Vacation homes can be found near beach locales like Kaanapali Beach, a beach with eateries, shopping, a scenic boardwalk, and clear water for snorkeling, and Wailea Beach, a sandy beach with activities like sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Red Sand Beach, a secluded beach with red sand, hiking trails, and turquoise waters, and Makena Beach, a scenic beach with picnic areas and calm water for swimming and snorkeling, are 2 other beautiful beaches.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Maui

The nearest airport is in Kahului, HI (OGG), located 8.7 mi (13.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Hana, HI (HNM), which is 21.4 mi (34.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Station or Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Kaanapali Landing Station and explore the city from there.

Food and drink

Regional delicacies in Maui

Maui is one of the best islands in Hawaii for a traditional luau and a range of authentic Hawaiian and fusion cuisine with grilled beef and pork, poi, and salmon. Maui is influenced by ethnic delicacies from Japan, China, Korea, and France, providing a unique twist on the seafood and tropical fruits that are common on the island. Some specialties to try during your trip include Kalua roast pork, poi, ahi poke, mahi-mahi, and shaved ice, all of which can be found in restaurants and eateries near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Maui?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 9,410 vacation rentals near Maui. From 551 Houses to 514 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Maui for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Maui?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maui. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kihei: 4,575 vacation rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,854 vacation rentals
  • Kaanapali: 4,676 vacation rentals
  • Wailea: 4,429 vacation rentals
  • Honua Kai Resort & Spa: 387 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Maui! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Maui?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maui:

  • Kihei: 4,575 rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,854 rentals
  • Kaanapali: 4,676 rentals
  • Wailea: 4,429 rentals
  • Hana: 67 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Maui?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Maui are:

  • Kahului Airport (OGG): 9,313 vacation rentals
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM): 5,547 vacation rentals
  • Hana Airport (HNM): 84 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Maui?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Maui. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Whalers Village: 6,098 rentals
  • Lahaina Harbor: 8,412 rentals
  • Black Rock: 5,851 rentals
  • The Dunes at Maui Lani: 9,319 rentals
  • Ulua Beach: 4,760 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Maui listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Maui

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