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Inspire Magazine - Succumbing to Maui's magic

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Inspire Magazine - Succumbing to Maui's magic

story by: Mike Williams

They call it 'The Magic Isle' in Hawai'i, a picturesque gem set in sparkling blue seas that's so lovely even the whales come in close for a better look. If your holiday dreams conjure up images of sophisticated relaxation in airy resorts this is the Hawaiian holiday for you. Small towns, fertile uplands, luxuriant forests and over 48km of beaches with your choice of white, black or red sand. Snorkel in quiet coves, toast unforgettable sunsets in beachside bars and play a different golf course every day. If it all sounds like heaven, then this island probably is.

A road trip out to the east coast town of Hana has to be on the itinerary of anyone staying on Maui. The road's only 84km long but get up early to start out, because with 620 curves and 50 one-lane bridges it takes longer than you think to complete the journey. Along the way you'll see flourishing rainforests, dramatic waterfalls, plunging pools and stunning coastal vistas. Then there's Hana, a quaint and relaxed town where you can pick up a picnic lunch before moving onto Hamoa Beach, cited by author James Michener as the most beautiful in the Pacific. Head 16km further out of town and you'll find Haleakala National Park and the popular Pools of Oheo where waterfalls spill into tiered pools leading to the sea.

Maui has a smaller population than you'd expect for the Hawaiian chain's second largest island, so it's easy to find quiet beaches even in high summer, although the old whaling town of Lahaina does buzz with activity during the December to May whale watching season.

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