Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / USA / Mainland USA Inspire Magazine - Succumbing to Maui's magic Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / USA / Mainland USA 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. Click here for Cheap Flights to Hawai'i or HOT Hawai'i Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The coolest new things to do in Vanuatu Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.