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Whale watching: In the winter months, the Auau channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai is one of the best places to whale watch in the world.
Maui beaches: Maui has more than 80 incredible beaches with a combined shoreline that spans 193 kilometres.
Haleakala National Park: Watch a memorable sunrise from 2.968 metres atop Haleakala Crater.
Road to Hana: With 600 curves and 54 bridges, this is one of the world’s most scenic drives.
Lahaina: Once a thriving whaling port in the mid-1800s, Lahaina is now a lively gathering place for dining, shopping, art and entertainment.
Maui’s main airport is Kahului Airport (OGG). There are smaller commuter airports in Kapalua (JHM) and Hana (HNM).
Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).
US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted at many businesses.
Average temperature: 23-29 C. It is generally drier on the western, or leeward side, of the island, wetter on the eastern or windward side. Temperatures in Upcountry Maui are typically slightly cooler than the coast. On the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest point, you can expect temperatures as low as 4 C or even lower.
Area Code/Mobile Phones:
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Mobile phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.
Internet access is readily available on Maui and at many hotels.
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos (apartments) are located throughout the island.
Rent a car at Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua Airport (JHM). Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis or city buses.
Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights, heavier if you plan to visit Haleakala. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.
U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.