8 Facts About The Island of Maui

Lighthouse overlooking Hawaii with blue waters

Maui is renowned worldwide for its breathtaking views, rich history, and laid-back culture. Even if you’ve been to Maui several times, chances are there’s still tons of interesting places and things you still haven’t seen. In this post, we’ll list 8 facts about this vibrant little island that will move Maui even further up on your travel bucket list.

Small but Mighty

Maui is Hawai’i’s second largest island, known as the Valley Isle, boasting a mere 728 square miles (1886 meters) of land space. But don’t let its small size fool you…there’s not many places on this planet with so much to see and do!

Made by Volcanoes

Maui is formed by two major, dormant volcanoes – Haleakalā (75%) and Mauna Kahalawai (25%).

Polynesian at Heart

Maui was settled by ancient Polynesians around 450-800 AD, and you can still see their influences and descendants everywhere on the island.

Climate Diversity

You’ll pass through 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones if you traverse Maui from sea level all the way up to its highest summit. Maui features almost every type of terrain you can imagine, from treacherous mountains to sandy beaches to lush rainforests, and everything in between! Due to this, Maui’s biodiversity flourishes, and it’s even home to several species you won’t find anywhere else on earth.

Beautiful Sunrises

View one of the best sunrises on the planet at the summit of Haleakalā, one of the world’s largest dormant volcanoes, which soars over 10,000 feet above sea level! On the way to the top, you’ll be awed by Haleakalā’s rare wildlife and abundant flora.

Stunning Road Trips

Maui is a dream for road trippers! Take the 64+ mile trip down the Road to Hana, which travels around the northeastern perimeter of the island for some of the most breathtaking views of Maui’s diverse terrains. If you’re in the mood for a more adventurous road trip, check out the Pi’ilani Highway or West Maui Loop, but be warned…these routes are for experienced drivers only!

Focus on Sustainability

Sustainability and conservation are knit into the fabric of Maui, and they haven’t wavered due to tourist demands. Boat travel from island to island is limited due to its environmental impact and risks, plus Maui is home to the Western Hemisphere’s largest tropical reef aquarium. Farm-to-table agriculture is encouraged and celebrated, with food processing being a foreign concept for many residents and local restaurants.

Tons of Activities

For such a small island, Maui packs a punch in terms of things to do. Go biking to the summit of Haleakalā, whale-watching on the northwestern shores, windsurfing at Ho’okipa Beach Park, get in a game at the world-class golf courses, or stroll through the lavender fields 4,000 feet up at Ali’i Kula. Finish up your day with a cuppa at MauiWine in Ulupalakua.

Are You Ready to Experience Maui?

There’s no better time than now to experience all the beauty and wonder Maui has to offer. From its amazing scenery to its rich culture, Maui is jam-packed with everything that makes a good vacation great. Book your next vacation to this amazing locale and have the experience of a lifetime!

Mountain Riders is Maui’s #1 visitor activity, providing jaw-dropping guided bike tours up to the summit of glorious Mount Haleakalā and back down through the varied terrains and countryside towns. Come enjoy all the natural splendor Maui has to offer on this once-in-a-lifetime ride!

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross