Why It's Worth It

Self-reliant and self-assured, rural-chic Maui packs dreamy surfer seascapes, untamed jungles, rugged locavore farms, and world-class creature comforts into its 728 square miles. This is so much more than a beach vacation. Maui visitors can experience authentic hula, swim beneath waterfalls, kayak with humpback whales, explore upcountry’s paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage, hike through lush and spiritually significant valleys, or just tuck into a papaya bowl at a trendy café in a sleepy surf town. —Meghan Miner Murray