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Great Tropical Weather On Maui Makes It A Vacation Paradise

Author : Stephen Daniels

Maui is one of the few places on earth where a tourist can find a snow-covered mountain peak and tropical beaches within miles of each other. Because of the diverse topography, it can be raining heavily on one side of the island while the other side is dry. While most Maui accommodations are located on the dry side of the island, the distinct topographical changes make it the ideal place to experience a variety of activities. Plus, Maui's proximity to other islands makes it the perfect central location for an island hopping vacation.

The west side of Maui is a dry, tropical paradise where one finds resorts, famous beaches and cobalt-blue waters. Towns like Kaanapali, Lahaina, Wailea and others are scenic destinations with plenty to offer the vacationer. The east side of the island features a single destination spot - Hana. This uneven distribution has to do with the island's topography. Maui has two volcanic mountains located in the northwest and southwest of the island. The larger of the two features a 10,000-foot, snow-covered peak. Winds come in from the east and drench certain areas of island's eastern side with up to twenty feet of rain per year. Compare this with the maybe twenty inches of annual rainfall the west side of the island gets, and it's easy to see why the resorts are where they are.

The interesting differences in landscape make Maui an incredibly unique place. Enjoy pristine beaches and traditional tropical activities like snorkeling or catamaran sailing. In Kaanapali on the westernmost point of the island, guests can stretch out under the tropical sun on the island's longest beach or embark on a whale-watching expedition, finishing out the day with a romantic dinner cruise into the sunset. Likewise, the east side of Maui is the perfect place for a helicopter or fixed-wing tour of the region's blend of barren, volcanic landscape, mountains, lush rain forests, waterfalls and more.

Sport fishing enthusiasts will definitely want to head down to Lahaina - only five miles south of Kaanapali - to try their luck in reeling in a large game fish like mahi mahi or the spectacular marlin. Lahaina, "the jewel in the crown of Maui", is an historic place. Inquisitive travelers can take a guided walking tour and learn about the island's rich tradition and long history, from its original settlement by the ancient Polynesians to the scope of present day life. Boutiques and fantastic restaurants are ready when you're done.

Maui is centrally located in the Hawaiian archipelago, making it the perfect jump-off spot for an aerial tour of Hawaii - the big island - to the east. It's also just a quick trip across the channel to see Molokai or Lanai where a scuba diving adventure lets visitors immerse themselves in tropical waters filled with dolphins, tortoises and countless species of fish.

Maui vacation condos offer a comfortable and luxurious alternative to even the nicest resorts. Among other amenities, they provide a fully equipped kitchen, multiple bathrooms, in-room entertainment and private lanais. Ideal for couples, families or bigger groups, Maui condo rentals are like staying in a fabulous home away from home rather than a cramped room. Not only that, but the oceanfront views to the west offer sunsets to die for. Thanks to its diverse landscape, whether staying in Wailea, Kaanapali, Napili or elsewhere, it's easy to enjoy tropical beaches, stunning mountain peaks and rain forests during the same trip. And if Maui isn't enough, it's a quick boat, plane or helicopter ride to another of Hawaii's island paradises.

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