Hawaii’s second largest island is sprinkled with intimate towns offering sophisticated amenities and diversions. Maui features inspiring scenery, endless shopping, gourmet dining and first-rate resorts. Swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking and sunbathing are common on the 81 pristine beaches that fringe the island, while golf enthusiasts throughout the world flock to Maui for its supreme courses. Notable attractions include Haleakala Crater, the world's largest dormant volcano spanning the size of Manhattan and rising 10,000 feet above sea level, 1,200-foot Iao Needle overlooking splashing streams and lush valleys, and amazing whale-watching along Maui’s coast -- home to approximately 3,000 humpback whales every winter. You might also explore ancient heiaus, drive the scenic Hana Highway route, peruse Lahaina’s museums and art galleries, indulge in a shopping spree at Wailea’s high-end malls or enjoy sunrises and sunsets on the shores of Kapalua.