As the sweet spot between Oahu and Kauai, Maui has a little bit of something for everyone. From peaceful upcountry to bustling resort areas, the Valley Isle is the ideal vacation destination as it offers that unique Hawaiian experience for a variety of interests. If you have been dreaming about your Maui vacation, we do have a few things we want you to know before waking up to the sound of waves gently crashing on the shore.

1. A Melting Pot of Cultures
The people of Hawaii in general come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds and Maui is no different. The plantation days brought in several different cultures, such as the Japanese and the Portuguese, looking for work as well as a better life. The local food, even the sweets, has actually evolved over time into a unique fusion of popular dishes from different cultures, highlighting the mixed population. So, expect to come across some interesting food combinations but don’t knock it until you try it!

2. A Trip to Hawaii Only Seems Pricey
As a popular vacation destination, you probably imagine lodging in Maui comes with a costly price tag but with Rentals Maui, anyone can enjoy the same vacation luxuries even if you are on a budget. Wailea vacation rentals are a great option for those looking to experience an elegant island lifestyle on their tropical retreat. And what better way to enjoy your time here on the island than getting what is already a great rental deal at an even better price? Sleep soundly to the lull of the ocean, knowing that you are getting a lavish experience through our vacation rental deals! While we definitely encourage you enjoy the appetizing island restaurant scene, it would be economical to stock up on some groceries! Each Rentals Maui vacation condo comes with a kitchen, so you can save a few while creating meals as well as memories with your party of vacationers.

3. Explore More Than Just the Beach
It can take a while to get around as Maui is a pretty decent sized island, but we hope that does not discourage you from exploring because there is a lot more in store for you than just the beach! One such area of exploration are the hills above your South Maui vacation rental; referred to as “upcountry” by residents, this part of Maui creates the illusion that you are on a totally different island. So if you are looking to trade the sand for lush greenery, if only for just a day, we definitely recommend checking out places like the Ali’I Kula Lavender Farm or Piiholo Ranch for some exciting island activities that go beyond the typical sunbathing. As an understated gem, the country side features open farmlands, breathtaking views, and a cooler climate! While you should expect warm, sunny days that Hawaii is known for, if you find yourself planning to spend some time in Upcountry Maui we suggest sneaking in one or two articles of warm clothing into your suitcase! Watching a sunrise or sunset at Haleakala National Park is another must do on a Maui vacation, and with it brings a bit of refreshingly crisp air that you might not have expected.

There is so much more about the Valley Isle to share, but we figured part of a great island vacation is the mystery and the discovery. Start your planning adventure today, book with Rentals Maui and you are just one more step closer to finding your own hidden Maui gems!