Your vacation time is precious -- you have only so many days and you don't want to waste a single one. That's where I come in. Below are several suggestions for what to do and how to spend your time on Maui. I've included ideas if you have 1 week or 2, are traveling with kids, or want a more active vacation. 

The number-one thing I suggest is this: Don't max out your days. This is Hawaii -- allow some time to do nothing but relax. Remember that you most likely will arrive jet lagged, so it's a good idea to ease into your vacation. In fact, exposure to sunlight can help reset your internal clock, so I include time at the beach on the first day of most of these itineraries.

Also, if this is your first trip to Maui, think of it as a "scouting" trip. Maui is too beautiful, too sensual, too enticing to see just once in a lifetime. You'll be back. You don't need to see and do everything on this trip.

Keep in mind that the following itineraries are designed to appeal to a wide range of travelers.

One last thing -- you will need a car to get around the island. But plan to get out of the car as much as possible -- to smell the sweet perfume of plumeria, to hear the sound of the wind through a bamboo forest, and to plunge into the gentle waters of the Pacific.

Even if you have few ambitions beyond digging your toes in the white sand, we highly recommend signing up for a tour or outdoor activity while you're here. For details on the attractions and activities recommended below, go to chapters 4 and 5.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.