Preparing for a dream vacation?

Michelle Joy sets out the top things to do in Maui

Day 1: Hit the beach

"Soak up the sun on South Maui's famous golden sands"

Day 1: Hit the beach

"Cool off in the crystal clear water — surfing or snorkling is the best way"

Day 2: Take the Road to Hana

"Cruise the famous highway, stopping to take in the lush scenery and stunning views"

Day 2: Take the Road to Hana

"Don't miss the chance to stand under one of the incredible waterfalls, Walua Falls are my favorite"

Day 3: Explore Lahaina

"Take shade under the sprawling Lahaina banyan tree — at 2 acres it covers the area of an entire city block"

Day 3: Explore Lahaina

"Head to Lahaina Harbor, the starting point for an unforgettable whale watching advenure"

Day 4: Take in the views sunrise to sunset

"The early rise to catch sunrise from one of the highest peaks is more than rewarding, it's simply magical"

Day 4: Take in the views sunrise to sunset

"Take to the water to make the most of your final Maui sunset — a dinner cruise or a calm catamaran sail should do the trick"

Day 5: See the island in all its glory

"Before you fly out of Hawaii, fly over it — a helicopter tour is the best way to take in Maui's breathtaking beauty one last time, and see the parts you might have missed"

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