Did you know that Maui has more miles of accessible beach than any other island in Hawaii? It’s true. Not only does Maui boast over 80 beaches spanning 30 miles, but they include white, black and the rare red sand beaches. That’s just one of the many interesting qualities that make Maui such a favorite among vacationers and residents, not to mention an amazing place for ocean tours. How many of the following facts did you already know? Read on to find out.
1. The Hawaiian alphabet includes just 13 letters. There are five vowels and only eight consonants. One of them is known as a glottal stop, or ‘okina in Hawaiian.
2. The road to Hana is 45 miles long, featuring no less than 59 bridges and more than 600 hairpin turns. Its lush jungles and countless cascading waterfalls have dazzled many a photographer, but those who get carsick are less appreciative.
3. Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from Alaska each year. The 6,000-mile journey is one of the longest of any mammal. Hawaii is one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. To see for yourself, book a Maui whale watch tour with us.
4. Lahaina was the original capital of Hawaii until 1850 when it changed to Honolulu. It’s a good thing, too, because the natural beauty is much more preserved here, and that is important to us, especially since we operate our Maui ocean tours out of the scenic Lahaina Harbor.
5. While Lahaina and Ka’anapali get around 10 inches of rain each year, Pu’u Kukui nearby in the West Maui Mountains gets around 365 inches per year.
6. Haleakala is the world’s largest dormant volcano, standing at 10,023 feet from sea level. The Crater at the summit is 21 miles across, making it almost the size of Manhattan.
7. The Banyan Tree in Lahaina Town is 60 feet tall and spans an entire city block. Its sprawling canopy provides shade for the many gatherings that take place beneath it.
8. Maui has sixteen golf courses, some of which host professional tournaments.
9. Honokohau Falls plunges a total of 1,100 feet, making it one of the highest waterfalls in the world.
10. The tiny crescent island of Molokini off Maui’s South Shore is home to around 250 marine species, some of which you can see on our Molokini Snorkel Tour.
There’s nothing like experiencing the wonders of Maui yourself, and we hope that you will! If you need our assistance booking a Maui ocean cruise, you’ll find our contact information at the top of the page. Mahalo!