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Where Maui - - The Guide -

HALEAKALA One of Hawai‘i’s big­gest at­trac­tions is the stun­ning 10,000-foot Haleakala, the world’s largest dor­mant vol­cano. Haleakala’s most mag­nif­i­cent fea­ture is the crater it­self: 3,000 feet deep, 2.5 miles across and a cir­cum­fer­ence of 21 miles.

HANA POOLS The ter­raced cold springs known as the Hana Pools are Hawai‘i’s great­est nat­u­ral day spa. A day­break or sun­set dip in this springfed body of wa­ter is both sur­real and re­lax­ing, and you can of­ten­times have it all to your­self.

HELITOURS Maui’s he­li­copter tours com­bine eye-pop­ping vi­su­als with amuse­ment-park–style thrills. Com­pa­nies may of­fer 20-minute to hour­long tours that take you tan­ta­liz­ingly close to the lip of vol­ca­noes, through moun­tain val­leys and over the beaches.

‘IAO NEE­DLE The “Nee­dle” is a 1,200foot cone of hard­ened lava at the heart of the ‘Iao Val­ley, a 6.2-acre state park just west of Wailuku in West Maui.

SNOR­KEL­ING OFF MOLOKINI The turquoise wa­ters and ex­otic marine life around this tiny cres­cent-shaped is­land are lo­cated three miles off the south­west coast of Maui.

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