While I was growing up, my family and I traveled a lot. All the new, exciting places there were to see usually took priority over places we had already been, so there were very few locations I got to visit more than once. However, the one place that always seemed to defy this pattern was the Hawaiian island of Maui. In total, I have probably been to Maui eight or nine times, and I'm still not tired of it. At this point, it is like a second home to me. I know all my favorite activities to do there (though there are still plenty I haven't tried yet) and all my favorite places to eat. Maui is my escape from reality, and no new vacation spot could ever take its place in my heart.
The main attraction on the island is, of course, the beach, where sunbathing, surfing, and snorkeling are all popular pastimes. The ocean itself is home to many other entertainment opportunities, including scuba diving, submarining, and sailing. However, the most important ocean activity to experience while you're there is whale watching. The way the three Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai formed left the ocean somewhat blocked among them, which means the water on the west side of Maui remains relatively calm and shallow for an island in the middle of the ocean. It is for this very reason that Maui is such an excellent and well-known place for whale watching. Every winter, humpback whales travel from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii to give birth in the calm, shallow water among the islands. These gentle giants are beautiful creatures that are incredible to watch. You can often see them from the beach, but taking a whale watching tour is the best way to see them up close.