Visions of Hawaii: Capturing the Perfect Sand, Sun + Surf in Maui [Gallery]

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Maui leaves an indelible mark on every visitor. It’s a place of staggering beauty – endless beaches, world class surfing at every turn, and the most stunning sunsets we’ve seen anywhere in the world.

Here, our favorite 20 shots from our favorite Hawaiian island. Enjoy!

#1: Sunset Falls on a Shuttered Lifeguard Shack

Sunset falls on a shuttered lifeguard shack in Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#2: (Another) Sunrise Atop Haleakala (“House of the Sun”)

Sunrise Atop Haleakala ("House of the Sun"), Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

Without a doubt, the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen. If this is the only thing you see in Hawaii, it’ll be worth the trip.

#3: Sunrise on the Road to Hana

Sunrise on the Road to Hana
© paul bica

#4: Can o’ Spam-Flavored Macadamia Nuts


© Mike Richard

#5: Standing Above the Clouds

Standing Above the Clouds in Maui
© ewen and donabel

#6: Self-serve Fruit Stand Along the Road to Hana

Roadside fruit stand on Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#7: Under Maui Moonlight

Under Maui Moonlight
© Mike McCune

#8: Searching for the Perfect Wave at Ho’okipa Beach Park

Beach Dog Searching for the perfect wave at Ho'okipa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#9: Witnessing the Predawn at 10,000 Feet

Witnessing the Predawn at 10,000 Feet
© paul bica

#10: Steady Beach Cairns Along Maui’s Road to Hana

Beach Cairns Alongside Maui's Road to Hana, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#11: Overgrowth

Massive Banyan Tree in West Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#12: Another Stunning Sunset from West Maui

Amazing Sunset from West Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#13: Natural Textures of Hawaii

Closeup of a green plant (taken in Wai'anapanapa State Park, Maui)
© Mike Richard

#14: Roadside Artwork Along the Road to Hana

Roadside Artwork Along the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#15: Crashing Surf Along the Road to Hana

Crashing Surf Along the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#16: Prepping to Sunset Paddleboard Sugar Beach

Prepping to Standup Paddleboard Sugar Beach, Maui, Hawaii
© Angelo DeSantis

#17: Brilliant Sunrise Atop Haleakala

Brilliant Sunrise Atop Haleakala ("House of the Sun"), Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

#18: Into the Wall of Tears

Helicopter Over the Wall of Tears, Maui, Hawaii
© Steve Jurvetson

#19: Playing in the Light at Makena Beach

Kids Playing at Sunset at Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii
© Lance Shields

#20: Lone Sailboat on Open Water

A lone sailboat on open water in Maui, Hawaii
© Mike Richard

Disclosure: Vagabondish was provided a complimentary trip courtesy of the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau in advance of this post. Read our view on sponsored content.

About The Author

Mike Richard
Founding Editor

Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

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