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

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.

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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 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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