Travel + Leisure: Maui no ka oi

Maui was ranked No. 1 on the “Top Islands In Hawaii” list by readers of Travel + Leisure, the magazine announced Tuesday.

The list appears in the magazine’s 2018 World’s Best Awards readers survey to be featured in the August issue in print and online at This will be the 23rd edition of the awards that rate readers’ recent experiences with destinations, hotels and resorts, spas, tour operators, safari outfitters, airlines, cruise lines and rental-car companies in a survey.

“With stellar food, friendly people, lots to do and, of course, spectacular beaches, Maui is a pretty perfect package according to T+L readers,” Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump said. “So, it’s no surprise to see this perennial favorite topping the list once again.”

Island rankings are based on readers’ ratings of five characteristics: natural attractions and beaches, activities and sights, restaurants and food, people and friendliness and value.

“We are proud to receive this wonderful recognition from Travel + Leisure readers and share this honor with the visitor industry and people of Maui that continue to make our island a remarkable, world-class destination,” said Sherry Duong, executive director of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.