Maui is ranked higher than any other island in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The number one winner for the 14th time, Maui is the only island to score above 90 in the 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards.
The magazine ranked the world’s top 50 islands from among 3,300 islands based on reader votes. The islands are given individual scores, then ranked within five regions. In the Pacific region, the islands of Hawaii take five of the ten slots: Maui (1), Kauai (2), Hawaii Island (3), Oahu (4) and Lanai(5).
Overall, Maui’s score of 90.7 is just ahead of Kauai’s 88.8, and both are ranked ahead of the number one islands in all the other regions. (Kauai was recently ranked the world’s top island in another poll, see post below). The next highest-ranked islands are the Malpes (86.4) and Bali (84.4) in the Asia region.
Readers rated the islands on seven categories: activities, atmosphere/ambience, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and scenery. According to the publication website, Maui’s 90.7 is the average of its scores in each category. The “why go” section lists three bullet points:
“Maui is its own luxury brand — beautiful, hip and exclusive.
World-class wind and waves attract people from around the globe.
Direct flights from 10 mainland cities with more added every year.”
The comments by readers show the persity of this island. Some say Maui is the most relaxing way to spend a week, others talk about renting an Jeep and heading for the North Shore. Other comments include taking a trimaran trip to Lanai, helicopter tours, parasailing or snorkeling. One talks of taking a picnic lunch to a waterfall. Maui is different things to different travelers, but a top destination for them all.