Satellite images show Maui as an island having a shape quite similar to that of the number eight. Detailed information about Maui suggests that it is the second largest among Hawaiian group of islands and has a dormant volcano which is largest of its kind in the world. Tourists can enjoy several miles of shoreline and various sandy beaches while touring this region. Its geographical features are diverse and include barren fields of lava, tropical rainforests and lush green valleys. Many endangered species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet can be seen in tropical rainforests of Maui. Original inhabitants of this region were Polynesian tribes from Tahiti and Marquesas islands. It was later visited by many explorers, traders and missionaries, greatly altering the local culture. Today, this island serves as a major destination for tourists, and readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine have voted it as best island in the world.