Maui holds the No. 1 spot on "Conde Nast Traveler's" Reader's Choice Awards list of top islands in the world for 2012, and it is easy to see why. Maui has exotic tropical beaches, but that's not all. Away from the beaches you'll discover waterfalls, lush growth, the Haleakala volcano -- and whales, from December to May. All this and your American money still spends, and you speak the language, well, like a native.