The Ultimate Guide To Maui
Maui - The Valley Isle
Maui, also called “The Valley Isle,” earned its nickname due to the great valley that lies amidst its two major volcanoes. The older and extinct West Maui Mountains and the dormant Haleakala volcano in the east. Maui has a lot to offer volcanoes, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, lush tropical rainforests, golf courses, and of course, the mesmerizing Road to Hana. Below you will find my list of must-see places in Maui.
Road To Hana
Hana Highway, also commonly known as the Road to Hana, is a very picturesque and mesmerizing drive with rainforests, waterfalls, gardens, white, red, and black sand beaches along the way. Even though the drive can be a bit exhausting with over 600 hairpin turns, more than 50 one-lane bridges, and a lot of blind spots, but it’s worth it. This is a must-do in Maui, and if you just have one day in Maui, I would recommend just doing the Road to Hana. You can either drive yourself or opt for one of many local tours.
Read More: The Ultimate Guide To Road To Hana
There are only three known natural blowholes in the whole world, and Nakalele blowhole is one of them! A blowhole is a natural phenomenon found along the ocean beds, with naturally occurring holes in the rocks with an internally connected underground sea cave. When waves crash into these underground sea caves, a jet of water is forced out through the hole. It’s quite amazing to see water shooting out with such great force, like a natural fountain.
Address: GPS Lat: 21.027680, Long: -156.588514, Be safe, don’t go too close to the blowhole.
Haleakala National Park (Summit District)
Haleakala National Park has two main regions (1) The Kīpahulu District, 12-miles past the town of Hāna, where you can see some wonderful waterfalls and sweeping ocean vistas, read more about Kīpahulu District: The Ultimate Guide to Road To Hana and (2) The Summit District, home to the summit of Haleakalā volcano and the crater.
Haleakala means “House of the Sun”, one of the most sacred places in Maui, and is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano. The crater, with its volcanic vents, multiple colors, rim, and the clouds covering it, makes it a one-of-a-kind experience. Sunrise at the summit of Haleakala is spectacular. However, due to the popularity, only limited vehicles are allowed to enter the park between 3:00 AM and 7:00 AM and requires a reservation. Learn More Here.
Address: 30,000 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790. Entrance Fee: $30 per private vehicle, valid for 3 days. There is no food or gas service within the park, and people with respiratory or other medical conditions should be cautious and go there only if it’s safe for them, as the summit is at an altitude of 10,023 ft.
Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center, popularly known as The Aquarium of Hawaii, is a perfect place to experience some of Hawaii’s beautiful marine life. If you’re not planning to go snorkeling, this is your best option to get close Hawaii’s marine life and see some reef fish, sharks, and turtles.
Address: 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, Admission Fee: Starts at Adult $29.95, Children $19.95(age 4-12)
One of the world’s best snorkeling spots, a small half-moon shaped island. Located a few miles off the southern coast of Maui, home to seabirds, colorful tropical fishes, coral reefs, and turtles. It’s also one of only three volcanic calderas (formed by the collapsing of a volcano into itself) found on earth and was formed about 150,000 years ago.
You can explore Molokini via (1) Boat tour (most preferred): Pride of Maui or (2) Kayak: You need to be an experienced paddler. These are the two well-known companies offering Kayak tours: Hawaiian Paddle Sports and Maui Kayak Adventures.
Iao Valley State Park
Located in central Maui, is this lush valley, home to the iconic Iao Needle (1,200-foot tall natural rock formation). Besides its natural beauty, Iao Valley is also known for its historical significance; this where the battle of Kepaniwai took place, the battle in which King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui’s army in his quest to unite the islands.
Address: 54 S High St, Wailuku, HI 96793
Big Beach, also known as Oneloa Beach, at times referred to as Makena Beach (just north of Oneloa Beach), with its beautiful sand and pristine water, is a perfect place to snorkel, swim or just relax and sunbathe.
Address: 6600 Makena Alanui, Kihei, HI 96753
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