It’s no secret that Maui is one of the most scenic destinations in the world. After all, it’s home to Haleakala National Park, the famous Hana Highway, and 30 miles of pristine shoreline! Whether you want to hike through a rainforest or snorkel by the beach, Maui sightseeing truly has something for everyone. Here are some of the best places to explore.
Top 6 Maui Sightseeing Attractions
1. Road to Hana
Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile route that connects Kahului with the town of Hāna. It twists and turns along the island’s eastern shore, offering excellent views of Maui’s beautiful coastline. But the Road to Hana is more than just a great drive. The highway passes countless attractions, scenic outlooks, and historic sites along the way! We suggest choosing a few locations beforehand and taking your time at each destination. Click here to find out some of our favorite stops.
2. Iao Valley State Park
Iao Valley State Park features over 4,000 acres of tropical rainforests. It’s one of the most sacred places on the island and was once the site of various battles and burials. Today, the valley is a National Natural Landmark and is a home to the iconic Iao Needle, the Hawaii Nature Center, and Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens.
3. Makena Beach
With its dramatic cliff landscape and brilliant blue/green water, Makena Beach is one of the most popular shorelines on Maui. It’s often referred to as Maui’s “Big Beach” and has golden sands that extend nearly 1.5 miles long and 100 yards wide. Visitors can swim or snorkel in the water, enjoy a picnic in the shade, or sunbathe on the seemingly endless expanse of sand.
4. Haleakalā National Park
Haleakalā National Park attracts over a million visitors each year. The park is home to the dormant Haleakala volcano and covers over 33,265 acres of subtropical rainforest, volcanic craters, and vast wilderness. Visitors from all over the world come to the park at the crack of dawn to experience its unforgettable sunrises. Read our blog for details.
5. Molokini Crater
The spectacular Molokini Crater is a must-see during your trip to Maui. This uniquely-shaped island offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the area. Since swells and currents don’t disturb the waters within the crater, you’ll be able to view a wide range of marine life up-close – including over 250 species of fish.
6. Seven Sacred Pools
The ‘Ohe’o Gulch, often referred to as Seven Sacred Pools, is one of the most popular attractions on the island. This remote valley is located within Haleakala National Park and features cascading waterfalls, dense jungles, and deep, freshwater pools. Be sure to hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls while you’re there. The view of the 400-foot waterfall is simply spectacular!
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Now that you about some of the best Maui sightseeing destinations, it’s time to start planning your trip to the island! Our bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay and has everything you need for a memorable getaway. We even offer a variety of vacation specials to help you save on your trip! Visit our accommodations page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to hearing from you!
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