Maui, Hawaii is an incredible destination that attracts first-time visitors from across the globe. But if you’ve been to the island before and are back for a repeat visit, you’re probably looking for something different to do! That’s why we’ve come up with some unique places on Maui that will make your trip unforgettable.
Of course, this list is just the start! Learn more about things to do and see on Maui when you download our free Vacation Guide. From secret hiking spots to restaurants that are off the beaten path, our guide will take you to the best parts of the island. Get your copy today!
Explore These Unique Places on Maui
1. Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Whale watching in Hawaii is a bucket list activity for many. Luckily, the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is the perfect place to do it. The sanctuary stretches from Maui to Penguin Bank, Kauai, and the north and south shores of Oahu, where whales can be seen swimming, breaching, and waving their tails. The Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center in Kihei is also open year-round. Read our blog about Maui’s whale season for details.
2. Nakalele Blowhole
Located just east of Poelua Bay, the Nakalele Blowhole is a magical and mysterious sight to behold. This giant lava tube shoots powerful blasts of water up to 100 feet in the air (similar to a geyser) and is surrounded by twisted lava formations, steep slopes, and the Pacific’s churning waves. It’s also one of only three natural blowholes in the world. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Caution: Getting too close to the blowhole is extremely dangerous. Be sure to always stay at least 20 feet away and look for signs of rough water sweeping across the area.
3. Iao Valley
Four thousand acres of tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and mountains make the Iao Valley one of the most sacred and unique places on Maui. What was once the site of various battles and burials is now a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. (Plus, it’s an easy ten-minute drive from our inn!) Pack some snacks and spend an afternoon hiking, sightseeing, and exploring Iao Valley State Park.
4. Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Deli
Looking for local things to do on the island? Eating is at the top of the list! For a true taste of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, we recommend Eskimo Candy Market & Deli in Kihei Town. It’s one of the best seafood joints on Maui, offering everything from poke bowls to plate lunches. Menu must-haves include the tempura coconut shrimp, homemade crab cakes, and the signature Captain’s Platter.
5. Paako Cove (Secret Cove)
Secret Cove is a beautiful, hidden pocket of sand in Kihei that’s actually not so secret anymore. However, if you get there bright and early in the morning, it will feel secret! This intimate spot is hidden behind a rock wall and features swaying palm trees and lava rock sprinkled along the shoreline. While you’re there, enjoy listening to the surf and gazing at the distant island of Kaho’olawe.
Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn
Did you know that you can actually stay at one of the most unique places on Maui? Built in 1924, The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono boasts an old-world charm not found at generic beach hotels. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features a variety of Hawaiian quilts, books, and antiques. Your stay also includes a delicious daily breakfast made with fresh, local ingredients.