Maui is one of Hawaii’s most intriguing islands. With a distinctive culture and beautiful tourist attractions, it is a destination that is absolutely otherworldly. The island has a variety of activities for tourists of all ages and interests. Lounge at a beach, explore a museum, or go on a long scenic drive; Maui lets you have the best of so many worlds along its beautiful shores. With its unique offerings, we’ve narrowed down the best things to do in Maui. Visit this lovely island for an unforgettable vacation!
Drive along Road to Hana, Maui’s most scenic highway
This 65-mile stretch is a stunning drive that has beautiful waterfalls, wild birds and ocean views along the way. Set off on a road trip along Maui’s northeastern shore that is an absolute feast for the eyes. Stop for some delicious food on the way at one of many snack shacks. Roadside fruit stands sell delicious fresh fruit and smoothies that you must try. The roads are mostly narrow and winding, so drive carefully!
Visit Haleakalā Crater at Haleakalā National Park
The Haleakala Crater is Maui’s highest point and also one of the most visited. It offers sweeping panoramic views of Maui from 10,000 feet that will leave you speechless. The crater is famous in Hawaiian mythology for being the spot where the demigod Maui lassoed the sun.
At the national park, you can hike through many trails to marvel at the natural beauty around. Watching the sunrise is a popular activity here, owing to the scenery around. One of the most famous trails is Pipiwai, which leads to the Waimoku Falls and the Pools of ‘Ohe’o. Be sure to carry some warm clothes because the weather at such an elevation can be pretty erratic.
Swim at the Seven Sacred Pools
The pools of Oheo’o is the most movie-worthy waterfall you’re going to come across. Nicknamed the seven sacred pools it is a cascading series of waterfalls and pools with lush rainforests all around. The water leads out into the ocean on Maui’s south-east coast. Watch out for one thing: due to slippery conditions and landslides, the pools are sometimes closed depending on the weather. You can always check online ahead of time. Even if you aren’t swimming, just spending time at the waterfalls is an experience in itself.
Snorkel at Maluaka Beach
Fondly referred to as ‘turtle town’, Maluaka beach is populated with Hawaiian green sea turtles. The beach is located along a stretch of the Wailea-Makena coastline. You can swim and snorkel with the turtles!
Visit Bailey House Museum
First built in 1833, Bailey House was a mission that then served as a female seminary. The small lava rock and Koa wood home has gone through many transitions. Today, it stands as a museum that houses Maui’s largest collection of Hawaiian artefacts. There’s so much history to absorb at this quaint little site. Right from the doorways to the creaky floors, everything within the premises has a story to tell!
Get a taste of traditional beer making at Maui Brewing Company
See how Maui makes its beer right at the source. This brewing company has 36 taps showcasing the best and most interesting craft beers. The brewery’s headquarters at Kihei is the ideal place to explore Hawaiian beer making. You can even partake in a daily brewer tour or just explore the place by yourself. If you’re a beer lover, there’s no better place for you to be at!
Explore Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
If you want some time off from Maui’s beach scene, head to this beautiful lavender farm. It has lovely views of the island and immaculate gardens that are open to the public. Smell the lavender as you walk through this farm, it’s the ideal place to spend an afternoon outdoors. If you want to learn about the flora and fauna of the farm, there’s also a paid tour you can opt for.
Taste Maui Wines at Ulupalakua Vineyards
Go wine tasting island-style at Ulupalakua Vineyards! While wine tasting may not be the first thing you think of on a tropical island, this experience will change your mind! The vineyards produce a range of typical grape varietal wines. However, what makes this place truly unique is their line of pineapple wines! Made from local pineapples, this beverage is a must-try!
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