Renowned for its landscape, Maui is a wonderful place for a vacation. Once you are here, you will thoroughly enjoy the scenery, breathtaking crystal clear blue beaches, gardens, rainforests, waterfalls, caves and many other landmarks. Here are our recommended best places to visit in Maui with pictures, activities & budgetary details.
1. Haleakala Crater
Haleakala or the Eat Maui volcano is a colossal volcano which forms up to 75% of Maui and is the most popular attraction here. The tallest peak of Haleakala stands at 10,023 feet and is known as Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). Once you’re up on the peak, it offers you fantastic panoramic views of the Island.
- Helicopter tour- It takes you above the peak, where you get to enjoy picturesque bird’s eye views from above.
- Downhill bike rides- The peak has many trails through which you can bike all the way down
- Sunrise and sunset experience- This is one of the best things to do on Maui. It is estimated that more than half a million visitors reach the Haleakala peak to view the changing colors of the sky
- Iao Valley and Central Maui day trip- Relax at the Iao Valley park and embrace it’s beauty
- Hiking- there are many trails made for hiking
- Haleakala National Park- Check out the endangered species and flora and fauna and indulge in beautiful greenery
- Lavender farm- The farm showcases around 45 different varieties of lavender along with a gift shop with a wide range of scented products.
- Wine tasting- Take advantage of free pineapple wine tasting
- Horseback riding- You can also ride on horses on the way up or down
- Camping Cabins
- Hiking, Bike rides, Horseback Riding $5-$10 per person
- Helicopter ride: Around $150-$200
- Camping Cabins: $60-75 per night (1 cabin accommodates 10-12 people)
- Open 24/7
2. Road to Hana
Hana is a small town located in East Maui. The Road to Hana is world famous because of its natural beauty. Here you will come across flawless landscapes, spectacular rainforests and soaring waterfalls.
- Road trip- Hana is famous for its beauty, during the road trip you will come across many waterfalls, landscapes and Maui attractions along the way. This road trip is one of the best things to do in Maui Hawaii
- Helicopter flight- If you decide not to take the road, fly over Hana and witness the spectacular landscape below
- Hana Coast Rainforest- Stop and have a multi-sensory experience in unspoiled and serene, lush rainforest
- Ka’eleku Cavern- Also known as the Lava Tube. The Ka’eleku Cavern a vast cave like tunnel almost the size of a subway. Once you’re inside, you will find informative signs which explain the history of the cave life and the geology.
- Swim- take some time out to stop and swim
- Helicopter Ride: $150-$200
- Ka’eleku Cavern: $12 per person, children under the age of 5 go free.
- Ka’eleku Cavern: Monday – Sunday 1:30 am – 4:00 pm
3. Molokini Crater
Molokini is a small crescent shaped volcanic crater. It is also a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. However, Molokini is best known for its water activities and for its different species of coral and fish.
- Sailing: Enjoy sailing across the clear blue water
- Snorkeling: Enjoy the best snorkeling in Maui among 250 various fish species including yellow tang, parrot fish, butterfly fish and eels.
- Scuba Diving: The back side of Molokini crater is a very popular dive spot; it drops down 100’s of feet.
- Coral gardens and green sea turtles: The coral gardens here are famous for its corals and turtle sightings. These coral gardens are also referred to as turtle town.
- Whale watching: During whale season, (November till May) you can hear the enormous humpback whales singing underwater. The song carries through the water for miles. To hear them, you’ll either need to swim very deep, or sail through the waters and most boats are equipped an on-board hydrophone, which lets you listen to Humpback Whales as they talk, and sing with one another.
- Sailing and Whale watching: Adults, $125
- Teenagers: $93.75
- Children $62.50
- Snorkeling Tours: $65, whereas if you want to rent Snorkeling gear it cost $10
- Scuba Diving: $500 3 day certification classes for those who don’t know how to scuba dive, for those who are certified, a scuba tank costs $110-$150.
- Sailing and Whale watching: 7:00 am and 8:00 am daily
4. Maui Tropical Plantation
The 60 acre, Maui Tropical Plantation highlights Hawaii’s most important fruit and flower crops, including papaya, mango, guava, coconuts, macadamia nuts and coffee. You also get to learn about farming in Hawaii.
- Discover the plantation and learn about Maui’s farming
- Tram ride- The tram ride is 40 minutes long and takes it visitors around the plantation, its fully narrated and also includes a coconut husking demonstration.
- Lunch- Feast at the Mill House Restaurant
- Have freshly picked fruits and other tasty treats as free samples
- Shop for tropical treats including papaya seed dressing, macadamia nut brittle and Hawaiian coffee.
- Free Entrance to the Plantation
- Tram ride tour prices: Adults $16
- Children (3-12 years) $6,
- Children below the age of 3 go free
- Monday – Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
5. Kaanapali Beach
Touted as one of the best beaches in America, the Kaanapali Beach is one of the most spectacular and best beaches in Maui. Here you’ll get to do fun activities and enjoy the white sand and clear crystal blue waters.
- Parasailing- parasailing boats carry around 12 passengers and when it’s your turn, you’ll be secured to the harness where you make your flight into the air either alone, or in groups of 2 and 4.
- Sunset experience- sunset at the Kaanapali beach is an amazing sight
- Submarine adventure- sink underneath the waters to experience ship wrecks and many different types of fish
- Seasonal whale watching and Sailing- sail across the waters to relax and enjoy breathtaking views and watch the humpback whales migrate.
- Helicopter flight- Enjoy a bird’s eye view from the top in an exhilarating flight
- Swim, play- swim in the blue waters and play other sports at the shore
- Hula dancing and music- free for all, hula dancers perform a show every night, taking you to the beautiful world of melody and dance
- Lei making lessons- learn how to make tradition Hawaiian flower long necklaces
- Shop and Eat- The Whaler shopping center nearby offers many upscale shops and convenience stores. There are also some restaurants nearby.
- Sailing and Whale Watching
- Adults $100
- teens $83
- children under 12 $63
- children under 3 free
- Single, $75
- double $150
- Submarine Adventure
- Adults $99
- Children $45
- under 12 free
- Helicopter $100-$200
- Submarine adventure: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm.
- Hula show: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and dance music is played until 9:00 pm every night.
6. Makena Beach
Known for its soft golden sand and blue waters, Makena is one of the largest beaches in Maui. Therefore, it is also known as the ‘Big Beach’. If you plan to visit Malena, prepare yourself for a variety of activities. Visitors can bathe in the sun, swim, snorkel and enjoy other water activities and sports.
- Snorkeling- You have the option of snorkeling here however, it isn’t as good as Kaanapali since there is very little fish life at Makena however, at times you might get to see spinner dolphins
- Spinner dolphins: Take a boat trip further down the ocean and you’ll get to see the friendly spinner dolphins.
- Surfing- If you’re in Hawaii, you have to try surfing. Hawaii is said to have the best waves for surfing hence making it a must try.
- Kayaking and Paddling- Go kayaking or paddling instead of snorkeling as the shoreline is mostly sandy and rocky
- Snorkeling Tours: $65, whereas if you want to rent Snorkeling gear it cost $10
- Surf board rental rates
- $20 per day
- $110 for a week (7 days)
- Kayak Rental
- 2 Hour Rental $75
- Half Day Rental $135
Lahaina is a significant town in Maui. Since it was Hawaii’s capital from 1820-1845, Lahaina is bustling with Hawaii’s history. However, here you will also find beaches, restaurants and many tourist attractions.
- Old Lahaina Luau- Beachside eatery where you can feast, drink and watch the traditional dances amid tiki torches
- The Baldwin House- A historical landmark built in the 1800s by a missionary doctor. It is the oldest western style building in Hawaii.
- Bayan Tree- Standing tall in the courthouse square, is the largest banyan tree in all of USA. It was imported from India and planted in 1873
- Sunset experience- Enjoy beautiful and serene sunset over the beach
- Whale watching- Sail from the harbor to watch whales migrate
- Whale watching
- Adults, $125
- Teenagers: $93.75
- Children $62.50
- Old Lahaina Luau $ 109, children who won’t occupy a seat are free
- The Baldwin House $7, children under 13 years of age go free
- Old Lahaina Luau Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
- The Baldwin House 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
8. Haleakala National Park
The Haleakala National Park is the most famous tourist attraction in Maui. It covers an area of 33,265 acres (134.62 km2). The park is divided into two sections: the summit area and the coastal Kipahulu area. The summit area includes the Haleakala Crater discussed above, and the Kipahulu section of the park features mostly wilderness.
- Swim in the natural pools with fresh water fish
- Waimoku Falls- Hike up to experience the breathtaking water fall
- Here you will get to see mostly endangered plants and animals
- Haleakala Observatory- Well known for astrophysical experiments because its located above the tropical inversion layer. Experience excellent views if the skies are clear.
- Haleakala National Park $10-$15 per person
- Haleakala Observatory $5 per person
- The Park is open year-round, 24/7
9. Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center is the largest tropical reef aquarium in Hawaii. It is home to hundreds of marine life which are exhibited in over 60 different displays. Highlighting the greatest number of live corals in the country, including informational exhibits, outside touch-pools and a 750000 gallon Open Ocean display with 240 degree view passageway, the marine park is made to help tourists understand and learn Hawaii’s marine environment
- Explore the different kinds of marine animals
- Dine at different restaurants offering an island inspired theme and coffee shops inside the center
- Shop at the Maui Ocean Center shop where you will find ocean souvenirs and other things.
- Adult $25.95
- Children $18.95
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- (In July and august it is open till 6:00pm)
10. Waianapanapa State Park
The Waianapanapa State Park comes on the way to Hana. It is popular for its black sand beach which comprises of numerous caves and very rough rocks because of which you might not be able to walk bear feet on the sand
- Camp- Waianapanapa State Park offers camping facilities, including a small lawn where campers may pitch a tent, and a public bathroom nearby.
- Calm yourself at the beautiful black sand beach
- Experience cliff jumping from the many islets present, however you should know how to swim
- Explore seabird colonies, coastal forests, ocean caves and fresh water pools
11. Wailea Beach
Located in a lavish area of Maui, here you will not only find the beautiful Wailea Beach but many luxurious resorts including Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. The Wailea Beach was named as America’s best beach in 1999. You can enjoy beach activities like snorkeling, swimming, sun-bathing, picnic etc.
12. Iao Valley
This lush green valley should be on your list of places to visit in Maui. Because of its beautiful landscape and its historical significance, the Iao Valley has become a top tourist attraction in Maui. The Iao needle stands for the Hawaiian god, Kane who is considered to be the procreator and the provider of life. He is associated with fresh water, clouds, rain, streams, and springs.
- Iao Needle- is a very famous and significant landmark. It is vegetation covered lava rising to 1,200 feet from the valley floor.
- Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Gardens- Models of ethnic buildings and gardens which represent the immigration of Hawaiian, American missionary, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, and Filipino cultures.
13. Bailey House Museum
This Historic museum contains diverse exhibits on two floors of the historic residence, and on the grounds.
- First floor- Hawaiian artifacts, tools, weapons, paintings, statute of their gods, shell collections
- Second floor- Historical papers, house room display
- Grounds- Observe the 33 feet 1900’s era canoe used for fishing. The vessel was carved from a single log. You will also find gardens, a gift shop, featuring locally made artifacts and handicrafts over here
- $7 per person
- The museum and grounds are open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
14. Napili Beach
Just like all the other beaches in Maui, here also you can engage in the different water activities. Plus it’s a great place for surf boarding as the sand is very soft and has medium waves. Snorkeling can also be done over here. If you want to satisfy your hunger, you can opt for any of the restaurants on the bay.