Maui Attractions

Maui Attractions MapThe island of Maui has one of the most scenic roads in Hawaii and is home to one of the largest dormant volcanoes in the world – Mt. Haleakala. Most people who visit Maui stay in the Kaanapali, Lahaina and Wailea areas, all located on the west shore of the island.

Maui attractions range from gorgeous natural sights like Iao Valley, the Hana coast, Haleakala National Park, rugged mountains, waterfalls and white- and black-sand beaches to man-made attractions, such as museums, night shows and temples.

A Maui sightseeing tour can lead you from warm tropical beaches up to Haleakala at an elevation of 10,000 feet (3,048 m), where the temperature typically is around a chilly 40 F to 65 F (4.4 C to 18.3 C), but can even dip below the freezing point at anytime. Below is a list of some of the best things to do on Maui.

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Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm
The Ali'i Kula Lavender farm, perched on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala, is home to over 55,000 lavender plants blooming across 13.5 acres. The farm grows more than 45 varieties of the lovely plant.
Dragonís Teeth
The result of one of the last lava flows on Maui, Dragonís Teeth is a unique rock formation located at Makaluapuna Point in Kapalua on the islandís northwestern shore.
Haleakala National Park
Mt. Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano in the world. The park’s main feature is Haleakala Crater. Visitors often say that they feel like in another world here, in these moon-like surroundings.
Hana Farms
Hana Farms is a small, but very popular, roadside stand right before Hana. They are famous for their homemade banana breads. Six varieties are available, plus many other homemade goodies, such as jams, lemonade and coffee.

Iao Valley State Park
A famous landmark inside this state park is the Iao Needle, a 2,250-foot-tall (685 m) stone pillar, a remnant of Mauiís volcanic past. The scenery is very lush and the views are amazing.
Jaws
Amongst rolling fields of sugarcane surfers migrate to the north shore of Maui for what is arguably the best surf in the world. Jaws, also known as Pe'ahi, is known for its huge waves.
Kaumahina State Wayside Park
This 7.8-acre (31.565 sq. m) park is a popular rest stop on the Road to Hana. From here, one can enjoy scenic views of Mauiís northeastern coast, including views of the Keanae Peninsula.
Keanae Peninsula
The Keanae Peninsula is located off of Mauiís famous Road to Hana. Thereís an old Hawaiian village, taro patches and a church that was built in 1856. The waves slashing against the rocks provide great picture-taking opportunities.
Kihei Boat Ramp
The Kihei Boat Ramp is where charter boats depart from to go out to Molokini or other South Maui destinations. But even if youíre not going out on a cruise, itís a nice place to visit and relax on the small beach. Picnic tables are available as well.
Lahaina Banyan Tree Park
Imported from India, this banyan tree was planted in Lahaina in April 1873 and measured just 8 feet (2.5 m) in height back then. Today, it is over 60 feet (18 m) high and looks like a mini forest with several tree trunks.
Lahaina Harbor
Once notorious for harboring illegal whaling ships, the harbor is a popular visitor destination today. Many activity companies that offer shoreline cruises, snorkeling and diving excursions and parasailing tours start from here.
Ma'alaea Harbor
Maíalaea Harbor is conveniently located half way between West Maui and South Maui. This is where many tour boats and cruises depart from, such as snorkeling and scuba diving tours to Molokini, whale watch and dinner cruises. Many shops and restaurants are located here as well.
Makena State Park
Makena State Park is a popular swimming, snorkeling and diving destination. One of the most prominent features of this state park is Pu'u Ola'i, a dormant volcanic cinder cone.
Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean Center features more than 60 exhibits and hundreds of sea creatures, each one native to the Hawaiian Islands. Here you can see a wide variety of marine animals without having to get wet.
Molokini
Molokini is a tiny island located about 2.5 miles (4 km) off the southern coast of Maui. It is a scuba diving and snorkeling paradise. In fact, it was named one of the top ten dive spots in the world! More than 250 species of fish can be seen here.
Nakalele Blowhole
The Nakalele Blowhole is located in West Maui, between Kapalua and Wailuku. It can be seen from the road or trailhead when there is enough wave action. With each wave, water gets pressed into these tubes and shoots up into the air.
Oheo Gulch
Also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, the Oheo Gulch is located within a sprawling park that is home to streams, majestic waterfalls and an amazing display of Hawaiian flora.
Polipoli Spring State Recreational Area
Located on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala, the main attractions of this state park are the hiking and off-roading trails and hunting for wild boar and birds. Access with a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
Sugar Cane Train
This train is a reproduction of the actual sugar cane train that ran through the area in the early 1900s. Passengers can enjoy a one-hour train ride featuring an authentic wooden trestle, a singing conductor and scenic views.