Must-see attractions in Maui

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Hana, Hawaii, Maui, North America, United States
Kahanu Gardens,  Hana, East Maui.

    Piʻilanihale Heiau & Kahanu Garden

    The Road to Hana

    Probably the most significant stop on the entire Road to Hana, this site combines a 294-acre ethnobotanical garden with the magnificent Piʻilanihale Heiau…

  • Keawakapu Beach on Maui at sunset with lava rocks in foreground.
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    Keawakapu Beach


    From break of day to twilight, this sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, Keawakapu is set back…

  • Kapalua beach bay, Maui, Hawaiian Islands - Aug 2019: Quiet, elegant, picturesque, Kapalua boasts beautiful seabed and ideal atmosphere for family vacation

    Kapalua Beach

    West Maui

    For a long day on the beach, it’s hard to beat this crescent-shaped strip at the southwestern tip of Kapalua. Snorkel in the morning, grab lunch at the…

  • Waiʻanapanapa State Park

    The Road to Hana

    Wai'anapanapa means 'glistening waters', and the clear mineral waters in the cave pools here will leave you feeling squeaky clean. There's a natural lava…

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    Wailea Beach

    Kihei & South Maui

    Sunbathe like a celebrity at this sparkling strand, which fronts the swish Grand Wailea and ever-posh Four Seasons resorts and offers a full menu of water…

  • Hamoa Beach, Maui

    Hamoa Beach

    Hana & East Maui

    With its clear water, white sand and hala-tree backdrop, this famous crescent is a little gem; author James Michener once called it the only beach in the…

  • Upper Waikani Falls also known as Three Bears, a trio of large waterfalls amid rocks & lush vegetation with a popular swimming hole, off the Road to Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii, USA
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    Three Bears Falls

    The Road to Hana

    Got your camera? This beauty takes its name from the triple cascade that flows down a steep rock face on the inland side of the road, 0.5 miles past the…

  • Big Beach

    Kihei & South Maui

    The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And…

  • Puʻuʻulaʻula (Red Hill) Overlook

    Haleakalā National Park

    You may find yourself standing above the clouds while exploring Puʻuʻulaʻula (10,023ft), Maui’s highest point. The summit building provides a top-of-the…

  • Paʻiloa Beach

    The Road to Hana

    The small beach here is a stunner – hands down the prettiest black-sand beach on Maui. Walk on down, sunbathe, enjoy. But if you jump in, be very cautious…

  • Iao Needle

    ʻIao Valley State Monument

    ʻIao Valley & Central Maui

    If you’ve seen just one photograph of Maui's lush interior, odds are it was of the magnificently phallic 2250ft ʻIao Needle, the green pinnacle that…

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    Kaʻanapali Beach

    West Maui

    Home to West Maui’s liveliest beach scene, this gorgeous stretch unfurls alongside Kaʻanapali’s resort hotels, linking the Hyatt Regency Maui with the…

  • View from the entry to the Hana Lava Tube.

    Hana Lava Tube

    The Road to Hana

    Who's afraid of the dark? Test yourself at the end of this underground walk by switching off your flashlight. Eerie! One of the odder sights on the Road…

  • Hawaii, Maui, Lahaina, Courthouse and gallery.

    Old Lahaina Courthouse


    Tucked in the shadows of the iconic banyan tree, Lahaina’s 1859 courthouse is a repository of history and art. Its location beside the harbor is no…

  • Maui Tropical Plantation

    Maui Tropical Plantation

    ʻIao Valley & Central Maui

    This longstanding tourist attraction is a cross between a farm, a dining destination and a botanical garden. The large gift shop stocks art, aloha wear,…

  • People shop at market stalls under the famous Banyan Tree in Courtyard Square.

    Banyan Tree Park


    A leafy landmark (the largest tree in Hawaii) stands in the center of Lahaina. Remarkably, it sprawls across the entire square. Planted as a seedling on…

  • Old Lanakila Ihiihi O Iehowa Ona Kava Church, Keanae Peninsula

    Keʻanae Peninsula

    The Road to Hana

    This rare slice of ‘Old Hawaii,’ home to an 1860s church and a wild lava coast, is reached by taking Keʻanae Rd on the makai (seaward) side of the…

  • Wailua Falls

    Wailua Falls

    Hana & East Maui

    Before you reach Kipahulu you’ll see orchids growing out of the rocks, and jungles of breadfruit and coconut trees. Around 0.3 miles after the 45-mile…

  • Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House

    ʻIao Valley & Central Maui

    This small but historically evocative museum occupies the 1833 home of Wailuku’s first Christian missionary, Edward Bailey. He was the second missionary…

  • Kanaha Beach Park


    Well, you can’t judge a beach by its cover. Wedged between downtown Kahului and the airport, and hidden behind a strip of ironwood trees, this mile-long…

  • Makawao History Museum

    North Shore & Upcountry

    Step into this tiny but informative museum for an overview of the town's cowboy past and bite-size insight into Hawaii's history. There are antique…

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    Makaluapuna Point

    West Maui

    Razor-sharp spikes crown rocky Makaluapuna Point, known informally by the nickname Dragon’s Teeth. The formation does look uncannily like the mouth of an…

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    ʻIao Needle

    ʻIao Valley & Central Maui

    Rising straight up to 2250ft, this velvety-green pinnacle is Maui’s iconic landmark. Most people shoot their mandatory photos from the bridge near the…

  • Haleakal; East Maui Volcano, a  shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Haleakala National Park; Hawaiian Islands; Maui Island. Showing the erroded valley and cinder cones.
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    Haleakalā National Park


    No trip to Maui is complete without visiting this national park containing the mighty volcano that gave rise to East Maui. The volcano's floor measures a…

  • Hawaii Maui Big Beach vacation landscape in Makena State Park

    Makena State Park

    Kihei & South Maui

    Makena State Park should be high on every traveler’s itinerary. Its crowning glory, Big Beach, is the scene that people conjure up when they dream of a…

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    Nakalele Blowhole

    West Maui

    The best things in life are free – that certainly applies to West Maui's magical blowhole, which spurts water up to 100 feet in the air, like a geyser. If…

  • People walking on the beach of Kaanapali.

    Kaʻanapali Beach Walk

    West Maui

    This one-mile pathway between Kaʻanapali's fancy resorts and gobsmackingly beautiful beach offers a gentle stroll, with sunset and people-watching…

  • Honolua bay in Kalplua Maui, Hawaii with snorkel boats in afternoon.

    Honolua Bay

    West Maui

    Honolua Bay is an advanced surfer’s dream. It faces northwest and when it catches the winter swells it has some of the gnarliest surfing in the world.

  • Launiupoko Beach Park

    West Maui

    Beginner and intermediate surfers head to this beach park, a popular wayside 3 miles south of Lahaina. The park is an ideal spot for families; na keiki …

  • DT Fleming Beach Park

    West Maui

    Surrounded by ironwood trees and backed by an old one-room schoolhouse, this sandy crescent looks like an outpost from another era. In keeping with its…

  • View of black lava rock and ocean at the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, on the West shore of Maui south of Wailea and Makena, Hawaii.

    ʻAhihi-Kinaʻu Natural Area Reserve

    Kihei & South Maui

    Although scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact date, Maui’s last lava flow probably spilled down to the sea here between 1480 and 1600 CE,…

  • Ho'okipa Beach Park in Maui.

    Hoʻokipa Beach Park & Overlook

    North Shore & Upcountry

    Hoʻokipa is to daredevil windsurfers what Everest is to climbers. It reigns supreme as the world’s premier windsurfing beach, with strong currents,…

  • View from Makena Bay out to Kaoolawe on Maui.

    Makena Bay

    Kihei & South Maui

    Want to kayak along the coast? Then drop into this pretty bay. There’s no better place on Maui for kayaking – as you might surmise from the collection of…

  • Baldwin House Museum, Lahaina, Hawaii

    Baldwin House


    Built in 1834–35, the Baldwin House is the oldest surviving Western-style building in Lahaina. It served as the home of Reverend Dwight Baldwin, a…

  • Pua'a Ka'a Falls on the island of Maui at Mile 22 along the Road to Hana.

    Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

    The Road to Hana

    The highway cuts right through this delightful 5-acre rainforest park whose name, Puaʻa Kaʻa, means Rolling Pig. Some unlucky passersby will see just the…

  • Hawaii, Maui, Ali'i Kula Lavendar Farm, lavendar field.

    Aliʻi Kula Lavender

    North Shore & Upcountry

    On a broad hillside with panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains and the Central Maui coast, this charming lavender farm is a scenic place to relax and…

  • HA Baldwin Beach, Pai'ia, North Shore.

    HA Baldwin Beach Park

    North Shore & Upcountry

    Bodyboarders and bodysurfers take to the waves at this palm-lined county park about a mile west of Paʻia. The wide sandy beach is lovely for sunbathing…

  • Putting on the snorkel, Ulua Beach, South West Maui.

    Ulua Beach

    Kihei & South Maui

    Snorkelers should head straight for Ulua, to the south of the point. The coral at the rocky outcrop on the right side of the beach offers Wailea’s best…

  • Aerial view of Kamaole III beach, Kihei, Hawaii.

    Kamaʻole Beach Park III


    Covered in a blanket of golden sand, Kamaʻole Beach Park III has full facilities and lifeguards, plus a playground and parking lot. Great spot for a beach…

  • Freshwater lava caves in Waianapanapa state park on the island of maui, Hawaii.

    Lava Caves

    The Road to Hana

    A 10-minute loop path north of the beach parking lot leads to a pair of freshwater lava-tube caves. Their garden-like exteriors are draped with ferns,…