8 Cool Places to Visit on Maui In 2021Updated: December 15, 2020
When you visit Maui, you most definitely want to visit all the cool places. At Hoaloha Jeep Adventures, we want to make this possible for you. In the below article, we look at some cool places to visit on Maui, and these places all from part of our tours.
8 Cool Places To Visit On Maui
Turtles at Ho’okipa Beach Park
These Hawaiian green sea turtles (or honu) gather at Ho’okipa state beach to rest, bathe in the sun, and escape predators. This is the best place on Maui to get a close up view of turtles. But keep in mind–these amazing animals are fully protected under the federal and state law. Avoid having to pay a hefty fine. It is illegal to harass a sea turtle. It’s ok to swim or snorkel near one as long as you’re not chasing, riding, or even touching, a turtle. And when they are resting on the beach, stay more than 10 feet away. But if you stay respectful, as you can see, they are amazing!
Watch the ocean blast against lava rocks like fireworks. This majestic scene at the end of the Keanae Peninsula is a mix of beauty and history. From churches that have survived massive tsunamis, to some of the sharpest aha lave on the island, everything about Keanae is dramatic.
Wailua Valley State Wayside
This short stop along the road to Hana offers a 360 degree view of Ke‘anae Valley, the Ko‘olau Gap in Haleakala’s rim, and of Wailua Village.
Located just beyond Mile Marker 19 on the mauka—or mountain side—of Hana Highway, is Waikani Falls. Often referred to as Three Bears, thanks to the three separate but parallel falls of differing lengths—with the third and smallest being the “baby bear” falls on the right, Waikani Falls cascades seventy feet down to Wailua Nui Stream below.
Snap a pic as you drive by—as this is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Hawaiian Islands. You can also walk down to the waterfall, but the short trail is steep and slippery. We don’t recommend it, and it’s just as easy to enjoy from the road.
Pua’a Ka’a Waterfalls
A great place to stretch your legs a bit and cool off with a quick swim along the road to Hana, Pua’a Ka’a falls offer a nice stop. This is a great opportunity to get into the water and feel the fresh cool of Maui runoff. When was the last time you swam at the base of a waterfall? Now, while some visitor will cliff-jump, it’s actually not allowed, so be respectful and remember to embrace the kind spirit of the island.
The dark red sand at Kōkī Beach, near Hana, was created by the nearby cinder cone hill of Ka Iwi O Pele, meaning “bones of Pele.” According to Hawaiian legend, Kōkī Beach is where the volcano goddess Pele fought her final battle with her older sister, the goddess of the ocean. After this epic battle, Pele’s bones were stacked along the Kōkī shoreline and her spirit traveled to Kilauea of the Big Island. The red sand is caused when iron-rich rock comes into contact with oxygen; it forms iron oxide– and then creates a rusty red.
Hana Lava Tube
A slight detour off the main road to Hana leads you to Maui’s largest lava tube. This is an incredible family adventure. It is safe, fun and free of mosquitoes and bats. As thick rivers of molten lava flowed from an erupting volcano, the outside layer cooled and hardened to form a tunnel. When the lava stopped flowing, you’re left with a solid cylindrical tube of lava that can run for miles. There is an area where the lava cooled and looks like melted chocolate fudge. Just don’t lick the walls. It won’t taste very good and the rock is extremely fragile.
Book Your Jeep Adventure
There are so many cool places to visit on Maui that it might seem a little daunting when starting. Don’t stress; we at Hoaloha Jeep Adventures can help you plan your perfect private Jeep tour.
We will take you to see the coolest places without feeling rushed to move to the next spot. With us, you have the opportunity to take your time and enjoy the view.