Places to Visit on Maui – West Maui MountainsUpdated: December 22, 2020
Are you looking for places to visit on Maui? We recommend that you take a look at our West Maui Mountains Tour! This is a six to eight-hour tour that is perfect for you and your family.
During our ideal West Maui Mountains private tour, we visit a variety of places. The view above Honolua Bay is one of our favorite hidden locations that can only be accessed by a 4×4 vehicle down a dirt trail. Luckily our Jeeps are made just for such an adventure.
Another unique spot for us is the historic town of Lahaina. It is the old capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. This town is full of great restaurants, beaches, and several historical sites. Let’s look at some more tour details.
West Maui Mountains –
The Best Places to Visit On Maui
South of Lahaina is an area known as Olowalu. Here, there is a little-known petroglyph site offering a unique glimpse into the history of Hawaii as well as its primitive ancient art style. Look closely and you’ll find vivid, beautiful drawings of human and animal figures as well as sails chiseled into the soft basalt cliffs. These rare images carved in stone — or ki’i pohaku — are thought to have been created 300 years ago and tell the stories of ancient Hawaiian journeys and legends.
Iao Valley State Park is on virtually every guidebook and tourist pamphlet’s short-list of must-see places – and for good reason. It is easy to access and its beauty is breath-taking, Iao Valley is still considered sacred and was kapu or off-limits to all but Hawaiian royalty. The sheer, inaccessible cliffs in `Iao Valley were used as a burial site for Hawai’i’s ali’i for centuries. The main attraction here is the ‘Iao needle (Kuka’emoku) – a 1200 ft high peak created by erosion of the softer rock around it over thousands of years. In Hawai’ian culture, ‘Iao needle is known as the phallic stone of the god of the ocean (Kanaloa.) This valley is also known as the location of decisive battle in 1790 by King Kamehameha on his quest to unite all of the Hawaiian island under is one rule.
With vibrant blue waters surrounded on three sides by lava rock cliffs is a popular location for both snokerlers and surfers. And while Honolua Bay itself is stunning, we can’t deny the ethereal natural beauty of the footpath through the forest you must take to reach this slice of paradise. Visitors enter a world so pristine and striking, it’s akin to standing inside a holy cathedral with ornate vaulted ceilings made of trees, vines and leaves. This is an area with many graves of ancient native Hawaiians, and you can feel their mana or powerful spiritual strength soaking into the landscape. Please be respective and stay on the trails.
Just north of Honolua Bay, is a hidden gem located just off the main road. Punalau beach (almost know as Windmills), is a spot where locals and advanced surfers flock to enjoy the less crowded waters. It may be amazing, but this is not your id
eal beach for swimming, snorkeling, your first time surfing, or even visiting in a rental car. The road is rough and requires a 4 wheel drive—But its perfect for our Jeeps.
Karen Lei’s Gallery
With art from over 100 local artists, Karen Lei’s Gallery is the place to stop when you are looking for memorabilia. Paintings, jewelry, and various other gifts can be found at this unique art and craft gallery.
This isolated village has a picturesque view, two old churches, and a few small businesses. Kahakuloa Head, located east of the village of Kahakuloa, at the point, is 646 ft. high. Maui chief, Kahekili, (c. 1737–1794) was said to leap 200 feet down to the water from this hill in the mornings before eating breakfast, from a spot called “Kahekili’s Leap.”
Much like that of a geyser: the power of the ocean forces water through a hole in the volcanic rock and creates a jet of water shooting periodically up into the air. It’s a great spot for photos and epic views. You have to hike down to the blowhole, so be prepared with good shoes because the lava here can be sharp. This natural forming attraction can be dangerous as well in certain ocean conditions, so please admire it from a safe distance.
With its interesting mix of history, restaurants, T-shirt shops, and fine art galleries, Front Street serves as a historic landmark located in Lahaina town. Enjoy a stroll alongside the vast blue ocean, with a perfect view of the island of Lanai. We recommend you begin you exploration at the Bubba Gump Restaurant and walk south and end it at the Banyan Tree Park. This tree, the largest Banyan trees in the United States, is the perfect place to relax in the shade. This tree, now 60 feet tall, was imported from India and planted in 1873 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the missionaries. With endless activities, numerous historical sites and significant cultural epicenters, Front Street is a location not to be missed.
It doesn’t matter how you want to spend your time visiting Maui; we have something special for everyone at Hoaloha Jeep Adventures.