What To See In MauiUpdated: March 26, 2021
Looking for ideas on what to see in Maui for your great island getaway? Maui is an amazing destination for anyone looking to relax, unwind and maybe – just maybe! – live an incredible adventure!
That in mind, here’s our go to list of things you simply must see in Maui!
Not Sure What to See in Maui? Go to the Beach!
Of course, you wouldn’t want to miss the beaches. With 130 miles of coastline, the beaches in Maui are basically everywhere! If you’re looking for a Maui beach to see and visit during your stay, here are our top five.
- Napili Beach
- Ka’anapali Beach
- Wailea Beach
- Hamoa Beach
- Kapalua Beach
Explore The Valleys of Maui
It’s not called the “Valley Isle” for no reason! Maui is actually located between two mountains, namely Haleakala to the east and the West Maui Mountains to the west. One valley that should come to mind in Maui is the Iao Valley which has a rich story behind it. It was said that a thousand years ago, Hawaiians gathered at the valley to honor and celebrate the bounty of Lono, the god of agriculture. It’s one of Maui’s most extraordinary and spectacular destinations, which holds a spiritual value to the locals.
Nothing Beats the Sunrise and Sunsets on Maui
Probably one of the most iconic and memorable experiences of a Maui vacation is the sunrise and sunset views on Haleakala. These are worthwhile events that visitors should try at least once before they end their visit. However, since this activity will take you almost 10,000 feet above sea level, meaning you’ll have to drive two hours to the summit of Haleakala, you’ll have to do a bit of planning ahead.
First, make a reservation at the Haleakala National Park Service. Next, you’ll have to come early. During the summer, the sun rises as early as 5:38 am, and 6:55 am in winter. You can either rent a car or book a Haleakala private tour with local guides such as, well.. us!. Since you’ll be at the peak of Maui, expect that it’ll be cold. So, remember to bring warm clothes like layers of clothing, or even blankets. Being in Haleakala quite early in the day means that you might miss breakfast. In this case, pick up breakfast along the way since there’s no food sold within the park.
While your goal in Haleakala is to see the sunrise, staying beyond it is actually a pretty amazing choice too. With over 30,000 acres of land, experience hiking trails, horseback riding, and watching endangered species native to the island and protected by the locals.
Of course, the early hour isn’t always for everyone. Instead, you can take a leisurely drive up Haleakala, explore the park, and find a spot to watch the sunset and the starry night that follows after. Just like with sunrise, don’t forget to bring warm clothes and food.
The Underwater Scenes Are a Must!
When thinking about what to see in Maui during your stay, don’t forget that it also has wondrous scenes below. Maui is filled with natural underwater ecosystems. While there are plenty of beaches that offer snorkeling, did you know that you have the chance to transform into a mermaid or merman while exploring the beautiful underwater scenes on Maui? In South Maui, you’ll find Hawaii Mermaid Adventures that lets you swim and play in the ocean in colorful mermaid tails!