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Welcome to Maui

With warm waters, swaying palm trees, and the towering Haleakala volcano, Maui is a paradise on earth. Few places can match the island’s postcard-perfect scenery and year-round good weather, and Maui packs a lot into a small package. Take a road trip to Hana, dive beneath the waves to observe sea turtles and tropical fish, or get an introduction to traditional Hawaiian culture. And let’s not forget the numerous options for adventure-minded visitors, who can choose among surfing, hiking, zipline courses, and other tropical experiences.

Top 15 attractions in Maui

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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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When was the last time you had a snorkel adventure inside of a sunken Hawaiian volcano, or enjoyed a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on the deck of a sailing catamaran? Thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters, bright coral reef, and 250-plus species of tropical fish, Molokini Crater is the most popular spot for snorkeling tours on Maui. Spend a day on a snorkeling tour as you explore the protected marine preserve and come face to face with some of Hawaii's most colorful marine life.More
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Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

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Tropical foliage, black sand beaches, rushing waterfalls and incredible views are the calling cards of the legendary, winding Road to Hana. The famous roadway along Maui’s North Shore (also called the Hana Highway) includes 600 hairpin turns and more than 50 bridges and is known as one of the most beautiful roads in the world.More
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Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

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A pleasant stop on the road to Hana, the Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park offers the chance to take a scenic break from the long drive. Stretch your legs on its dirt path to nearby waterfalls and natural pools. The farther you're willing to walk, the taller the waterfalls become and many people bring a picnic to enjoy as a part of this diversion.Totaling five acres the area here is lush with tropical plants which, with the sound of the waterfalls, create a distinct rain forest feel. Picnic tables are set against scenic backdrops, and fish and tadpoles are visible in the shallower pools. Watch for wild birds and mongoose. The walking paths here are not rigorous, but a refreshing dip in one of the pools is a highlight for many on a hot day.More
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Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

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Dubbed “House of the Sun” by native Hawaiians, Haleakala Crater is the world’s largest dormant volcano and the highest peak in Maui. Set in Haleakala National Park, here you can see a lunar landscape, admire cinder cones and endangered silversword plants, and trek wild hiking trails.More
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Waiʻanapanapa State Park

Waiʻanapanapa State Park

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Home to the black-sand Paʻiloa Beach and underwater caves, Waiʻanapanapa State Park is one of the jewels of the Road to Hana. Located just outside of Hana at the end of the perilous Hana Highway, the park’s trails, caves, and ancient burial sites are a welcome reward for those who make the long drive.More
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Paia

Paia

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Paia is a small town in the heart of Maui’s famous North Shore. The town is primarily populated by surfers and hippies, and the spot has a laid-back, bohemian vibe. Visit to relax by the beach and do some world-class surfing, and enjoy the town’s surf shops, healthy restaurants, music venues, and other low-key attractions.More
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Pipiwai Trail

Pipiwai Trail

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Immerse yourself in the best of Maui’s rain forest, as you hike through bamboo along a tranquil stream. Set in Haleakala National Park, the Pipiwai Trail takes you about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip to the base of the stunning Waimoku Falls.More
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Oheo Gulch

Oheo Gulch

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The Oheo Gulch is a vibrantly green valley that has been naturally created by centuries of rain forest streams. Also called the Kipahulu Area, these lush lands became part of the Haleakala National Park in the 1940s. The main draw for visitors is the many tall waterfalls that feed into groups of large, tiered natural pools, sometimes called the Seven Sacred Pools of Oheo. Swimming in the fresh water is popular when water levels are safe.Two streams, the the Palikea and Pipiwai, are the source of all of the water in this area. Visitors can hike the two-mile Pipiwai Trail (3-5 hours roundtrip) along the streams with view of the pools. Along the trail, there is one tranquil natural pool that can be less crowded than the Seven Sacred Pools area. The path ends at the 400-foot-tall Waimoku Falls, and you can always cool off in the pools after finishing the hike.More
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Lahaina

Lahaina

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Once the Royal capital of Hawaii, Lahaina is a charming coastal town with a laid back feel. Close to some of Maui’s best beaches, it has plenty to offer, from shops, restaurants, and hotels to beautiful beaches, snorkeling, and whale-watching excursions.More
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Maalaea Harbor

Maalaea Harbor

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Maalaea Harbor is the starting point for many of Maui’s top snorkeling adventures, sunset cruises, fishing, and whale-watching excursions. Conveniently located between the Kahului Airport and the Lahaina and Kaʻanapali resort areas, the port’s integral role in the island’s water sports means it is rarely left out of a Maui vacation itinerary.More
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Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

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Located on Mau’s northwestern coast, Honolua Bay is a designated Marine Life Conservation District. Sheltered by cliffs on two sides, it’s a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot, known for the abundance of marine life in the calm, turquoise waters. In the winter, it’s also home to some of the best surfing waves in Maui.More
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Kaʻanapali

Kaʻanapali

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One of Maui’s first resort towns, Kaʻanapali consists of high-rise resorts lining idyllic white-sand beaches. While the world-famous Kaʻanapali Beach is the draw of this West Maui tourist hub, you can also stay busy with pursuits such as shopping, golfing, whale watching, and ziplining.More
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Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park

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Haleakala’s summit stretches 10,023 feet (3,055 meters) above Maui’s world-renowned beaches. Vast swaths of its slopes—33,000 acres (13.4 hectares) from summit to sea level along the Hawaiian island’s southeastern coast—are protected within Haleakala National Park, where visitors hike, bike, camp, and catch sunsets (and sunrises) of a lifetime. Now considered a dormant volcano, Haleakala last erupted sometime between the 15th and 17th centuries.More
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Molokai Island

Molokai Island

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Molokai, Hawaii’s fifth largest island, is only 10 miles (16 kilometers) across at its widest point. The small island packs a big punch in terms of natural beauty—it’s home to the world’s highest sea cliffs and longest continuous fringing reef. It’s often considered the most Hawaiian of islands, thanks to its largely Native Hawaiian population.More
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Kaumahina State Wayside Park

Kaumahina State Wayside Park

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This 7.8-acre park is a popular stop along the Road to Hana, with several hiking trails, covered picnic facilities and scenic views of the coast. There are dozens of native Hawaiian plants and birds to see as you walk through the forested area, so take a break from the drive and get some perspective from an overlook of the Ke’anae Peninsula and the nearby village.There are several scenic spots to catch views of the bright blue sea and the winding coastline. Trails lead down to the ocean and loop back around, so there’s space to stretch your legs while enjoying the tropical environment here. Bring your walking shoes, your camera or binoculars and a picnic to enjoy some time at this park on your way up to Hana.More

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Top activities in Maui

From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo
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Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour w/ Breakfast
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Road to Hana Day Trip

Road to Hana Day Trip

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Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

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West Maui and Molokai Special 45-Minute Helicopter Tour
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Lahaina ATV Adventure
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Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater and Turtle Town aboard Pride of Maui
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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Experience was great! An...
Richard_G, May 2022
Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater Uncrowded, Unhurried.
If you are coming to Maui, definitely add it to your places to visit list.
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Molokini marvel
Alberto_R, May 2022
From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo
The weather conditions were perfect, which allowed us to see well under water.
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Nice day trip
Crystal_E, May 2022
Small Group Road to Hana Adventure Tour with Pickup
Wonderful to see a different part of Maui away from all of the resorts.
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A must if your in Maui
Rachel_A, May 2022
Maui Horseback-Riding Tour
You got a little history about the property with was great and really got to see some great view points with the horses.
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Amazing trip!
David_P, May 2022
Hāna and Beyond - Full Circle Rainforest Tour.
The scenery was amazing with waterfalls and veiws of the oceanside.
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awesome experience!
ybur, May 2022
8 Lines Jungle Zipline Tour on Maui - Eco Tour
I am so happy we decided on Jungle for zip lining, it made it to our top 3 most favorite things to do in Maui!
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Beautiful
Harold_M, May 2022
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour w/ Breakfast
The weather cooperated and we got to see a beautiful sunrise.
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We had a picture perfect view our morning and absolutely loved It!
Thomas_D, Apr 2022
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour w/ Breakfast
He pointed out everything cool to see and tips on where and how to make it a memorable experience.
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Fun
James_S, Apr 2022
Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor
It is always great to visit Maui.
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Great Experience!
Jacquelyn_J, Apr 2022
Original Sunset Cruise with Open Bar from Ka’anapali Beach
It was also our lucky day since we were able to see whales!!
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Outstanding private Tour to Hana on Maui is a must!
Mary_D, Apr 2022
Road to Hana Private Jungle Tour
Waterfall swimming, black sand beach, viewing sea turtles on protected beach were all marvelous.
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Great way to travel the Road to Hana
Denise_B, Apr 2022
Maui "Loop" Road To Hana Audio Driving Tour
We were able to plan our road trip according to what we wanted to see and loved the commentary and stories provided by the app.
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Wonderful butterfly trip!
Kacie_S, Apr 2022
The Maui Butterfly Farm Tour!
They were so informative, we got to see caterpillars, different types of butterflies, preying mantasis’s, and we got to spend a good amount of time in each “tent.
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Simply fantastic
Heather_H, Apr 2022
Rappel Maui Waterfalls and Rainforest Cliffs
I never thought I could rappel off of a waterfall.
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The Dive Maui team did a...
Joshua_J, Apr 2022
2 Hour Whale Watch
The Dive Maui team did a great job accommodating every one and we got to see some beautiful whales up close
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Incredible tour and guide!
Alisa_B, Apr 2022
Small Group Road to Hana Adventure Tour with Pickup
It’s the best way to see and learn all about Maui.
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A must for Maui activity!!
Lance_W, Apr 2022
Water Bike Tour in Maui
One of the best activities we have done!
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Brittany_c, Apr 2022
From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo
We got to see so much of the beautiful aquatic wildlife!
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Super sweet pineapple tour!!
Adam_Z, Apr 2022
Maui Pineapple Tour
Really awesome experience getting to see the Maui Gold fields and learning about the history of the company and the ways they grow pineapple.
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Our guide/driver Justin was the best!!!
Mike_A, Apr 2022
Road to Hana Day Trip
He is a native of Maui and has lots of tip of where to visit.

People Also Ask

What is Maui best known for?

Though small in size, Maui packs a large punch. This Hawaiian island boasts an appealing mix of natural beauty, outdoors thrills, and cultural heritage. The Valley Isle's most famous activities include driving the Road to Hana, spotting humpback whales in Makena Bay, and watching the sunrise from the summit of mighty Haleakala.

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What is the best month to go to Maui?

Maui boasts superb weather all year round so there’s really no bad time to visit, but visiting in the shoulder seasons (April, May, September, and October) has the advantage of avoiding the crowds that arrive in summer and winter. However, if you want to surf or spot whales, you should book a winter visit (December through March).

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How many days are enough in Maui?

Five days on Maui should be enough time to explore the island thoroughly; see all the most important sights, such as Haleakala; and spend some time out on the water. If you are able to stretch the trip out a little, it’s definitely worth it to reserve a day or two for simply relaxing on a beautiful beach.

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What should you not miss on Maui?

The curving, 52-mile (84-km) Road to Hana hugs Maui's northeastern shore and journeying along it, past black-sand beaches and teeming waterfalls, is the island's quintessential experience. With 600 hairpin turns to tackle and more than 50 bridges to cross, it can’t be rushed, so set aside the whole day.

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What part of Maui has the most to do?

Most visitors stay in either West Maui or South Maui and many divide their time between the two. If you have limited time, it’s a good idea to base yourself in West Maui where you will find a greater concentration of attractions, such as Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina; restaurants, and shopping.

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Is Maui dangerous for tourists?

No. Maui is generally a safe destination, especially compared to mainland cities. The greatest risks to visitors come not from people, but from the natural environment. Pay attention to warnings about dangerous currents in the ocean; take heed of signs on hiking trails; and always carry water and sun protection.

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