I love, love, love Hawaii … all islands. I suppose Maui is my personal favorite for many reasons. primamrily the diversity of things to see and here. There is definitely something for everyone, regardless of age, abilities or what you most wish to do. Here are a few suggestions to get us started!
1 – Road to Hana: Prepare yourself for some of the most remarkable views of Maui’s coastlines, whether you choose to “go it alone” or join a tour and leave the driving to someone else. Even beter, spend a couple of nights there!
This well-known scenic highway winds it’s way through lush rainforests and the abundant, cascading waterfalls that line the island’s “windward” North and East coasts. While the route is often full of surprises, including about 600 hairpin turns and 56 one lane brideges, unfamiliar drivers with hairpin turns, those who decide to make the trip are rarely sorry they did!
The best advice for anyone making this trek is take your time and stop frequently to explore and enjoy. Relax and don’t try to rush through this. Purchase a guide book or CD and talk to locals along the way.
2 – Wainapanapa State Park: Waianapanapa State Park sits a few miles North of Hana and is open to visitors every day with no fee for admission. Take some time to explore as there are stunning black sand beaches, hiking trails that are fairly easy (and worth the views!!!), caves and SO much more!
3 – Haleakala National Park: The entrance to Haleakala National Park is located in Upcountry Maui, at about 6,000′ elevation and welcomes visitors 24 hours a day. You can enter the park on foot for $5 per person or in a car for $10, and admission is good for three consecutive days.
Sunrise is a huge draw for visitors and locals alike but sunset is often less crowded but no less stunning! Stargazing has recently joined the list of things to do and with no light pollution to hinder your views, this is quite spectacular! All can be done on your own or with any number of guided tours.
4 – Iao Valley State Park: Home to numerous easy hiking trails, many of them leading to or offering excellent views of the Iao Needle. The most popular path is the 0.6-mile Iao Needle Lookout Trail, a paved walkway that leading right to the iconic rock formation and through a botanical garden. Even if you don’t plan on exploring beyond the Iao Needle Lookout Trail, make sure you bring plenty of water. Facilities are very limited; only restrooms at the beginning of the trail.
5 – Golfing: Prefer greens to beaches? You’re certain to find plenty of places to put your clubs to good use! Maui is home to numerous, highly acclaimed golf courses.
Some of the more popular courses include the Gold, Emerald and Old Blue courses at Wailea and the Bay and Plantation courses at Kapalua. Depending on the courses you choose to play, you’ll find fantastic views of Maui’s coastline or volcanic formations.
Kapalua’s Plantation Course is a long-time favorite with a stunning setting, spectacular views and excellent amenities, including a pro shop and a restaurant.
Make sure to take some ime to look around and soak it all in!