Filled with innumerable diversified attractions ranging from sparkling sandy white beaches, historical monuments and national parks to quaint little neighboring islands and age old traditions, the island of Maui in Hawaii, USA is an explorer’s paradise.
Best Things To Do In Maui
More befitting the active traveler who doesn’t want to waste even a single minute of his/her holiday, Maui can take your breath away with its striking beauty and can leave you exhausted to the core at the end of your holiday.
So if you are thinking about visiting this island paradise, here are some of the best things to do there.
Driving on the Road to Hana
Clearly one of the most famous and breathtaking roads in the entire world (for its beauty of course), the Road to Hana is a stretch of scenic highway that courses through some of the best natural attractions of Maui, including lush rainforests, thundering waterfalls, beautiful waterways, wildlife habitats, and the island’s spectacular northeastern coastline. Be sure to start out early in the morning to enjoy the drive at your own leisurely pace.
Visiting the Beaches of Maui
Maui has its own share of beaches, all of which look uniquely stunning. However, here are some of the most popular beaches on the island that you definitely need to visit.
The Kaihalulu Beach
Also called as the ‘Red Sand Beach’, the Kaihalulu Beach in Maui is a sight to behold! The entire beach is bright red in color; the result of volcanic cinders that wash up on the shores after erosion. The vibrant red color of the beach stands out in striking contrast from the crystal clear, turquoise waters of the island’s east coast. Truly an experience that needs to be cherished for a lifetime!
Considered a haven by surfers worldwide, the Ho’opika Beach in Maui is known for its thunderous surf (literally white and frothy). The beach is located along the Road to Hana highway and is frequented by surfers from around the world. But swimming is not allowed on Ho’opika Beah as the waves are considered too dangerous for even experienced swimmers.
State and National Parks in Maui
Maui has a series of State and National Parks that offer plenty of attractions for tourists in the form of hiking trails, stunning secluded beaches that remain hidden from the public eye, wildlife habitats and plenty of wondrous natural formations sculpted by Mother Nature herself.
Haleakala National Park
Housing the world’s biggest dormant volcano, the Haleakala Volcano, the Haleakala National Park alone plays host to more than a million visitors every year. The Haleakala Volcano juts out from the sea and stands at an imposing height of 38 miles above sea level. The volcano has remained dormant since 1790 and can be reached (the summit) via a 2 hour drive up the winding mountain.
Iao Valley State Park
Housing the Iao Needle which is a towering moss covered rock (height: 1200 feet) that seems to just stand on its own without any support whatsoever, the Iao Valley State Park is known for its moss colored valley floor and numerous hiking trails that cater to all levels of hikers.
Almost all these trails would lead to scenic viewpoints located on the island and the park itself is a hit with locals and tourists alike.
Waianapanapa State Park
Extremely popular with locals and tourists alike for its glistening black sand waters and innumerable hiking trails, the Waianapanapa State Park is located along the Road to Hana highway and serves as a quick stop for individuals willing to take a break. Of course, the visit would be well worth the time and effort.
Snorkeling at Maui
While on a visit to Maui, make it a point to visit the island of Lanai which is also called as Snorkel Molokini or the ‘Pineapple Island’ by locals. Located on the Manele Bay, the island plays host to several spinner dolphins that visit and play around its sandy white beaches. Lanai is also considered as one of the best snorkel destinations in the entire world. So trying to opt for a snorkeling tour around the island would also be a good idea.
Experiencing the Old Lahaina Luau
An ancient Hawaiian tradition that has been carried down for generations, the Old Lahaina Luau happens to be one of the most popular activities in Maui. The event involves dining on traditional dishes like Pulehu steak, roasted pork (Kalua Pua’a), mashed taro plant (poi) and salmon (lomi), listening to ancient chants, and hula dancing on the beach at sunset.
Historical Attractions in Maui
Maui has its share of inland attractions in the form of historical monuments and museums. These include the Lahania Heritage Museum, the Muni Ocean Center, the Whalers Village Museum, the largest Buddha statue outside Asia, and several historic churches.