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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 10 attractions in Maui

Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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
Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

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
Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

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
Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

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
Maalaea Harbor

Maalaea Harbor

Most Maui visitors will spend some time at Maalaea Harbor, the launching point for many of the Island’s best sunset and dinner cruises, fishing charters, snorkeling adventures to the Molokini Crater—a submerged volcanic crater atoll—and more. The 89-slip harbor is the focal point of a quiet bay in the southern nook between the West Maui Mountains and towering Haleakala.Between late November and early April, head to the scenic lookout between mile markers 8 and 9 to the west of the harbor for sweeping vistas of leaping humpback whales, or any time of the year to spot the dolphins that sometimes ride waves alongside harbor-departing cruises. The Pacific Whale Foundation, organizers of the annual World Whale Day celebrations, have their headquarters in Maalaea Harbor for a reason. Have some time to kill while waiting for your boating adventure? Set back from the sea is the popular Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium highlighting Hawaiian sea life from sharks to sea turtles, corals and more in over 60 indoor-outdoor exhibits. Or, grab some award-winning barbecue from the Beach Bum's Bar & Grill then explore the strips of adjacent Harbor Shops.More


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


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
Waiʻanapanapa State Park

Waiʻanapanapa State Park

The legendary “Road to Hana” drive seems to indicate that the town of Hana itself is the goal, but you'd be crazy to miss a visit to Wai'anapanapa State Park.Spending some time in Wai'anapanapa State Park is reason enough to stay overnight in Hana. It's a lush and gorgeous park just outside of Hana, and one of its most well-known features is the small black sand beach of Pa'iloa. It's a beautiful beach, to be sure, lovely for swimming or simply sunbathing, but there's more to this park than just a beach.Wai'anapanapa has two underwater caves you can visit that are filled with a combination of fresh and salt water. You can go swimming in these pools, too. This area also has historical significance, too, as you'll see when you visit the ancient burial sites. There is also a trail that winds three miles along the coast, from the park all the way into Hana Town itself.More
Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay sits peacefully with its vibrant turquoise and deep blue, warm waters off the northwestern coast of Maui. Preserved as a Marine Life Conservation District, fishing is strictly prohibited here, making the diversity and amount of marine life particularly strong. With its rocky volcanic cliffs sheltering from winds, the bay remains calm and the water clear and excellent for snorkeling. Colorful tropical fish such as parrotfish, damselfish, Moorish Idols, snapper, and wrasse, as well as tuna, sea turtles, and eels are commonly sighted. The rock formations and abundant corals make this a scenic place to explore underwater. It is also a popular surfing spot, particularly in the winter months, due to the long waves that crash at its coast. There is a small black sand beach, but most of the coastline is jagged rock. Visibility in the water tends to improve the farther you swim from the coast.More
Pipiwai Trail

Pipiwai Trail

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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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

Great way to see Maui
Christopher_W, Jan 2021
Road to Hana Day Trip
We covered an incredible amount of territory and saw some truly spectacular scenery, with ample free time at some of Maui's most stunning beaches and waterfalls.
I felt safe and fun!!
Miki_A, Jan 2021
Afternoon Haleakala Guided Downhill Tour
Great to see another side of Maui!
Dana_M, Dec 2020
Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso (MAUI / Ma'alaea Harbor)
The crew was amazing, they did their best to get us out to see the whales and dolphins.
The best trip EVER
Grace_S, Dec 2020
Rappel Maui Waterfalls and Rainforest Cliffs
it was amazing and the BEST way to experience the most beautiful waterfalls.
Great part of our vacation was with sea Maui!
Cody_H, Dec 2020
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
We got to see a lot of turtles and the fish that we saw were amazing!
Patient driver
aggravated, Oct 2020
Shared Arrival Transfer: Maui Airport to Hotel
Again, the government on Maui is not prepared for any type of disruption to daily activities.
A must do for families!
Sarah-R, Feb 2021
Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso (MAUI / Ma'alaea Harbor)
Not only did we all snorkle in Molokini but we lost count of the Humpback whales we got to see up close.
Jennifer_K, Feb 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
The captain took us to his favorite snorkeling spot and we got to see so many turtles!
100% recommend this tour !
Tiffani_M, Jan 2021
Small Group Road to Hana Adventure Tour with Pickup
This tour was definitely an awesome way to see a whole different side of Maui , from a local.
Best day ever!!!
Rhonda_H, Dec 2020
Waterfall & Rainforest Hiking Adventure with Hotel Pickup
We got to see five waterfalls and each time we saw a new one the excitement grew in my family.
Awesome experience!
dahaynesrock, Dec 2020
Makena Turtle Town Eco Adventure in Maui
John suggested that we paddle a little further out from shore to see what we might find.
Great tour of a top Maui destination
Linda_S, Dec 2020
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
We took our hotel blankets as well as our winter jackets.
Best way to experience the Road to Hana
Linda_S, Dec 2020
Road to Hana Day Trip
He told us great stories of growing up on the island; at one stop, he led the adventurous ones in the group on a cliff jump into one of the water falls (my son did this, I was too chicken).
A Trip well worth the cost
Linda_H, Dec 2020
Private, REVERSE Full Circle Jeep Adventure, Road to Hana
We saw beautiful waterfalls, seascapes, and rainbow trees that were breathtaking.
Best experience in Hawaii on all the islands by far
Matthew_P, Dec 2020
Waterfall Hike, Chocolate Tour, Rainforest Adventure,Voted Best Of Maui
My fiancé and I signed up for the waterfall hike & chocolate tour, being two of our absolutely favorite things to do in the world, and it was off the charts!
Amazing, memorable, fun, relaxing
Claire_E, Dec 2020
Original Sunset Sail with Open Bar from Ka’anapali Beach
We were able to get up close to see a few whales!
Must purchase!! Loved every minute
Michelle_S, Dec 2020
Maui Adventure Bundle: 6 Epic Audio Driving Tours, Including Road to Hana
Recommendations for where to stop, where to eat, what to do.
All-around a wonderful experience
Tricia_M, Dec 2020
Four Winds II Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor
However, the 1-hr boat ride is actually very relaxing and an opportunity to see whales, etc.
One of a Kind Lifetime Memories
Jen, Dec 2020
Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle
Got to see a sea turtle, whales, and squid while kayaking towards our snorkeling destination, then upon getting there, swam with/saw 3 sea turtles lots of fish and got to hold sea urchins!
Brianne_K, Dec 2020
Hana, Waterfalls, Black Beach & Turtles Tour from Kahului
Highlights included jumping into and swimming in a waterfall and hanging out at the black sand beach.

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