Exploring the Tourist Attractions of Maui

Exploring the Tourist Attractions of Maui

Maui, the second largest among the Hawaiian Islands, features many tourist attractions. Spanning an area of 727 square miles, it is the 17th largest island in the United States and is located 2340 miles west of San Francisco and 2495 miles west of Los Angeles. Visitors to this tropical paradise are drawn to its stunning beaches, awe-inspiring sunsets, lush marine life, tranquil parks, wonderful climate and abundant wildlife. Divided into five regions - East Maui with its Road to Hana; West Maui with Kaanipali Beach; Central Maui featuring Iao Valley State Park; Upcountry boasting Haleakala National Park; and South Maui boasting Wailea Beach - there's something for everyone on this beautiful island. You can also visit Maui Ocean Center for educational marine life tour or simply visit HawaiiTours.com to book your next Maui tour for a variety of attractions.

Road to Hana

Traveling along the road to Hana lets you take in the beautiful coastline of East Maui. Winding and adventurous, this highway will lead you through luxuriant rainforests and waterfalls. When you arrive at the remote village of Hana, it'll be a reward after your long journey from Kahului — home to Hawaii's regional airport — as it typically takes all day (and 55 miles) if you pause along the way to savor the views. While on your way, you can also visit Twin Falls, Waikani Falls, Waianapanapa State Park, Hoopika Beach, and Wailea Beach for an even more enjoyable experience.

Kaanipali Beach

One of the best beaches on Maui Island is Kaanipali Beach. It is 4 miles long and has some of the best resorts and hotels. It is located in the West Maui region. It is a place filled with restaurants, shops, and golf courses, as well as an open-air shopping area called Whalers Village with many stores and restaurants.

Lao Valley State Park

Situated in Central Maui just 5 kilometers west of Wailuku, Iao Valley State Park spreads across 4,000 acres and measures 10 miles in length. Hawaiians embark on pilgrimages to this remarkable location, home to the notable Iao Needle, a 1,200 feet high basalt rock formation that is said to have been used as an altar in prehistory. Along the path to the Needle lies Pali Ele'ele, a dark black cliff. Residing within these boundaries are also purported spirits and gods from Hawaiian mythology.

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park is situated on the slope of an inactive Haleakala Volcano in the Upcountry region of Maui. Its name, which means "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian, makes it a popular tourist destination. The park covers 33,265 acres, and 19,270 of them are designated as wilderness zone. The spectacular dormant crater is 6.99 miles wide at its widest point with 2 miles in width and 2,600 feet deep. Make sure to check out the views from the summit or enjoy the drive up for an even more exhilarating experience; you can make stops at seven sacred pools of the Oheo valley, Makahika and Waimoku falls, and Hosmer Grove to see some Hawaiian birds.

Wailea Beach

In South Maui, Wailea Beach is home to the beautiful golden sand beaches. Wailea is also famous for its luxury resorts, restaurants, golf courses, and shopping centers. In addition to swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, you can also spend time strolling along the Wailea Beach Walk. There are plenty of oceanside cafes where you can have a drink or sandwich.

Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center is one of the most popular attractions in Maui, providing visitors a glimpse of the island's marine life. The aquarium collection includes green turtles, reef fish, jellyfish, octopus, stingrays, and corals. To get an outside view of sharks and stingrays, take a journey through the glass tunnel. For a relaxing reprieve, adventurous tour, family vacation or romantic honeymoon, this place is a must-see! Kids will have fun exploring sea life and visitors can also go snorkeling or whale watching. Art lovers can find gifts and artworks at the center’s store.