If you’re considering a visit to Maui, chances are you’re already thinking about the stunning beaches, pristine landscape and marine life which can be found in abundance just off the Hawaiian coastline. Maui is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and, while we can think of hundreds of reasons for a visit, these are some of the best reasons to take a trip to the Hawaiian island of Maui.
1. Sightseeing Along Hana
Hana Highway includes some of the best sights of the island. A trip up this highway leads you to Twin Falls, Waikamoi Ridge Trail, Honomanu Bay, Hanawai Falls and many other must see locations of Maui.
2. Accommodations Second to None
Maui has some of the best resorts in the world featuring 5-star spas and luxury accommodations second to none. Spectacular views, endless pools and exclusive beaches are just a few of the unsurpassed experiences that can be expected in Maui.
3. Ziplining Ka’anapali
Award winning ziplines at Skyline Ka’anapali are a must and the Zip n’ Dip tour which lasts 3 hours is sure to please. Zip on over to Maui and when the tour is over, you can splash into a natural mountain pool for an exhilarating end to a perfect adventure.
4. Swap Meets in Kahului
Flea markets, farmer’s markets and craft fairs abound in Maui. At Kahului, the Maui Swap Meet which is held every Saturday is a must for any shopping enthusiast. Tradespeople sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothing, jewelry and specialty arts and crafts created by local residents.
5. Haleakala National Park
Covering an area of over 33K acres, Haleakala National Park is a must visit destination in Maui. Here, visitors can enjoy spectacular atop a dormant volcano that spans over 10K feet into the clouds above. Endangered birds and pristine sunrise views are also commonplace in Haleakala National Park.
6. Ho’Okipa Beach Park Windsurfing
White sand beaches and some of the best waves Maui has to offer makes Ho’Okipa Beach Park the ideal location for a wide range of ocean sports, especially windsurfing. The park is a mecca for surfers and attracts visitors from all over the world.
7. Ioa Needle
Located 5 kilometers west of Wailuku, the Ioa Valley Needle is a natural rock that sits over the Ioa stream and s a must see sight for Maui visitors. This location was used throughout the filming of the popular movie Jurassic Park.
8. Swimming in Ohe’o Gulch Pools
Hidden in the dense bamboo forest of Maui’s Ohe’o Gulch are 7 naturally swimming holes that are connected by waterfalls and streams. Swimming the pools presents a popular pastime for island visitors.
9. Banyan Tree in Lahaina
Planted by the Sheriff in 1873, the Banyan Tree spans over 60 feet high and is one of the largest of this type of tree in the U.S. This one tree takes up over a 200-foot area and provides shade for nearly an entire acre of land.
10. Hawaii Regional Cuisine
The culinary movement that tastefully blends the flavors of Hawaii with various ethnic culinary treats is a divine reason to visit the Aloha state. Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC) is attributed to twelve chefs who developed this specialty cuisine to highlight Hawaiian foods in a most inventive and tasty manner.
11. Maui Ukulele Festival
Island music abounds at the Maui Ukulele Festival which takes place annually on the island. Bring your beach chars or a blanket and relax as you enjoy the island music.
12. Whale Migration Season
During peak whale-watch season in February and March, visitors can experience the great migration of humpback whales from the cool waters of Alaska down to the warm waters of Hawaii. Maui is prime for whale-watching as the warm waters off Hawaii also tend to facilitate mating and calving.
13. Reef Diving & Snorkeling
Turtle Reef is the prime dive spot along the west Maui coastline. Here, visitors can dive or snorkel along the healthy reefs and view an array of aquatic life including white tip reef sharks, sea turtles and various species of coral and fish.
14. Hiking Waikamoi Ridge Bamboo Forest
One of Hawaii’s little known secrets, the Waikamoi Ridge Bamboo Forest features a healthy array of hiking trails that are suitable for the everyday hiker.
15. Haleakala Crater
Also known as the East Maui Volcano, the Haleakala Crater is an active volcano that hasn’t erupted since 1750. Today, visitors enjoy stunning sunrises and panoramic views from the summit which rises to over 10-thousand feet.