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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

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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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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
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Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

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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
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Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

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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
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Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

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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
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Waiʻanapanapa State Park

Waiʻanapanapa State Park

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Home to the black-sand Paʻiloa Beach and underwater caves, Waiʻanapanapa State Park is one of the jewels of the Road to Hana. Located just outside of Hana at the end of the perilous Hana Highway, the park’s trails, caves, and ancient burial sites are a welcome reward for those who make the long drive.More
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Paia

Paia

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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
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Lahaina

Lahaina

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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
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Oheo Gulch

Oheo Gulch

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The Oheo Gulch is a vibrantly green valley that has been naturally created by centuries of rain forest streams. Also called the Kipahulu Area, these lush lands became part of the Haleakala National Park in the 1940s. The main draw for visitors is the many tall waterfalls that feed into groups of large, tiered natural pools, sometimes called the Seven Sacred Pools of Oheo. Swimming in the fresh water is popular when water levels are safe.Two streams, the the Palikea and Pipiwai, are the source of all of the water in this area. Visitors can hike the two-mile Pipiwai Trail (3-5 hours roundtrip) along the streams with view of the pools. Along the trail, there is one tranquil natural pool that can be less crowded than the Seven Sacred Pools area. The path ends at the 400-foot-tall Waimoku Falls, and you can always cool off in the pools after finishing the hike.More
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Pipiwai Trail

Pipiwai Trail

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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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Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

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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

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Top activities in Maui

Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso (MAUI / Ma'alaea Harbor)
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Road to Hana Day Trip

Road to Hana Day Trip

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Small-Group Road to Hana Luxury Tour
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Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
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Te Au Moana Luau at The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
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Myths of Maui Luau Dinner and a Show
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Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

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Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina
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Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui
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West Maui and Molokai Exclusive 45-Minute Helicopter Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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What a BEAUTIFUL way to...
Sharon_W, Nov 2021
West Maui Mountain Waterfall and Ocean Tour via Horseback
What a BEAUTIFUL way to see Maui!
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Perfect Airport Greeting
Toby_A, Nov 2021
Traditional Airport Lei Greeting on Kahului Maui
The greeter was so friendly and also gave some suggestions on places to visit while in Maui.
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Magnificent tour!
Chad_G, Nov 2021
Doors-Off West Maui and Molokai Helicopter Tour
I highly recommend the doors-off tour, mainly because the two passengers in the back middle seats get a chance to see as well.
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great experience with wonderful views
Christopher_R, Nov 2021
West Maui and Molokai 60-minute Helicopter Tour
To see these green hills, the waterfalls, the wonderful coast - perfect.
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Ten Year Anniversary Cruise that Exceeded Expectations
Jennifer_T, Nov 2021
Maui Sunset Luau Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor
I felt as though I was privileged to see and hear the songs and dance.
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Awesome day in the Malolo.
Anthony_S, Oct 2021
Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo from Ma'alaea Harbor
Great trip to complete our Top ten things to do in Maui.
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Perfect afternoon!
Alene_T, Oct 2021
Adventure Sail from Lahaina Harbor
What an excellent way to see the island and relax.
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We had a great time at...
James_S, Oct 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
I would recommend it to anyone with kids that is visiting Maui.
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Best way to go!
Ron_T, Oct 2021
Small Group Road to Hana Adventure Tour with Pickup
We saw the most gorgeous scenery at Wai’anapanpa Park, tons of waterfalls and ocean views on top on the mountains.
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Great snorkeling experience!
Susan_B, Oct 2021
Molokini Crater and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor
We loved this tour--the Pride of Maui was a great way to see Molokini and Turtle Town.
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Great day
Marc_A, Oct 2021
Maui Luxury Full Circle Road to Hana Waterfalls & Lunch
You’ll see a rain forest, swim in a waterfall and on a black sand beach and drive through the desert.
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A must-do
Stephanie_S, Oct 2021
Maui Tour : Road to Hana Tour from Lahaina
This was an amazing way to see Maui.
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Great time in beautiful country
aacapone64, Sep 2021
ATV Adventure in West Maui Mountains
Great way to see the mountains and some ocean side cliffs in West Maui.
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Just Awesome
Ryan_B, Sep 2021
Hana Rainforest Helicopter Flight with Landing from Maui
It was raining the day of our flight so we couldn't do the chosen tour, instead the pilot took us to the west side of the island of Maui, and to see the island of Molokai.
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Easy chill tour about plant life and waterfalls.
Amy_B, Sep 2021
Maui Magical Waterfall and Jungle Tour
This trip included a stop at a beach with huge turtles, a short walk around the Arboretum and a swim in a waterfall.
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Most amazing experience!
Colleen_K, Sep 2021
West Maui Half Day Snorkel from Ka’anapali Beach
We were lucky enough to see tons of dolphin, schools of fish, octopus, eels, and turtles.
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Good decision
Ken_S, Sep 2021
Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup
The many stops along the way to see some of the most beautiful coastline scenery maui has to offer.
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Worth the Time!
Monica_C, Aug 2021
Small Group Road to Hāna Tour 6 to 8 passengers
We left knowing we got to see things we would not have if we drove around on our own.
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3D Ocean experience
Anthony_P, Aug 2021
Maui Ocean Center Admission Ticket
One of our highly recommended places to see in Maui.
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Beautiful!
Jana_W, Aug 2021
West Maui and Molokai Exclusive 45-Minute Helicopter Tour
Best way to see the beauty of Maui!
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