THINGS TO DO IN MAUI
In regards to Hikes you can either do them on your own, or for a level of safety Guided Hiking tours
Please read our "Please Be Aware Advisory Below"
Here are a few of our favorite Hikes and the reasons why below:
Pipiwai Trail - If you are in Hana for the day this is a beautiful hike and considered one of the best on the island. As the Pipiwai Trail passes through diverse scenery and culminates at the base of an absolutely spectacular waterfall, offering some of the best hiking views of East Maui. Pipiwai Trail is 4 miles round trip and gains 650 ft. of elevation. It takes anywhere from 2 1/2 - 5 hours to hike; depending how much nature loving you do.
Considered a Moderate Hike in hiking terms. 5 mile round trip. Can be intense at times, especially at the very beginning. But it's a great exercise as the whole hike is pretty much at an incline. Once at the top (2,563 ft. up) you are rewarded with Gorgeous mountain and ocean views from the peak of the trail on a clear day. Located across the street from Mendes Ranch in Waihee.
Twin Falls - Is located on the Road to Hana but more towards the beginning. It is the most easily accessible string of waterfalls and pools on the Road to Hana. If you wanted to see just one waterfall on the hike it's about a half a mile in and to get to the second waterfall is about a little less then one more mile of hiking in. 2.5 miles round trip. Most of the hike is on an easy walking trail.
Please Be Aware: We are in our winter season here in Maui and Flash Flooding does occur. Since most hikes on Maui are at the base of a 10,000′ mountain it collects an unfathomable amount of rain. This makes it so that it can be raining over hundreds of square miles upstream from where you’re playing, and the water can come down at a rapid pace. Idyllic streams flood quickly and unexpectedly – even when it’s sunny where you are.
PLEASE BE AWARE
Please always be aware of your surroundings. Check for flash flood warnings before you go out. If stream flow is already swollen or brown, stay out. If you hear the water coming (it often sounds like strong wind – coming from upstream) get out and move to higher ground. Any time you play in these streams, take a couple seconds to notice which direction takes you to higher ground.
SIGHTSEEING AROUND MAUI
An Excellent way to see Maui's gorgeous coastline is on the Road to Hana. The Road to Hana is a scenic highway that twists through lush forest and cascading waterfalls. If you've come to see the beauty of Hawaii you Road to Hana is a must. Things to keep in mind.. The drive to Hana is about 55 miles one way. With over 300 turns and limited to drive about 5-10 mph, it's a full day excursion. Click our link above for our Road to Hana tips.
Visit Haleakala Crater for Sunrise or Sunset. Haleakala is most known for its sunrises, as its name means “House of the Rising Sun”. If you are visiting Haleakala for sunrise or between the hours of 3am and 7am.
The cost to make an online reservation is $1.00 per car, and the day of your choice has to be reserved in advance. An additional entrance fee of $12 per person is also charged upon entering the park.
Walk around in Lahaina Town - Click Here for Pics
Go to Lahaina on Front Street and have Lunch or Dinner overlooking the ocean. Walk around and check out the strip of shops, town scenery, famous Lahaina Banyan tree and great selection of eateries on Front Street.
Hookipa Beach to See Turtles
Go See the Turtles at Hookipa Beach in the Evening just before Sunset. Hookipa Beach is a great place to go and see turtles. An exposed reef runs along most of the shorebreak, and frequently Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) can be seen bobbing just on the other side. If that’s not close enough, at the very least a couple of turtles can be found lazing on shore at the far end of the beach most days (hint: look close to the lookout cliff.) At first most folks don’t realize that they are even there because they look just like the scattered boulders in the same area. Typically as sunset approaches, many Honu (and their admirers) will begin popping up in the shore-break to beach themselves for community sunset rest/admiration.
Visit Big Beach in Makena. One of the most outstanding beaches in Maui. Big Beach is well over a half a mile long, and is also uncharacteristically wide by Maui standards. That means loads of real estate to stake out your claim, and this beach, while always drawing lots of people – is never so crowded as to be packed. Big Beach has a significant on-shore break that can be downright brutal when there is a large south swell. When the surf is up, you’ll also be front-row to the most extreme boogie boarding you’re likely to see during your visit. Which is fun to watch.
Check out the Surf & Paia Town
Located on the North shore, Paia started as a plantation town with the opening of Paia store in 1896 to serve the needs of the multicultural plantation workers of Paia Sugar Mill. Today, the wooden buildings of this quaint little town are still reminiscent of the plantation era but now house some of the best shopping and dining on the island. Paia town's main drag is also just a stone's throw away from one of the best windsurfing spots in the world, Hookipa, and the surf lifestyle has definitely had an influence. Casual and laid back in feel, Paia is a great day trip for some shopping and lunch, followed by a gelato or latte.
The Nakalele Blowhole is a super cool Maui attraction near Kapalua that is a must see! If the surf will put on a grand show, spouting high in the air against a backdrop of violent surf and dramatic lava rock. Head northeast past Kapalua on the Honoapiilani Highway (Hwy 30) for a short drive of about 15 or 20 minutes in total. By the time you get to mile marker 33, a little ways past Honolua Bay, the road will be climbing up and around gorgeous cliffs. By mile marker 34, the road starts to remind you of driving the Road to Hana, except there is way less traffic. The similarities are cinched by the banana bread stand you will see just before mile marker 35! Finally, about halfway between mile markers 38 and 39, you'll see a very large dirt pullout on your left, bordered by boulders. You'll need sturdy runners or hiking shoes for your trek to the Nakalele Blowhole since the trail can be steep and there are lots of loose rocks to clamber over. From the parking lot, walk across the open area and start picking your way down the rocks. There is no sure trail here for much of the journey - just chose the easiest route you can find, while heading down and a bit to your left towards the blowhole the entire way. If you go too far to your right, you'll know it - there is a long drop down off the cliffs into the violently crashing surf below. Eventually, the rocky terrain flattens out and you'll see a large wet area surrounding the blowhole. Please be VERY CAREFUL while visiting, the surf can come up unexpectedly and without warning. Always be aware of the water and never turn your back to the ocean.
Below are some of our favorite snorkeling spots from shore. If you would like to go to Molokini Crater, that can only be reached by boat tour. For more information on Molokini and other Snorkel Boat tours
Please read our "Please Be Aware Advisory Below"
Here are a few of our favorite snorkeling spots from shore and the reasons why below:
SOUTH SIDE OF MAUI (Wailea & Makena)
Ulua/Mokapu - Great for seeing ocean life along the reefs with an easy beach entry. The north end of Wailea beach and south end of Keawakapu beach are 2 connected beaches: Ulua Beach and Mokapu Beach. A rocky reef formation separates the 2 beaches. Along this reef can be found all kinds of coral and ocean life. If you're adventurous and have the ability to snorkel at depths, about 30 feet down you'll find a turtle cleaning station along the second reef. When water clarity is high, you can see it from the surface.
La Perouse - One of the furthest southern spots you can visit on the island of Maui, La Perouse's volcanic landscape is something from another world. As you drive south on Makena Road, you'll pass the last houses then drive for miles through a very-rugged lava field. When you get to the end of the road, you'll find a dirt parking lot on your right with a rocky bay. This bay has some amazing ocean life, and it's known to be the site where a pod of spinner dolphins likes to spend time. If you see the dolphins, give them space and keep your distance. Do everything you can to not affect their normal swimming route. Also, take care when entering and exiting the ocean here. The rocks are sharp, and during the summer there might be south swells making the water rougher than normal.
Ahihi Bay - Just past the last entrances of Makena Beach (Big Beach) is a little cove called Ahihi Bay. It's the last little Bay before the last houses (Sugarman's Estate) when driving south. If you keep driving, you'll see lava fields and you'll know you've gone too far. There's just a few spots for parking, and it often has at least a few people there. When you enter the water, make sure you do so only at the northern end where there's a little bit of sand. You'll feel a concrete slab under the water at the very entrance. Any other area of access is forbidden and dangerous for you and the reef. Ahihi Bay is part of the protected Ahihi Hinau Natural Area Reserve, which protects the ocean life from fishing. There are lots of fish and vibrant coral reef here.
WEST SIDE OF MAUI (Ka'anapali, Kapalua & Napili)
Black Rock on Ka'anapali Beach - Black Rock is the large rock hill at the north end of Ka'anapali Beach. This is a great spot because of the easy access and protection that the rocky cliffs often give from northerly swell activity. Kaanapali beach has many high-end resorts along the beach, so walking to Black Rock is easy from here. Otherwise, you can drive along the Honoapi'ilani Highway (30) and turn on Kaanapali Parkway or Kekae Dr towards the ocean. When snorkeling, make sure to stay clear of cliff divers.
Kapalua Bay - Click Here for More Info - Kapalua Bay has a public parking lot off of the Lower Honoapi'ilani Highway. It's often crowded, but the snorkeling in the bay is great. Just south of Kapalua Bay is the Napili area, which has all kinds of nooks and crannies to explore. Parking isn't all that easy to find, but there is a little bit of parking near Napili Bay. Both sides of the bay have great snorkeling and lots of turtles. Occasionally, you'll see a monk seal on the beach (keep your distance.)
PLEASE BE AWARE
When in the ocean anywhere in Maui County, there are many dangers you should be aware of. We are not liable for any loss or damage that many occur when entering the ocean. Never turn your back on the ocean. Be careful of waves, sharp coral reef, sharp rocks, dangerous ocean life, vessels, other people, your own ability, and any and all things that could be dangerous.