10 Reasons You Need to Explore Maui Right Now
Kiteboarding off Ho’okipa Beach Park is one alternative to working on your tan. (Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson)
Think of the Hawaiian island of Maui, and immediately its stunning beaches and marine life come to mind. But there’s so much more to do here than bask on the sand — there’s amazing regional food, culture, and adventure. Here are 10 diverse Maui attractions that you have to see:
(Courtesy: Montage Kapalua Bay)
1. Great Digs
Hotels, resorts, condos, B&Bs, vacation rentals … there are hundreds of accommodation possibilities available to Maui visitors. A newcomer to the island is Montage Kapalua Bay Resort. Make a beeline to its spa for a treatment that speaks of Maui through indigenous ingredients. Savor similar elements a different way later with dinner at Cane & Canoe restaurant. Looking for accommodations with a twist? Head to the Hāna side of the island for a night in Luana Spa Retreat’s unique yurt.
Haleakalā National Park (Courtesy: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Max Wanger)
2. A National Park Above the Clouds
The best place to get “above it all” is Haleakalā National Park, aka House of the Sun. Vistas stun along the drive to the volcano’s 10,023-foot summit. Ideal time to arrive — sunrise or sunset. There’s much to discover within the 30,183-acre park, which houses three different regions: the summit as well as the Kīpahulu coastal and wilderness areas. For hiking, procure maps of the park’s 38 miles of public trails from the visitor center. Depending on the chosen route/region, it’s possible to see everything from a cinder desert and cloud forest to old lava flows and waterfalls.